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    “Vivek Is a Really Cool Guy,” says Sameera Reddy

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Saturday, September 09, 2006
    “I did ‘Kalpurush’ because I wanted to grow as an actor,” says sultry siren Sameera Reddy who is pushing her luck for a change-in-image by doing National Award winning director Budhadeb Dasgupta’s ‘Kalpurush’ where she is shedding her glamorous image for the first time. She is currently promoting her adventure mystery film ‘Naksha’ co-starring Sunny Deol and Vivek Oberoi where she has done some daring stunts. Personally I liked that snoring episode in the film where while she dozes off in a Jungle party and Vivek and Sunny had to bear the brunt of her hard-core snoring antics. Having made a mark for herself in the Sexy Sam mould by doing item numbers in films like ‘Musafir’ and ‘Darna Mana Hai’, Sameera is still best remembered for that simple girl of a Pankaj Udhas ghazal video a few years ago. Over to an IndiaGlitz exclusive with Sameera Reddy:

    What is Sameera Reddy doing in an action film like ‘Naksha’?

    I am doing a lot of action myself. It’s a lovely role…I am a city girl who gets stuck in a jungle. No mobile, nothing, no touch with the world. I become a part of the team and part of the whole ‘Naksha’

    You’ve done a lot of stunts yourself…The river rafting etc….

    I jump off the cliff and I was hanging 2000 feet above sea level. It was very scary. But it was part of the script and it was told to me when I signed the film. And the bond between me, Sunny and Vivek became so strong because we were doing so many scary things together. We became a team.

    Your dance videos from the film seem to be rocking…

    The songs in the movie are really good. They are all situational songs. How I meet Vivek is the first song…Shake It…Jat Yamla is a lot of fun…Because three of us are having a great time. And Sunny loves that song. U N I is a very fun, hip hop dance video. Songs are very very good in this film.

    It seems it was after ‘Jat Yamla’ that Sunny really opened up on the sets….

    No, he opened up just while we were shooting. Every schedule we got closer because we were doing so many stunts. But I think ‘Jat Yamla’ is very cute…But in ‘U N I’ I don’t think anybody is going to be looking at us, everyone is going to be seeing only Sunny Deol.

    Your Chemistry with Vivek Oberoi is vibrant…

    Vivek is a very good co-star. In romantic scenes we really had a good time because the comfort level is there. He is a really cool guy. He plays a lot of pranks and always rags me. But what’s sweet about him is that he keeps you laughing all the time.

    The look of the film is cool…Adventure Mystery….

    The look of the film is in a different genre. It’s not attempted before. Very adventure driven. It’s a refreshing change from what the audience is used to…Comedy…This…That… Naksha’ has everything in it.

    One of your forthcoming films ‘Kalpurush’ where you have a deglam role…

    I did ‘Kalpurush’ because I wanted to grow as an actor. Working with a National Award winning director like Budhadeb Dasgupta is a high in itself. I didn’t do thinking that I would win a National Award (Although I don’t mind winning one). I really learnt a lot and in fact I am doing his next film too.

    There’s a mobile game with Sameera Reddy…

    It’s called Streetfighter. It’s a mobile video game. In the beginning when we were making the game, we wanted to create a game that masses can play, enjoy and it shouldn’t be too difficult either. And I am a gamer myself and when it was made first, I couldn’t get through beyond the third level. Now, we’ve made it in such a way after many testing that it’s really fun.

    Finally…What’s the USP of ‘Naksha’?

    People should watch ‘Naksha’ because it’s a different film. It’s really fun. The chemistry between the three of us is great. It’s all about that magic.

    Any jitters, ‘Naksha’ is releasing when ‘Munnabhai’ wave is on a high

    Absolutely not. When you have a good script, you can have films coming at the same time. If people like it they just like it.

    What are your forthcoming films?

    ‘Fool and Final’, directed by Ahmad Khan which is an out and out comedy, an action flick ‘Benaami’ with Ajay Devgan There’s ‘Ghulami’, a period film and there’s a film by Budhadeb Dasgupta. This is the line up for this year.

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