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Sameera Reddy
The heat is on with the release of Sanjay Guptaís film Musafir, as the last of the Reddy sisters, Sameera, is set to take Bollywood by storm. Sameera Reddy already has a hat-trick of movies like Maine Dil Tujhko Diya, Darna Mana Hai and Plan under her sizzling belt. The dusky beauty with caramel-kissed skin, lusciously voluptuous bod exuding oodles of sex appeal, had made her debut on the small screen with a Pankaj Udhas video Ahista Kijiye Baatein from the album Ahishta as a typically demure and docile Indian girl, in sharp contrast to her current sexy siren image. Here's a seductively hot encounter with the talk-of-the-town Sameera Reddy, on the sets of her yet untitled movie.

The Record (TR): Once our film industry had the Southern Travancore sisters Padmini-Raagini-Sarojini ruling the roost, albeit for a brief phase. And now it is the turn of another Southern brigade - the trinity of sisters trying to make waves in Bollywood. Do you think their tenure will last longer than their predecessors?
Sameera: First of all, your query is quite intriguing. I donít think it is timely or even appropriate to make such an odd comparison in such an early stage of our individual careers. Besides, I think that in spite of their brief phase there was not even an iota of doubt that the Travancore sisters had literally and really succeeded in carving a niche for themselves. As for us, yes we are ultimately aiming to hit the bullís eye, both showcasing our dusky beauty and displaying a vast reservoir of latently inherent talent. Am I sounding too pompous? But then I really mean it.

TR: So are there any fireworks of sibling rivalry?
Sameera: Sorry to disappoint one and all, but no. Take it from me there will be absolutely no sparks, no fireworks. Since we were this high all the three of us have been very supportive of each other. Hence, no grounds for any fights, any tantrums. In fact before plunging into anything, the Reddy sisters chart out everything in unison and in advance and only then plan our next moves, keeping in mind our individual likes, dislikes, dreams, desires and fantasies too.

TR: So Sushma took the modeling plunge, Meghana followed the Veejay route. So it was obvious that Sameera Reddy too would be baited by the glamour bug, right?
Sameera: The pre-film Sameera Reddy never wanted to step into the limelight. In fact, she had always nurtured dreams of becoming an electrical engineer. Then as she grew up, she also had this brainwave of turning into a Vet Doc - a resultant effect of her intense love for all animals. Finally, she had declared from rooftops to the world at large, that she now desired to be a great business woman by taking over the reigns from her father as soon as he retires. So the question of following in their footsteps never arose then.

TR: Then why did you finally shift focus to the more lucratively glamorous moviebiz?
Sameera: All thanks to Pankaj Udhas, who instantly took a liking to me when on a friendís insistence, I had gone to audition for Ahista. In fact, he offered me my debutante plum assignment without even screen testing me. The offer was too tempting to resist what with its added perks of an Australian tour. I had thought that I would do that one music video just for the heck of it, then forget everything and pursue my business interests.

TR: You once again changed track midway and joined the Bollywood bandwagon...
Sameera: Yeah. The overwhelming success of Ahista brought in many tempting film offers. In fact, I was even offered the Yash Chopra banner film Mohabbatein, but I had politely requested them to consider some other actress as I humbly accepted that Sameera Reddy was not yet ready for films. So the role ultimately went to Preeti Jhangiani. Yes, I kept refusing offers for a long time as even my father wanted me to get my MBA degree first. Finally it was our family friend, Sohail Khan, who literally coaxed, cajoled and even mockingly threatened me to do just this one film, Maine Dil Tujhko Diya, opposite him, produced by him and under his own direction.
This time even my father gave me the green signal. I would be lying through my teeth if I denied the fact that this time the lure of grease paint and facing the arc lights for the big screen was too irresistible. A full-fledged break as a solo heroine, very unlike the three parallel leads of Mohabbatein, had been literally laid out for me on a platter. So I thought, why not? So what if it was just a typical boy meets girl song-and-dance routine topped with a hi-pitched climax?

You can read the rest of our feature on Sameera Reddy in the November 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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