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Directed by : Leena Yadav

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Four women in Gujarat talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual demons.


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Parched 3 male dominated, physically abused, oppressed rural women want to break free

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This one will keep you rivetted but entertainment seekers are well advised to keep away since the storyline focusses on sexual abuse and domestic violence not to speak of male dominance of uneducated and economically challenged rural women of Rajasthan. The women are on the receiving end of violence perpetuated by their husbands and male friends. There is a local nautanki dancer cum sex worker Bijli ( Surveen Chawla), a widow Rani ( Tanishtha) with a teenage son and a married but branded barren Lajjo (Radhika Apte) with a wife beating husband. These gutsy spirited women are held together by a common bond of suffering heaped on them by men and a desperate desire to break free from their misery. Plenty of opportunity for these talented female artists to show their mettle.

Additionally a very accomplished female director Leena Yadav with the help of good written work and a competent cinematographer has given class to the movie. The landscape, the closeups, the people have a genuine touch. Strong gritty performances of the three ladies are noteworthy. The sincerity shows through. All four ladies including the director need to be appreciated for this film which may not work at the box office but will provide creative satisfaction to a lot of like minded cinegoers.Even if one disagrees with some developments in the film one cannot deny that the whole project has a professional touch. It is directed, enacted and presented well.