Sameera Reddy is deliriously happy. She is secure in the knowledge that while Race happened to be a block buster, it was no small feat that her comic interludes with Anil Kapoor were appreciated by the audience. â€œ
Touch wood,â€ she says, â€œI am where I wanted to be all along â€” I am being recognised for the work that I am doing.â€Soon enough, the youngest of the Reddy sister will be donning the avatar of a judge for a television reality show. â€œI think SRK and Salman Khan have made it inevitable for actors like us to be a part of television. Itâ€™s an exciting medium.â€ But she quickly adds, â€œMy main focus will continue to be films. On television, I will be judging the participantsâ€™ presentation and dressing along with Mahesh Bhatt and Ganesh Hegde. But thatâ€™s just about it.â€
She admits that One Two Three did not click with the audience and that sometimes actors can only just act, the onus lies on the director to make a good film. â€œI hope to do more comic roles, but canâ€™t comment on which films I have signed now. Producers would not want me to talk about it.â€
Sameera is also vocal about the fact that she hates to be slotted into a category. â€œItâ€™s not that you have to do â€˜itemâ€™ numbers first and then graduate to getting better roles. Today, an actress does everything. I am happy with what I have got so far. I have never attempted to deny my â€˜sexy imageâ€™ on-screen, but thatâ€™s not the only way to define me,â€ she says.
There is definitely a life beyond films for Sameera. She is helping her father in his business and often makes trips to the city for work. â€œAhmedabad is a great city. Although a quiet city, there is a certain kind of buzz which is hard to miss,â€ says Sameera, who loves watching television with her family and enjoys a hair oil massage from her mother whenever she is home.
We canâ€™t resist asking her about her alleged link-up with cricketer Ishant Sharma. She laughs a little and says, â€œI was promoting Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL season, since SRK is a great friend and during this time, I happened to meet Ishant. But I never met him alone. I wonder how this story got cooked up.â€
Her parents are very keen on her settling down with a South Indian man and that too, in an arranged marriage but Sameera feels she can never â€œsettle for an arranged marriage. I need someone who understands me and respects my workâ€. Sam sure has a life beyond films and she gets ready to have lunch with her dad.