Parukkutty, aged barely two, is perhaps Kerala’s youngest celebrity. An integral part of the ‘Uppum Mulakum’ TV serial, Parukkutty faced the camera for the first when she was four months old.
Now she is a star on the social media as well, earning innumerable likes. She is described as the ‘youngest woman in Kerala who earns for her family’ in trolls. Paru’s mother Ganga Lakshmi speaks to Onmanorama on her star baby.
“We belong to Prayar, near Ochira. My husband Anil runs a vegetable business while I am a housewife. Paru’s real name is Ameya and we call her Chakki at home. Paru has become a household name and we like it. Paru has an elder sister, Anikha, who is studying in UKG,” says Ganga Lakshmi.
The family now lives in a rented house at Valiyakulangara near Ochira. They have plans to dispose of the old family house at Prayar and build a new one somewhere.
Regarding Paru’s role in the serial, Ganga Lakshmi says, “Paru got a chance to act in the serial thanks to a friend of my brother. For the convenience of the shooting, we shifted to Kochi.”
Paru now spends a major part every month at the house in Vazhakala in Kochi where the serial shooting takes place. “So, Paru now feels that it is her real home. When we take her to Ochira during breaks between shooting schedules, Paru becomes quiet. But she becomes her real self again when we are back in Kochi for the shoot,” says Ganga Lakshmi.
During shooting of the serial, Paru and her family members stay at a rented house in Kochi which they share with Al Sabith and Shivani, two other child actors in the serial. This has helped all of them to behave naturally like siblings, says Ganga Lakshmi. “Moreover, we all have become a family,” she points out.
Paru is often naughty. Her mother explains, “Paru’s mischiefs include going to Shivani’s room, scribbling on her schoolbooks and toppling neatly stacked books. After doing all this, Paru would move away with a smile.”
She says that their dream is to build an own house in their native place. “The house should have a room for Paru and her sister which is painted with bright colours and filled with dolls. We are keenly waiting for the house to turn into a reality,” Paru’s mother winds up.