No prizes for guessing who is the best actress of Malayalam cinema in 2015! Every viewer who saw Ennu Ninte Moideen and Charlie knew that the award had Parvathy’s name etched on it in big bold letters. So when the announcement came in the afternoon today, there was a sense of déjà vu. Parvathy did win the Kerala State Film Award for the best actress of 2015 for her superb act in both the movies that won big time in the awards this year.
However Parvathy is “amazed.” She says the confidence that her friends and fans had in her “overwhelmed her”. “It was scary. I did not expect the award at all. There were so many good movies made in 2015. We have not seen all the movies. I, for instance, have not seen the second best movie. So every time people made it look that I was sure to get the award, I would become a little worried,” says the actor, graceful and dignified in her achievement.
Parvathy won the award for her sensitive and brilliant portrayal of Kanchanamala in R.S.Vimal’s debut Ennu Ninte Moideen and as the feisty and go-getting Tessa in Martin Prakat’s Charlie. What is noteworthy is both the roles were poles apart in characterisation. If an ageing Kanchanamala was restrained and inward-looking, boisterous Tessa was anything but reserved or suffering. Both gave Parvathy the chance to showcase her commendable acting skills.
Ever since she made her debut in 2006 in Out Of Syllabus (2006), Parvathy has consistently worked on her histrionics. Today, one can easily say that she is one of the best in the country. Her films in Tamil and Kannada opposite actors of the likes of Kamal Hassan (Uttama Villain), Srikanth (Poo), Dhanush (Maryan) and Arya (Bangalore Nattakal) also had her proving her versatility and sincerity as an actor par excellence. As she says in numerous interviews, she does not approach any role, big or small, flippantly. Homework is mandatory and each character is put through a question and answer session by the actor herself. And that is why her characters have made a mark.
However, Parvathy says that it is expectations that scare her. “It feels great to win the award but then there is also the added pressure,” she says before signing off, even as telephone calls keep intruding into the conversation.