Ghoul is a landmark in TV series, especially being the second Netflix original from India. This has definitely set high standards for any other serial/series that follows, in the horror genre. Boldly blending Military, Terrorism, and Patriotism with the para normal that ends up convincing even the non believer in Ghouls.
Ghoul Acting and Fear:
Radhika Apte as a Military Interrogator has excelled herself, except for the accent which could have been fine tuned. Manav Kaul as the Colonel has proved his versatility yet again and has emoted beautifully. Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, the ruthless arrogant Major deserves applause. Mahesh Balraj in the title role is so good that you would rather not remember him at all.
The prison cells, costumes, music, as well as lighting complements the dread and trepidation well. The three episode mini series is just long enough to make you wish for the horrors to end before it gets predictable and repetitive. As symbols go, the symbol to call the Ghoul does seem a little weak though gory and drawn in blood as the folklore demands.
An expose of false patriotism taken to the next level like never before!
Country: India (Bollywood) Language: Hindi (Rajasthani, Kacchi Dialect)
Genre: Social, Drama
Parched Movie Review:
As for its name “Parched” means thirsty or something that’s been baked by sun. Once can simply say a thing bereft of water or moisture. And, it is what our movie is all about. Parched tells the tale of 3 women living different lives, but none satisfied and happy.
Well, I too not certain whether this happens somewhere or not. But, that must not be the topic of discussion while writing about Parched movie. As a cinema lover and reviewer I got to comment about film’s cinematic aspect and value.
What’s good in PARCHED?
Here I start, to my surprise the acting in Parched was of highest standard. People are praising Radhika Apte, but Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Sumeet Vyas and others too have looked extremely convincing. Kevin Tent’s editing is classy so does Leena’s direction. The film gives you a complete feel of “rural India”.
I too belong to a backward Indian state and have seen the worst of Indian villages in my life. But, now things have changed for better in most places. But, in this film the villagers are still living in an extremely restricted not to mention “male dominated” environment. They don’t even have a TV set in the village (a fact that was hard to swallow). Anyways let’s move forward.
At no point Parched felt to me as a film based on women emancipation. But, it did struck me more than couple of times to think about the plight of rural women of my country. The music, songs and background scores are pretty vernacular and typical of rural Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Now let’s talk about the film’s story. It prominently revolves around 3 women named Lajjo (Radhika Apte), Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) and Bijli (Surveen Chawla). Lajjo is living in an abusive marriage presumably because she is barren. It’s only after Bijli’s insistence that she discovers that she is not barren when she gets pregnant with Adil Hussain’s child (a Mystic Lover in the movie). Rani a 32-year-old widow with a teenage boy whom she has married to a girl. But, her son is not the man who she thinks he is. Rani has not been touched by a man for 15 years and now she starts getting calls from a person who calls himself Shah Rukh Khan. And last, but not the least Bijli, a dancer and prostitute who once was Rani’s husband’s mistress and now her best buddy.
Parched has plenty of bold scenes in it. Although, they doesn’t seem vulgar. The language used in the movie is very foul and abusive. It’s literally vulgarity at its zenith. But, then this is the reality of rural Indian and we must accept it.
I personally liked the end of the film as it depicted the end of Lajjo’s husband coinciding with the occasion of Dussehra festival. A festival that commemorates the win of evil over good.
My Verdict & Rating of Parched:
I rated Parched 8/10, due to its great acting, direction and the message it wants to convey to the audience. Although, I would absolutely not recommend it to people below the age of 18. There’s one more suggestion to the audience, if you are not a native Hindi speaker please see it with English subtitles as the dialect is extremely difficult to understand at places.
With this I sign out for today’s review. Stay tuned to The World of Movies for many more reviews to come….