She represented India at the Miss Super Talent World-2017 in Seoul, where she bagged the title of best musician. Mangaluru beauty Nimika Ratnakar is a multi-talented find. The engineer is a trained classical singer and a seasoned model. Nimika is set to take on a new role as leading lady with her acting debut in the upcoming Kannada film Rama Dhanya.
She speaks to Bengaluru Chronicle about her multi-talents, and the exciting roles she essays in her debut film where she portrays three different characters in three different timelines — a modern girl living in Bengaluru, the wife of Kanaka Dasa, a poet, philosopher, musician and composer, and finally as Sita from the mythological epic Ramayana.
“After I finished my engineering in electronic science from the Mangaluru Institute of Technology, I worked for a private firm for a brief period before I made it through to the Miss Super Talent World, where I represented India in 2017. The event was held in South Korea. It was a completely different experience for me, and my musical skills helped me bag the talent award for best musician.
Following my return from Seoul, I kept getting offers to work in films and eventually chose to do Rama Dhanya, for its content and mostly for the greater opportunity to showcase my talent through characters which run through different shades set in three separate timelines,” says Nimika Ratnakar.
Though she makes her acting debut, Nimika has so far sung for a handful of Tulu films and a Kannada film — a duet along with renowned playback singer Rajesh Krishnan. “My mother, Hemalatha Ratnakar is a trained classical singer and hence music was something I grew up with. My father Ratnakar ND ventured into directing a Kannada film but when it did not succeed, he stayed away from films. Eventually, I got the opportunity to sing in Tulu films and, I recently also sang a duet number with Rajesh Krishnan for a film titled Birth. I have sung for the award-winning Tulu film Madipu as well,” she says.
About her debut, Nimika says, “In my first film itself, I have three different roles, and dubbing for the film was very challenging. The entire process of adapting to each of the three characters and delivering lines was a great opportunity to showcase my talent.”
After engineering, Nimika was preparing for the public service examinations but when she could not crack it, the pretty lass decided to try her hand at a corporate career. Later, her brother suggested that she give the ‘super talent world’ contest a try, and she initially took it up on a lark, and eventually made it through representing India. She now awaits some meaty scripts to do justice to the roles she will take on, all the while crooning her classical set with such passion and confidence.