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The movie 'Parched' revolves around the lives, of four women chained by old-traditions. This promising movie, is all set to release on September 23. Read on.
The movie ‘Parched’ revolves around the lives, of four ordinary women chained by old-traditions. This promising movie, is all set to release on September 23. Read on.
The last time, I watched a Bollywood movie depicting the true life of an Indian woman in rural India, was Dor. The movie beautifully captures the raw emotions of two women, connected by a twist of fate. A bond develops between the two as one of them helps the other, discover her freedom from patriarchy.
When I saw the trailer of Parched, it reminded me of Dor. The movie, written and directed by Leena Yadav and produced by Ajay Devgan is expected to release in India on September 23rd.
The story is set in the village of Ujhaas, in North Western India. It revolves around three central characters – Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee), Lajjo (Radhika Apte) and Bijli (Surveen Chawla). Rani is a young widow, a prospective mother- in-law arranging her son’s marriage. Lajjo is a woman allegedly infertile, regularly abused by her cruel husband. Bijli is a dancer / sex worker catering to the needs of hypocritical, unfaithful men. While these women struggle to survive in a patriarchal society, they find solace and strength in each other’s company.
The movie highlights prevalent issues such as dowry, physical violence, forced marriages, prostitution, marital rape, and abuse against women. “This film isn’t about women only, but also about the men… where both are victims. It is the society pressure which forces men to do things apart from the mindset. So, this film talks about tackling both the issues”, says Ajay Devgan.
Director Yadav has also shared her experience during the making of the film, “What I found was that women there talk freely about sex. I traveled to Kutch where I had random conversations with women. This film has been a process of discovering for me. I now realise that societies have learned to cover things up. So at one level, they might think they are progressive, but at a base level, nothing has changed and that is so scary.”
The movie has already received accolades at international film festivals. Incidentally, the movie has been in news recently because of an intimate scene involving Radhika Apte and Adil Hussain, the video of which has been viral on the internet.
The trailer of the movie looks quite promising. It is refreshing to see more female directors in Bollywood, and movies with women-centric themes. The treatment of social issues, from a woman’s perspective would be something interesting to watch. We are certainly parched of sensible cinema!
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
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“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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