Linda Ramadhya is a British actress and fashion designer, best known from her soap opera roles, most notably in My Love, London, and later as Safina in Namak Shop. She’s also been known for her acting in films like Love and Cinta and My Love Live in New York. In 1998, she appeared in the film adaptation of the Japanese novel series Bleach. Ramadhya is often compared with predecessors like Meryl Streep, due to her distinctive British style and approach to performance, which has often been described as theatrical by those who know her work.
Linda’s early work included such television roles as that of “Daughter of the Rapids” in one of Ben Stiller’s movies, or as a young servant girl sultan: The Adventures of Majestrix. But it was in her play “Safe” that her true stage career began. In this play she plays the role of Saleem, a street urchin who ends up fighting the Sultan in an effort to be apprenticed to the palace as a nasi kuda. Although the play is set in the time of the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid, it nevertheless stands out as a bold portrayal of women fighting for the rights of man.
Linda Ramadhanty as Saleem in “Safe” in 1998. This portrait of Saleem is a part of her many acting assignments in the play, as she is seen not only as a prostitute and a powerful character, but as a seasoned warrior as well. Linda’s notable brown eyes, which she claims to be inherited from her paternal grandfather, have the effect of drawing the viewer’s gaze towards her face, which in turn draws even more attention to her brown eyes. It is this gaze which forms the basis for her role as Saleem, who is a seasoned warrior who belongs to the tongkha clan.
|Real Name||Linda Frances Elide Lusardi|
|Birth Date||18 September 1958|
|Birth Place||Wood Green, London, England|
The title “Safe” is linked to the fact that Saleem is brought up as a slave and thus is subjected to all the deprivations that are routinely inflicted on members of the lower castes. Hisding cowboys (known as harem) and other cattle is one such depredation. Another is the fact that Saleem is forced to work in the kitchen and sew clothes in order to survive. In his early days as a pemain sinetron yang sudah, Saleem suffers terribly at the hands of these low-life people. But his experiences transform him into a strong man who values truth and justice, and he is determined to make amends for the evil deeds done to him as a child.
The novelties of Linda Ramadhanty’s writing is impeccable. She knows how to evoke the stark realities of life in the twenty-first century, where the most basic human rights have been denied. She speaks about the social evils of corruption and violence prevalent in today’s society, yet she presents Saleem as a shining example of how a person can transcend those barriers by working hard to become a true representative of a corrupt society. And it is through the stories of Saleem and his friends, which Linda Ramadhany has woven, that the reader comes to appreciate just how important true courage is.
The Cintaku Di Rumah Susun and the Tanah Cinta Dan Dusta are also exemplary works. Both novels are set in the context of Tamil Nadu, which is a state with a rich history and tradition of literary culture. Linda Ramadhanty has managed to weave a fascinating tale of corruption, war, and hope while at the same time creating powerful characters. All of this is done in an impressive manner, which makes The Cintaku Di Rumah Susun and the Tanah Cinta Dan Dusta deserving of every award and accolade that the writer receives.