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Sameera Reddy making Waves In Tollywood
Another glam doll whose roots are from the South is Sameera. After doing a few music videos, Sameera made her debut into films with 'Maine Dil Tujhko Diya'. 'Musafir' made her the new oomph girl of Bollywood. Now Sameera Reddy is acting in Telugu movies. She had a latest release 'Narasimhudu' in which she played a role of Phalgat Milk Papa, the name itself is massy. She is also acting with megastar Chiranjeevi in 'Jai Chiranjeeva' and with Balakrishna. "Telugu films are on my priority list," says she.
What brings you to Tollywood?
Telugu films are always on my priority list. I was just waiting for the right time and the right kind of films. I guess the time is right now and its finally happening. Last year I was offered to pair opposite Venkatesh and Nagarjuna but couldn't make it due to hectic schedule. This year I made my debut into Telugu films.
You are a Telugu girl so its natural to be drawn into Telugu films, is it not?
My father is a native of Rajamundry. He always wanted me to do Telugu films. He was not excited despite the fact that I could make it big in Bollywood. He wanted me to do Telugu films.
How did B. Gopal cast you in his film?
The director and the producer decided that they should cast me in the film. They paid and got my dates. Once the shooting started, I realised that they never had a second option.
How was it working with NTR?
NTR Jr. is amazing. He is a very hard working guy. He always got his shot right. In Mumbai we did a lot of rehearsals but he was patient till I got my steps right.
Was there any problem in dialogue delivery?
Not a bit! We never speak in Telugu but my parents converse only in Telugu. We call my dad Reddy garu and Telugu is a part of my life all along. Director B. Gopal was very much surprised when I got my first take right. I had problems with one particular dialogue where I had to say 'pedda magadu'.
Did you change your style in Telugu?
Yes, in the South, the color palette is different. Also when you do a song it varies definitely.
How did you react when Changala Venkat Rao, producer of your first Telugu film, attempted suicide?
I was actually shooting in Mumbai, when I heard the news. I was really, really shaken. The movie was taken well on the opening day and I don't think it's a flop. Probably the producer couldn't face the fact that he was unable to pay the financiers. NTR Jr. helped the producer.
What are your forthcoming films in Bollywood?
I am doing Anees Bazmee's Benaam with Ajay Devagan and Sachin Bajaj's film with Vivek Oberoi.