May 01, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Ram's office in Sagar Society wears a Spartan look, it's completely shorn of any embellishments, paintings or any decorative pieces; the walls, curtains, sofas all are in pristine white, even the Porsche Cayenne on which he recently spent a bomb on is white. It is the actor's favourite colour. He gives a very plausible reason for the fetish; he's surrounded by many people at the shooting spot dressed in hues and when he returns home to de-stress he needs the calm and tranquility associated with white.
"Bright colours are for films alone, my dad gifted me an Accord on the 100th day of Devadasu and that was in white but nothing excited me as much as this which has been voted the best SUV on the planet. I got this one with my money, I get emotionally attached to my cars because I spend a lot of time in it, my Endeavour too has all the pillows and blankets," says Ram.
He is tenacious yes, but he needs a fairly varied menu. He gets bored with the same things, same roles very easily. Some people might say it has something to do with a hidden part of himself, but it is a lot more simpler than that. Normal is boring. His reason for choosing a film varies enormously, sometimes he takes it up because he wants to work with certain directors and sometimes it can be a desire to shake things up a bit and not to take himself seriously. A life of a very serious film would drive him nuts.
There has been times when he was offered an out and out mass film which required him to wield a knife. Luckily he saw through the season of 'katthis' and did something more light and entertaining. He opines there is still some time for that and wants to space out his career and achieve a perfect balance of love stories and mass movies. He has a face that has a fairly neutral appearance, he can be made to look one way or the other, catering to different subjects and sensibilities is just a matter of time.
His next film is with Karunakaran, the director he says has taken an offbeat point, a love story on the run and has commercialized it. That will be followed by Gautham Menon's movie which is a classy love story. A bilingual it will take off after the director finishes Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya in Hindi. Ram had been planning to do a Tamil film for many years, he was in fact supposed to do Premiste in Tamil and later two films by director Vishnuvardhan that didn't happen due to various reasons.
Currently he is playing a college going guy in Kandireega and is all excited as he's never done that before. Ram says half his life is spent in front of the mirror and that's the way one learns and corrects himself. His room and office in Chennai and Hyderabad has one wall that is completely mirrored. He opines that style and expression keeps improving when you watch yourself on the mirror. "Expression pedithe na face yela undalo naku teliyaali. I keep trying out new stuff, that's how I came up with eyebrow dance in Ready."
Ram enjoys the adulation but hates to be mobbed and calls himself a shy person. He got scratched umpteen times, enjoys attention as long as they don't rip him apart. He smirks, "They shouldn't twist my finger, take it away and gloat..arrey Ram velu pattukocchanu ra. Lot people think I have attitude as I don't flirt with my heroines, that is why I'm not linked with any one of them and they respect me. I find my heroines beautiful but I'm not ready to hang out."
The actor adds he doesn't drink, smoke or chill out with girls and party so people consider him abnormal. He sleeps early and that too is abnormal. At parties or family get-togethers if he hangs on beyond ten his folks rag him, "Enti inka ikkade vunnavu podukoledha?"