In the ever-demanding and highly competing film industry, Rachita Ram in creating a space of her own. Just four films old, the actress believes in simplicity, taking risks, a pleasant off screen attitude and love for work with clear conscience. No wonder, she has set a benchmark with each film and it is paying off.
While Chakravyuha and Bharjari are keeping her busy, she is gearing up for her upcoming release Rathaavara, a mass entertainer directed by Chandrashekar Bandiyappa.
She says, “I was on the sets of Ranna, when I was told about Rathaavara through Bhuvan Gowda, the cinematographer of the film. And, when I heard it was Ugramm team who is coming back to helm this project along with director Chandrashekar Bandiyappa, I was keen to take up the project because I had liked the making of film, directed by Prashanth Neel and I was sure that this film will see equal involvement from the team.”
Although the actress was impressed by the title and her character name Navami in the film, according to her, it was the personality of the character which made her sign up for it. “In this film, I was asked to express with my eyes, which I felt was different from the regular bubbly and talkative characters that are offered. More so, it is my character that adds certain hues to the film,” she says.
Having worked with Darshan, Puneeth, Sudeep, Ganesh, and Dhruva Sarja, she would now be sharing screen space with Sriimurali. “He has become more professional after Ugramm’s success. He makes sure that every shot is well framed. The best part of this film is that we had the freedom to improvise on our characters. And I was awed by director Prashanth Neel’s knowledge about filmmaking and enjoyed discussing about movies with him, when he used to come on to the sets,” she says.
Talking about a demanding aspect which she ensures in all characters she portrays, Rachita points out to the costumes. “The fashion sense in movies needs a lot of focus. I check out the character demands, costume wise. For this film, I was told that my character looks ethnic while I look glam in the songs. Accordingly, I had two designers, Sachina Heggar and Archana who worked on the costumes. I have also designed a few clothes for this film,” she says and adds that she also ensures to keep track of the latest trend and loves to bring back, what has not been in use. “Black and red gowns have become a must in my songs because, in the past, all the songs which had black and red costumes have been a hit,” she chuckles.
Rachita reveals that she has been lucky to a certain extent since most directors with whom she has worked have allowed her to be the way she is. “I love to play with expressions and enjoy close up shots. Since, I get that freedom from the directors, I have a lot of room for improvisation,” she says.
The actress admits that with time, she has learnt to be patient. “I was very impatient initially and used to react very fast. Now, I am happy that I am more patient. I think a lot before I speak and or even when taking up projects. I don’t mind being bored at home for 3 to 4 months, but I work towards going for the best and would want to maintain the same tempo. I am accepting films to earn a good name and not money. But that does not mean that I will reduce my remuneration. I will demand according to my market value,” says Rachita.