Open Minds 2018: Soft Power

Parvathy Thiruvothu, Actor

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Moral Heroine

Her relatable Jaya stole the show from Irffan Khan’s deadpan Yogi in Qarib Qarib Single (2017), a whimsical romantic comedy that marked her Hindi cinema debut. But then, Parvathy’s ability to hold her own onscreen has never been in question. Earlier last year, the National Award-winning actor played an emotionally embattled divorcee in the Malayalam rescue drama Take Off to critical acclaim. Both Jaya and Take Off’s Sameera stand up for themselves and fight conformity.

As an artist, it is my job to stay vulnerable. I keep myself open to being influenced by life because that’s where I draw from for my work

Parvathy is the sum of her roles, a woman of our times, politically aware and articulate. And she is more. From questioning the unequal dynamics of the Malayalam film industry to shunning her caste name and fighting off trolls on social media, she is many icons rolled into one. With meaty roles written for her, she is redefining stardom for a generation of south Indian women actors trying to break the mould.

Complete List of Open Minds 2018: Public Square

Salman Rushdie, Author | Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Political scientist | Nandan Nilekani, Infosys Chairman | Srinath Raghavan, Historian | Ram Madhav, BJP Leader | Swapan Dasgupta, Political commentator and MP | Shashi Tharoor, Scholar Politician | TCA Raghavan, Historian | Ramachandra Guha, Historian | Brahma Chellaney, Strategic thinker | Uday Shankar, President, 21st Century Fox, Asia | Anantha Chandrakasan, Technologist | Gita Gopinath, Economist | Soumya Swaminathan, Paediatrician and clinical scientist | Prasoon Joshi, Poet and Censor Board chairman | Madhav Khosla, Scholar | Sidharth Luthra, Lawyer | Shayara Bano, Triple Talaq Petitioner | Reuben Abraham, Economic Analyst | Pratima Joshi, Architect | Reetika Khera, Economist | Shamika Ravi, Economist | Sharmila Bhattacharya, Scientist | Vijay Prasad, Historian | Nayanjot Lahiri, Historian | Avani Chaturvedi, Fighter Pilot, IAF | Pranshu and Nishant Patni, Entrepreneurs

Complete List of Open Minds 2018: Soft Power

Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian Cricket Team | Priyanka Chopra, Actor | Jeet Thayil, Author | Anju Dodiya, Artist | Alia Bhatt, Actor | Rajkummar Rao, Actor | Chetan Bhagat, Author | Jahnvi Dameron Nandan, Perfumer | Rupi Kaur, Poet | Parvathy Thiruvothu, Actor | Sujatha Gidla, Author | Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Architect | Prayaag Akbar, Author | Ruchika Sachdeva, Fashion Designer | Palghat R Ramprasad, Carnatic musician | Unni R, Author | Kunal Kamra, Comedian | Vikas Khanna, Chef and Television Personality | Shoojit Sircar, Filmmaker | Srikanth Kidambi, Badminton Player | CS Santosh, Off-Road Biking Champion | Mayank Austen Soofi, Author and Blogger | Ratish Nanda, Conservation Architect