Surveen Chawla says since working on “Parched”, she has stopped judging other women.
Surveen plays a village dancer in the movie, which also stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Sayani Gupta. Chawla made her television debut as Charu in the serial Kahin To Hoga and then appeared in the reality dance show Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, where she paired up with Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth.
She made her film debut with Kannada film Paramesha Panwala. In 2011, she appeared in the Punjabi film Dharti which was released in April 2011. Thereafter she has appeared in the Punjabi films Taur Mittran Di, Saadi Love Story, Singh vs Kaur, Lucky Di Unlucky Story and Disco Singh (2014). She did her first item number “Dhoka Dhoka” in Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala.
“Parched revolves around four women living in a poor village of north-western region of India, where women are subjected to all the imaginable abuses. ‘Parched’ has been a liberating process. The film has taken away my judgement about one and every woman. I come from conservative background where changes are not accepted easily.
“But these women in village are so liberal in their thoughts that they talk about sex, domestic violence unabashedly. We, women living in the cities, try to cover domestic violence. But these women talk about it,” Surveen said in a group interview.
The actress said despite being set in a village, “Parched” has set a chord with international audience because of its relatable story.
“I think we go through abusive relationships in both professional and personal space. We are exploited at workplace, in film industry and in any other industry. There’s so much of gender bias around you. When this film travelled around the world everyone could relate to the story,” she said.
“Parched” is set to arrive in theatres on September 23. – CINEWS