Sameera Reddy says her second innings has just begun in Bollywood
Sameera Reddy just can’t help stop grinning these days. “I am so lucky. I really didn’t expect it. My email and message box is full of compliments. After such an awesome response, I called up Abbas-Mustan and thanked them profusely. They have single-handedly 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 after she is written all over with her role of Mini, a foolhardy secretary to detective Robert D’Costa (Anil Kapoor) in recently released Race. The roles, as many know is a take on landmark tele-serial of 1980s Karamchand in which the detective was played by Pankaj Kapoor and the secretary Kitty by Sushmita Mukharjee. With her dead pan expressions as a secretary who refuses to pay heed to her boss’ love advances, Sameera has bowled over a number of audiences.
And now in One Two Three, releasing this coming Friday, Sameera plays a comic role again. In this film on three mistaken identities by debut director 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’s image” when Sameera landed a few comedy roles, she immediately agreed. Says Sameera, still reeling under an instant success, “The release of One Two three soon after Race has come as a blessing in disguise for me. I believe this film would also be a stepping stone in establishing me as a comedian also. Though I always wanted play comedy but didn’t know if I would be able to deliver it. In this film, the best part was that Paresh Rawal was my co-star. He taught me the comic timing. Ashwini is also a hard task master. 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-savy Sameera would also be seen in a mobile game 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 love gadgets and kids. And I wanted to mix up with kids through this game. 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 who has also done My Yoddha Ram, a full animation film on Ramayana “just to be close to the kids. I have given voice over for Sita and Kunal Kapoor for Ram,” she adds.
With a new approach to multi star cast films now, as she says that it’s the role that matters in it, 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 naxallites, this will continue I hope,” she says optimistically.RANA SIDDIQUI