Parched | 2016
The film follows four ordinary women who live in the heart of parched rural landscape of Gujarat, India. Rani is a traditional young widow; lively Lajjo lives in an abusive marriage; outcast Bijli is a dancer and prostitute who becomes friends with Rani and Lajjo; and Janaki is 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.