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Also known as:Parvathy Thiruvoth Kottuvata
Born:May 14, 1989
Birthplace:Kozhikode, Kerala, India
A two-time winner of the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, Parvathy is one among the most sought-after and versatile leading ladies in contemporary Malayalam cinema. She made her debut in 2006 with the drama film Out of Syllabus, and won her maiden Filmfare Award just two years into her career courtesy of her performance in the Tamil romantic drama Poo (2008) . She has since then delivered several great performances in a number of Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada language movies.

Born to lawyers T K Usha Kumari and P Vinod Kumar, Parvathy completed her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kerala. After finishing her schooling, she went on to pursue a bachelors degree in English Literature from All Saint`s College, Trivandrum. Parvathy is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.

Parvathy made her acting debut in 2006 with the Malayalam movie Out of Syllabus. However, In the following year, she bagged her first leading role in the Kannada movie Milana (2007), which also marked her debut in Kannada cinema. The movie turned out to be a commercial success, while Parvathy was nominated for a Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.

One of the most prominent roles of her career came with the 2008 movie Poo, which also marked her debut in the Tamil film industry. Relatively new in the industry, Parvathy went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil and the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for her role in the film. In 2017, Parvathy made her Bollywood debut with the Tanuja Chandra film Qarib Qarib Single.

Male Barali Manju Irali (2009) - The Kannada movie majorly had rookie members in the crew but went on to receive rave review from the critics. Parvathy took up the role after turning down offers from several Tamil filmmakers who wanted to cast her in roles which were similar to her role in Poo. A critic commented "Parvathy steals the show" and that "she comes with one of the most absorbing performances. Her level of commitment to the role could be gauged by the way she has taken pains to dub in an alien language almost perfectly".

City of God (2011) - Depicting the story of Tamil immigrant workers and a team of land mafia criminals, the movie was hailed to be one of the first `New Generation` Malayalam cinema was received positive critic reviews. However, the movie was pulled out from the theaters after just one week resulting it to be a box office failure. Parvathy essayed the role of Marathakam, a Tamil village woman, who runs away from her house to escape her abusive husband. She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award at the South Indian International Movie Awards 2011.

Maryan (2013) - The Tamil movie directed by Bharat Bala saw her essay the character of Panimalar for which she won the SIIMA Best Actress (Critics) Award and was also nominated for the Best Actress Filmfare Award.

Bangalore Days (2014) - After Maryan, Parvathy`s next hit came with the Malayalam movie Bangalore Days directed by Anjali Menon. The coming-of-age-romantic drama received unanimous appreciation for its direction, cinematography, performances, and music, and is one of the most successful movies of Malayalam cinema. Parvathy`s role as RJ Sarah earned her another Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015) - Continuing her success in Malayalam movies, in 2015 Parvathy appeared in R. S. Vimal`s biographical romantic drama Ennu Ninte Moideen essaying the role of Kanchana. The movie based on the real-life love story of Moideen, a Muslim boy, who fell in love with Kanchana, a Hindu girl, in the 1960s: at a time when inter-religious marriages were a taboo. Which can be easily termed as one of the best performances of her career, the role fetched her several awards in 2015 including the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress.

Charlie (2015) - Charlie bagged 8 awards at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards. The romantic drama directed by Martin Prakkat also stars Dulquer Salman in the lead role. Parvathy impressed the audience with another commendable performance, winning several accolades including Asianet Best Actress Award.

In 2017, Parvathy made her Bollywood debut in Tanuja Chandra`s Qarib Qarib Singlle alongside Irrfan Khan. The film was generally well-received, with critics praising the easy chemistry between its lead actors and hailing the actress` performance as "a breath of fresh air". In the same year, her performance in the acclaimed drama thriller Take Off (2017) won Parvathy the Silver Peacock for Best Actress at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), thereby earning her the unique distinction of becoming the first Malayalam actress to win the honour. She also won the second Kerala State Film Award of her career for her work in the film, where she portrayed a braveheart nurse who weathers the ordeal of being held captive by ISIS terrorists in Iraq.

The actress started 2018 with the romantic drama My Story, which failed to impress both the critics and the audience alike. Subsequently, Parvathy essayed the role of Sophie in Anjali Menon`s Koode (2018), a family drama where she starred alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran and Nazriya Nazim. Her 2019 release includes Virus.
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Did You Know? (7)

  • At the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2017, Parvathy became the first Malayalam actress to win the Silver Peacock Award for Best Actor (Female). She won his honour for her stellar performance in the drama thriller Take Off (2017).
  • In 2017, Parvathy joined an elite group of Mollywood actresses when she won the Kerala State Film Award for a second time in her career - for her performance in Take Off (2017). She had previously won the prestigious honour in 2015, for her work in Ennu Ninte Moideen and Charlie.
  • Parvathy holds a B.A. degree in English literature and has graduated from All Saints' College at Trivandrum, Kerala.
  • Parvathy had to turn down 12 roles after she signed the movie Poo citing commitment for her role in the movie. The actress eventually went on to win her career's maiden Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her role.
  • For her role in the movie Maryan, Parvathy took lessons in swimming to perform underwater scenes.
  • The first time Parvathy's name appeared in a magazine, the reporter addressed her as 'Pooja' which was the name of the character she played in the movie Notebook.
  • Parvathy has trained in Bharatanatyam for 11 years.
  • Personal Quotes (7)

  • "I am not the religion or the caste I 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 are [sic] everyone else. I also do not believe that any of these aspects are of any value in defining how well I live or how qualified I am at work."
  • "How sad is that life when a man thinks that his manliness comes with asking sexual favours from a woman. That's the saddest way of being a man."
  • "We have become comfortably numb with a lot of things around us, including sexism. Films have a huge role to play in this. When films make a comedy out of such acts, as stalking a woman or hitting her behind, and it becomes a norm, and when those films become hits, I am scared for society."
  • "I am a lot of things, not just an actor or an activist."
  • "I have nothing against anyone who holds their caste as their surname (by default or by choice) as long as they do not use that as a weapon of discrimination."
  • "Arm candy roles are part of the learning process too. I did the whole sari twirling-romancing thing and I realized that it's not my school of filmmaking."
  • "There's a difference between reflection of the sexist society that we live in and the glorification of it. There has to be a proper message in the movie while it remains entertaining."
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