June 24, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Parvathy Omanakuttan, the pretty girl from Kottayam, now living in Mumbai makes her debut this week in David Billa. Not only does she have sharp features, she has a sweet voice that can bowl over anyone who speaks to her over the phone but what made this Miss India finalist wait so long to make her entry in movies?
She quips, "Maybe I was destined to be part of a big film! I've been hearing scripts but there was nothing that was concrete enough to push my debut. David Billa happened to me when I decided to get back to studies because I was not really happy waiting for work to happen. I am a person who can't sit at home idle, I love to work. I graduated in English Literature and always wanted to learn psychology, I work with autistic and handicapped children and I am inclined to do clinical psychology which will happen eventually.
Meanwhile I decided to move out of the country, study and come back, I then did a fashion show and was spotted and asked if I would be interested in working in an Ajith Kumar film. Who would say no to it? Like I said everyone is destined and when the time is right you get your due."
Parvathy has an enviable height, she stands tall at 5 feet 8 1/2 inches, her mother is taller than her but doesn't that work as a deterrent in movies? "Two years ago I had been to Hyderabad for an awards function and I wore heels. Such footwear is imperative as the dresses are designed such a way. It didn't work for me, they realised the actors are not my height and I wouldn't look good wearing heels..but I'm fine not wearing them in daily outing."
She says she was surprised when she went to Singapore for a holiday, people recognised her and were enquiring about Ajith and adds that South films are as superior as Hindi movies and stars like Rajini, Kamal are well known throughout the world.
On her future roles she remarks, "It's easy to get stereotyped. Gone are those days when we saw Khusboo or Simran do a variety now you hardly get to see any actor do such diverse roles, may be Trisha and Nayanthara. I can't think of any. For the kind of looks I have I can carry off glam and serious cinema too and am looking to explore all genres."
The actor talks about Salim Kumar, a Malayalam actor who is known for his comic roles surprised everyone with a film that had him playing a serious role of a father whose daughter goes missing. He also won State and National Awards for Adaminte Makan Abu and that went to the Oscars as well.
Parvathy questions, "Until you give an opportunity to explore different genres how will you know that he or she can do it or not. It's time we change our mindset and be open towards good cinema." Parvathy's first film in Hindi was United Six and as David Billa releases her folk back home in Kerala are super excited.
"When I see their excitement I get butterflies in my stomach, really nervous. I have signed Umamaheshwaram but it has been stalled for now. It's a superb script and if they are planning to do it again I would love to be a part of it."