Parvathy, is a leading actress, who has appeared in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada. She made her debut in the Malayalam film 'Out of Syllabus' in 2006. Her most famous films include Notebook, Bangalore Days, City of God, Andhar Bahar (Kannada). Her popular Tamil movies are Poo, Mariyaan, Uthama Villain, etc. After doing the lead heroine for Dhanush starrer Mariyaan, Parvathy's acting career took a fast pace and she re-entered the Mollywood bagged big projects and became the busiest actress in Malayalam Film Industry. She won the Kerala State Award for Best Actress in 2015 for her roles in Ennu Ninte Moideen and Charlie, IIFA award and 2017 National Award special mention for her role in Take Off. Parvathy's exceptional and unique style of delivering a character has taken her even to Bollywood and she was featured in the lead role of Qarib Qarib Single a romantic comedy directed by Tanuja Chandra.
Parvathy Early Life
Parvathy was born in Kozhikode on 7th April 1988 as Parvathy TK, TK being her mother’s family name Thiruvoth Kottuvata. Her parents, P Vinod Kumar and TK Usha Kumari are both lawyers. She finished her schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pangode at Thiruvananthapuram when her parents moved to the capital city of Trivandrum. She went on to pursue a BA in English literature from All Saint’s College, Trivandrum.
Parvathy Family Father Mother
Parvathy was born to P Vinod Kumar and TK Usha Kumari on 7th April, 1988. Both her parents are lawyers. She has a younger brother, Karunakaran.
Parvathy started her career with a stint as a TV host in Kiran TV. She made her debut in feature films by playing a supporting role in Out Of Syllabus, a 2006 movie. She later attained fame with her portrayal of Pooja in Rosshan Andrews critically acclaimed teen movie, Notebook. The film, even though not becoming a box-office hit tackled the delicate subject of teenage pregnancy. She was next seen in Vinodayathra in a supporting role. The film had Mukesh, Dileep and Meera Jasmine and turned out to be a hit.
She forayed into Sandalwood (Kannada film industry) with Milana, starring Puneet Rajkumar. The 2007 film was released to mixed reviews, nevertheless, it went on to run a whopping 450 days at a Bangalore multiplex. Parvathy’s performance was widely appreciated. The actress returned to Malayalam to star in Sibi Malayil’s Mohanlal starrer, Flash. A psychological thriller, Flash was no Manichithrathazhu but starring alongside an A-lister helped Parvathy’s career.
She made her debut in Tamil industry with Poo. The actress went on to great extends to perfect her role as Maari, a young village including visiting a firework factory and getting her skin tone darker. She later revealed that she had opted out of twelve projects to bag Poo. The movie was met with excellent reports and Parvathy’s realistic portrayal grabbed eyes. Tamil critics judged the performance as riveting and she went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the Vijay Award for Best Debut actress. While Poo was her only release in 2008, the Kannada flick, Male Barali Manju Irali was the only one in 2009. For the first time in her career, the actress dubbed for herself and it paid off. The Vijayalakshmi Singh directed movie bagged rave reviews for itself and the actress.
In the next year, she starred in Prithvi alongside Puneet Rajkumar. Unlike her previous outing with Puneet, the film failed to meet the expectations and many critics noted Parvathy’s role as mostly confined to songs. One of the most noted films of her career, City of God released in 2011. Parvathy delivered one of her career-best performance in this multi-starrer. The film had Prithviraj, Indrajith and was directed by Nayakan director Lijo Jose Pellisserry. The film tanked, but it was appreciated for its direction and performances. Parvathy’s performance as the Tamil refugee girl stunned the critics, many even describing it as just brilliant.
The actress took a break after City of God only to return in Andar Bahar. The film had her playing the wife of a criminal, starring opposite Shivrajkumar. The movie was met with positive reviews. She starred in Chennayil Oru Naal (2013), the Tamil remake of Malayalam pathbreaker, Traffic. The film had an ensemble cast where Parvathy played Aditi, a supporting role. What became Parvathy’s breakout role came in the same year. Directed by acclaimed ad director Bharath Bala, Mariyaan had the actress paired opposite Tamil superstar Dhanush. Playing Panimalar, a young girl, Parvathy won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Preparing for her role, she spent significant time with fishermen, learning their culture and swimming.
