Actor Parvathy is not only known for her path-breaking cinema but also for taking a strong stand off the screen on various issues. The Qarib Qarib Singlle actor has now praised Bollywood male stars, for voicing their opinion on sexual harassment at the workplace after the #MeToo movement hit the industry.
Parvathy, who is a member of Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), expressed her disappointment with the male stars in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam industries for not making their stand clear on the movement. Women in Cinema Collective was formed a year ago after a female actor was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted in a moving car. The collective aims to support women, who are a part of the Malayalam Industry.
“We were amazed to see that men, who are in forefront, who are successful producers and actors, coming ahead and lending their voice to this. That is something we are missing out not just in Malayalam industry but Tamil and Telugu industry as well. Their voice is going to catapult (the cause) to another level, so it will be easier to follow up. This is commendable but there is alarming silence from a lot of others,” Parvathy told an audience during a session about the #MeToo movement in India at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.
Being a sexual assault survivor helself, Parvathy opened up about her daily struggle to get past the trauma, she suffered as a child. The National Award winner said she derives a lot of strength from the word ‘survivor’.
“There are a lot of us sitting here who have yet not acknowledged that this has happened to us. When it happened to me, I was very young. It took me 17 years to realise that this happened to me. It was not my fault. I didn’t ask for it but I was still assaulted. It took me another six years to sit and speak about it. This tag of a ‘survivor’ is important for me because it is still a struggle for me every day to realise it, acknowledge it and get past it. And then to let my friends know, to have my parents know… This is an extreme exercise on a daily basis. It’s like a loss. I draw a lot of strength from the word survivor.”
Also present at the session was Malayalam director Anjali Menon, who is also a part of the WCC.