Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Parched

 

Year: 2015
Country: INDIA, USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 118 minutes

Parched
Parched
Parched

"Society has rules for a reason," says a village elder at the opening of this modern melodrama. And the rural community—home to widowed Rani, her vivacious best friend Lajjo, and the erotic dancer Bijli—lives and dies by those rules the old man cites. But when it falls to Rani to find a teenage bride for her entitled 15-year-old son, she and her friends begin to subtly question this status quo that favors men, sends child brides to abusive husbands, and ostracizes women for being educated and opinionated. With a bold visual confidence, director Leena Yadav combines the stark realism of Rajasthan's hostile desert landscapes with a Bollywood palette, vibrant tones that celebrate the unleashing of the women's repressed sensuality and dreams. Splendidly shot by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter, PARCHED gradually accrues a feeling of grandeur—mirroring the way in which Yadav elevates these women's stories, transforming her characters' struggles into a stirring portrayal of liberation. (In Hindi with subtitles) –Toronto International Film Festival

CIFF40 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 04, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Sidebar
Women of the World

Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Leena Yadav

Leena Yadav was born in Mhow, India. She began her career as an editor on commercials and an assistant director for television.

Filmography
"Shabd" (2005), "Teen Patti" (2009), PARCHED (2015)

Producers
Aseem Bajaj, Ajay Devgn, Gulab Singh Tanwar, Rohan Jagdale

Screenwriting
Leena Yadav

Editing
Russell Carpenter

Principal Cast
Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj, Chandan Anand

Print Source

Media Partner

India International

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