She has always been known for speaking her mind even if it means calling out misogyny in the films of one of the most powerful superheroes of the industry she works with. Malayalam actor Parvathy boldly expressed her views against derogatory dialogues in a film by Mammootty and was trolled by the actor's fans.
Speaking at an open forum hosted at the International Film Festival of Kerala, Parvathy, who recently made her Bollywood debut opposite Irrfan Khan in Qarib Qarib Singlle, said Indian cinema has, at various times, failed the women by idolizing heroes spitting misogynistic dialogues.
Citing the example of Malayalam superstar Mammootty and his recent outing Kasaba, Parvathy said, “I was disappointed to watch a great actor mouth dialogues to a woman that were not just derogatory, but also saddening.”
"In my opinion, there is a word, de-genderisation in films. Unfairness is everywhere. We can't point out one person or group. To change all these is an education which should begin from grassroot level,” she was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Soon after her comments, Mammootty’s fans trolled the actress on social media and called her a “cheap feminist”.
Responding to the criticism, Parvathy, in a series of tweets, said she never meant to say that actors should not do “bad negative” roles but “let's not glorify the negativity”.
“Cinema can reflect all aspects of the society and all kinds of people. The good, the bad and the ugly. But no! It cannot glorify injustice and violence as "cool" & "mass" entertainment. I rest my case. This was a good day indeed! Thank you for sharing (and hurling) your thoughts,” she wrote.
Cinema can reflect all aspects of the society and all kinds of people. The good, the bad and the ugly. But no! It cannot glorify injustice and violence as "cool" & "mass" entertainment. I rest my case. This was a good day indeed! Thank you for sharing (and hurling) your thoughts!— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) December 12, 2017
She further clarified that she never criticised Mammootty but was simply expressing her disappointment in the Nithin Renji Panicker-directed movie.
I never criticised him. Simply expressed my disappointment in the movie. Thanks for being respectful in the way you put across the comment here. Very rare it seems here.— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) December 12, 2017
Another misinterpretation of what I said? No thank you. If people choose to hear what they want to hear and get offended, ain't my problem Dominic. I still and strictly believe that creators and superstars of a movie must not glorify harassment and misogyny.— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) December 13, 2017
This isn't about curbing cinematic creativity. This is only about reassessing how negatives can be imitated in society. And therefore give it a better structure so we avoid glorification of violence and disrespect.— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) December 12, 2017