|Member of Parliament
August 2013 – 16 May 2014
|Preceded by||N. Chaluvaraya Swamy|
|Succeeded by||C. S. Puttaraju|
29 November 1982 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Alma mater||St. Joseph's College of Commerce|
Divya Spandana (born 29 November 1982), known by her stage name Ramya, is an Indian film actress and politician. She predominantly acts in Kannada films and also appears in Tamil and Telugu films.
Ramya made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi, opposite Puneet Rajkumar. She subsequently starred in several Kannada films alongside lead actors and, following successive commercial successes, established herself as one of the most sought-after actresses in the Kannada film industry, becoming referred to as the "Golden Girl of Kannada cinema" and 'Sandalwood Queen'. Based on an online poll conducted by The Times of India, Ramya won the Best Actor Female award for Sanju Weds Geetha. She won Filmfare Best Actress Award twice for her roles in Tananam Tananam (2006) and Sanju Weds Geetha (2011) films. She also won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for Sanju Weds Geetha (2011).
In 2011, she entered politics by joining the Indian Youth Congress. She became a member of parliament from Mandya constituency in Karnataka after winning the by-election in 2013, becoming the youngest Member of Parliament in India at the time.
Ramya was born in Bangalore, Karnataka on 29 November 1982. Her mother is Ranjitha Mandya Boraiah and her foster father is R T Narayan. Her parents originally hail from Mandya.In August 2013,a person named B C Venkatesh Babu claimed that he is biological father of Ramya,and he had filed a petition in court regarding the paternity issue in April 2014. JD(S) Legislator M. Srinivas has even called her a test-tube baby during Mandya Lok Sabha by-polls when Ramya didn't mention her father's name in the nomination papers. Ramya said that her grandfather is G S Bore Gowda. She studied at St. Hilda's school in Ooty, and in Sacred Heart School (Church Park), Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She pursued her graduation at St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.
Ramya has said that the first film offered to her was Ninagagi that eventually starred Radhika. Ramya was not chosen for the role citing her weight at that time.Radhika. She was then supposed to make her debut in Puneet Rajkumar's first film Appu She made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi, alongside Puneet Rajkumar. The same year, she had another release in Kannada with Excuse Me, which also did well at the box office, and also stepped into Telugu filmdom with the film Abhimanyu.
In 2004, Spandana debuted in the Tamil film industry, also under the name Ramya, with the film Kuththu alongside Silambarasan Rajendar, which managed only a mediocre run at the box office as did her next Tamil film Giri. Her debut film, however, gave her the name 'Kuthu' Ramya, by which she was then popularly known in Tamil Nadu. She had two releases in Kannada as well, Ranga S. S. L. C. and Kanti, out of which the latter, a love story set against the backdrop of borders and language issues, was declared a major success. In 2005 she had four releases, all being Kannada films, with the latter three films Aakash, Gowramma and Amrithadhare becoming major box-office successes, whilst also garnering critical acclaim for Ramya's performance and establishing her as a leading actress in Karnataka.
In 2006 she starred in Julie, a remake of the same-titled 1975 Hindi-language film. She essayed the role of a single, unwed mother in the film, which failed to attract audiences. After her following release, Datta did average business at the box office, her next Kannada release, Jothe Jotheyali was a successful venture, in spite of largely unfavorable reviews by critics. Her final 2006 release, Kavitha Lankesh's Tananam Tananam, an average grosser that released to mixed reviews, fetched Ramya her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She had described her role in the film as "little complex" and "challenging." In 2007, Ramya starred in three feature films; the first releasing, Arasu, co-starring Puneet Rajkumar and Meera Jasmine, was a huge hit. She then appeared as a sex worker , which was made to create awareness about AIDS and was part of Mira Nair's AIDS Jaago project. Her fourth 2007 release was Polladhavan, where she acted against Dhanush. The film, released during the 2007 Deepavali period, was considered a dark horse success and made possible Ramya's breakthrough in Tamil. Rajinikanth was all praises for the entire crew of Polladhavan.
