Malayalam actress Parvathy TK is known for her outspoken attitude and doesn’t mind putting her heart out when it comes to situations where women aren’t portrayed appropriately in films. Parvathy was recently speaking at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) and spoke a few words about how more women need to step into film-making and the need to make the industry more work-friendly for women. And while speaking about all this, Parvathy also spoke about how women are portrayed in few films which isn’t the right away and mentioned about a film she recently watched – ‘Kasaba’ which has Malayalam Mega Star Mammootty.
“I had watched a film recently, to my bad luck. With all respect to the makers, the film disappointed me, as it featured a great actor spitting totally misogynistic dialogues. A lot of people feel cinema reflects life and society, so when a superstar mouths such a dialogue, people might think its sexy and cool,” Parvathy said during her speech referring to Mammootty’s film ‘Kasaba’. And as the video went viral, Parvathy faced the heat online and comments, abuses and trolls started targeting Parvathy for her comments. Parvathy, however, didn’t seem to have been affected by any of those comments or abuses, and posted a message on her Twitter page which summarised the situation.
“Cinema can reflect all aspects of the society and all kinds of people. The good, the bad and the ugly. But no! It cannot glorify injustice and violence as “cool” & “mass” entertainment. I rest my case. This was a good day indeed! Thank you for sharing (and hurling) your thoughts!” posted Parvathy TK on Twitter. Parvathy posted this message after few online users hurled comments at her for her statement about Mammootty and his films ‘Kasaba’. One of the user posted a message for Parvathy which read – “Dear Parvathy, Requesting yu to watch movie ‘Chunks’ n’ I hope U’ll say a word against the female lead.”
Cinema can reflect all aspects of the society and all kinds of people. The good, the bad and the ugly. But no! It cannot glorify injustice and violence as “cool” & “mass” entertainment. I rest my case. This was a good day indeed! Thank you for sharing (and hurling) your thoughts!
— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) December 12, 2017
— Akhil Joseph (@_Akhil_Jo) December 12, 2017
Parvathy, on work front, has a film that will be directed by Anjali Menon which co-stars Nazriya Nazim and Prithviraj Sukumaran. The film is yet to be titled and is slated to be released in Mid-2018. The untitled film will back the trio of Bangalore Days – Anjali Menon, Parvathy and Nazriya Nazim – much to the joy of Malayalam cinema. This film will be a sort of comeback for Nazriya who hasn’t appeared in a film since her wedding with Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil.
Parvathy also made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ starring Irrfan Khan and the actress was appreciated for her performance in the film. Parvathy also received the Best Actress Award for her role in ‘Take Off’ at the International Film Festival of India 2017 held in Goa. Also starring, Fahadh Faasil, Asif Ali and Kunchako Boban, ‘Take Off’ was the story about few nurses stranded in Tikrik, Iraq and were held hostage by terrorists. Parvathy played the role of a nurse, Sameera, who was one of the hostages in the story. Speaking to a leading daily about receiving the Best Actress Award, Parvathy says that the film industry is gradually changing it is functioning and penning down stories.
Speaking about what kinds of roles she wants to do and the kinds of films that have come her way, Parvathy had recently said, “I have been fortunate and also I have been patient. It has taken me 11 years now. Four years ago, before a Bangalore Days happened, these opportunities were not there. But I still get the same joy out of my projects. I have never compromised on the quality of my work. Even though I don’t like the term female-oriented, I am now getting films based on stories about women. I don’t understand this idea that some people don’t write women characters because they believe that men can’t empathise with them, and hence it won’t sell. But when women watch movies with male protagonists, we empathise, don’t we? So, we have to de-genderise our films and that’s when more ideas of roles for men, women and transgenders would come.” Parvathy has been working in films for more than a decade now and has been choosy about her role and the scripts.