Born: November 29, 1982 (age 31), Bangalore
Biography: Divya Spandana, known by her stage name Ramya, is an Indian film actress and politician. She predominantly acts in Kannada films and also appears in Tamil and Telugu films. Ramya made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi, opposite Puneet Rajkumar. She subsequently starred in... MORE
Biography: Divya Spandana, known by her stage name Ramya, is an Indian film actress and politician. She predominantly acts in Kannada films and also appears in Tamil and Telugu films. Ramya made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi, opposite Puneet Rajkumar. She subsequently starred in several Kannada films alongside lead actors and, following successive commercial successes, established herself as one of the most sought-after actresses in the Kannada film industry, becoming referred to as the "Golden Girl of Kannada cinema" and 'Sandalwood Queen'. Based on an online poll conducted by The Times Of India, Ramya won the Best Actor Female award for Sanju Weds Geetha. She won Filmfare Best Actress Award twice for her roles in Tananam Tananam and Sanju Weds Geetha films. She also won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for Sanju Weds Geetha. In 2011, she entered politics by joining the Indian Youth Congress. She became a Member of Parliament from Mandya constituency in Karnataka after winning the by-election in 2013, becoming the youngest Member of Parliament in India at the time. LESS
In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands' children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera's debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss. "Ocean of an Old Man is an exemplar of film festivals." -Hollywood Reporter "A well-meaning study of an old schoolteacher haunted by memories of the young students he lost in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami." -Variety "Ocean of an Old Man" is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Hindi with English subtitles.
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