Parvatii Nair

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Parvatii Nair
Parvathy Nair SIIMA.jpg
Parvathy Venugopal Nair
Parvathy Venugopal Nair

EducationBachelor of Technology
Alma materManipal Institute of Technology
OccupationActress, model
Years active2013–present
Home townPathanamthitta, Kerala, India

Parvatii Nair (born Parvathy Venugopal Nair) is an Indian model and actress who works in the South Indian film industry. Born into a Malayali family in Abu Dhabi, she trained as a software professional while pursuing a career in modelling, before becoming an actress. . During her modelling career, she appeared in a number of commercials and won the titles "Miss Karnataka" and "Miss Navy Queen".[1]

Nair made her acting debut with the 2012 Malayalam film Poppins directed by V. K. Prakash, before appearing in a number of critically acclaimed films across all four South Indian film industries, including Story Kathe (2013) and Yennai Arindhaal (2015). Her performance as a young journalist in Story Kathe won her the Best Kannada Debut Actress Award at the South Indian International Movie Awards, while the role of a vengeful wife in Yennai Arindhaal won her praise from critics and received a Filmfare nomination.[2] In 2015, she starred in the critical and commercial success Vascodigama, portraying an English lecturer.

Background and family[edit]

Parvatii Nair was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates into a Malayali family and has an elder brother named Shankar. She attended Our Own English High School in Abu Dhabi, and went on to graduate in Computer Science and Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in Manipal, Karnataka, India, hoping to work as a software engineer. As a school student, she won a Guinness certificate for being part of the team that made the longest painting in the world. She became a full-time model after she participated in "Miss Karnataka", and went on to be an ambassador for Mysore Sandal soap.[1] She won "Navy Queen Kerala", before appearing in numerous print and television commercials.[1] As a model, she has endorsed the brands Anchor, Asian Paints, Malabar Gold, Mazaa, Prestige, Reliance and Tata Diamonds. Nair had also expressed interest in participating in the Femina Miss India pageant after winning the state-level title, but could not apply as a result of the competition's height eligibility.[3] While working as a model, she began appearing in short films, music videos and documentaries.[1]


Early work, 2012-2013[edit]

After working in a jewellery commercial for director V. K. Prakash, Nair was offered a role in his feature film Beautiful (2011), but refused as she was unsure whether to pursue a career in films. She later made her acting début in Prakash's anthology film Poppins (2012), and worked on the project alongside commitments for other Malayalam films.[4] She played further roles as a traditional bride in the horror film Yakshi – Faithfully Yours (2012) and in Shalil Kallur's drama film.[5][6] She subsequently began working on bigger budget films in the Malayalam film industry and signed on to portray Jayasurya's wife in the action anthology D Company (2013), as a part of the segment Gangs of Vadakkumnathan, which won positive reviews.[7][8] Nair made her debut in the Kannada film industry through Story Kathe (2013) which earned her recognition as the Best Debut Actress in Kannada films at the 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards. Portraying a television journalist who tries to win patent rights for a medical student, her role was appreciated by critics and the film performed well at the box office.[9][10][11] In 2013 Nair appeared as a judge in the first modelling based Malayalam reality show Super Models on Amrita Television.[12] She also appeared in a music video, "Ariyathe Ninayathe" by Vineeth Sreenivasan and was included in Bangalore Times' "Most Desirable Women of 2013" list. She was also in the most desirable women of 2015, 2016, and 2017 lists from Kochi.[13][14][15] She gave motivational talks at TEDx Bangalore and was invited to speak at a Rotary Club and various other venues.

Breakthrough, 2014[edit]

Nair moved on to work on two big-budget Tamil films during the course of 2014 and shot for Gautham Menon's Yennai Arindhaal (2015) and Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain (2015). Nair was cast alongside Ajith Kumar,Trisha and Anushka Shetty in Yennai Arindhaal after a successful screen test. The actress stated it was "a dream-come-true" and to be cast in the project was "huge encouragement", and made reference to Menon's dignified portrayals of female characters.[16][17] Portraying Elizabeth, the vengeful wife of Arun Vijay's character, the film and her performance received praise from, who stated she displays "awesome ruthlessness" and "nails the part".[18][19][20] Nair also auditioned for Uttama Villain, directed by Ramesh Aravind, and portrayed the girlfriend of Kamal Haasan's son.[21][22] Featuring alongside an ensemble cast, her role was extended as the shoot progressed and Nair expressed her delight at working with Kamal Haasan, stating it was like "going to an acting school".[23] The film opened to positive reviews and marked the actress's most high-profile project at that time.[24][25] She then appeared in the Kannada film, Vascodigama (2015), as a college lecturer alongside Kishore. Nair also made her debut as a singer through the film, in a song which featured Kannada and English lyrics.[26] The film opened to positive reviews from critics and performed well at the box office.[27] noting that she "suits the role precisely" and another reviewer stating she was "utilised well" in the film.[28][29][30]

