Exclusive: I realize why Dad always warned me not to enter the industry and I'm sorry to ignore his words, says Ashita Chandrappa
It's been over a year since Ashita Chandrappa appeared on television. The actress was last seen rehearsing the character of 'Avani' also known as' Rani 'in the daily soap' Radha Ramana '. Since then, she has been far from the limelight and far from the industry.
Recently, when we met the actress, she expressed her heart and shared some bitter experiences in the industry and why she left the television industry.
It all started when I agreed to play the character of 'Rani' in the popular daily soap Radha Ramana, she said.
She further continued saying, Radha Ramana came my way right after I got evicted from the Bigg Boss house. I did not accept the project for the production house, but for the channel airing the show. It was the business head of the channel who called me and offered me the role. He told me I will play the role of Raman's sister in the show and I agreed to do the project. I have always been very picky about choosing my projects. For me, the importance of the character in the show matters a lot. So, when I accepted Radha Ramana, a lot of people asked me about my decision of playing a con artist rather than the lead, she added.
But he was very clear about what he wanted. At the time, the story was completely about my character 'Avani', also known as 'Rani', and I knew how important it was. In fact, I didn't even demand a particular sum. of remuneration to play this role, said the actress.
Ashita then revealed how she had to choose between a project she had already accepted and Radha Ramana.
Frankly speaking, they even offered me leadership at Devyani. It was again the same team that I had previously worked with during Jothe Jotheyalli. The program was delayed due to technical problems. But Mister Param had told me that I could manage my schedules between Devyani and Radha Ramana, she mentioned. She took a brief pause and added,
Everything seemed to be falling in place. But I don't know what went wrong. A person from the Radha Ramana team had already informed the Devyani team about my look test for Rani's character. When I was on my way for the same, I received a call from the makers of Devyani and demanded an explanation. I did inform them that I would be able to manage both the projects. But there came a point where I had to choose between the two. I stood by Radha Ramana and gave it a green signal, averred the actress.
After making her decision, the actress stated that it was one of the most difficult phases of her life.
Shooting Radha Ramana was one of the toughest phases of my life. I had a lot of injuries and I even lost my mother at that time. But I did not let these affect the project. she said.
Despite my mother being in a critical condition, I shot for Radha Ramana. I was even shot the day before my mother passed away. I knew how important it was for the show to have banking of the following episodes and did not want it to suffer because of me, said the actress.
Moreover, my father believes that the show must go on and advised me to follow my schedule. The only support I had in Radha Ramana was the technical team, stammered the actress in pain.
From the production guys to the directing team, they always supported and protected me. Initially, I was told that my character was only for four months, but it continued for more than a year. I never complained about that and continued shooting without showing any tantrums, he held in a slow tone.
I learned that people spoke indirectly about me, which I did not like. I returned to the stage after the fourth day of my mother's death. I used to get very emotional during the filming and the director was very supportive and asked me to all bear the situation, he mentioned.
Then she remembered the incident, which hurt her a lot and said: But there was a colleague of mine on the show who approached the director and told him he was leaving since it was beyond his call sheet. She mentioned that it was 8 o'clock and left. At the end of the day, I was portrayed as a bad guy. This really hurt a lot.
However, Ashita continued to shoot without complaining about anything.
Though I have been offered many projects of late, this production house of Radha Ramana started bad mouthing about me, which hurt me a lot. It's after this incident that I realized that hard work does not pay you well. Eventually, when I was offered new shows, there was this team from Radha Ramana who spoke ill about me and my professionalism. They literally ganged up against me, she said.
Despite giving all of my priority to the show and character, if that's how they portray me, I felt there was no need to work hard. I wasn't working there for money or anything. I have always given manufacturers a choice about my compensation. Apart from the technical team, no one else supported me. It was then that I realized that no one will show up when you need them during your difficult times. Literally no one tried to understand me. This made me feel very bad, the actress said disappointedly.
Witnessing many ups and downs, the actress who calls things by her name felt that the industry was not for her.
I felt that although I was in the industry, I was not part of it. Maybe I'm a little too honest and I don't know how to be fake, sugar-coated people. When it comes to my work, I don't know. He knows your commitment and I have done my best, he said in a very firm voice.
I have undergone shoulder surgery which I had hurt myself during the shoot of Radha Ramana. I take all the risk when it comes to my work. But somehow I felt these were not worth so much dedication, she stated.
Ashita sums it up even further on a very emotional note. Every time I told my father about my passion for acting, he always opposed it. I was being very arrogant and I was withdrawing.
Now I realize why my father always warned me not to enter the industry and I am sorry to ignore his words, said the actress.