Mumbai: There is something furiously flawed and formulistic about rural feminism in Indian cinema. When a film tells the story of a group of women in Rajasthan fighting to remain happy while the men in their lives rape and violate them every way possible, it's time to get very suspicious of the product.
- Parched stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan
- It has been produced by Ajay Devgn
- The film will hit the screens on September 23
Luckily, in Parched, director Leena Yadav seems to have gone beyond the cliches of male oppression in pursuit of the heart beneath the predictable images of women caught moving seductively amidst the sand dunes.
And here we might as well spare a round of applause for cinematographer Russen Carpenter who seems to have captured the lives of the four female heroes without letting the Rajasthani desertscape overpower the emotional energy that trots across the shimmering skyline.
But yes, we've seen forlorn seductive women floating across the sand dunes in any number of films. Parched is less lyrical than other desert sagas in the past. More brutal. Yet beautiful. The women seem to take to the patriarchal clobbering with a great deal of reluctance and a whole lot of sisterly camaraderie.
superstars do have a social responsibility.
Watch Parched trailer here:
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