Parvathy Thiruvothu

Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvata is an Indian film actress who appears predominantly in Malayalam films in addition to a few Tamil and Kannada films.[4] Hailing from Kozhikode, Kerala, she made her debut in the 2006 Malayalam film Out of Syllabus. She's well known for her performances in films such as Notebook (2006), Milana (2007), Poo (2008), City of God (2011), Maryan (2013), Bangalore Days (2014), Uttama Villain (2015), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), Charlie (2015), Take Off (2017), Koode (2018), Uyare (2019) and Virus (2019). Parvathy made her Bollywood debut with Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017).[5]

Parvathy Thiruvothu
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Parvathy in 2018
Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvata[1]

(1988-04-07) April 7, 1988 (age 31)[2]
Alma materAll Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram
Years active2006-Present

Parvathy has won various awards and accolades for her roles. Parvathy won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress Two times for her performance in the Malayalam films Ennu Ninte Moideen, Charlie in 2016 and 'Take off' in 2018. She won the award for the second time for one of her most notable performance in the film Take Off, a character for which she received the IFFI Best Actor Award (Female) at the 48th International Film Festival of India. She also went on to receive the National Film Award – Special Mention for the same role. She won Filmfare awards for various roles as well, including the 2016 Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her role as Kanchanamala in the Malayalam film Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015) and the 2008 Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her role as Maari in the Tamil film Poo. She also won the 2015 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as RJ Sarah in the Malayalam film Bangalore Days (2014). She won her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for the movie Take Off (2017).

Early life and educationEdit

Parvathy was born in Kozhikode, Kerala, to P. Vinod Kumar and T. K. Usha Kumari, both lawyers. She has a brother, Karunakaran.[2] During her schooling years, her family moved to Thiruvananthapuram and she pursued her studies there. She finished her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pangode. She is a Bharatanatyam dancer.[6] After finishing her B.A. in English Literature from All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram, she is currently pursuing her M.A. through distance education.[7] She was a successful television anchor at Kiran TV, a full-time music channel based in Thiruvananthapuram.[7][8]

Film careerEdit

Parvathy made her acting debut in the 2006 Malayalam film Out of Syllabus, portraying a supporting role as a college student. Her second venture, Rosshan Andrrews' Notebook, won media attention due to its theme on teenage pregnancy. Parvathy appeared alongside Roma Asrani and Mariya Roy, after being picked for one of the three main roles from five thousand applicants.[9][10] She was also seen in Sathyan Anthikkad's comedy drama film, Vinodayathra (2007), playing a supporting role alongside an ensemble cast including Dileep, Mukesh and Meera Jasmine.[11] Her first leading role was in the Kannada film Milana, which became a commercial success upon release. Pairing alongside Puneet Rajkumar, she was a surprise selection for the film and began working on the film in April 2007.[12] 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".[13] The film went on to become a big commercial success, running for 500 days at a multiplex in Bangalore.[14][15] She returned to the Malayalam industry portraying the leading female role in Sibi Malayil's Flash with Mohanlal and Indrajith, and prior to release revealed that she hoped the film would give a breakthrough as a lead actress in the industry.[16] However, the film failed commercially and garnered poor reviews on release.[17] Parvathy was selected to play the lead role in Sasi's Poo (2008) and featured alongside Srikanth, portraying the role of a young Tamil village girl named Maari. She revealed that she had to forgo twelve other offers to commit to the film, noting that Sasi selected her after a successful audition.[18] To acclimatize to the role, the actress had to get her skin tone several shades darker and also visited a firework factory to study Maari's occupation. The actress revealed she found it difficult getting out of character and became emotionally attached to the role she had played.[19] Upon release, the film and her performance won rave reviews. A critic from noted "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", adding that "she is consistently credible and lifelike and absolutely riveting."[20] Similarly's reviewer mentioned that Poo is "almost entirely Parvathy's film" noting that "she's superb", while Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu wrote Parvathy "makes optimum use" and "plays a rustic belle to the hilt in attire and expression, also getting the body language right."[21][22] The actress subsequently went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress, while also securing other accolades and nominations from several other award juries, notably winning the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress.[23]

