Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvattaa (born 7 April 1988) is an Indian actress best known for her work in Malayalam and Tamil films. She has won a National Film Award, four Filmfare South Awards, and two Kerala State Film Awards.
Thiruvothu debuted in Malayalam with the 2006 film Out of Syllabus and won her first Filmfare Award for her performance in the Tamil romantic drama Poo (2008). In the following decade, she became more well-known for her roles in the Malayalam films Bangalore Days (2014), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), and Charlie (2015). This success continued with her leading roles in Take Off (2017), for which she received a National Film Award - Special Mention, Uyare and Virus (both 2019), and Puzhu (both 2019). (2022).
Early life and education Parvathy was born on April 7, 1988, in Calicut, Kerala, to lawyers P. Vinod Kumar and T. K. Usha Kumari. Aum Thiruvothu Karunakaran is her brother.
During her school years, her family relocated to Thiruvananthapuram, where she completed her studies. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from All Saints College in Thiruvananthapuram after graduating from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pangode. She was a successful television anchor at Kiran TV, a Thiruvananthapuram-based full-time music channel. She is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer.
Acting debut and success in a career (2006–2011)
Parvathy made her acting debut in the 2006 Malayalam film Out of Syllabus, playing a college student in a supporting role. Rosshan Andrrews' Notebook, her second venture, drew media attention due to its theme of adolescent pregnancy. She appeared alongside Roma Asrani and Mariya Roy after being chosen from among 5,000 applicants for one of the three main roles. She also appeared as a supporting actress in Sathyan Anthikkad's comedy-drama film Vinodayathra (2007), alongside Dileep, Mukesh, and Meera Jasmine.
Her first leading role was in the Kannada film Milana, which was a box office success upon its initial release. She was a surprise choice for the film, pairing with Puneet Rajkumar, and began working on it in April 2007. The film won mixed reviews, but the actress's role was praised with a critic noting she "has been a wonderful selection for the role", adding that "she has that right attitude for the role". The film went on to become a huge commercial success, playing for 500 days in a Bangalore multiplex. She returned to the Malayalam film industry as the leading female in Sibi Malayil's Flash, alongside Mohanlal and Indrajith, and stated prior to its release that she hoped the film would give her a break as a lead actress in the industry. However, the film was a commercial failure and received poor reviews upon its initial release.
Parvathy was cast as the lead in Sasi's Poo (2008), alongside Srikanth, and played the role of Maari, a young Tamil village girl. She revealed that she had to turn down twelve other offers in order to commit to the film, noting that Sasi chose her following a successful audition. To prepare for the role, the actress had to darken her skin tone several shades and visit a fireworks factory to learn about Maari's occupation. The actress admitted that it was difficult for her to break character and that she had grown emotionally attached to the role she had played. When it was released, the film and her performance received acclaim. "Parvathy has lived in the role of Maari and takes your breath away as she effortlessly delivers such a difficult role so convincingly on her debut in Tamil," a Sify.com critic wrote, adding that "she is consistently credible, lifelike, and absolutely riveting." Similarly, a Rediff.com reviewer stated that Poo is "almost entirely Parvathy's film," adding that "she's superb," and Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu stated, "Parvathy makes optimum use and plays a rustic belle to the hilt in attire and expression, also getting the body language right." The actress went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress, as well as other accolades and nominations from various award juries, most notably the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress.
Her only Kannada film release in 2009 was Male Barali Manju Irali, directed by Vijayalakshmi Singh, in which she dubbed for the role in her own voice. Parvathy accepted the project, which featured mostly inexperienced technicians, stating that she was impressed by the director's script and revealing that she had turned down several offers from Tamil filmmakers who wanted to cast her in roles similar to her character from Poo at the time. The film received positive reviews, with one critic stating that "Parvathy steals the show" and that "she delivers one of the most absorbing performances," and that "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."
