People will now take me seriously — Sameera Reddy

Sameera Reddy with Suniel Shetty
Sameera Reddy with Suniel Shetty in Red Alert

Sameera Reddy says those who criticised her for taking her acting career lightly will change their perception after watching her in Red Alert and Ye Hausla.

"I have always been scolded by most of the people for my career choices. They believe I have taken my career very easily. But my next two films Red Alert and Ye Hausla will help me turn the tables. After watching these two films, people will take me seriously," Sameera said in an interview.

"I did a Bengali film Kalpurush that won a National Award. Honestly, I had signed the movie just for fun, but the film has changed my whole perception about what movie making should be. I agree my learning process has been slow, but I think now is the time."

Sameera started her career with ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas’ music video Aur Aahista. In 2002, she made her big screen debut with Maine Dil Tujhko Diya opposite Sohail Khan. Then she went on to do films like Musafir, Darna Mana Hai, Taxi Number 9211, Race and De Dana Dan. She featured as a glam girl in most of the films.

Director Anant Mahadevan’s Red Alert — The War Within, about the Maoist movement, which has received much critical appreciation, also stars Suniel Shetty, Vinod Khanna, Seema Biswas and Gulshan Grover.

Was it a conscious decision to shed her glamorous image in Red Alert?

"No, it wasn’t a conscious decision to shed any image. People may think glamorous roles are easy, but trust me they are not. If you thought playing a dumb bimbo in Race was an easy task, you are highly mistaken. Standing next to Anil Kapoor and asking senseless questions was not an easy," said Sameera, who has been longing to play a double role in a film.

"I have never done it before, but I would love to play a double role in a film. A role on similar terms like Khoon Bhari Maang. If ever a part two is made of this film, I would love to do it. That’s my dream role," she said.

After Red Alert, her next release is Nagesh Kukunoor’s Yeh Hausla. — IANS