July 25, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
An alumnus of Grammar School and Loyola, he completed his academics and worked in a few software companies like Satyam and Microsoft. While working he auditioned for Sekhar Kammula's Happy Days and got through and left his cushioned job much to the chagrin of his father; his father later gave in and supported him in his decision. His mother was overwhelmed at the result as she always wanted to see him on the big screen.
He reminisces calling his manager midway through his project and informing him of his decision, "He wasn't surprised, he was pleased and said I'm happy that even Indian parents support their children in their endeavour. He even calls me once in a while and enquires if I am still a small actor or if I have become a star." His defining moment was bagging a role in Chaitanya Dantuluri's Banam and so enthused was he grew a beard to get the natural look for nine months. Later he was informed that he was replaced by Nara Rohit which was a last minute decision by producer Ashwini Dutt.
The writer of Gamyam and Banam called him and enquired if his beard was still on and gave him the villain's role instead. Randhir's happiness knew no bounds and willingly accepted it. "I am a director's actor, director yedhi chepthe adhi chesta, I can't do anything on my own," says Randhir. The actor's biggest fans are his mother and girlfriend, he says his mom was excited to see him on screen and was even whistling on his debut show of Happy Days.
The actor says people are enquiring as to when he would do a solo hero project but it doesn't matter to him as long as he is an actor and gets to do interesting and challenging roles. He signs off, "I am enjoying myself thoroughly, going to a shooting is like a picnic, breakfast, lunch, plenty of friends around and packing off by six. Since I worked in a regular 9 to 5 job this seems fun, I love my job nevertheless."