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Ramya in a new `avataar'

Hers is the face where conventional art meets style. Truly a confluence of class, creativity and simple living, cine actress Ramya Krishna can take the breath out of her onlookers. After surviving in a rat-race field of blow-hot blow-cold fanaticism, she still manages to exude that simple smile and unique friendly look without the mask in front. Yes... .Ramyaa is a class by herself.

Recently she was in Vizag to launch the international range of air-conditioners for Voltas and this scribe met the matinee icon for a tete-a-tete.

"Vizag is an incredible place with a strong personality. Although I have been visiting to shoot here for over a decade, I have never actually had the time to stand and stare at it. Some of my best scenes were shot on these very beaches, and there is an air of romance in this city. Some day I will explore the city all by myself, of course outside work."

Talking of work, Ramyaa is gushing with excitement about her forthcoming film `Panchatantram', slated for release on July 5. Directed by Ravikumar, she is paired with the undisputed king of histrionics, Kamalahasan. This is a great movie to watch out for with touches of inimitable comedy. "I love my role in this film and it's a fine experience to work with Kamalji."says Ramyaa. Let's hope this is her return back into Tollywood. Her die-hard fans were not disappointed that night as their dream girl, sans any make up or celebrity airs, posed with groups for pictures and signed loads of autographs. " I am a simple person with simple thoughts ,"she avers. "For me work is worship and a good positive attitude is the best pre-requisite to fight the challenges of life."

Going down memory lane she recollected that when she started life, she aimed at being a well-known classical dancer. Her Kuchipudi guru, the legendary Vempati China Satyam, and her Bharatanatyam teacher, Dhanajayan, gave her the first feel of soulful expression. Her `arangetram' at a very early age was meant for that purpose, but Lady Luck had written another path for her. Her first offer to act came her way that night, and the rest is history.

A decade later, she has no dream role or dream man tucked away in some forbidden place... ... .but she still has starry dreams for herself and her career!

It's been a long journey from Nellore to stardom for this lovely lass and the Virgo in her keeps her neat and trim and pragmatically looking forward to tomorrow. Having shed over 10 kg. in the last few months, thanks to her `no carbohydrate' diet, Ramyaa is back to looking as ravishing as she did ten years ago... ... ... fresh as a flower! In her new avatar as product brand ambassador for Voltas, Ramyaa is getting the thrills of close encounters with her fans and admirers in different cities. Her class and youthfulness (read freshness) after so many years of braving the arc lights and trials of the industry have made her their unanimous choice. From the Voltas family Mr.R.S.S.N. Raju, vice president (Operation), Allah Bhaksh, assistant general manager-south and Siva Prasad, area manager- Vizag were with Ramyaa.

A thrilling fashion show by happening models from Chennai and dances by Hot Shoes added to the magic of the night and did not dampen the light that emanated from the sparkling face of Ramyaa who was indeed the queen of the evening.

Vibha and their associates from Razzmatazz were the event managers of the function held at Hotel Gand Bay.

M.A

Photo: K.R. Deepak

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