From Indian director Leena Yadav, Parched will have its world premiere in Toronto as a special presentation this Saturday.
— Radhika Apte (@radhika_apte) September 10, 2015
Set in a rural Indian village called Ujhaas, the story centres on three ordinary women who begin to break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude.
This one is Ajay Devgn’s first international production, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Adil Hussain.
Tannishtha plays Rani, a woman who was married at 13 and widowed at 16. Her life’s sole purpose since then has been to raise her son.
Apte is Lajjo, her closest friend whose ‘greatest failure’ is that she is infertile. When she learns men can be infertile too, nothing will stop her from getting pregnant, not the fear of social banishment, nor the violent beatings of her drunk husband.
Chawla plays Bijli, a beautiful dancer and prostitute despised by the village women save Rani and Lajjo. Khan is Janaki, the child bride of Rani’s son, thrown into a cruel adult world. One fateful night, the lives of these women intertwine setting a new course for each of them.