"Oomph can come in different ways" - Sameera Reddy

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By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network

Sameera Reddy became an epitome of oomph when she pulled all stops in Sanjay Gupta's Musafir. Ever since then she has featured in variety of roles and worked across different genres. Last year she went for a complete change in image when she took a comic route with Race and One Two Three, both being successful at the box office. Meanwhile, she also balanced it all with a couple of offbeat Bengali films. As she gears up for the release of yet another comedy of hers, De Dana Dan, she gets into a conversation with Joginder Tuteja and declares that in spite of Katrina Kaif being the leading lady opposite Akshay Kumar, she is unperturbed as the film belongs to everyone from Akshay Kumar to Suniel Shetty as well as Johny Lever.

In De Dana Dan, one sees you in a typical Priyadarshan setup where there is so much happening all around. You must have had fun doing such a role...
I am a big fan of Priyadarshan and would have seen his Hera Pheri at least 10 times. I was longing to work with him and when I was told that he wanted to rope me in, I was game for it. Of course I did ask him what did I have to do in the film but then he said that he was clear in his mind about my part. He admitted that it would confuse me if he tried explaining the story, its situations and the characters and hence just wanted me to be on the sets and take it up there.

Doesn't it sound a little too risky i.e. getting into the movie without having a clear idea of what you would be doing? Especially so when there are a couple of dozen of actors around?
That's the beauty of Priyadarshan. Only he could see the full product in head with so many things happening. Now that I have also seen most part of the film, I can see where he was coming from. The film is simply outstanding and is easily one of the funniest films that I have seen. I don't know how he manages to surpass his own effort in each of his films.

Sameera Reddy The film also has Katrina Kaif opposite Akshay Kumar. Ever wondered that the focus would be entirely on them?
(Smiles) It's as simple as that. When you do a Priyan film, you don't worry about picture ka hero kaun dikhega aur heroine kaun hogi. One just goes by the script requirement. Whether it is Johny Lever or Akshay Kumar, everyone has a definite role to play in the film. And let's not forget the fact that when a film is a hit, everyone benefits. My own Race is a clear example of that. I had to play a character which was akin to that of Kitty from Pankaj Kapoor's 'Karam Chand'. I went by my instinct and did it. So was the case with this South film of mine which is making great waves.

Oh really? Which is this film?
It is this Tamil film titled Vaaranam Aayiram which is a huge hit down South. Now guess what, I am there in the film for just 20 minutes where I do two songs. Still, people looked at me in an altogether different light after this film. It turned out to be one of the biggest hits of my career. I have got so much love from this film which is a classic example where one should not judge an actor because there are 3 other heroines around (Vaaranam Aayiram also starred Simran and Ramya).

Sameera Reddy Well, audiences seem to be pretty much looking forward to De Dana Dan. It appears to be creating good buzz at just the right time?
Over the weekend, I was in Delhi and then Udaipur and you should have seen the response there. Aam janta was coming and telling me that promos are interesting and they are expecting a lot from the film. They had a lot of good things to say which is fantastic. The song 'Paisa Paisa' is a hit not just up North but even in Chennai. I am travelling different cities for the promotion of the film and I can see the song rocking everywhere.

One hopes that Sameera too rocks, stays on to be oomphy as ever and keeps the glamour quotient bang on...
(Laughs) This is something that I promise I will never run away from. Despite doing a few offbeat films, I am absolutely comfortable with the glamorous side of mine and will keep coming back to it again and again. This is how a large segment of audiences wants to see me in as well. In any case, oomph can come in different ways. There are different variations to glamour. You can be seen in a Musafir mode or in a fun way, as was in the case of Race or now De Dana Dan.