Parched Movie Review | Critic Reviews

Parched Hindi Movie Review

Parched Hindi Movie Review

Total Reviews - 13
Average Rating - 6.4/10
Yes - 11
No - 1
Neutral - 1
Watchable? - 92%

Critic Reviews Parched

  • Times of India | Review By -Meena Iyer Rating-8/10
Leena Yadav's Parched takes you into a disturbing and thought-provoking territory. Even as it cleverly intertwines the stories of the three protagonists all of who have had a raw deal in life, it simultaneously puts the spotlight on how there is still an India where a woman is treated as a sex object; where her only role is to serve her man.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-6/10
The film is also over-indulgent with both exoticism and eroticism, leading viewers to feel as if they are stuck in an unwieldy loop. But for these hitches, it's an entertaining ride. The three friends, parched both emotionally and sexually, will have you rooting for them and cheering as they find their feet and their freedom in the end.
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  • Film Companion | Review By -Anupama Chopra Rating-6/10
But the larger narrative is inert and clunky – Parched feels like a film written to make larger points. Parched gets bogged down by its own good intentions. But these spirited female characters will stay with you.  So will the luscious cinematography by Oscar winner Russell Carpenter.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Mayank Shekhar Rating-6/10
Genre-wise, 'Fem-jep', or female in jeopardy, is how you'd describe this film as a cliché. But there is still much joy in the air as the three ladies — married, single, and a whore — form an unlikely but fun trio dealing with sex, lies, and life itself. Despite obvious flaws in the story-telling, it's downright impossible not to be drawn to these characters.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8/10
Leena Yadav's Parched is an irresistible beast of a film. As incendiary as it is entertaining, it goes where Indian cinema rarely does without becoming exploitative - into the erogenous fantasies of long-suppressed village women who are no longer willing to countenance their restrictive veils.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-5/10
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.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-6/10
Parched entertains for most part because the three characters are brought alive by gifted actors whose camaraderie is so natural and performances so compelling that it almost makes you forget the melodramatic story unfolding.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4/10
Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Tannishtha Chatterjee's film is failed by too much violence and unnecessary gloss. A little restraint, leaving some things to our imagination, would have served the film better.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Aseem Chhabra Rating-7/10
While Parched might remind some viewers of Thelma & Louise, the film is rooted in India. The film is lovingly shot by Russell Carpenter (Titanic, Jobs). He makes the characters and Rajasthan's landscape glow. And under Yadav's able guidance, Parched genuinely shines.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Sweta Kaushal Rating-6/10
Parched is worth the time and money. 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 not miss it at all.

  • The Statesman | Review By -Prithviraj Dev Rating-7/10
Without a doubt, the movie is disturbing. For many, it will be an eye-opener. Bold but not beautiful, dark but not sombre, Leena Yadav seems to have struck gold in the desert on her third attempt, and Parched is a must-watch for all. Having said that, the film is a new direction for Indian cinema.
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  • Spotboye | Review By -Khalid Mohamed Rating-8/10
The 118-minuter snaps, crackles and entertains while dealing with the age-old subject about the oppression of women within the arid badlands of the nation. Crafted with muscular force and oftentimes aimed below the belt of the male species, the film establishes Yadav as a name to reckon with in world cinema.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Rashma Shetty Bali Rating-6/10
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 hitting women centric films, I was very disappointed.
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Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Sayani Gupta, Sumeet Vyas
Leena Yadav
Leena Yadav, Supratik Sen
Leena Yadav, Supratik Sen
Russell Carpenter
Hitesh Sonik
produced by: 
Ajay Devgn
run time: 
118 minutes
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Plot Synopsis
Parched is a drama film directed by Leena Yadav, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla in lead roles.

In a rural Indian village called Ujhaas, three ordinary women - Rani, Lajjo and Bijli begin to break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude.

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