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Parched (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 June 2016 (USA)
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In the arid landscape of Rajasthan, four women navigate their way through personal and cultural difficulties.


Leena Yadav


Supratik Sen (dialogue), Leena Yadav
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Rani
Radhika Apte ... Lajjo
Surveen Chawla ... Bijli
Lehar Khan ... Janaki
Riddhi Sen ... Gulab
Chandan Anand ... Rajesh nicknamed Raju (as Chandan K. Anand)
Mahesh Balraj ... Manoj - Lajjo's Husband
Sumeet Vyas ... Kishan
Nancy Nisa Beso Nancy Nisa Beso ... Naobi
Daddi Pandey Daddi Pandey ... Sharma Ji - The Boss (as Dhadhi Pandey)
Tanaya Sachdeva ... Rekha
Adil Hussain ... Mystic Lover
Farrukh Jaffar ... Janki's Grandma
Sayani Gupta ... Champa
Dinesh Pradhan Dinesh Pradhan ... Janki's Father


'Parched' is a story about women set in the heart of parched rural landscape of Rajasthan, India. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. We see them unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual boundaries to face their demons and stage their own personal wars. Written by Anonymoud

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All it took was the first act of courage.




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This film got controversial for some nude scences of Apte. See more »


When Radhika Apte is topless in front of Tannishtha Chatterjee, Apte can be seen with no hairs in her underarms which is unusual for a lady of such an orthodox village. See more »


Bijli: Gulab is getting out of hand... .
Rani: Forget about Gulab, worry about yourself. The village women have complained to the elders that you lure their husbands. The elders called Mr. Sharma. I have heard they are going to shut down your tent.
Bijli: Aah ! I get it. Their husbands come to me of their own free will... .and that's my fault. Your Gulab goes to a whore... in that city... that's my fault. And Lajjo... your husband stays drunk all night, that must be my fault too ! I have corrupted your saintly men !
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Music by Hitesh Sonik
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Vocalist: Neeti Mohan
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Simply Brilliant, Bold & Must watch!!!
18 October 2016 | by ramkumar-68763See all my reviews

Watched it last night @ sathyam cinemas. Wonderful movie with excellent acting and with a deep social care. This movie showcased every possible ways women are been dominated, not given any chance, importance women education in a most powerful way.

Great acting, music and background score was good and deeply sink with the movie. Technically brilliant...

But, these movies (I can compare this movie with visarani - Tamil movie base on a social message) failed to educate its audience and make them known about if any possibilities out there to fight against it. It's simply just like placing a hidden camera within someone's home and capturing all anti-social elements and visualizing it to audience. Its more likely an evidence of a crime happening right away. What to do with it??

Can it be played in a court and claim for a change in law or ask to make new laws? nothing...

It just makes audience to feel sorry for the women & street boys (in visarani).

Overall a good and a must watch. This movie will definitely make a good impact in Indian cinema.

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Release Date:

17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parched See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »


Box Office


$2,700,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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