Parul Yadav

  • Actor

Jun 05, 1982  in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Also Known as: Pavithra

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A popular Indian model and TV and film actress, Parul Yadav is known for her works in the various TV shows and in South Indian films, especially in Kannada language ones. Parul who began her career as a model rose to fame with her roles in the TV series Bhagyavidhata, and in the Kannada language film Govindaya Namaha. The actress made her debut on the silver screen with the Bollywood film, Meri Aaghosh Mein (2000) and since then, she has appeared in several popular movies like Shravani Subramanya (2013), Bachchan (2013), Atagara (2015) and Killing Veerapan (2016) and along the way has picked up several awards including the SIIMA Award for Best Female Debutant, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Filmfare Award for Best actress.

Early Life
Born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Parul Yadav comes from a Hindu family. The actress started her career as a model and after her stint in modeling, she entered the world of cinema.

Movie Career
After her disastrous debut with the B-grade film titled Meri Aaghosh Mein, the actress took a break for four years only to return in 2004. In her comeback film, Parul made her debut in the Tamil film industry with Dreams directed by Kasthuri Raja. The film co-starring the superstar Dhanush and Diya largely got negative reviews from the critics and emerged to be a box office failure. Over the next couple of years, the actress worked in a few Malayalam films, viz. Krithyam (2005), Bullet (2008) and Black Dalia (2009) but success continued to elude her.

The actress struggled to get noticed until she rose to fame in 2012 with a stellar performance in the Kannada film titled Govindaya Namaha. The film, which marked her debut in the Sandalwood industry not only got appreciation from the critics but also won her the SIIMA Award for Best Female Debutant – Kannada and a nomination at the Udaya Award for Best Female Actor. The film, which was based on the life of a man who falls in love with four girls received mostly positive reviews from the critics. The Times of India stated “A complete mass entertainer with Komal at his best. With excellent dialogues and music, director Pavan Wadeyar has put the right step forward in his first movie.” Later in 2012, the actress, starred in Nandeesha, a Kannada film directed by Om Prakash Rao. The film co-starring Komal Kumar and Ramesh Bhatt was the remake of the 2003 Malayalam film Thilakkam starring Dileep and Kavya Madhavan.

After a successful year in 2012, Parul Yadav had a great start to her year in 2013 as she starred in the Kannada action psychological thriller film titled Bachchan, which won her the SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film directed by Shashank and co-starring Sudeep, Jagapati Babu, Bhavana Menon and Tulip Joshi got positive reviews from the critics, especially for its technical aspect and the camera works. In the same year, the actress featured in a special appearance in Shravani Subramanya, featuring Ganesh and Amulya in the lead roles. Upon release, the film received positive reviews and G. Arun Kumar from The Times of India stating, “Ganesh makes a lasting impression on the reviewer with his effortless performance, it is Amulya who steals the show with her bubbly act.”

For her solitary release of the year in 2014, director P.N. Sathya cast Parul Yadav in his Kannada film, Shivajinagara. The film, which also featured Duniya Vijay, Ashish Vidyarthi and Daniel Balaji in pivotal roles opened amidst positive reviews and Parul for her brilliant role won a nomination for Best Actress at the SIIMA Awards. After the success of Shivajinagara, the actress had quite a busy year in 2015 as she had four releases in the year. The year also marked her comeback to Tamil cinema after more than a decade as she starred in Pulan Visaranai 2. The film directed by R.K. Selvamani and co-starring Prashanth, Karthika and Mansoor Ali Khan was an average earner at the box office. The actresses’ other two releases, Vaastu Prakaara and Aatagara, both Kannada films won her further laurels. Whilst her brilliant performance in Vaastu Prakaara won her a nomination at the SIIMA Award for Best Actress, the latter won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

The actresses’ first film in 2016 was the Indian docudrama thriller film Killing Veerappan, which was directed by the stalwart director, Ram Gopal Varma. The film, which is based on the events leading up to Operation Cocoon to kill the infamous Indian bandit, Veerappan was shot primarily in Kannada language and was later dubbed in Tamil and Telugu languages. Upon release, the Kannada version of the film received wide praise from the critics for its brilliant performance by the lead actors, background score, casting, and direction. Parul Yadav’s other releases in 2016 include three Kannada films, viz. Jessie, Cottonpete, and Vijayaditya.