Her only release in 2009 was the Kannada film, Male Barali Manju Irali, directed by Vijayalakshmi Singh, where she dubbed for the role in her own voice. Parvathy accepted the venture, which featured mostly rookie technicians, noting that she was impressed by the director's script and revealed she had turned down several offers from Tamil film-makers during the period who had wanted to cast her in roles similar to her character from Poo.[24][25] The film won rave reviews, with a critic noting "Parvathy steals the show" and that "she comes with one of the most absorbing performances", adding 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."[26][27] Parvathi again teamed up with Puneet Rajkumar in Prithvi, which was based on the political situation in Karnataka. The director has earmarked Parvathy for the role when writing the script and her re-collaboration with Puneet after the success of Milana, was built up by the media.[28] Though the film opened to positive reviews, critics noted the little scope that Parvathy's character had in the film, noting that "she was mostly confined to the songs".[29][30] Her Malayalam film City of God (2011), which was directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, opened to mixed reviews. Despite the commercial failure of the project, Parvathy won rave reviews again with critics noting she was "just brilliant" and a "dynamo" in her role of a Tamil refugee girl.[31][32] The actress took a voluntary break after the film's release, deciding to become choosier while selecting scripts.[33]

the first release in 2013, was the Kannada romantic film Andhar Bahar co-starring Shivrajkumar, which told the story of the relationship between a newly married criminal and his wife. She dubbed with her own voice for the film again, revealing that she chose to star in the film as the role had scope for her to perform.[34] The film opened to good reviews, with a critic noting "Parvathy lights up the screen whenever she appears and is a delight to watch".[35] She was next seen in the 2013 Tamil thriller film, Chennaiyil Oru Naal, featuring her alongside an ensemble cast. The film, a remake of the 2011 Malayalam film Traffic, has its narrative in a hyperlink format and Parvathy won good reviews for her small role as Aditi.[36][37] She has then signed to essay a leading role in Bharat Bala's romantic drama Maryan opposite Dhanush. The director had seen her performance in Poo and subsequently auditioned her for the part, with Parvathy noting that the character was the best she has played till date. She portrayed Panimalar, a girl in love with the titular character Maryan, who inspires him to overcome his struggles. During production, the actress helped get into the mind of the character by working with fisherman, while also learning how to swim for underwater scenes.[38] The film released to unanimously positive reviews and successful box office collections in June 2013, with Parvathy's portrayal being raved by critics. A reviewer from noted Parvathy "leaves a lasting impression", while another critic noted that she "is totally in sync with Dhanush all the way; she has matched him step for step, never allowing him to overshadow her."[39][40] 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".[41]. Her portrayal as Panimalar made received her multiple nominations for Best Actress, most notably 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 history of Malayalam cinema".[42] An ensemble cast including Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim, Nithya Menen and Isha Talwar. Parvathy's performance as RJ Sarah was well appreciated & she went on to win several accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Malayalam. In 2015, she appeared in the romance film Ennu Ninte Moideen which narrated the tragic love tale of Kanchanamala and Moideen which happened in the 1960s in Mukkam, a riverside village in Kerala. The film opened to critical acclaim, with several critics regarding it as one of the greatest romance films made in Malayalam. Parvathy's performance was acclaimed critically & commercially. She went onto win many accolades most notably her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam [43][44] She is one of the founding members of Women in Cinema Collective, the organization for the welfare of women workers of Malayalam movie industry.[45] Her final release of 2015 was Charlie alongside Dulquer Salmaan, Aparna Gopinath & Nedumudi Venu. The film went to win 8 Kerala State Film Awards, with Parvathy winning the Best Actress Award for both Charlie and Ennu Ninte Moideen. In 2016, Parvathy had one release, Bangalore Naatkal, directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar, where she reprised her character RJ Sarah, from the Malayalam film Bangalore Days.

