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  • ...is a roadmap for our oppressed female population who have been victims of a misogynist mindset for eons.

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  • ...is an undeniable triumph on screen, a beacon on power of woman Parched demands attention from all woman around the globe and asked pertinent questions.

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  • The sheer verve that the writer-director packs into her compelling tale of three women and a child bride battling rural India's gender gridlock gives the film a distinctive texture and quality.

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  • ...under Yadav's able guidance, Parched genuinely shines.

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  • Layered, stark and sensitive, Parched is a must watch film - even if it is not a film that is watched easily.

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  • A fine sign of our times, I'd say, and if the arrow also leads to theatres, yes, it's worth going, and supporting, for sure.

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  • She (Leena Yadav) layers her characters with a delicious mix of pain and pleasure but tries a bit too hard to seek empathy for them.

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  • ...it is lively, bright, charged and accessible. Chatterjee, Apte and Chawla are thoroughly enjoyable, and find excellent support in Chandan K.

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  • ...is a film where women rise above the exploitation and the misogyny to live life on their own terms. The erotic nature of their conversations and their ability to retain their spirit through all adversity makes this film a true blue winner.

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  • The widow-wife-whore matrix is well performed by the actresses, whose mutual chemistry and feeling for their universal woes lift scenes that might have otherwise been trite and unconvincing.

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  • ...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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  • ...is a microcosm censused that throws up dark results even if what we get is a funny, light film for the most part focusing on its women, their bonding and friendship.

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  • Parched gets bogged down by its good intentions. But these spirited female characters will stay with you.

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  • 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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  • Watch it for the sake of the celebratory mood or watch it for a heated debate in your bedroom.

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  • ...is a nice looking film that is reasonably well acted, but it is too self consciously written and visualized to be credible, as intended, for an argument on the empowerment of women in rural Rajasthan.

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  • We’ve had many films about women, but few that have so sensitively, so generously let them be women.

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  • Some moments are luminous, but you fail to understand why no one sits down to edit, edit, edit.

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  • Writer-director Leena Yadav’s Parched left me, well, rather parched. While in some respects it quenched my thirst, but — to further stretch the sexual hint in the film’s title — mostly it left me high and dry.

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  • ...despite Parched’s obvious worthy intentions, its execution left me discomfited.

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  • The women’s hesitant exploration of each other in forbidden areas is riveting, as is the vein of comedy in each of them. The film is only episodically engaging though. In its entirety, Parched left me thirsting for much much more.

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  • The film is an unconvincing indictment of patriarchy that feels staged; its parts don’t quite add up to a compelling whole.

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