AIM­ING FOR A PIECE OF THE SKY

India Today - - SIMPY PUNJAB -

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.

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