She played the lead in the first Tamil production of Eros International, the period film Enkitta Mothathe.[31] She later appeared James and Alice.[32] Her next release was the Tamil film Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga directed by R. Parthiepan with Shanthanu Bhagyaraj as male lead in which her performance stood out and was widely appreciated. The road thriller Overtake was her next Malayalam film in which she performed stunts without a double. The movie opened to good reviews at the Kerala box office and the concept was fresh to Malayalam cinema .[33] She paired up with Mohanlal for the movie Neerali, directed by AJoy Varma which opened to positive reviews.[34][35] She later appeared in Amazon Prime’s first exclusive series in Tamil named Vella Raja.[36][37]

Parvathy Nair at India Leadership Conclave 2017 in Mumbai
Parvatii Nair receiving the Indian Affairs "Most Promising Actress 2017" award at the Satya Brahma founded 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave

Nair received the Indian Affairs "Most Promising Actress 2017" award at the 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave in Mumbai on 4 August 2017.[38]

In the media[edit]

Nair has been a regular guest model at Indian fashion weeks, often appearing in the main display of shows. At the 2013 Chennai International Fashion Week, Nair was the main model for Sakshi Bindra's clothing line and was the first day's "showstopper".[39] She wore costumes styled by Vivek Karunakaran as a part of the Walk of Pride charity event held at the Park, Chennai in April 2015. During August 2015, she attended the India Luxury Style Week and Chennai's Fashion Culture Week within a fortnight, to promote the fashion industry in the city.[40][41] In 2016, she was showstopper in the first day of the Bangalore Fashion Week, wearing traditional wear by designer Mable Thomas, and then at the Keralan Fashion League.[42][43] Her experience as a successful model saw her as a main judge on Amrita TV's reality show, Supermodels during 2013. She also appeared alongside four other actresses as the judges of the beauty pageant, Miss India Bangalore 2015 during December of that year.[44][45] Her popularity as a model had initially helped her make a breakthrough into the film industry, and saw her get recognition across all four South Indian states.[46][47]

Nair was announced as the brand ambassador of the Karnataka Bulldozers team during the 2016 Celebrity Cricket League and attended the team's fixtures across South India as a part of her role. She shared ambassadorial duties with actress Sharmiela Mandre, stating that she had grown up following the sport during her childhood in the United Arab Emirates, where her father and brother had played regularly. The actress also attended matches played by Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL Season of 2015 and played cricket as part of shooting for Uttama Villain (2015).[48] In 2016, she was announced as one of the ambassadors of the Nellai Dragons team led by Jayam Ravi at the Nadigar Sangam's Star Cricket competition. Nair has also been a part of charity events including the Clean Bengaluru Challenge in November 2014 initiated by Times Foundation, where she helped sweep the streets of Vasanthnagar in the city.[49] She has been chosen by Peta India as an ambassador for the adopt a stray dog campaign.[50] She was brand ambassador for the World Junior Squash Championships held in Chennai along with Ashok Selvan.[51]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year Role Language Notes Ref.
Poppins 2012 Julie Malayalam [52]
Yakshi – Faithfully Yours 2012 Meenakshi Malayalam [53]
Nee Ko Njaa Cha 2013 Sania Malayalam [54]
Dolls 2013 Anu Malayalam [55]
Story Kathe 2013 Pallavi Kannada SIIMA Award for Best Female Debutant [56]
D Company 2013 Lora Malayalam Segment: Gangs of Vadakumnathan [54]
Nimirndhu Nil 2014 Indira Tamil Cameo appearance [57]
Angry Babies in Love 2014 Paro Malayalam [58]
Yennai Arindhaal 2015 Elizabeth Tamil Filmfare Awards South Nominations [16]
Janda Pai Kapiraju 2015 Vandhana Telugu Cameo appearance [59]
Uttama Villain 2015 Indira Tamil [60]
Vascodigama 2015 Shanthi Kannada [61]
Maalai Naerathu Mayakkam 2016 Kamini Tamil [62]
James and Alice 2016 Nandhini Malayalam [63]
Koppayile Kodumkattu 2016 Vilasini Malayalam [64]
Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga 2017 Mohini Tamil Edison Awards (India) rising star of the year [65]
Enkitta Mothathe 2017 Jayanthi Tamil [57]
Overtake 2017 Radhika Malayalam [52]
Nimir 2018 Shenbagha Valli Tamil [66]
Neerali 2018 Naina Malayalam [67]
Vella Raja 2018 Teresa Tamil Amazon Prime web series [68]
Seethakaathi 2018 Herself Tamil [70]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2013 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards[71] Best Female Debutant – Kannada Story Kathe Won
2015 Filmfare Awards South[72] Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award Yennai Arindhaal Nominated
2016 Ramu karyat award [73] Excellence in other languages Yennai Arindhal Won
2017 Tea advertisement awards[74] Best Model Tvc Won
2017 India Leadership Conclave Most Promising Actress 2017 Films Won
2018 Abdul Kalam awards [75] Women's excellence Society contributions Won
2018 MFS Nalli film awards[76] Best heroine Koditta idangalli nirappuga Won
2018 Edison Awards (India)[77][78] Rising star of the year Nimir Won


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