In 2010, Parvathy collaborated with Puneet Rajkumar on Prithvi, a film about the political situation in Karnataka. When writing the script, the director earmarked her for the role, and her re-collaboration with Puneet after the success of Milana was built up by the media. Though the film received positive reviews upon its initial release, critics noted that Parvathy's character was "mostly confined to the songs" in the film. Her Malayalam film City of God (2011), directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, received mixed reviews upon its release. Despite the project's commercial failure, critics praised her as a "dynamo" in her role as a Tamil refugee girl. After the film's release, the actress took a voluntary break, deciding to be more selective in her script selection.
seasoned actress (2013-2014)
Her first release in 2013 was the Kannada romantic film Andhar Bahar, co-starring Shivrajkumar and telling the story of a newly married criminal and his wife. She dubbed with her own voice for the film again, revealing that she chose to star in it because the role was versatile enough for her. "Parvathy lights up the screen whenever she appears and is a delight to watch," wrote one critic of the film's debut. She next appeared in the 2013 Tamil thriller film Chennaiyil Oru Naal, alongside an ensemble cast. The film, a remake of the 2011 Malayalam film Traffic, has a hyperlink narrative, and Parvathy received positive reviews for her small role as Aditi. She has since signed on to play the lead in Bharat Bala's romantic drama Maryan, opposite Dhanush. The director had seen her performance in Poo and had auditioned her for the part, which Parvathy said was the best she had ever played. She played Panimalar, a girl who falls in love with the titular character Maryan and inspires him to overcome his difficulties. During production, the actress assisted in getting into the character's head by working with fishermen and learning how to swim for underwater scenes. In June 2013, the film received unanimously positive reviews and a successful box office performance. Parvathy "leaves a lasting impression," according to one Sify.com reviewer, and she "is totally in sync with Dhanush all the way; she has matched him step for step, never allowing him to overshadow her." Times of India's review noted "Parvathy is the other pillar of the film, and comes up with a scintillating performance", adding "it is such a pleasure to watch her portray the various emotions". Her portrayal of Panimalar earned her multiple Best Actress nominations, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil and the Vijay Award for Best Actress.
Her only 2014 release, Bangalore Days directed by Anjali Menon, was a high commercial success, with reports claiming that it was "one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam cinema". Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim, Nithya Menen, and Isha Talwar are among the ensemble cast members. Parvathy's performance as RJ Sarah was well received, and she went on to win a number of awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Malayalam.
Beyond Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015-present)
In 2015, she starred in the romance film Ennu Ninte Moideen, which told the tragic love story of Kanchanamala and Moideen in Mukkam, a riverside village in Kerala, in the 1960s. The film debuted to critical acclaim, with several critics hailing it as one of the best Malayalam romance films ever made. Parvathy's performance was both critically and commercially acclaimed. She went on to win numerous awards, including her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam. Charlie, her final release of 2015, starred Dulquer Salmaan, Aparna Gopinath, and Nedumudi Venu. The film went on to win eight Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actress for both Charlie and Ennu Ninte Moideen for Parvathy.
Parvathy attends the Bangalore Naatkal teaser launch press conference.
Parvathy had one film release in 2016, Bangalore Naatkal, directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar, in which she reprised her role as RJ Sarah from the Malayalam film Bangalore Days.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Minister of Tourism in Uttar Pradesh, and actress Pooja Hegde present the Silver Peacock Award for Best Actor (Female) to Parvathy Thiruvoth in 2017.
In 2017, Parvathy had two releases. Take Off, directed by Mahesh Narayan, was the first. Kunchacko Boban and Fahadh Faasil also appear in the film. Celebrities, including actor Kamal Haasan, praised the film. The film has been shown at international film festivals such as the International Film Festival of India and the International Film Festival of Kerala. The film was in theatres for more than 125 days. Parvathy's performance received a lot of praise. She went on to win the IFFI Best Actor Award (Female), becoming the first Indian film actress to do so. She was also nominated for a National Film Award for Best Actress, but lost in the final round to Sridevi. She went on to win her first National Film Award for Best Actress - Special Mention, a second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, and a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam. In 2017, she made her Bollywood debut alongside Irrfan Khan in Qarib Qarib Singlle.
Parvathy had two releases in 2018. The first was My Story, directed by Roshni Dinaker and starring Prithviraj. Anjali Menon's Koode was her next release. This was Parvathy's third film with Prithviraj, and her second with Anjali Menon and Nazriya Nazim, who was making a four-year comeback. Both critics and audiences gave the film positive reviews.
