Radhika Apte’s Parched directed by Leena Yadav has been captivating millions of hearts at all the leading international film festivals. The film moves around three women in a remote village of Gujarat.
Unfortunately, Radhika’s nude video from the film was leaked online.
When a leading daily asked the producer of the film Aseem Bajaj about it, he said he was oblivious about the whole incident. He added he may approach cyber cell of the Mumbai police to look into the incident.
I don’t think the leak happened in India.The film has released in the US and France and its possible someone uploaded them from there. The scenes are not sensational or titillating in any way. But in our country, while rape videos are available freely, sex is still considered taboo so we had planned to blur out the breasts. Radhika plays a woman who has been beaten up all her life and is yearning for a loving touch.
He further stated,
She’s like my sister, we did not set out to exploit her in any way. This kind of attitude stems from the way people view such scenes. I didn’t see men in the US and France ‘getting excited’. We haven’t sent the film to the Indian censors yet but I am confident the CBFC will understand the thought behind them and agree that they are integral to the narrative. We are not ashamed of these scenes.