What’s in a surname? This Kerala actress has the definitive answer

Responding to the controversy in which the actress has been accused of 'disowning her caste', Parvathy says it was never hers to begin with.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: December 24, 2015 6:13 pm
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Many people drop their surnames these days and the country gives them this personal choice. Kerala-based actress Parvathy also likes to be known as ‘Parvathy’ and not ‘Parvathy Menon’ (as she is popularly known) which she thinks is nothing but a by-product of a reporter’s ignorance during the early years of her career.

Responding to the controversy in which the actress has been accused of ‘disowning her caste’, Parvathy says it was never hers to begin with. In a Facebook post on her official page, the actor sent a strong message to those who believe not keeping the surname equals disrespecting a caste.

“I have nothing against anyone who holds their caste as their surname (by default or by choice) as long as they do not use that as a weapon of discrimination,” she wrote.

Recently, while attending the felicitation ceremony given by the Bar Association in Kozhikode, Parvathy said that she does not want to attach her caste name along with her name.

“Since there are so many versions to my statement now I thought why not use my verified page to state the facts and let the noise die down,” she wrote.

Her post has garnered massive support on social media. (For the full post, click here)

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Parvathy is known for her work in Malayalam films such as ‘Bangalore Days’ and ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’. Another film ‘Charlie’ which stars Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy in lead roles releases today.

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    Bhupathi
    Dec 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm
    Rightly said.....
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      tyhj
      Dec 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm
      What about Surnames of Muslims?????. Just targeting Hindus.
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        Chandran
        Dec 25, 2015 at 12:24 pm
        Parvathy may go back to using T K as her surname. The govt of India bothers every one asking to provide surname and its full form. MNCs are worse asking for first name middle name last name etc. and changing the order according to the whims of their admin and IT requirements.
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          Pramod
          Dec 24, 2015 at 11:05 am
          What is in a surname? Ask the (fake) his and you will know.
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            sangeeth
            Dec 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm
            Caste names are related to the era of brahminical dominance and bigotry. Menon surname was given to accountants in feudalistic times. In Kodungallur there was even a Mohammed Menon. Brahminism has affected the society in such a severe way because they were the land owners and socially repressed every one else. Nair girls had to remain their concubines and matriarchal system developed only to ensure sustenance of this illicit affairs. It is all remnants of a unholy past
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