‘This was not a normal role'

Actress Ramya credits the producer, Munirathna, Uma stylist who made her look beautiful in Katari Veera Surasundarangi.

Published: 10th May 2012 10:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:20 PM   |  A+A-

Ramya is truly justified as the queen of Sandalwood with her role in Katari Veera Surasundarangi opposite Upendra, which will see a magnum opus release today. The actress, who's a part of this mythologycum- fantasy story looks like a demigoddess.

She credits the producer, Munirathna, Uma stylist and the staff who made her look beautiful in the movie. “It is a role that demanded me to look beautiful. Credit goes to my producer who took a lot of care. He already had reference pictures as to how I should look in the film. Uma, our stylist from Chennai took a lot of effort in bringing out the best costumes for the film.My staff took good care of the rest.

All that I had to do is wake up on time and get ready for the shot,” she says.

Explaining to us about the effort gone into the making of Katari Veera. Ramya says, “The clothes we wore for the film was not something out of the rack.

Lot of films were watched to get the gorgeous look.

Jewellery was sourced from the right places and each set was quite heavy.

Uma was based in Chennai and we were shooting in Hyderabad. All of a sudden, we required a different costume for the next day's shoot and it was something that we could not buy it as everything was customised for each artiste.

Munirathna made sure that the costume was flown in from Chennai to Hyderabad whenever necessary. He has spent around 16 to 18 lakhs on costumes. Uma used the best fabric and that looked wonderful on me,” explains Ramya, who feels that Sridevi looked best in Jagadekka Veeradu Athiloka Sundari.

"In fact, we had most of the reference pictures from that film. Though I have not watched any film of that genre, I have seen the songs of Sridevi from the film, Jagadeka Veeradu...," she says.Ask her, whether she would like to own one of those beautiful costumes for herself, she says. "I would love to have all of them and keep them as antique pieces as I cannot wear them anytime, " she says.

Considering that Katari Veera was not a normal role, Ramya is quite happy to be a part of this genre, which is often not done in today's times. “It was like a dream role for me and I was happy that Munirathna chose me. We are used to playing the normal girl's character. Such roles like Katari Veera is where we get to play out of nature. It was so exciting and challenging to play a mythical character in a different language.

The magical powers and heavenly feeling was something that I really enjoyed while shooting for the film," Ramya tells us. As a heroine, how is Ramya handling the controversies surrounding the film? "I think it is a part and parcel of the kind of profession we are in. One should be unperturbed with such issues, which is quite difficult as human beings.

We have to just allow it to pass though it cant be dismissed. It is very unfortunate that Katari Veera.. had to go through this. But, at the same time, it has garnered publicity and much hype about the film," she says. Up next from the actress is Kodi Ramakrishna's film opposite Diganth and Johnny 2 with Vijay. "Kodi Ramakrishna as a director is quite unique and he targets the right audience. As of now, this is the only film, I have signed for.

As for Johnny 2, I will be listening to the script very soon to know about my role in the movie. Does that mean, we will get to see another hot sizzling number like Padmavathi in the film. "I am yet to know from Preethi (director Preetham Gubbi) what he has in mind and still to learn about my role. If there's a requirement, we will look into it later," she says. On asking her about being paired with the younger lot of heroes, like Yogi, Kitty and Diganth, this is what the actress had to say, “They are extremely talented and each one of them has a different style.

As you get more experience working with stars like Upendra, you learn a lot while working with actors like Yash, Yogi and others too," she says. Ramya believes that social media is one of the best ways to reach out to people.

“Obviously, getting that first hand experience from fans about the film will only help me to get better. I try to interact with them everyday. If I can't, I will at least make sure that I will reply," says Ramya, clarifying that she never tweets about a third person. She is now looking forward to people’s reactions on Katari Veera.. "Every time you feel that you have done some good work, you always look for results from the audience.

Considering the amount of effort and money that has gone into the film, I want the entire team to excel,” she concludes. — A Sharadhaa Though the issue of story line for Katari Veera.. has been sorted out at the court, now Niranjan Shetty has personally targeted the hero of the film. As per reports, Niranjan says that Upendra has given him a death threat. Shocked with the comments, The Real Star has now fi led a case against Niranjan at Chellamana Kere police station.

"I spoke to the Commissioner, Jyothi Prakash Mirji and after consulting him, I went ahead and fi led a complaint. Apparently, Niranjan says that he has also worked as an assistant director with Uppi, "I don't even remember seeing his face. "I don't wish to interact with him nor.

Now that the case is in the court, let the law decide," says Uppi. Producer Munirathna says, "Today, my fi lm will be releasing. As of now, I have a copy of Niranjan's story. Let him come and watch my fi lm and if he feels that the story is his, then I will give away my entire asset including my sacred thread to him and will work as a labourer in his house.

If at all the story is not his, ask him what is he ready to do?” It was like a dream role for me and I was happy that Munirathna considered me to be a part of this film.

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