AIMING FOR A PIECE OF THE SKY
FOR RAMMYA SINGH, ALL SET TO REPRESENT INDIA IN MISS GLOBE INDIA 2016 IN TURKEY, LIFE IS ABOUT BEING AT EASE WHETHER ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD OR ON THE RAMP
Post dinner and during the long drive in her new car, she says she is going to buy a convertible some day. She is told that she must, for then she would be able to borrow a piece of the sky.
As timing would have it, before she can reply, her father calls to ask how an interview can last two and a half hours? She stops the car, shouts, and “Am I taking the interview? Why don’t you ask the guy who is, he’s with me only, should I give the phone to him?” He keeps the phone down. She says, “Relax, he won’t call again. Wait till I get back home, the man will pamper me no end,” says 21-year-old Rammya Singh from Chandigarh who will be representing India at the Miss Globe India 2016 to be held in Istanbul in Turkey next month.
“I don’t know if I should be saying this, but modelling is not something I want to do. This is just a stepping-stone. I have my eyes set on the big screen,” she elaborates. Singh completed a Diploma in Film Acting from Barry John Acting Studio in Delhi in the year 2015.
Asserting that professional training has given her a new worldview towards the art form, she says, “It taught me the real meaning of the word preparation and how I need to take my craft seriously and work on it every day. It was very important for me to be prepared and learn the nuances of acting before moving to Mumbai.”
She is excited that the international pageant would not just give her enough exposure but also popularity, making her entry into the Hindi film industry a bit smooth. “There are so many talented people struggling out there. It’s not easy to make a mark. Confidence is not really a problem, I used to consider myself sexy even when I wasn’t,” laughs Singh, who looks upon Boman Irani, Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for their acting prowess.
Despite several offers to act from the Punjabi film industry, Singh has no intentions of joining it. “I have seen girls in this industry. They start enjoying a certain comfort level and stop being ambitious. Very few of them take the next flight to Mumbai. Moreover, women are always second-class citizens in the industry here. I don’t want to be just another pretty face. After my stint at the acting school, I am hungry for meaty roles,” says Singh, who insists that she was a “tomboy” before she gave glamour a serious thought.
“I was an ace football player who also loved basketball and horse-riding. I was known for my weird, loose t-shirts and keeping my hair unkempt. After Class XII, when I told my father that I wanted to get into acting, he promised to groom me on the condition that I would not let my academic scores come down. Did I tell you that I never got less that 90 per cent throughout my academic career?” says Singh.
It’s almost the end of the drive, and she has skirted at least two Police patrol vehicles equipped with speed radars. “Let me make it big, and we will talk about the sky,” she promises.