In 2014, only one film of hers released. Bangalore Days, directed by Anjali Menon had a huge star cast, some of the biggest names in Malayalam, including Dulquer Salmaan and Fahadh Faasil. Her portrayal of the RJ Sarah was hugely popular and more so because of her appealing chemistry with Dulquer Salmaan. The movie went on to become one of the biggest hits in Malayalam ever. Moreover, she also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parvathy later reprised her role in the Tamil version of the movie in 2016 titled Bangalore Naatkal, starring Arya, Bobby Simha and Sri Divya. She was seen alongside Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan in the Tamil flick, Uttama Villain in 2015. The film had her playing a superstar’s daughter. Though the film didn’t do well as expected at the box-office, it was appreciated for its performances and script.
Ennu Ninte Moideen, released in the same year had the actress essaying real-life character, Kanchanamala. The movie had Prithviraj playing BP Moideen and went on to become one of the highest grosser of the year. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.
Parvathy starred as Tessa in the Martin Prakkatt film Charlie in 2015. The film had her starring opposite her Bangalore Days co-star Dulquer Salmaan. The film was a whopping success and bagged her The Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress (with Ennu Ninte Moideen) and a Best Actor Award for Dulquer Salmaan. After Ennu Ninte Moideen and Charlie, the actress started her 2017 with the movie Take Off and her character in the movie as well as the movie bagged International exposure and Take Off brought her the Best Actress Award, International Film Festival Of Goa, 2017 National Award and Kerala State Award. She also made her debut in Bollywood with Qarib Qarib Single starring opposite Irrfan Khan. 2018 will have her performing the lead role in three movies including one Tamil movie.
Parvathy has bagged many prestigious awards including International Awards and some of them are listed below.
S No Award Movie Year 1
Kerala State Film Award, NAFA, Best actress
Take Off 2018 2 IIFA Awards, Best Actress Take Off 2017 3 Kerala State Film Awards, Best Actress Ennu Ninte Moideen, Charlie 2015 4 Filmfare Award, NAFA Ennu Ninte Moideen 2015 5 SIIMA, Filmfare Awards (Supporting Actress) Bangalore Days 2014 6 SIIMA, Vijay Awards, Filmfare, Best Actress (Critics)(Tamil) Maryaan 2013 7 Karnataka State Award, Best Actress(Nominated) Milana 2018
She also has bagged popular awards for the best actress from Asianet, Vijay TV, Flowers TV awards, Asiavision Awards and Vanitha Awards.
Parvathy was a successful host in Kiran TV, a popular music channel owned by Sun Network before getting her break in films.
Parvathy did her schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pangode in Trivandrum. She achieved her graduation in English Literature from All Saint's College, Trivandrum in Kerala.
Parvathy Trivia & Facts
- Made her debut in 2006 with Out of Syllabus
- According to the actress, was given the suffix Menon by a Kannada journalist who assumed her to be a Menon seeing due to her Malayali origin
- Born in Kozhikode, educated in Thiruvananthapuram
- Was a popular VJ in a music channel before being cast in Notebook
- Trained in Bharatanatyam for 11 years
- Won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 2015 for Ennu Ninte Moideen and Charlie and Take Off in 2017.
- Won Best Actress Award at International Film Festival Of Goa
- Special mention by 67th National Award Jury for her role in the movie Take Off
- Was referred as ‘Pooja’ in film magazines during her early years because of her character in the movie, Notebook
- Her Kannada flick with Puneet Rajkumar, ‘Milana’ ran for 450 days straight in a Bangalore multiplex.
- Made her debut in Bollywood with the movie Qarib Qarib Single
- Unlike popular belief, her name is not Parvathy Menon, instead just ‘Parvathy’
- Knows Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, French, Malayalam, and English
- Her dream role is to play Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth onscreen
Parvathy Social Service
Parvathy was very much involved in Anbodu Kochi, an effort to help the 2015 Chennai flood victims. She along with actors like Indrajith and Poornima arranged food and other necessary items to reach Chennai city from Kochi.
Announced through social media that unlike media reports and screen credits, her name is not Parvathy Menon. She told the Hindu in 2011 and later in 2015 clarified that she is not ‘…the religion or the cast I (she) was born into, alone. I am also not my gender or my skin colour, alone. I believe that I am a bit of everything and so is everyone else.’ in 2015.
In 2017, the actress made a comment on the superstar Mammootty's role in the movie Kasaba. Parvathy said that Mammootty's film Kasaba has several dialogues that were demeaning to women. She was speaking at a panel discussion on the representation of women in cinema at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). This statement provoked the fans and followers soon and put her into a major controversy, with the actor receiving death and rape threats on several social media platforms. Parvathy had, however, refused to take the abuse lying down, and filed a complaint with the Kerala police.
The Kasaba controversy has even affected her 2018 movie titled My Story. The video song published on the Youtube bagged the most number of dislikes and comments defaming the actress. The social media platforms were filled with the hashtag OMPV.
Parvathy Social Profiles
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