Malayalam actor Parvathy recently made no bones about her displeasure of one of the most controversial films of the decade, Arjun Reddy. What is more interesting is she criticized the film in the presence of Vijay Deverakonda, who shot to fame by playing Arjun Reddy.
Parvathy and Deverakonda participated in a celebrity group discussion hosted by Film Companion. When the conversation veered towards the moral responsibility of actors and cinema, things became quite interesting. The controversies that surrounded Joker and Arjun Reddy were debated. Parvathy juxtaposed both the films and argued that while Joker reflected the behaviour of a character, Arjun Reddy and its Hindi remake Kabir Singh glorified misogyny.
“We can watch a tragedy and leave it there without being inspired to follow it. If you say that there is no passion in a relationship without slapping each other, and I see comments on YouTube where people are resonating and engaging with a wrong thing in a massive mob-like manner, you are inciting violence,” Parvathy said.
Vijay Deverakonda gave a very balanced response to the topic. He argued that a good film alone cannot right all the wrong in the world. “Just a film won’t decide your behaviour. It is your family, schooling, parenting. Multiple things lead a person to behave in a particular way,” he said.
The actor also added that if he really likes a role, even when it is controversial, he would convince himself to do it. “Sometimes, I use (Parvathy’s) logic, that I should be a bit more morally responsible and I try and cut down some stuff,” Deverakonda noted.