It has been raining newcomers in Molly wood but how many can count themselves lucky to be launched by a renowned director?
Parvathi Nambiar is thanking her lucky stars that she was able to set foot in Mollywood with 'Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal', directed by Lal Jose, with Dileep and Rima Kallingal.
Sitting down to chat with Parvathi reveals an exuberant girl brimming with life and childlike innocence, with no trace of makeup. “I hate wearing makeup. I restrict it to only shootings, otherwise you will never catch me with makeup," she says.
Coming back to bagging the role in a Lal Jose movie, she explains, “I was recommended by Anil sir to Lal Jose. He asked me to do a video shoot. He described the situation and asked me to give my own interpretation of it and act it out. I was not sure if I would be selected but I did act out the situaion, which Lal sir liked and I was in."
That was the beginning, but not the end of the hurdles.
“I am playing the role of a model and at that time, I was plump. Lal sir asked me to lose weight. I began clocking in hours at the gym, following a diet of salads, egg whites and oats till I lost seven kilos in 15 days. I had 15 days to lose weight and I managed that and the person who was most surprised to see my new slim figure was Lal sir himself !"
The youngster was pampered on the sets by everyone and adds that Lal gave her absolute freedom to act the way she wanted to. Her co-stars, including Dileep, were so co-operative that she never once felt like a newcomer.
Asked if she had the jitters while facing the camera or acting with established stars, Parvathi says, “I have faced the camera before so the fear factor was totally absent! But I admit to being tense awaiting the release of the film. I feel like I am waiting for my Class XII results!"
Parvathi is pursuing her BA in English Literature at Mercy College, Palakkad.
A hundred expressions flit across Pravathy's face as she speaks and there is a reason for that. “I am a trained classical dancer; I have learnt Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Kathakali and Koodiattam too. It could be my dance experience that makes me very expressive," adding, “I am also a state-level badminton player."
Parvathi is optimistic about her future. “I plan to continue my cinematic journey because I love to act. But I am very clear that I will not do any skin show; I come from an orthodox family and I just want to do roles that I am comfortable with."
She says candidly that with so many newcomers flooding the industry, it is only the talented who will survive and make a mark.