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ABLE AND WILLING Sameera Reddy
ABLE AND WILLING Sameera Reddy

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.

Another comedy

And now in her forthcoming 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, “In this film, the best part is that Paresh Rawal is my co-star. He taught me the comic timing. Ashwini is also a hard taskmaster. ”

Mobile girl

A tech-savvy Sameera would also be seen in a mobile game called Sam’s Mission. “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 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,” 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 optimistically.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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