‘I Don’t Miss the Silver Screen’ - The New Indian Express

‘I Don’t Miss the Silver Screen’

Published: 04th March 2014 11:49 AM

Last Updated: 04th March 2014 05:42 PM

Actor turned Politician Ramya
Despite working for 12 years, the actress turned politician, Ramya claims that she doesn’t miss the glitzy, glamour world of Kannada films any more. “I have given so much and when people watch my films, they definitely miss me. I have certain goals and I have always lived through challenges. You put me in a spot or a difficult situation, I will survive.”

Fans on silver screen happy

“I think, people have always shown a lot of respect for my work. When you get what you want in life, you have to appreciate it. I am very grateful for what I have achieved in life and this has been because of my fans.”

Ramya-Rakshita compete on political ground

“If Rakshita wants to contest, she is like any other contender to me. But I don’t take this seriously. If I start thinking about others, I would loose focus and not concentrate on my goals. I don’t want to waste time thinking about competitors.”

Not a born politician

“I believe that politics in India is changing. The future of India lies in the hands of the younger generation. What I have learned from politics is, you serve sincerely, do your workand everything else will follow. Nobody is a born politician. You can’t have answers to everything. One should have good intentions and serve the people in the right way.”

No belief in speed dials

“As a politician, I don’t keep any number on my speed dial list as I don’t believe in it.  In case, I need to speak to somebody when I am in trouble or need to seek advice, the people to contact in my list would be Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Mahadevappa, Dr Parameshwara, D K Shivakumar and Ambareesh.”

No time to settle down

“I don’t have the time or the inclination now as I am more focused on my work. However, most Members of Parliament except Rahul Gandhi are married. These are the only people whom you keep meeting often.”

Ideal day as a politician

“I wake up at six in the morning, get ready and hit my constituency. It is events and more events the whole day, meeting people, officials, listening to their problems, constantly on the phone and checking emails. No time for breakfast or lunch.  You go to somebody’s house, they are waiting to feed you. I go home only at 11 in the night and then I have to reply to so many letters and grievances. If time permits, I try to address a few problems pertaining to my constituency. I only wish they were more hours in a day. I am running against time as I have only six months and I have so much to prove and so much to achieve.”

Youngsters should cast their votes

“Having covered 1000 booths out of 1,975 is quite a feat. It is a huge constituency and it is not so easy. Everywhere, we have the same problem pertaining to water, electricity, house, education and health.”

“Nowadays, youngsters are hardly bothered about what is happening in the country. If you really want to know the truth, you need to visit villages.  If you want a change,  one has to exercise their opinion, cast their vote and select the right candidate.”

No country is as diverse as ours 

“If you want the country to move ahead and witness a double digit growth rate, it is only possible when people of the country  strive together. The policy of divide and rule cannot be followed. One has to put aside the feelings of caste and religion and think of humanity as a whole.”

“If Manmohan Singh could become the Prime Minister of this country despite hailing from a poor family, it means that India has achieved a lot. India is a land of opportunities and has given its people a lot to come up in life.”

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