'It's your work that speaks '

'It's your work that speaks '

Grounded actress

'It's your work that speaks '

As someone who started her journey thinking she would just “try out” one film, Parvathy Nair confesses that she has fallen in love with her profession. From debuting in Yakshi — Yours Faithfully, which got a mixed reaction, to bagging the SIIMA award for Storykathe, the Sandalwood actress has come a long way.

Prior to entering the industry, Parvathy had already worked in advertisements, won two pageants and been adjudged the best actress for a street play she had performed in college. “It came as a surprise to all those who thought I could never act because I was a tomboy,” she exclaims. 

The engineer-turned-actress even danced to a Bollywood number during an internship which helped her realise her inner creativity. “My first two films weren’t promoted that much by the directors and hence, weren’t great hits. But they were performance-oriented and art-based movies and I got great appreciation for my work. Directors from other countries also praised me and this motivated me to work harder,” she says. Parvathy later went on to work in Kamal Hassan’s Uttama Villain and admits that the journey hasn’t been easy.

From turning down scripts, skipping projects, adjusting her dates to not garnering enough support in the beginning, Parvathy has tackled it all. “We spent days shooting for Vasco De Gama and I missed many offers that came my way,” she informs.

However, it is the creativity, chance to meet new people and constant travel that keep her going. “The industry is growing today with better films and fresh talent. The youngsters in the field have unique ideas that has helped the art grow.” 

Parvathy has learnt different languages thanks to the number of movies she has worked in and considers Madhuri Dixit and Shobana as her inspirations. She says though it’s easy to be carried away by the glamour of the industry, it is her focus and dedication that have kept her away from controversies. “Everyone should be focussed on what they want to achieve. People might reach places through contacts or influence but it’s very difficult to sustain in the industry. Ultimately, it’s your work that speaks. Though my first two films didn’t really get me anything, I was very happy with my performance and it was a learning experience,” she notes.  
The lesson that she has learnt from the industry is humility. “I’ve learnt that the bigger you grow and the farther you reach, the more humble you become,” she sums up.