She has been at the receiving end of attacks on social media ever since she spoke out against misogyny in the Malayalam film Kasaba, but actor Parvathy has given it back in kind to a director who insinuated that she thought of principles only after she became famous.
Malayalam director Jude Anthany Joseph put up a post on his Facebook account on Monday saying, “A monkey managed to get into circus and obeyed whatever the master said. It ran, it jumped, it rolled. Finally it becomes good, famous and then starts abusing all the circus masters. Laments that the masters exploited the monkey. The monkey could have very well abandoned the circus and gone back to the jungle. But who will know the monkey then?"
Though Jude did not take any names it was evident what he was getting at. Parvathy who debuted in the Malayalam film Out of Syllabus in 2006 later went on to deliver big hits like Ennu Ninte Moideen and Takeoff as well as play the female lead in the Dhanush starrer Maryan in Tamil and the recent Bollywood release Qarib Qarib Singlle.
But Parvathy had an even bolder reply – without taking any names – to all the “circus owners”. “OMKV” she tweeted back, which in Malayalam trollspeak is roughly equivalent to “bugger off”.
Jude’s post also came under severe criticism from several others.
Parvathy became the target of online venom after she spoke out against misogyny in movies at an open forum at the IFFK (International film festival of Kerala ) "It's a movie I unfortunately watched. With all due respect to the technicians of the movie, I was disappointed to watch an actor par excellence, whose many films I have watched, mouth certain dialogues which were not only derogatory but most saddening to a woman. People say films reflect society. The line we draw is when we glorify it or not glorify it. When the hero says it, it’s obviously glorified and gives many other men the licence to say the same, because it is ohh so sexy and cool," Parvathy said referring to the film crime thriller Kasaba directed by Nithin Renji Panicker in which superstar Mammootty played the male lead.
This did not go well with many, especially those claiming to be the fans of Mammootty, but Parvathy refused to back down from her stand.