Run Time: 116 min Release Date: Aug 09, 2016 Year Produced: 2015 Rating: Not Rated Language: Hindi Directed by: Leena Yadav Starring: Lehar Khan, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Radhika Apte
This film appeals to: All Audiences

Available in USA only.

PARCHED is an inspirational drama about women set in the heart of parched rural landscape of Gujarat, India. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women: traditional Rani, a young widow; lively Lajjo, who lives in an abusive marriage; outcast Bijli, a dancer and prostitute who becomes friends with Rani and Lajjo; and Janaki, a young teenager in a miserable arranged marriage to Rani’s son Gulab.

We see the friends unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual boundaries and their inner demons. Gradually, they begin question the century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude. One fateful night, the women come together and take a bold step that will change the trajectory of their lives.

Shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Russell Carpenter (TITANIC).

*Please note: This title is not specifically lesbian, but an amazing story of women finding empowerment through their bonds with each other. We know you will enjoy it.

Awards & Press Quotes

Director’s Award – Foreign Language Film
Cinetopia Film Festival, Michigan

Audience Award for Best Film
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Grand Jury Award for Best Actress:
The cast of PARCHED: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte,
Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Impact Award
Stockholm Film Festival

“A burning source of inspiration to oppressed women everywhere. . . filmmaking heroism at its most effective.” –

“Leena Yadav weaves a few humorous, heartbreaking and bewitching tales into an insightful, entertaining, award-winning film.” – Moviemaker Magazine

“Should resonate with audiences worldwide.”  – Nick Schager, VARIETY

“One of the most honest, uncompromising portrayals of female friendship I’ve ever seen on screen.” – Fariha Roisin, BROADLY