We’ve known Ramya Subramanian to be an energetic host and a fitness enthusiast. But this year, she has set out to make a mark in the film business, too! Even though Ramya has done a few films earlier, she says it’s only the recent films like Game Over and Aadaithat have made people take notice of the performer in her. “I have literally started my acting career now. I feel so welcomed, with people showering me love. I got fantastic responses from the audiences for both these films,” she begins.
Ramya tells us that she started taking her acting career seriously only now. “I did get film offers in the prime of my anchoring career. But at that time, I wasn’t keen on doing movies. For me, my family accepting my career choice was important. When I joined television, they were initially unsure. But later, they were happy for me. And then came the movie offers. I wasn’t sure, but I did do a few roles, more like an extension of my profession (as an anchor) in a few films as a friendly gesture. And that was a choice I made. Now, after having spent solid time in the TV industry and doing every show possible, I decided to focus on films. It was Mani Ratnam sir who tapped the actor in me. In my head, I have never acted until O Kadhal Kanmani,” she smiles.
Ramya says that she wants to be known as a versatile actor. “Though I’ve been part of films that are women-centric, I don’t want to be doing just these kind of movies. I’d like to be part of mass entertainers also. I want to be able to do movies in various genres and not confine just to one. But I am not interested in acting in dumb roles,” she says. But does she regret turning to films so late? “Age doesn’t matter today and so many people in our industry are breaking the age/married tag barriers. Take Samantha for instance; she is doing even more fabulous work after marriage. Her film has made `100 crore today. Also, we have Nayanthara and Trisha doing such lovely films,” she says, and adds, “It is the content that matters. I am not particular about lead roles or characters as I don’t like to classify them. I want to do roles that are meaningful and add value to the story.”
The actress now awaits the release of NH4 fame Manimaran’s Sanga Thalaivan, produced by Vetri Maaran, and starring Samuthirakani and her in lead roles. “It is based on the novel Thariyudan. It is a serious film and I have a strong role in it. I play a rural woman, for which I had to do a lot of prep work,” says Ramya. The film also has Karunas, late actor Cheenu Mohan and Aadukalam Naren in pivotal roles.
Being a city ponnu, Ramya says that it was quite challenging to pull off this role. “I learnt to milk a cow and watched how women in villages lead their lives. There have been times when I’d reach the set hours before we would begin shoot so that I could observe them. Acting is new for me, so I used to get the dialogues beforehand and practice a lot. But I did have my share of fun. Working with Samuthirkani sir was a delight. He would be casually talking to you, yet performing with so much spontaneity and class in the shots,” says Ramya.