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This movie is written by Leena Yadav and its her first international feature
Parched is the story of four women in a desert village of Rajasthan, India.
The society are plagued by several social evils, age-old traditions and
practices of patriarchy,
Child marriage, dowry, marital rapes and physical and mental abuse.
• Rani is a widow struggling to support her old
mother-in-law and teenage son, Gulab.
• Rani marries Gulab off to a child bride (janki)
by paying a heavy sum to the bride's family.
• Meanwhile, Gulab is disrespectful, rebellious,
and prefers to wander with a gang of friends,
spending time with sex workers.
• Janki the child bride, she wants to stops her
marriage by chopping off her hair
• because she loves someone else but is still forced
to get married.
• After marriage Janki is repeatedly beaten and
raped by Gulab.
• Lajjo, A married woman. She does not
have any children.
• She is in an abusive marriage with an
• having failed to conceive, she is taunted
for being infertile
• useless in the eyes of her husband and
• The fourth woman is Bijli. She is a dancer in a
travelling entertainment company.
• The conservative and patriarchal village men are
seen to be constantly visiting Bijli.
• She has been increasingly refused offers for sex
work which risk her boss,
• who threatens to replace her with a new younger
Gender role in this movie:
• The socially constructed phenomenon of male dominancy, leads the male so
biased in the case of women that even they did not make a fair decision.(panchayat)
• Male are biased, unjust, arrogant and aggressive.
• Male are superior and women consider as inferior.
• From their childhood, society made certain norms that women will obey every
odder of male.
my point of
It’s not only specific to Indian
society but these are the universal
In male dominant society women
are consider inferior, weak and
Male consider themselves
superior so they are allowed to do
anything but women are not.
According to Judith
“Masculine and feminine roles are not
biologically fixed but socially constructed.”
Frame work of radical feminism
• Feminist movements in the West and in the Third World have
been accessible to different issues facing women. Because women
status is different in both sides.
• In Pakistan women have fundamental rights in the constitution of
Pakistan 1973, part 02, chapter 1, and Article 25 “equality of