Parvathy had two releases in 2017. Her first release was Take Off, directed by Mahesh Narayan. The film also stars Kunchacko Boban and Fahadh Faasil. Celebrities praised the movie, including actor Kamal Haasan. The film was screened at international festivals, including International Film Festival of India and International Film Festival of Kerala. The film ran for over 125 days in theatres. Parvathy's performance was highly acclaimed. She went on to win IFFI Best Actor Award (Female), becoming the first ever Indian film Actress to win the silver peacock award. She was also nominated for National Film Award for Best Actress, where she lost to Sridevi in the final round. But went on to win her first National Film Award – Special Mention a second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam. She made her Bollywood debut opposite Irrfan Khan in Qarib Qarib Singlle in 2017.

Parvathy was one of the firsts to openly state that films with misogynistic dialogues should not be encouraged. She named the veteran actor Mammootty's film Kasaba (2016 film), as one such movie. She requested that senior actors like Mammootty who is much respected and has a wide fan following should henceforth refrain from acting in movies that have such misogynistic scripts for the betterment of the society at large.[46] Parvathy's viewpoint came under much criticism and she became the victim of cyber-bullying. She was viciously trolled and abused on various online platforms by Mammootty fans, 2 of them were arrested by Kerala police following a complaint from Parvathy[47].

In 2018, Parvathy had two releases. The first one was My Story directed by Roshni Dinaker, where she was paired with Prithviraj. Her next release was Anjali Menon's Koode. This was Parvathy's third movie with Prithviraj, while her second movie with Anjali Menon and Nazriya Nazim who was making her comeback after four years. The film received good reviews from both critics and audiences.[48]

In 2019, Parvathy had two releases. The first one was debutant Manu Ashokan's Uyare. Parvathy's role as Pallavi Raveendran, an acid attack survivor got appreciation from the critics as well as the audience.[49] Her second release was Aashiq Abu’s Virus, which was produced by Rima Kallingal. The film was about the Nipah Virus that happened in Kerala in 2018 which affected many lives.[50] The film as well as her role was well-received by both critics and audience.[51]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year No Film Role Language Notes
2006 1 Out of Syllabus Gayatri Malayalam Debut film as an actress
2 Notebook Pooja Krishna Malayalam
2007 3 Vinodayathra Rashmi Malayalam
4 Milana Anjali Kannada Debut film as Lead actress
5 Flash Dhwani Sekharan Malayalam
2008 6 Poo Maari Tamil
2009 7 Male Barali Manju Irali Sneha Shivappa Kannada
2010 8 Prithvi Priya Shastri Kannada
2011 9 City of God Marathakam Malayalam
2013 10 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Aditi Tamil
11 Andhar Bahar Suhasini Kannada
12 Maryan Panimalar Tamil
2014 13 Bangalore Days RJ Sarah Malayalam
2015 14 Uttama Villain Manonmani Tamil
15 Ennu Ninte Moideen Kanchanamaala Malayalam
16 Charlie Tessa
2016 17 Bangalore Naatkal RJ Sarah Tamil
2017 18 Take Off Sameera Malayalam
19 Qarib Qarib Singlle Jaya Hindi
2018 20 My Story Tara Malayalam
21 Koode Sophie
2019 22 Uyare Pallavi Raveendran Malayalam
23 Virus Dr. Annu
2020 24 Varthamanam  TBA Malayalam Post-Production
25 Rachiyamma  Rachiyamma Filming
26 Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum  Devaki Tamil


  • She was the VJ (anchor) of a music show "Tamil Hits" in Kiran TV.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
2008 Karnataka State Film Award Karnataka state Film Award for Best Actress Milana Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil Poo Won
Vijay Awards Best Debut Actress
Best Actress Nominated
Vikatan Won
2011 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress City of God Nominated
2013 SIIMA Awards Best Actress (Critics)-Tamil Maryan Won
Behindwoods Gold Summit Award Best Actress
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Tamil Nominated
Vijay Awards Best Actress
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
& Charlie
Asianet Film Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
North American Film Awards
Asiavision Awards Ennu Ninte Moideen
Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam
SIIMA Awards Best Actress (Critics) – Malayalam
1st IIFA Utsavam Performance in a lead role female -Malayalam
2016 CPC Cine Awards Best Actress
Flowers Indian Film Awards
2017 2nd IIFA Utsavam Performance in a lead 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
SIIMA Awards Pantaloons style icon N/A Nominated
2019 Asianet Film Awards Best Actress Koode Nominated
Popular actress Nominated


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