Malayalam actress Parvathy is making her debut in Bollywood with ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ which also stars Irrfan Khan in the other lead role. Parvathy also will be reuniting with ‘Bangalore Days’ director Anjali Menon for a film which also will be a comeback for Nazriya Nazim.
In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Parvathy speaks about the difference between Bollywood and South industries and her reunion with Anjali Menon.
You have worked in regional movies and now a Bollywood film, would you say there is a difference in the shooting style for both?
I’ve only done one Bollywood film so I don’t know with other directors, how it’s going to be. With Tanuja, the intention of film-making was very pure. There was integrity in it and that’s what I liked is that, it never felt like it was Bollywood. I mean, Bollywood is there, the film industry is thriving and it’s huge and it’s everywhere. Anytime, I travel abroad and I say I’m an actor from India, they’re like, ‘Oh, Bollywood!’ And I say, ‘Umm, not yet!'(laughs) I would say that it’s great to be here. It’s great to now understand what’s actually happening behind-the-scenes but film-making at the end of the day, in front of the camera, I have to do things exactly as genuine as I do in any other regional language. There’s no discounting or there’s no adding.
You are currently working on two movies – Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum and My Story. Can you tell us about your roles in both the films?
I’ve already finished Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum. I’ve already done that. It’s a working woman in the early 90’s. What happens to her when she starts writing a diary and what happens when the family finds out. That was the time when women, putting their thoughts out on paper was considered as blasphemy. It’s a collection of short films. I play one character with other actors working in the other ones. It’s not finished yet because it is Vasant sir’s pet project. He’s producing it. That was a great experience for me. 5 days of shoot and the entire movie is over. There was no vanity, nothing. We were all in one room like student filmmaking. It was brilliant. That was great. It’s over actually and my work is done.
My Story started last year but unfortunately, because of some funding issues, it got stalled. We’ve restarted it. I’m attempting to play a version of a superstar who is tired of the industry. There is nothing I could relate to. Infact, I enjoy my work. This is a character I’m doing who does not, who was forced into being a superstar. It’s a very cliched love story but said through a brilliant script.
If there was a Hindi remake of Bangalore Days, would you like to be a part of that cast as well? If not, who would you want to see from Bollywood play your character?
I wouldn’t play it because I already did the remake of that in Tamil and I realised I should never do a remake of a character I have done because I was bored, very honestly. But, in Bollywood as of now who can play Sarah with the integrity that Anjali Menon (Director of Bangalore Days) would have wanted, I would say Alia Bhatt. It was already stuck… I thought Alia and then I was like, ‘Okay, that’s the first thing and now let me look for others.’ But no, I think it’s simple. It’s Alia.
Recently, you were a victim of social media trolling because of your Instagram post about your accident. How do you deal with social media hate?
It’s very simple. I’ll just summarise it in one line is that my relationship with the audience is through my art. Everything else that I am is me as a person and as a citizen of the country. So, I have the same right as anybody else. Which is why I don’t get affected, which is why I am an equal participant in the democracy in what’s happening in our country. But, that doesn’t have anything to do with my craft. My relationship with the audience will always be through my characters. That always remains very pristine and proper. It’s very sorted in my head.