Parul Yadav is an Indian television and film actress and a model, who has appeared in various television shows and in South Indian films, primarily in Kannada. Post her modelling career, she made her acting debut in the Television series Bhagyavidhaata. She rose to fame by acting in the Kannada film Govindaya Namaha (2011), which earned her the South Indian International Movie Award for Best Debutant and the Bangalore Times Best Newcomer Award, besides a nomination for Udaya Awards for Best Female Actor. For her performance in Bachchan, she won the South Indian International Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 61st Filmfare Awards South.
Parul’s career began as a model in Mumbai. She made her acting debut in the 2000 film Meri Aaghosh Mein starring Shakti Kapoor and then appeared in the 2004 Tamil film Dreams starring Dhanush and Diya. She switched over to television with the daily soap-opera Bhagyavidhaata which has aired on Colors since 2009. This was soon followed by the comedy reality show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala on Star Plus where she was a participant representing the team Raveena Ke Mohre.
In 2011, she made her Kannada film debut in Govindaya Namaha which went on to become one of the highest grossing films of that year. She played the role of Mumtaz, a Muslim girl falling in love with Govinda played by Komal Kumar. Her portrayal won her a SIIMA Best Debutant award (2013) and Bangalore Times Best Newcomer Award (2013) and a nomination in the Udaya Film Awards for the best actor category for that year. The song “Pyarge Aagbittaite” featuring her went viral on the internet sites and propelled her stardom. The same pairing in the 2012 film Nandeesha, however, could not continue the success at the box-office. Parul Yadav won the ‘Glamour Icon of the Year’ award given away by Suvarna TV channel.
Parul’s next project was for the multi-starrer film Bachchan directed by Shashank and starring Sudeep. Yadav then starred in Shivajinagara, produced by Ramu Films. She was paired opposite Duniya Vijay. The movie was a blockbuster having completed 100 days of screening in theatres.