Screening again on popular demand
Friday, 19 August , 9.00 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central
Introduced by Festival Guest Tannishtha Chatterjee
An exciting contemporary melodrama, Parched
is set in an isolated North-Indian village where long-uphold customs are slowly changing.
The widowed Rani seeks a bride for her young son, adhering to societal norms and expectations surrounding traditional arranged marriage. Rani and her friends, the spirited Lajjo, and exotic dancer Bijli, begin to yearn for more than what life has given them; setting in motion a series of events with the potential to change each women’s circumstances. Vibrant, colourful and sensual, and shot by Titanic
cinematographer, Russell Carpenter, Parched
presents a sharp portrait of gender inequality, and a stirring portrait of liberation.
Parched is the Opening Night film for IFFM 2016
Director Leena Yadav and star Radhika Apte are guests of IFFM 2016.
Director of Parched, Leena Yadav is a strong and bold filmmaker with exciting creative vision. With a background in film and television editing, she turned her hand to directing with Shabd (2005), a Bollywood drama. Parched (2015) signified a step away from conventional Bollywood film: with a core cast of strong, empathetic women