Hosted by the multicultural network at BNP Paribas in association with the London Indian Film Festival, I was recently invited to attend a screening for “Parched”.
“Parched” follows the story of four women living in an isolated rural desert village in India. The film explores the cultural traditions and society customs, such as patriarchy, morality, child marriage and dowry, physical and mental abuse. It reflects the double standards of a community and examines sexual politics and the inequality within the male female dynamic. “Parched” argues that there is little to offer women in rural India other than servitude and abuse. Although the content is complex and at times dark, the film is colourful, cheerful, vivid, funny and fresh.
Prior to the screening, I didn’t know much about the film and in a way I am glad I didn’t because I went in not knowing what to expect. Not that I could predict what was going to happen, it kept me hooked all the way through.
In the lead women, writer director Leena Yadav has created loveable characters that made me care about their compelling stories and their personal journeys. Despite the dark and unsettling themes, the women are strong and their relationships with each other is loving and compassionate.
In short, I loved this film and I wish I had seen it sooner! It is beautifully filmed with believable acting. It took me through a variety of emotions, from frustration and anger of the injustice, to tears at the sad, uncomfortable and disturbing situations, to laugh out loud moments and to smiles at the bits at that warmed my heart. It is a powerful, thought-provoking film that I know will stay with me.
I can’t recommend it enough, watch it!
You can view the trailer for “Parched” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m69d-KNi2Q0
To find out more about the London Indian Film Festival, please visit http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/