Where most girls her age are enjoying their time in college, Ranya has found her way into showbiz. The young actress will debut in a film that Sudeep is directing and acting in.
“This is really where I wanted to be. In fact, soon after class twelve, I wanted to join an acting school to groom for the field but Appa and Amma were particular that I study further and so I took up engineering. Though, I would always crib to my parents that I have been forced to do something I don’t like. Luckily, things changed during the second year of my course when some of my friends pushed me towards my dream. Later, my mother took the initiative and sent me to Mumbai to train as an actor,” says Ranya.
Attending an acting school has made Ranya confident about facing the camera. “I used to think acting is simple, just like what we did during dramatics in school. I thought, how different can films be. But now I realise there is a depth to acting. There is a lot to learn and to work on. In Mumbai, I trained in dancing, acting and martial arts,” she adds.
Currently on the sets of her first film, Ranya says she feels blessed for the opportunities that have come by. “I am really blessed. People might not believe this but I dreamed of acting alongside with Sudeep Sir. When I was in Mumbai, Amma had once asked me to name the actor I would like to debut with in Kannada films. I remember I told her that I want to act with Sudeep. He is all over and people know him. It was a wish and it has been fulfilled,” says Ranya who is not very bothered by the fact that the film is a remake of Mirchi.
“Everything is secondary, all that matter is working with Sudeep. That’s my thrill. I have watched Mirchi and I think it is a nice movie with a good storyline and songs. The film talks about family bonding, affection, love, comedy, everything that a film needs,” she says.
Ranya prepared well before going on to the sets. “The place where I stayed in Mumbai had a room full of mirrors. That used to be my studio and I used to do everything in front of the mirrors. Be it listen to music, play, act. I used to spend hours together in this room. I am confident that I will not feel uncomfortable facing the camera,” says Ranya.
With Madhuri Dixit as an inspiration, Ranya says, “I like her and keep watching her movies. I am inspired by her grace and elegance.” Strangely, despite a Bollywood actress as her motivation and training in Mumbai, Ranya never thought of making an attempt in B-Town. “Hindi cinema was never on my mind. I wanted to start my career in Kannada as it is my mother tongue and I was born and brought up in Bangalore,” she says.
All that’s left for Ranya to do is fulfil another wish. She says, “When I left college, my dad allowed it only on one condition that I complete my course. I will keep that promise.”