Parched, a film directed by Leena Yadav, and produced by Ajay Devgn and Assem Bajaj (cinematographer and Yadav’s husband), follows the journey of the liberation of four women from a small, drought-affected village in Gujarat.
The film stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan, and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Having Ajay Devgn as producer, though, has certainly helped them take their film to London Indian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Toronto International Film Festival and finally a partial theatrical release in the US, around the bay area.
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And yet, inspite of all this, it took the most regressively sexist thing for Leena Yadav’s film to trend in India: a supposed leak of Radhika Apte’s a nude video from the film.
Two lovemaking scenes from the film Parched, have reportedly shown up online. One features Ms Apte and actor Adil Hussain, the other features her and co-star Tannishtha Chatterjee. The makers of the film have reportedly complained to the cyber cell.
Needless to say, there’s a lot more to the film then this. It all started with a conversation between Yadav and actress Tannishtha Chatterjee about rural women in Gujarat.
Here is the trailer of the movie :
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Yadav explains, “What I found was that women there talk freely about sex. I said let’s blast everybody’s pants off and make ‘Sex in the Village.’ We think we are very progressive, but actually we are so much more careful and have so many more boundaries. 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 film has been shot by cinematographer Russell Carpenter who has also cinematographed the legendary movie TITANIC, and Yadav explains how it helped to have a foreign eye on the film, because as Indians, sometimes we forget to see the beauty around us.
The distributors of Parched, Seville International, has sold the film to several territories in France, Mexico, Colombia and Russia. But the film has still no takers in India. Yadav says she’s in talks with distributors and hopes to see a release soon.