Her first 2008 release, the Kannada film Mussanjemaatu with Sudeep, was a big hit, for which she also received a nomination for a Best Actress Award at the 56th Filmfare Awards South. Her next film was the Tamil film Thoondil. Ramya later stated that she regretted accepting the film. Later that year, she starred in the films Bombaat and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu, with the former becoming declared a "super hit" as well. Her final release in 2008 was Gautham Menon's Vaaranam Aayiram for which she changed her screen name to her actual name Divya again, which is believed to have brought her more luck. She had also dubbed in her own voice for Vaaranam Aayiram, which became a high critical as well as commercial success. She did not have any releases in 2009, since both her films Bhimoos Bang Bang Kids and Jothegaara got delayed heavily due to financial problems.
Her first release of 2010 Just Math Mathalli which released on 26 January 2010 was a huge success and it also received rave reviews. Her role in the film was also very much appreciated. She had two more releases that year, the long delayed Jothegaara eventually, and Kiccha Huccha. Her next release was the Tamil film Singam Puli opposite Jeeva, which released to mixed reviews, following which the romantic drama Sanju Weds Geetha released. The film opened to highly positive reviews, with Ramya being unanimously praised by critics for her performance, which was widely considered her best or one of her best in her career. She was featured in Kannada movies like Dandam Dashagunam, remake of Kaakha Kaakha,Jhonny Mera Naam and Kadhal 2 Kalyanam in Tamil, starring alongside a newcomer Sathya,in 2011.
Her first release in 2012 was a comedy drama Sidlingu, in which she portrays the role of a school teacher. The next release in 2012 was a light-comedy movie Lucky,alongside Yash.She was also seen in semi-mythological movie Katari Veera Surasundarangi,opposite Upendra.In August 2013, Ramya announced that she may quit acting if she wins the election, to pursue a career in politics. But, later in 2014, She was seen in Aryan ,alongside Sandalwood King Shivaraj Kumar
Ramya joined the Indian Youth Congress in 2011. Ramya became the Indian National Congress' Member of Parliament from Mandya constituency in Karnataka by winning the by-election in 2013. In the 2014 Indian General Election, she again contested from Mandya but lost her seat to C. S. Puttaraju of the Janata Dal (Secular) party.
In 2013, Ramya made her debut in the small screen in a tele serial, Ashwini Nakshatra, and was seen in the role of a sutradhar in the serial, making an appearance every day in the first week, and she went on to introduce the main characters of the serial.
|2003||Abhimanyu||Saira Banu||Telugu||Credited as Spandana|
|2004||Ranga S. S. L. C.||Padma||Kannada|
|2005||Amrithadhare||Amritha||Kannada||Udaya Award for Best Actress|
|2006||Tananam Tananam||Vanaja||Kannada||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2007||Meera Madhava Raghava||Meera||Kannada|
|2007||Polladhavan||Hema||Tamil||Credited as Divya Spandana|
|2008||Mussanjemaatu||Thanu||Kannada||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2008||Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu||Preethi||Kannada|
|2010||Just Math Mathalli||Tanu||Kannada||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2011||Sanju Weds Geetha||Geetha||Kannada||SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
|2011||Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam||Priya||Kannada|
|2012||Sidlingu||Mangala||Kannada||Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
|2012||Katari Veera Surasundarangi||Indraja||Kannada|
|2012||Crazy Loka||Kannada||Special appearance|
|2013||Surya s/o Krishnan||Priya||Telugu||Telugu dubbing of Tamil movie Vaaranam Aayiram|
|2014||Untitled Kodi Ramakrishna film||Kannada||Filming|
|2014||Dil Ka Raja||Kannada||Filming|
|2014||Bhimoos Bang Bang Kids||Kannada||Delayed|
|2014||Kadhal 2 Kalyanam||Anitha||Tamil||Delayed|
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