Parched (A)
23/Sep/2016 1 hr 56mins

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Parched is a powerful women-centric drama but it falters with the underlying themes of sexuality.

Parched is a powerful women-centric drama but it falters with the underlying themes of sexuality. Also, breaking free from the shackles of tradition and society is something that stands true for Kishan�s character much more than the leading ladies. (more)

Source: Surabhi Redkar, Koimoi


Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla starrer should be called Sex And The Village instead!

While this one is clearly a Sex And The Village that many girls might enjoy, it's not gonna leave you with a feeling of elation as it's more like a chick flick for the rural audience. You might like it but it won't make you go 'woah'! After watching Pink and having high hopes for some more of hard h...(more)

Source: Rashma Shetty Bali, Bollywood Life


Parched is a roadmap for our oppressed female population who have been victims of a misogynist mindset for eons.

The film addresses how there is nothing shameful about a woman's need for sex or ownership of her body. As the village women talk about their carnal desires, you empathise. Like last week's matinee offering Pink, you raise a toast to the director for raising some hard-hitting questions on the double...(more)

Source: Meena Iyar, Times Of India


'Parched' is much more than a film

Parched" celebrates the joie de vivre of shared grief among women who live their wretched lives on the edge and are only too happily to topple over when pushed and provoked. Sometimes, feminism doesn't need a full-blown messianic clarion call. A little tug, a firm push, will do. "Parched" hits us wh...(more)

Source: IANS, Indian Express


Radhika Apte is Outstanding as the Battered Lajjo

Parched has a scene in which the women go skinny dipping in a river on a moonlit night after an encounter with the 'exalted' dream lover.That sequence sums up the spirit of Parched. Get drenched in it. (more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV Movies


Parched genuinely shines

The film's leads -- Chatterjee and Apte -- are two of the finest Indian indie cinema actresses of our times. And both give strong moving performances, including a brief tender scene between the two -- a rare moment in Hindi cinema. The rest of the supporting cast is equally good. The film is lovi...(more)

Source: Sukanya Verma.,


Where women celebrate struggles and emerge winners

The spirit of the film is celebrating fights against an unjust system and society and emerging winners � not because they have well-intentioned men rescuing them, but because they can save themselves. Watch it for the sake of the celebratory mood or watch it for a heated debate in your bedroom. Do ...(more)

Source: Swetha Kaushal, Hindustan Times


Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla sparkle in a well-meant but self-conscious film

Parched also seems designed to appeal to a foreign film festival crowd that might buy into a dose of good ol� Indian exotica. Nothing exemplifies this better than the handsome, dhoti-clad mysterious stranger of the film (played by Adil Hussain) who makes love to women with his words and hands, drivi...(more)

Source: Anna MM,

Music Tracks

No. Song Title Lyric Writer Performer(s) Listen here
1 “Jukebox” Listen
2 “Mai” Swanand Kirkire Neeti Mohan, Harshdeep Kaur
3 “Bhookamp” Swanand Kirkire Kalpana Patowary, Alamgir Khan, Swanand Kirkire Nichani, Hitesh Sonik
4 “Kachhuva” Swanand Kirkire Neeti Mohan
5 “Baisaa” Gazi Khan Barna
6 “Hichki” Channan Khan, Gazi Khan Barna