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Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
August 2013 – 18 May 2014
Preceded by N. Chaluvaraya Swamy
Succeeded by C. S. Puttaraju
Constituency Mandya
Personal details
Born Divya Spandana
(1982-11-29) 29 November 1982 (age 34)[1]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Alma mater St. Joseph's College of Commerce
Occupation Actress, politician,

Ramya (born 29 November 1982),[1] is an Indian film actress and politician.[2] 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 has become commercial success at the box office.[3][4][5] Ramya is a two-time Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada winner.[6]

Early life[edit]

Ramya was born in Bangalore, Karnataka on 29 November 1982 .[7][8] Her mother Ranjitha is a senior member of the Congress Party in Karnataka, while her foster father R T Narayan was an industrialist.[9][10] Ramya is from the Vokkaliga caste by birth.[11][12] Her parents originally hail from Mandya. She studied at St. Hilda's school in Ooty, and in Sacred Heart School (Church Park), Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[13]


In 2004, Spandana debuted in the Tamil film industry, also under the name Ramya, with the film Kuththu alongside Silambarasan Rajendar. The film only managed 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. Kanti, 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 Mandya boysKarnataka.[14][15][16]

In 2006 she starred in Julie, a remake of the same-titled 1975 Hindi-language film. She played the role of a single, unwed mother in the film, which failed to attract audiences.[15] After her following release, Datta. her next Kannada release, Jothe Jotheyali was a successful venture,[17][18] in spite of largely unfavorable reviews by critics.[19][20][21] Her final 2006 release, Kavitha Lankesh's Tananam Tananam, an average grosser that released to mixed reviews,[22][23] fetched Ramya her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She had described her role in the film as "little complex" and "challenging."[24] In 2007, Ramya starred in three feature films; the first releasing, Arasu, co-starring Puneet Rajkumar and Meera Jasmine, was a huge hit.[25] 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.[26][27] Her fourth 2007 release was Polladhavan, where she acted against Dhanush. The film, released during the 2007 Deepavali period, was considered a commercial success and made possible Ramya's breakthrough in Tamil.[28] Rajinikanth was all praises for the entire crew of Polladhavan.[29]

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.[30] Later that year, she starred in the films Bombaat and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu, with the former went on to perform well at the boxoffice.[31] 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.[32] She had also dubbed in her own voice for Vaaranam Aayiram, which became a 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.[33]

Her first release of 2010 Just Math Mathalli which released on 26 January 2010 was received rave reviews. Her role in the film was also very much appreciated.[34] 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.[35][36][37]

Her first release in 2012 was a comedy drama Sidlingu, in which she portrays the role of a school teacher.[38] 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.[39]

In 2016, Ramya made her comeback with Nagarahavu film, which is having the deceased actor Dr.Vishnuvardhan in the lead role through the VFX effect. Film received negative reviews upon the release and failed to attract the audience despite having legendary actor Dr.Vishnuvardhan.[40]

Political career[edit]

Ramya joined the Indian Youth Congress in 2012.[41][42] 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 was defeated by C. S. Puttaraju by a margin of 5500 votes.[43]

Other work[edit]

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.[44]


No. Year Film Role(s) Language Notes
1 2003 Abhi Bhanu Kannada
2 Excuse Me Madhumitha
3 Abhimanyu Saira Banu Telugu Credited as Spandana
4 2004 Kuththu Anjali Tamil
5 Ranga S. S. L. C. Padma Kannada
6 Kanti Reema
7 Giri Devaki Tamil
8 2005 Aadi Aishwarya Kannada
9 Aakash Nandini
10 Gowramma Gowri Chandan
11 Amrithadhare Amritha Udaya Award for Best Actress
12 2006 Sevanthi Sevanthi Sevanthi
13 Julie Julie
14 Dattha Divya
15 Jothe Jotheyali Divya
16 Tananam Tananam Vanaja Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
17 2007 Arasu Shruthi
18 Prarambha Short film[45]
19 Meera Madhava Raghava Meera
20 Polladhavan Hema Tamil Credited as Divya Spandana
21 2008 Mussanjemaatu Thanu Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada

Suvarna Film Award for Favourite Heroine

22 Thoondil Divya Tamil
23 Meravanige Spandana Kannada Guest appearance
24 Bombaat Shalini
25 Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu Preethi
26 Vaaranam Aayiram Priya Tamil
27 2010 Just Math Mathalli Tanu Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada

Suvarna Film Awardfor Favourite Heroine

28 Jothegara Priya
29 Kiccha Huccha Aishwarya
30 2011 Singam Puli Swetha Tamil
31 Sanju Weds Geetha Geetha Kannada SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada

Suvarna Film Award for Best Actress

32 Dandam Dashagunam Maya
33 Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam Priya
34 2012 Sidlingu Mangala Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
35 Lucky Gowri
36 Katari Veera Surasundarangi Indraja
37 Crazy Loka Special appearance
38 2014 Aryan Shwetha
39 2016 Nagarahavu (2016 film)
2017 Dil Ka Raja Filiming

DPositions, awards and nominations[edit]


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