A week ago, Film Companion had released a video of an actors’ roundtable hosted by Anupama Chopra, attended by Vijay Sethupathi, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Vijay Devarakonda, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpayee and Ayushmann Khurrana. There was nothing really insightful about the conversation, except for Sethuapthi’s earnestness, Parvathy’s fervour, and Deepika’s support of Parvathy’s fervour, but it still became a hot topic of discussion in its aftermath. It was to do with a discussion that took place regarding cinema and its responsibility towards the society.
Parvathy was asked about her rule that she’d never work in a film that has an item number or presented a misogynistic worldview and she shared her opinion quite bluntly. It started with Alia Bhat bringing Todd Philips’ Joker into conversation while talking about cinema with troubled protagonists. Parvathy went a bit further and compared it with Arjun Reddy and talked about representation versus glorification.
The internet was quick to appreciate Parvathy and the way she handled herself while criticising a film whose main lead was present at the roundtable. But some felt it was unfair to Vijay Devarakonda that he was being asked questions about a film that was released two years ago. Nevertheless, the fact that he was at the table because of the film, I thought it’s only fair. Some people rightfully questioned Parvathy’s usage of the word ‘bipolar’ and she was quick to acknowledge her mistake.