Sameera Reddy’s second innings has just begun with “Race”, says RANA SIDDIQUI
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 now in One Two Three, releasing this coming Friday, 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 for me. I believe this film would also be a stepping stone in establishing me as a comedian also. Though I always wanted to do comedy roles Ididn’t know if I would be able to deliver. 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. 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 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.