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Parched is the story of four women in a desert village of Rajasthan , India. The village and 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 Tannishtha Chatterjee is a widow struggling to support her old mother-in-law and teenage son, Gulab Riddhi Sen. Following village customs, Rani marries Gulab off to a child bride by paying a hefty sum to the bride's family.
Meanwhile, Gulab is disrespectful, rebellious, and prefers to loiter with a gang of spoilt friends, and spend time with sex workers. Janki Lehar Khan , the child bride, hopes to stop the marriage by chopping off her hair but is still forced into the relation. Lajjo Radhika Apte lives in the same village as Rani, and is a close friend and aid in Rani's struggles. Lajjo is in an abusive marriage with an alcoholic husband, Manoj Mahesh Balraj. Having failed to conceive, Lajjo is mocked for being infertile and therefore worthless in the eyes of her husband and society.
The fourth woman is Bijli Surveen Chawla , an erotic dancer in a travelling entertainment company. She is eye candy for the men in the village and doubles as a sex worker. Because of her profession, Bijli is ridiculed in the day and not welcomed at auspicious events.
Bijli is a close friend and advisor to both Rani and Lajjo. The movie begins with Rani and Lajjo visiting another village to see Janki and fix a price for her dowry. Meanwhile, Gulab is seen loitering around a bus stop with his friends. He chases and teases an educated woman, until her husband, Kishan Sumeet Vyas approaches. Gulab and his friends comment that it is inappropriate for a woman to travel alone and look at them directly in the eye.
While at Janki's house, Rani receives calls on a cell phone bought for her by Gulab. The anonymous caller started off as a wrong number but now consistently tries to charm her. Although Rani is excited by being approached by a man, her happiness wanes when she realizes that her status as a widow may push him away.
Later, at the Gram Panchayat , the village participates in solving local issues. The first issue is of a girl named Champa Sayani Gupta who ran away from her husband and tried to return to her parents. The Panchayat forces her to return despite her revelation that her husband's male family members all rape her. Kishan and his wife try intervening but are ridiculed for their progressive opinions and Kishan's marriage to an educated, working woman from Manipur.
Kishan is a forward thinking local entrepreneur and employs women in the village for handicrafts and handloom jobs. Both Rani and Lajjo, among other women in the village, work for Kishan and are proud of the money they make from their hard work. In another matter at the Panchayat, the women collectively ask for a satellite dish TV connection.
They say that it will alleviate the women's boredom and also stop the men from visiting erotic dance shows. Their demand was turned down previously by the panchayat elders, giving the reason that women of village will be corrupted by the liberal images on the television and also the lack of finances. The women reveal that Kishan has secured a large contract for their handicrafts and so they are prepared to save money for the installation of the satellite and televisions.
The elders reluctantly agree and this angers some men in the village, including Gulab, who start to resent Kishan for trying to liberate the women. The conservative and patriarchal village men are seen to be constantly visiting Bijli. She has been increasingly turning down offers for sex work which irks her boss, who threatens to replace her with a new girl Rekha Tanya Sachdeva , who is much younger than her. Lajjo is repeatedly abused and raped by her husband and blamed for being infertile.
Gulab's marriage to Janki pushes him deeper into the darker areas of loitering and prostitutes, and he is later kidnapped for not paying a prostitute in the nearby city. A distraught Rani approaches Kishan and takes out a loan in order to save Gulab, pushing her further into debt.
Gulab continues down his path of destruction and self entitlement, and together with his friends, take revenge on Kishan. First they destroy his handicraft goods, and later on they beat him half to death, which makes Kishan and his wife to leave the village.
Janki struggles in the marriage and is repeatedly beaten by Gulab. Frustrated, Bijli takes her employers car, picks up Rani, Lajjo and Janki, and visit a local fort where they get a chance to talk freely. Lajjo realizes that her inability to give birth might also be just her husband's inability. In an experiment, Lajjo has sex with Bijli's lover Adil Hussain and becomes pregnant. Bijli returns to the company to find that her dancing spot has been given to Rekha.
She resorts to engaging in traumatic rough sex with multiple men in order to make money which leads to them raping her. Rani discovers that her last bit of savings has been stolen and blames Janki. Later that night, Janki questions Gulab about the money, and he begins to beat her.
Rani stops and confronts him, and Gulab angrily walks away, saying that he intends to leave the women to fend for themselves.
The next day, Rani sells her house and pays off her debts. She relieves Janki of her marriage, allowing her to reunite with her childhood love Rajesh and asking her to continue with her studies.
Lajjo informs Manoj of her pregnancy and he begins to beat her, after which she realizes that he is aware of his impotency. Manoj begins to savagely attack Lajjo, and Rani tries to stop him. As Rani witnesses, Manoj falls onto a fire and is burnt alive. Rani, Lajjo and Bijli together finally run away from the village in search for a better life, away from all the misery of customs, traditions and patriarchy. The film received critical acclaim.
As incendiary as it is entertaining, it goes where Indian cinema rarely does without becoming exploitative - into the erogenous fantasies of long-suppressed village women who are no longer willing to countenance their restrictive veils. There is sex in this movie, and there is dancing, and there are vibrant fabrics and foods and fire.
It's a dry place, but one ringed with beauty. Despite critical acclaim, the film failed to have significant box office collections after its release in India. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This film's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed.
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Kishan is a forward thinking local entrepreneur and employs women in the village for handicrafts and handloom jobs. Meanwhile, Gulab is disrespectful, rebellious, and prefers to loiter with a gang of spoilt friends, and spend time with sex workers. Having failed to conceive, Lajjo is mocked for being infertile and therefore worthless in the eyes of her husband and society. Maal Road Dilli 1.
Lust Stories is the sequel to movie Bombay Talkies presenting four short films by four of India's biggest directors exploring love, sex and relationships in modern India. Indian Movies to watch. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. In order to be independent and break free from the conservative society, four women sets on a journey to discover freedom and happiness. Retrieved 10 December Because of her profession, Bijli is ridiculed in the day and not welcomed at auspicious events. A widow, Rani Tannishtha , a childless woman, Lajjo Radhika and a sex worker Bijli Surveen from a village in a North Western Region in India are victims of age-old traditions like child marriage, physical abuse, alcoholic husbands and social apathy. All Bombay Times print stories are available on. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil. We see them unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual boundaries to face their demons and stage their own personal wars. Lipstick Under My Burkha Riddhi Sen is all praise for Kajol.