Chennai: She was the youngest anchor to do an English programme in Rosebowl. A tenth grade student then, Parvathy began getting many offers to act in commercials and films too. But her parents refused to let her act because of her studies. Now, the same nerdy studious girl is waiting for her release, Uthama Villain with Kamal Haasan and Thala 55 with Ajith.
“I am really excited to see myself on the big screen sharing screen space with Kamal sir. I would say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act with such a legend. My character is scripted by him. I was a bit nervous in the beginning. But Kamal sir made me feel at ease during the shoot. Getting appreciation from him is very special,” Parvathy says. She plays the love interest of Kamal Haasan’s son in the film.
Parvathy says that when she got a call from Kamal’s office, she thought someone was playing a prank. Its only when it was followed by many more calls, she understood that it was, indeed, genuine and responded. “Rest of the cast included known actors, and I wondered why they had chosen me. But to my surprise, I was told that my face suited the character,” she chuckles.
After Uthama Villain, her next outing in Tamil will be the Gautham Menon-Ajith film, tentatively titled Thala 55. “I can’t hide my excitement to be a part of Gautham Menon’s film. I’m not at liberty to divulge any details about the film,” she smiles.
Parvathy, who has done more than a 100 commercials in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, was an active member of theatre clubs in school and college. As a school girl, she had won a Guinness certificate for being part of team that made the longest painting in the world. After being crowned Miss Karnataka in 2009, Parvathy became a recognised face in all the south Indian languages. “I wanted to participate in the Miss India beauty pageant. But due to the height eligibility, I couldn’t apply. I’m 5.5’, but their criterion was 5.6’ and above,” she adds....