In an exclusive interview with OTTplay, Parvathy Thiruvothu explained why she doesn't have a strong opinion about the OTT vs theatre debate.
Parvathy Thiruvothu has been immersed in continuous work since the film industry resumed operations after two years of pandemic restrictions, marking a departure from her usual practice of taking longer breaks between projects.
"Everyone went in with such aggression to get back to work. In 2022, we started and the shoot hasn't stopped. I have never done that - hoping from one set to another. I have always done one film at any given time, take a month's break and go to the next one. I have always paced it like that," she told OTTplay.
Parvathy also ventured into the OTT space with Amazon Prime Video's latest web series Dhootha. She played a key role in the show, which was headlined by Naga Chaitanya. Her latest movie Kadak Singh last week released directly on ZEE5.
Reflecting on the changing landscape of the film industry, where the process of envisioning and distributing films and shows is undergoing a sea of change, Parvathy explained why she doesn't have a strong opinion about the OTT vs theatre debate.
"It's a massive moving peice right now. I feel like, from 2020 onwards we are sitting with a whiplash effect. While we try to constantly understand the flow of it, we can't allow ourselves to box it in. We always try to box something in to understand it. Even before we put it in the box, its shape has changed and now we need to build a new box to fit its new peice," said Parvathy.
She also thinks the streaming platforms help certain types of films to reach a wider and broader audience, which usually doesn't find a lot of takers at the box office. "Sometimes the OTT is the best possible choice that you can go to, make back the money that you have invested in a project. But, as an actor, whose visibility is out there, I think the OTT has opened up a larger audience," she noted.
Parvathy cited the example of the Malayalam film industry, which struggles to find a good number of screens in big cities across the country, despite glowing reviews and strong word of mouth. "In Mumbai, you will have to travel 15 to 20 kilometres to watch a Malayalam movie and there will be one show. It may not even be the best screen. In that way, if I think of it, at least in the OTT space there is a certain accessibility. So not taking sides here," she explained.
Parvathy will be next seen in Thangalaan, which is written and directed by Pa Ranjith. The film also stars Vikram and Malavika Mohanan in the lead roles.