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When it comes to your life…have you ever followed your heart?  Does your family have a cycle you desperately want to break?

Living your one life you’ve been given, following your heart and breaking the cycle is the theme exquisitely played out in the latest film from Director Leena Yadav.

Parched follows the life of three women from the same village in a West Indian desert who all are trying to break a cycle. Widowed Rani desperately wants to continue the tradition of finding her son a wife, so she can chill for the rest of her life.  Lajjo is vivacious, full of life and wants to have a child to share all that energy with.  Last, but not least erotic dancer Bijli, underneath her sexy confidence just wants to be loved and be a regular chick.

Their conversations about sec, men and the lives they are experiencing under the antiquated rules of dictated by the their village tradition.  As they begin to question those traditions, the treatment and disrespect of women, their enlightenment ultimately becomes their freedom.

Gorgeously shot by  Academy Award winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), Leena Yadav illustrates the thirst these women have to experience a different palette of life.  It’s funny, poignant, timely and moving at all the right times and boasts a message and issue that is not isolated to Indian women…but women worldwide.  One of my favorite moments is watching these three vibrant women riding on their butterfly bike to a freedom and a new life.

Yadav said, “I was raised to judge and treat people as human beings, above and beyond their gender, religion or caste.  This story is my reaction to a misogynistic society that treats women  as objects of sex, where their greatest role is to serve men.  Giving my women characters a voice that observes, absorbs and reacts was what drove me to write this drama about ordinary women who are driven to extraordinary ends.”

Leena Yadav was gracious enough to chat with me about PARCHED, her humble beginnings and her relationship with DP Russell Carpenter.  Take a listen and check out PARCHED which has a limited theatrical release on Friday, June 17th in Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall), New York (AMC Empire 25), the Bay Area (Cine Grand in Fremont) and Camera 12 in San Jose.





I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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