Parvathy Thiruvothu is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Malayalam. She is a winner of various awards and accolades for her works including the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress. She is also a very vocal Feminist and an active member of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC). Let us wish her a wonderful Happy Birthday.
Parvathy was born on 7 April 1988 in Calicut, Kerala, to P. Vinod Kumar and T. K. Usha Kumari, who are both lawyers. During her schooling years, her family moved to Thiruvananthapuram, and she pursued her studies there. After finishing school at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pangode, she completed her B.A. in English Literature from All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram.
Parvathy made her acting debut in the 2006 Malayalam film Out of Syllabus, portraying a supporting role as a college student. Her second venture, Rosshan Andrrews’ ‘Notebook’, won media attention due to its theme of teenage pregnancy. She was also seen in Sathyan Anthikkad’s comedy-drama film, ‘Vinodayathra’ (2007).
Her first leading role was in the Kannada film ‘Milana’, which became a commercial success upon release. She was later seen in many other south Indian language movies. Her portrayal as Panimalar in the movie ‘Maryan’ made her receive multiple nominations for Best Actress, most notably the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil and the Vijay Award for Best Actress.
In 2014, her movie ‘Bangalore Days’ directed by Anjali Menon was a huge success. In 2015, she appeared in the romance film ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ which several critics regarded as one of the greatest romance films made in Malayalam. Parvathy’s performance was acclaimed critically & commercially. She went on to win many accolades most notably her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam.
Her 2017 movie ‘Take Off’, directed by Mahesh Narayan was a huge success. The film was screened at international festivals, including the International Film Festival of India and the International Film Festival of Kerala. She went on to win IFFI Best Actor Award (Female), becoming the first-ever Indian film Actress to win the silver peacock award. She was also nominated for National Film Award for Best Actress, where she lost to Sridevi in the final round. But went on to win her first National Film Award – Special Mention a second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam.
She made her Bollywood debut opposite Irrfan Khan in ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ in 2017. In 2019, she starred in the Malayalam movie ‘Uyare’. Her role as Pallavi Raveendran, an acid attack survivor got appreciation from the critics as well as the audience.
Parvathy is also an active member of Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), the organisation formed after the sexual attack on actress Bhavana which supported and fought for the survivor. Parvathy is also a vocal feminist her fight against patriarchy is ongoing. She has never hesitated to call out the bigotry of the film industry and has harshly criticised the wrong happenings.
Parvathy is not just a great actress, but her strong personality that does not kneel down to anything is a true inspiration for all the women around the world.