She shot for a handful of films in different languages last year, including the hit Vettai in Tamil. The constant shuttling between industries, languages and sets resulted in fatigue that had her down for a few weeks. But today, post hours of yoga, a recent obsession for the actress, Sameera Reddy is ready and raring to go. In between rehearsals for a show with Kareena Kapoor, the actress got chatting with CT on life, movies and much more
Vedi, Vettai and Tezz…
Last year was mad with all the movies in different languages and locations. I’m happy that I ended with Vettai, which had me in a strong character. With that film, I finally felt that I’ve actually gotten the pulse and mannerisms of Kollywood. As the film did well, I got a lot of offers but as the Tamil industry is very close to my heart, I wanted to pick and choose only the best ones and am still taking my time to do so.
But you’re doing a Kannada flick…
Yes, that’s because I had promised the producers that I would take it up and also due to my conversations with Sudeep during the celebrity cricket matches. The film has shaped up well and it’s another opportunity for me to step into a new industry.
Sudeep is considered hot property now, post Naan Ee
He’s a wonderful person to work with and we had a blast working on my Kannada project. I’m happy that his talent has been recognized after the success of his latest Tamil-Telugu film and I’m sure he will go places.
You were down and out for a while last year; what happened then?
Well, I was shuttling between London and Karaikudi for quite some time. The change in climate took a toll on my health. It’s amazing how we as actors dedicate so much time and effort to business that we seem to neglect dedicating time to ourselves. Due to that phase, I lost a lot of big projects including Kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam. It would have been so prestigious to work on that one! So, this year, I decided to hit the pause button on movies and instead devote a lot of time to shows and ad campaigns. Also, I did a lot of yoga, in order to stay fit.
So, what’s next?
I’ll be starting work on a Telugu project next month, once things are finalized. I’ve also given the go ahead for an experimental film in Hindi, which I’m super excited about. That’s all I can reveal as of now.
What about Kollywood?
Chennai is the place that gave me Vaaranam Aayiram, one of my most special films. I cannot sign any film that comes my way — I’ll select my roles with care and work with only the best.