Parvathy is not happy with the stories of the movies 'Kabir Singh' & 'Arjun Reddy'
Malayalam actor Parvathy Thiruvothu wisely spoke about the portrayal of male domination in Shahid Kapoor’s 'Kabir Singh' and its Telugu original, 'Arjun Reddy'. She spoke about male violence against women, while the movie Joaquin Phoenix’s 'Joker' did not.
Long description :Parvathy opened about how these films and characters can impact the society, drawing from her own experience of feeling for years that such passive-aggressive and abusive behavior was acceptable in her own personal life. She reveals, “It affected me in my personal life too. The reason that I am so against it - like my relationships, they become passive-aggressive, I thought it was alright and I endured that for years till whenever the light bulb came on... This is why I believe a lot of girls get influenced. You are sitting for two and a half hours in a dark room and you have this collective expression that you having... obviously subconsciously, kuch toh rehta hai na (some of that remains inside you).”
Parvathy quoted, “If I have to like the film, then it will definitely not have that. There is a very fine line, reflecting what’s there in society, showing what misogyny is and glorifying it. It is entirely up to the writer and director of how they glorify it. So when a man is being misogynistic, is being abusive, and you show it in a way that incites applause from the audience, then it is glorification. At the same time, you make the audience think whether he has done the right thing or not, then there you are collaborating with the audience, then there is cinema, then there is a dialogue. The other one is just like spoon-feeding you, and saying that this is okay.”
“Arjun Reddy or Kabir Singh both had the visual grammar of glorification, Joker did not. At no point did I feel at the character Joaquin (Phoenix) played (and think) ‘Arre yaar, I totally agree with you. You must kill everyone’.” she adds.
Joker’s critics would disagree with Parvathy, given the climate of white supremacy and gun violence in the US. The makers of the movie would have not thought about the impact of the film on the viewer’s how their film’s message would be received by its many male viewers.
Manoj Bajpayee still praises for the film despite the many criticisms of its politics. “But it engaged you as a film and that’s what matters to the audience,” he said.