Despite having acted in 90 short films (winning ten awards) and 25 mainstream movies like Vada Chennai, Iraivi, Tolet and 96 in small roles, Saranya Ravichandran is yet to get due recognition. But a web series on the dreaded criminal Auto Shankar, where she plays his wife, has done the magic.
Talking about how she entered showbiz, Saranya says, “I completed my degree in biotechnology, but I wanted to achieve in some field. That’s when I got the opportunity to join a TV channel as a VJ. After completing several shorts, I still wanted to hone my skills in acting and did two and a half year acting course before I made my film entry with Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum.”
The dusky actress says that she considers national award winner Bala’s remarks on her acting talents as precious. “I did a role in Bala sir’s version of Varma. One day, I got a call from his office and when I met sir there, he said ‘You have done a great job and have a bright future’ and gave me a gift. Those were inspiring words.”
The actress is eagerly awaiting her upcoming film Byri, where she has a solid role. She is also excited about Vasanta Balan’s Jail. “Vasanta Balan sir calls me Nandita Das of Tamil Nadu, which is the biggest compliment I would ever have got.”
Though the Auto Shankar series has been dragged in to controversy for its profanity, Saranya says that her portions of playing Shankar’s wife did not have any wicked dialogue or scenes.