Malayalam actress Parvathy seems to be going through the best phase in her career with everything going her way. Parvathy 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.
“Till Monday, the fact that Take Off reached IFFI was itself a victory, especially for the non-stereotypical characters that are written for women. So the age-old myth about actresses having to be a certain way, in terms of how they look or feel in films has been changed. Here Sameera’s only goal is to deal with issues in her life. She’s least interested in her romance, in that being her dramatic need. This opens up a world of possibilities to the writers we have, who have been told that that won’t work for our audience,” Parvathy told TOI.
Speaking about picking roles which are off beat and non-commercial, Parvathy says, “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.”