June 09, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Simer Motiani is paired opposite Sonu Sood and as Balakrishna's younger sister in her debut film Oo Kodathara Ulikki Padathara that is awaiting release. She says the film has shaped up brilliantly and has got a couple of offers and she is yet to consider them.
"When you have a good production house for your first film, it gets difficult to choose the next project..let's see where that goes, in a couple of weeks I should decide. I'm currently meeting people, hearing scripts and yes learning the language. I'm open to do any South film that has a great script," she remarks after the audio release of her debut film.
Simer in Punjabi means to remember god, she adds, "In Punjabi they say Simer rab jab pave..i.e., rab ka naam yaad karna."
The actor says her mother and younger brother came to the shooting, saw the trailers and are excited like her waiting for the release. She did a couple of short films that are going to the film festival. Khwab is going to Venice and The Owner also was screend at a few festivals and hopefully it should have a commercial release some time.
Simer is an English Honours grad from Lady Shri Ram College for Women in New Delhi and has gone through an acting course and has a senior diploma in Kathak and knows a bit of Jazz.
She avers having declared her ambition to be an actor when she was three years old, "They laughed when I said that and here I'm waiting for my first release. I'm enjoying this but I want to be much much bigger..it has to get to a level where I have dreamt of getting to. It might take a while but hopefully it shouldn't take too long."
Simer's name in the period part of the film is Jagadamba. She says she loved wearing the half-saree and sarees in the movie and narrates an interesting incident, "I had one shot in the film where I was wearing a saree and had to wear gold jewellery. I had two kilos of gold on myself and they were asking me to be careful because that was real gold jewellery. I had an assistant and he in turn had another behind him to ensure that nothing falls off and gets lost."
The actor says she always wanted a South launch as she heard that Telugu industry was very good to work with and very professional and that she had a very south Indian look, "But I had many apprehensions as I didn't have any contacts here or hardly any knowledge about the banners. I was located for OKUP through a few agents and came down to the hyderabad. I had done an ad for Malabar Gold with junior NTR."