Parvathy proved her mettle as an artiste with award-winning performances in films across Malayalam and Tamil cinema including super hits like 'Maryaan', 'Poo' and 'Bangalore Days', is recently debuted in Bollywood, with 'Qarib Qarib Singlle'. She speaks about working in B-Town, being part of the Women in Cinema Collective, and more.
After proving her mettle as an artiste with award-winning performances in films across Malayalam and Tamil cinema including super hits like Maryaan, Poo and Bangalore Days, Parvathy recently debuted in Bollywood. The actress stars in Tanuja Chandra’s love story Qarib Qarib Singlle, that also has National award-winning actor Irrfan Khan.
While most actresses from the south like Asin and Kajal Aggarwal chose big-budget vehicles for their Hindi film debut, Parvathy’s is an unconventional choice. Before Qarib Qarib Singlle, Parvathy was approached for other Bollywood films, but things never materialised.
“Until a few years ago, Bollywood seemed like a very intimidating space for which I didn’t have the energy and time. Also, the offers that came my way weren’t impressive. One was regressive while the other team didn’t think they needed to narrate the script to a female actor. However, when Tanuja approached me with the script, I felt like it was a Malayalam film and not a typical Bollywood project. In terms of acting, irrespective of the language, my approach has been the same. I stick to my convictions and rules. Having said that, I understood the marketing structure of films here, and how different it is from the south. I find it quite amusing,” said Parvathy whose film is a contemporary love story that revolves around a couple who begin an unusual journey that turns out to be an adventure.
Nevertheless, her choice seems to have worked in her favour, for the actress has clearly emerged the star of the film, with critics and audiences showering her with praise. It’s quite a feat considering the presence of a powerhouse talent like Irrfan. Speaking about her co-star, she said, “I’ve watched The Namesake and Piku. He was phenomenal in both. I am a fan but I had no time to be star struck on the set. He is very talented one of those people whose craft is bigger than their personality.”
Parvathy, who has been extremely vocal about casting couch cases and harassment incidents in the South film industry, is part of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), that was formed after the abduction and assault of a fellow actor. “WCC is an aggregation of women film professionals from the Malayalam film industry which aims at drawing attention to and addressing issues women face within the industry. We are creating a space where we give a balanced narrative and where women can speak without the fear of being intimidated or silenced,” explained Parvathy.
Films apart, Parvathy is also quite active on Instagram with regular updates on her scenic escapades and powerful messages on social issues. “I get a lot of messages from people asking me why I’m sharing these things. At the end of the day, before being Parvathy the actress, I’m also Parvathy the person. It’s my way of exploring myself, expressing my opinion, just like a regular person. There’s no message to anyone. My only connection with audiences is through my films.” She says.
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