Parced is a movie that sheds light into certain facts prevalent in sociites across the globe. It symbolises aspirations of women in a male-centric world and their issues that needs to be taken up for debate.

Ace actress and theatre artist Tannishtha Chatterjee, who donned a key role in the movie, was in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the screening of ‘Parched’ in the International Film Festival of Kerala.

When debates over censoring are taking place at the nook and corner of the country, Tannishtha Chatterjee is sharing with her thoughts and opinions.

Q. Your movie "Parched" was screened at IFFK. How was the audience’s reaction?

A. Amazing and it was really a fantastic experience. When compared to other venues, the performance by actors and certain scenes were received with warm applause. As far as I’m concerned, it was so special.

Q. How the idea for the movie was conceived?

The subject was the problems faced by women in a male-dominated society. I play Rani, a 35-year-old widow who devoted her life for her son. 

Q. You have traveled with the movie to different countries. How well the subject was communicated?

Though set on a rural background, the theme has a universal appeal. Many of the women I met during its screenings abroad, like Sweden and the US, told me that the story has correlations with their life. For some, it was the story of somebody known to them.

Q. Has “Parched’ been labelled as a women-centric movie?

A. I heard many terming it as a women-centric picture.. I’m against such a labeling. More than a women-oriented theme, it is a story with social relevance.

Q. The controversies regarding the movie?

A. Though few unwanted controversies crop up after its release, nothing bothered us. You see, the film won accolades in venues across the country and abroad and it generated high opinion. For us, that holds significance. 

Q. How do you find the story and characters?

A.  I personally come across such a character and discussed the subject with Leena Yadav. She showed keen interest and the movie took shape. As producer, Ajay Devgan too offered his wholehearted support.

Q. Of late, censoring is a widely discussed topic. What’s your say?

A. You see, the Film Certification board often makes unwanted interventions. What we need is just certification. I agree that certain scenes are not suitable for children of certain age group as they cannot understand them fully. But with the information technology spreading its wings and everything is available at your fingertips, it is absurd to push for censoring. It destroys the core of the story. Being a developed society, what is the requirement of placing restrictions in the form of censoring? I’m totally against it.