Ramya’s mother Ranjitha is a senior member of the Congress Party in Karnataka, while her foster father R T Narayan was an industrialist. She is from Vokkaliga caste by birth. Her parents originally hail from Mandya. She studied at St. Hilda's school in Ooty, and in Sacred Heart School (Church Park), Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi. The same year, she had another release in Kannada with Excuse Me, which also did well at the box office, and also stepped into Telugu filmdom with the film Abhimanyu. In 2004, Spandana debuted in the Tamil film industry, also under the name Ramya, with the film Kuththu . She had two releases in Kannada as well, Ranga S. S. L. C. and Kanti, out of which the latter, a love story set against the backdrop of borders and language issues, was declared a major success. In 2005 she had four releases, all being Kannada films, with the latter three films Aakash, Gowramma and Amrithadhare becoming major box-office successes. In 2006 she starred in Julie, a remake of the same-titled 1975 Hindi-language film. Her fourth 2007 release was Polladhavan, where she acted against Dhanush. The film, released during the 2007 Deepavali period, was considered a dark horse success and made possible Ramya's breakthrough in Tamil. Later 2008, she starred in the films Bombaat and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu, with the former becoming declared a "super hit" as well. Her final release in 2008 was Gautham Menon's Vaaranam Aayiram, which became a high critical as well as commercial success. She was also seen in semi-mythological movie Katari Veera Surasundarangi,opposite Upendra. Ramya joined the Indian Youth Congress in 2011. Ramya became the Indian National Congress' Member of Parliament from Mandya constituency in Karnataka by winning the by-election in 2013. In the 2014 Indian General Election, she again contested from Mandya but got badly defeated by C. S. Puttaraju (margin of 524,370 votes) of the Janata Dal (Secular) party. In 2013, Ramya made her debut in the small screen in a tele serial, Ashwini Nakshatra. Her future projects are Vaarayo Vennilave, Kadhal 2 Kalyanam, Johny 2, Mathuranagari, Dil Ka Raja, Ullasa and Bhimoos Bang Bang Kids.
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