Actress Parvathy TK recently spoke at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) about a film which had Mammootty, playing a cop, saying few lines to his senior woman police officer and said that the way women are portrayed is not right and a change is required. Parvathy also added that there are few woman filmmakers in Malayalam cinema and it is imperative that more woman take up this creative job. And after her comments on the film ‘Kasaba’, which had Mammootty in the lead role, Parvathy faced a lot of abuse online on social media and the actress never stepped back, and instead gave it back to the trolls. Producer of ‘Kasaba’ Joby George took to his Facebook page and posted a message taking a jibe at the actress about her remarks on the film and the dialogues. However, Parvathy did receive a lot of support from her colleagues in the industry and few netizens who slammed at the trolls for supporting something which portrayed women in poor light. And the latest to join the ones supporting Parvathy is Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac who took to his Facebook page to express shock and slammed those people who abused Parvathy.
“Parvathy made us all proud by winning the best actress award at IFFI. This is not a standalone incident where a woman has been attacked on cyber space for voicing out her opinion. This is appalling and condemnable. It is now clear that the decision of women in the film industry to create a platform for upholding their rights has not gone down well with many in the state. The increasing cyber-attacks on women is disturbing to watch and the language used is unfortunately far from dignified. The bitter experiences of Sajitha Madathil, Rima Kallingal and script writer Didi Damodaran are not to be forgotten here. I have noticed how all the women who are in the forefront of WCC have always come under such scrutiny when speaking their mind. Cinema is an industry where women are seldom treated the way they should be. Such brave voices coming up from such a constrained space are to be always encouraged. Any attempts to silence such voices would prove unsuitable to a cultured society. Such coalitions formed by women should always be upheld and given their due space in society,” Thomas Isaac wrote on his Facebook page.
Parvathy, during her speech, hadn’t taken the name of the film to which she was referring but filmmaker Geetu Mohandas suggested her to go ahead and name the film which was Mammootty starrer ‘Kasaba’. Responding to these comments, producer of ‘Kasaba’, Joby George posted a message on his Facebook page and took a dig at Parvathy and Geetu Mohandas. “I will have a screening of ‘Kasaba’ for Geethu Aunty and Parvathy aunty as birthday gifts if they tell me their birthdays to me,” wrote Joby on his Facebook page. In what can be termed as a sly dig at the actress and the filmmaker, Joby George is now being slammed by many, majorly women, from the Malayalam film industry for his comments on the ladies.
Malayalam film industry has a separate entity for women, Women in Cinema Collective, which was created this year. The entity is taking steps to ensure women are treated appropriately in the industry, and is also handling cases like the Malayalam actress assault case.
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.