Thiruvananthapuram: Malayalam movies misled youngsters and gave them false notions about everything including love, award-winning actress Parvathy said. The youngsters who grew up on staple diet of male-dominated movies had weird ideas about relationship, she said, citing her own example.
“What kind of a sexual point of view do the movies project? In my case, I have grown up watching the movies in which men held such a view about women. I had tried to be such a woman in my relationships. I thought the man I found would love me if I behaved in a certain way. Later, I realized what love meant for a woman after reading several books.
“Cinema presents an exactly opposite viewpoint. Teenage girls need such things for a healthy life. The lack of it forced me into a relationship that exploited me. When he burned cigarette butts on my leg, I thought that was out of love. Because that was how the movies had taught us. If the man really loved a woman, he would beat her to lead her in the right path!
“I do not want any girl who watches my movies to have such a situation. I have to ensure that such stuff do not appear in the movies I work in.”
Speaking at an open forum as part of the International Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, Parvathy also hit out at Mammootty for acting in a movie that glorified negative portrayal of women.
‘Kasaba’ had drawn flak from the Kerala State Women’s Commission for certain dialogs by the tough cop played by Mammootty but Parvathy’s comments stand out in an industry that tends to eulogize stars and muffle any critical voices.
Parvathy took the unusual snipe against the reigning superstar when she was asked to comment on the negative portrayal of women in movies. She said she was disappointed by the movie in which a great actor was seen badmouthing women.
“A great actor mouths dialog insulting women. It is sad when a great actor who has done so many movies and proved his mettle delivers dialogs insulting women. Many people say that movies just reflect life and society. That is true. But the question is whether we glorify (negative tendencies). There lies the borderline. When a hero says such things, that is definitely glorifying it. This is kind of granting a license to other men to do similar things.