‘Notebook’ to ‘Take Off’: Decoding Parvathy’s Changing Avatars

If you met Malayalam actor Parvathy on the road, you may never recognise her. This is despite the actor’s distinct looks and the indelible impression she leaves on you with every character she plays.

From her debut in Out of Syllabus in which she appeared as a college girl, to her latest Take Off, a gritty film based on real life events of 19 Malayali nurses caught in Iraq under the siege of the ISIS, Parvathy has managed to morph into every character she has done.

Here’s a look at some of her avatars:

Notebook (2006)

Parvathy in ‘Notebook’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Parvathy plays a schoolgirl in this film and looks near unrecognisable when we see it today.

Poo (2008)

Her first Tamil film, Parvathy played Maari, a married woman who continues to harbour feelings for her childhood love, her cousin. The make-up, the centre parting and her clothes – she’s more Maari than she is Parvathy.

Parvathy in ‘Poo’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Maryan (2013)

Parvathy in ‘Maryan’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Like in Poo, Parvathy plays a woman in a rural setting and here too, she is open about her love and desire for a man. However, Panimalar looks very different from Maari.

Bangalore Days (2014)

Parvathy in ‘Bangalore Days’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

With her pixie curls and glasses, Parvathy was a class act in this film. RJ Sarah was every bit an urban woman – from her clothes to her attitude.

Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015)

Parvathy in ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

In this heartrending story of forbidden love, Parvathy was bewitching with her long, dark hair and big bindis.

Charlie (2015)

Parvathy in ‘Charlie’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Released the same year as Ennu Ninte Moideen, which was about commitment on a whole other plane, Tessa of Charlie is a free spirit who can only get along with another who has a similar nomadic soul. The glasses from Bangalore Days were back but Tessa’s nose-stud, her colourful clothes, and hair once again made Parvathy look like another person altogether.

Take Off (2017)

Parvathy in ‘Take Off’ (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Without a trace of make-up, Parvathy plays Sameera, mother to an 8-year-old boy. On course of the movie, she also becomes pregnant. From her walk to her dialect, Parvathy was every bit Sameera with no traces linking her to her earlier films, save the charming dimple.

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