Parvathy had two releases in 2019. The first was Uyare by debutant Manu Ashokan. Her performance as Pallavi Raveendran, an acid attack survivor, received praise from both critics and the audience. Rima Kallingal produced Aashiq Abu's Virus, which was her second release. The film was about the Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala in 2018, which claimed many lives. Both the film and her performance were well received by critics and audiences.
Other projects and media
Parvathy, who played Dhanush's love interest in the film Maryan, made an unexpected statement to the press. When asked if she agreed to be a part of Maryan because of her co-star Dhanush, who has since become a sensation, she stated that she had never met Dhanush prior to Maryan.
Parvathy was among the first to publicly state that films with misogynistic dialogue should be avoided. Kasaba (2016 film) by veteran actor Mammootty is one such film, according to her. She requested that senior actors such as Mammootty, who is highly regarded and has a large fan base, refrain from acting in films with such misogynistic scripts in the future for the benefit of society as a whole. Parvathy's viewpoint was heavily criticised, and she became a victim of cyberbullying. Mammootty fans viciously trolled and abused her on various online platforms, and two of them were arrested by Kerala police after she filed a complaint. She had also spoken about the reality of Islamophobia in the industry, even in films such as Ennu Ninte Moideen and Take off, vowing not to make the same mistakes again.
She is a founding member of the Women in Cinema Collective, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of women in the Malayalam film industry.
In 2019, Parvathy chastised Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh at a Film Companion roundtable for glorifying misogyny, abuse, and toxic masculinity in films at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Her remarks about Arjun Reddy drew a lot of praise, with many pointing out that she was brave enough to address the issue in front of the film's lead actor, Vijay Deverakonda. Later, in an interview, Deverakonda chastised social media trolls for exaggerating the situation while emphasising his admiration for Parvathy and her work.
She resigned from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) in October 2020 in protest of General Secretary Edavela Babu's controversial remarks about a fellow female actor. She also demanded Babu's resignation and urged other members of the committee to do the same.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2006||Out of Syllabus||Gayatri||Malayalam|
|2009||Male Barali Manju Irali||Sneha Shivappa||Kannada|
|2011||City of God||Marakatham||Malayalam|
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Aditi||Tamil|
|2014||Bangalore Days||RJ Sarah||Malayalam|
|2015||Uttama Villain||Manonmani / Yamini (Portrait)||Tamil|
|Ennu Ninte Moideen||Kottatil Kanchanamaala||Malayalam|
|2016||Bangalore Naatkal||RJ Sarah||Tamil|
|Qarib Qarib Singlle||Jaya Shashidharan||Hindi|
|2018||My Story||Tara & Hema||Malayalam|
|2020||Halal Love Story||Haseena||Malayalam||Cameo Appearance|
|Aanum Pennum||Rachiyamma||Malayalam||Anthology film; segment: Rachiyamma|
|Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum||Devaki||Tamil||Anthology film; segment: Devaki|
|2021||Navarasa||Waheeda Begum||Tamil||Anthology series; segment: Inmai|
|2008||Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress – Tamil||Poo||Won|
|2011||South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||City of God||Nominated|
|2014||Filmfare Awards South||Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam||Bangalore Days||Won|
|Asianet Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress|
|Asiavision Awards||New Sensation in Acting|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress|
|2015||Kerala State Film Awards||Best Actress||Ennu Ninte Moideen|
|Asianet Film Awards|
|Vanitha Film Awards|
|Kerala Film Critics Association Awards|
|North American Film Awards|
|Asiavision Awards||Ennu Ninte Moideen|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress - Malayalam|
|SIIMA Awards||Best Actress (Critics) – Malayalam|
|1st IIFA Utsavam||Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female (Malayalam)|
|2016||CPC Cine Awards||Best Actress|
|Flowers Indian Film Awards|
|2017||2nd IIFA Utsavam||Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female (Malayalam)||Charlie||Nominated|
|Yuva Awards 2017||Yuva Best Actress||Take Off||Won|
|International Film Festival of India||Silver Peacock for the Best Actor Award (Female)||Won|
|2018||North American Film Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|Vanitha Film Awards||Best Actress (shared with Manju Warrier)||Won|
