Sameera Reddy’s second innings has just begun with Race
Sameera Reddy just can’t help stop grinning these days. “I am so lucky. I really didn’t expect it. My message box is full of compliments. After such an awesome response, I called up Abbas-Mustan and thanked them profusely. They have changed my image and given me a new life in Bollywood. You know, I am flooded with comedy roles now…”
Sameera can barely hide her excitement about her role of Mini, a foolish secretary to detective Robert D’Costa (Anil Kapoor) in the recently released “Race.” The role, as many know, is a take on the landmark tele-serial of 1980s Karamchand in which the detective was played by Pankaj Kapur and the secretary Kitty by Sushmita Mukherjee. With her deadpan expression, Sameera who refuses to pay heed to her boss’s advances, has bowled over the audiences.
And in this week’s release, “One Two Three, Sameera plays a comic role again. In this film on three mistaken identities by Ashwini Dhir, she plays Laila who, to pay back her loans, tries to sell her vintage car to one Laxminarayan (played by Paresh Rawal) who actually comes to collect lingerie samples from her mistaking her for a lingerie designer. Looking for “something different from a sex symbol image” Sameera immediately agreed when she was offered a comedy. Says Sameera, still basking under her new-found success, “The release of ‘One Two Three’ soon after ‘Race’ has come as a blessing in disguise. I believe this film would also be a stepping stone in establishing me as a comedienne. Though I always wanted to do comedy Ididn’t know if I would be able to deliver. The best part is that Paresh Rawal is my co-star. He taught me the comic timing. Ashwini is also a hard taskmaster. He didn’t give up until he got the shot right. For instance, he made me do several retakes in a scene where I con Laxminarayan to buy my car and at the same time use my charm to get my way. He helped me a lot to mix the two effortlessly.”
A tech-savvy Sameera would also be seen in a mobile game called “Sam’s Mission”. She has become the first actress to be featured in a mobile game. “It happened a year ago,” she shares. “Sam is my pet name and ‘Sam’s Mission’ is an extension of my personality.” I am one of the characters in the game wherein a player can play with me. There are lots of fights in it to reach the goal,” says Sameera has also done “My Yoddha Ram”, an animation film on Ramayana “I have given voice-over for Sita,” she adds.
Sameera is also concentrating on some serious films. ‘“Musafir’ and ‘Taxi No. 9211’ gave me important space on the Bollywood map. With ‘Red Alert’, a film on Naxalites, this will continue I hope,” she says.RANA SIDDIQUI