|CPC Cine Awards||Best Actress in a Lead Role||Won|
|Kerala State Film Awards||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress||Won|
|National Film Awards||National Film Award – Special Mention||Won|
|Janmabhoomi Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Asianet Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam||Won|
|3rd Anand TV & Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|SIIMA Awards||Best Actress – Malayalam||Won|
|Pantaloons Style Icon||—||Nominated|
|2019||Asianet Film Awards||Popular Actress||Koode||Nominated|
|2020||Uyare & Virus||Won|
|Vanitha Film Awards||Popular Actress||Won|
|Movie Street Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Critics Choice Film Awards||Best Actress - Malayalam||Uyare||Won|
|2021||SIIMA Awards||Best Actress – Malayalam||Nominated|
|Full name||Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvattaa|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm|
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 55 kg|
in pounds- 121 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||34-28-36|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Debut||Film: Out of Syllabus (2006, Malayalam) as Gayathri|
Milana (2007, Kannada) as Anjali
Poo (2008, Tamil) as Maari
Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017, Hindi) as Jaya Shashidharan
TV: Tamil Hits" on Kiran TV (as anchor)
Web-Series: Navarasa (2021, Tamil) as Waheeda Begum
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||2008|
• 'Filmfare Award South' for Best Actress - Tamil for the film "Poo"
• 'Filmfare Award South' for Best Supporting Actress - Malayalam for the film "Bangalore Days"
• 'Asianet Film Award' for Best Supporting Actress for the film "Bangalore Days"
• 'Asiavision Award' for New Sensation in Acting for the film "Bangalore Days"
• 'South Indian International Movie Award' for Best Supporting Actress for the film "Bangalore Days"
• 'Kerala State Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen" and "Charlie"
• 'Asianet Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen" and "Charlie"
• 'Vanitha Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen" and "Charlie"
• 'Kerala Film Critics Association Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen" and "Charlie"
• 'North American Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen" and "Charlie"
• 'Asiavision Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen"
• 'Filmfare Award South' for Best Actress - Malayalam for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen"
• 'SIIMA Award' for Best Actress (Critics) - Malayalam for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen"
• '1st IIFA Utsavam' for Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female (Malayalam) for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen"
• 'CPC Cine Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen"
• 'Flowers Indian Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Ennu Ninte Moideen"
• 'Yuva Awards 2017' for Yuva Best Actress for the film "Take off"
• 'IFFI Award' for Best Actress (Female) for the film "Take off"
• 'North American Film Award' for Best Actress (Critics) for the film "Take off"
• 'Vanitha Film Award' for Best Actress (shared with Manju Warrier) for the film "Take off"
• 'CPC Cine Award' for Best Actress in a Lead Role for the film "Take off"
• 'Kerala State Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Take off"
• 'National Film Award' for the film "Take off"
• 'Janmabhoomi Award' for Best Actress for the film "Take off"
• 'Asianet Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Take off"
• 'Filmfare Award South' for Best Actress - Malayalam for the film "Take off"
• '3rd Anand TV & Film Awards' for Best Actress for the film "Take off"
• 'SIIMA Award' for Best Actress - Malayalam for the film "Take off"
• 'Asianet Film Award' for Best Actress for the film "Uyare" and "Virus"
• 'Vanitha Film Award' for Popular Actress for the film "Uyare" and "Virus"
• 'Critics Choice Film Award' for Best Actress - Malayalam for the film "Uyare"
|Date of Birth||April 7, 1988 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||34 Years|
|School||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pangode, Kerala|
|College/University||All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram, India|
|Educational Qualification||B.A. in English Literature|
|Hobbies||Dancing, travelling, reading|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- P. Vinod Kumar (Lawyer)|
Mother- T. K. Usha Kumari (Lawyer)
|Siblings||Brother- Aum Thiruvothu Karunakaran|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Parvathi
I have been a victim of child abuse and eve teasing. I have had encounters with online predators and stalkers. Ritz Magazine