Posts tagged Sameera Reddy
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 16, 2013)
Dinesh Patel, who had produced Ajay Devgn’s debut movie Phool Aur Kaante is currently in a messy financial situation. To tide him over the monetary crisis Ajay has agreed to let him release a 10-year old film with him in the lead.
Old, long-forgotten films being fished out of the cans for release… these are every star’s biggest nightmare. Ajay, who is currently going through a very successful phase in his career, now has to confront the embarrassment of a 10-year old film entitled Naam (no relation to the Mahesh Bhatt film starring Sanjay Dutt) being released next week. The film directed by Anees Bazmee, stars Ajay, Sameera Reddy and Bhumika Chawla.
Anees agrees with Ajay’s decision. He says, “As a director, I feel uncomfortable about a 10-year-old film being released now. But the producer has put in the money and needs to recover his investment. I am told he’s going through financial hardships. We have to respect the producer’s financial interests.”
However, Anees agrees that the film may look dated. “Ajay and I are not what we used to be 10 years ago. But when we did the film it was a very well-written thriller. I’ve done another film Deewangee with Ajay later. That too moved away from my forte, namely comedy. So we are both on a firm ground here.”
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 6, 2013)
Sanjay Gupta, 45, is a man who loves guns and men with guns in all his films. His movies, like him, are flamboyant and flashy, but he remains a loner at heart having spent his growing years with himself. He has seen more lows than highs in his life. While he confesses to his weaknesses of turning to alcohol or becoming a womaniser during his difficult times, he has never shunned his responsibilities, be it towards his two sisters or his wife even when they were divorced or towards his mother. Post the release of his film Shootout At Wadala, he opens up to Bombay Times about his difficult childhood, his fallout with friend Sanjay Dutt and what made him remarry his divorced wife Anu. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born, brought up and spoilt in Mumbai and come from an extremely modest background. From the time I remember, I only thought of making films and have pictures of mine acting and directing since I was in class III. My parents separated when I was two months old and I lived with my mother, who was a Punjabi. I too consider myself Punjabi due to her. I had a rough childhood and it always bothered me that unlike my friends, I could not dine with my parents at a dining table. My mom ran a rummy club in our two-room apartment and played rummy herself. I hated the whole rummy card culture with a vengeance and can never gamble in my life. I was not looked after as a child at all and was not attached to her. I More >
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 1, 2013)
Back in 2004, Priyanka Chopra walked out of an Anees Bazmee film called Benaam citing date issues. Touted to be a sequel to Phool Aur Kaante, and produced by the same producer, Dinesh Patel, the film was later completed with Sameera Reddy and Ajay Devgn. However, the release of the film kept getting postponed. Finally almost a decade later, it seems the film might see the light of the day. But now it is rechristened as Naam.
Interestingly, Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra were never paired up on the screen after the Benaam debacle.
“The film has been lying in the cans for quite a long time. There were financial issues coupled with other things that kept delaying the release of the film. After a point Anees went on to make other films and people forgot about this film,” said a source.
But, Ajay Devgn kept a tab on the film and when he heard that the film is finally releasing, he was prompt to allot 10 days from his busy schedule to promote the film.
When Mumbai Mirror got in touch with Dinesh Patel, he admitted that the film is going to be released with a new partner. “We started the film with Priyanka Chopra. After she walked out, Sameera Reddy and Bhumika Chawla were brought in and the film was completed. But, the film got into a series of problems and could not be released at that time,” said Patel.
He admitted that although there were talks of making the film as a sequel to Phool Aur Kaante, it didn’t turn out that way. More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 23, 2013)
Sameera Reddy faced a harrowing time recently when there was a blaze in the building she resides in. The circuit box on the ground floor of the highrise in Bandra caught fire and completely gutted the lobby. The actress who resides on the fifth floor could not get out of her flat due to the blaze.
Says a source, “The fire broke out around 3 am and it was her maid who woke her up. Sameera was shocked to see smoke billowing outside her window.” Sameera’s parents who live nearby immediately rushed to her aid but they could not reach her. The fire brigade managed to control the blaze after three hours.
A shocked Sameera says, “It was a terrifying experience. One has to be extremely alert in such situations. These things happen but it’s very important to have fire drills. The firefighters managed to control it soon else it would have been really bad.”
Nagesh Kukunoor on his latest film and not working with big stars
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; March 30, 2013)
His last few films like Mod, Aashayein, 8×10 Tasveer and Bombay to Bangkok proved to be duds. But Nagesh Kukunoor still prefers making the kind of films he believes in — even though some of his projects have taken ages to release or have yet to see light of day. Taking on slice-of-life subjects in a sensitive manner is his forte. The engineer-turned-filmmaker is best remembered for his debut flick Hyderabad Blues and later Iqbal. His upcoming film Laxmi based on human trafficking features reality show singer Mauli Dave along with Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah.He has been taking on the highs and lows of B-Town in his stride as we ask him…
You are sending your new film to the Cannes film festival? Fingers crossed! I have submitted the film but I have yet to get a reply in the affirmative. It will be doing the festival circuit before its release. Singer- actress Mauli Dave is playing the title role in the film.
You are also acting in your latest… Yes, I acted in 3 Deewarein, which starred Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff and Juhi Chawla a decade ago. It was a minor role but this time I have a proper role with a track. So you can say I am back to acting too! But I would rather stick to making films.
After bad experiences with stars like John Abraham (Aashayein) and Akshay Kumar (8×10 Tasveer) in your earlier projects, would you ever make a film with a star again? It all More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; January 31, 2013)
Sameera Reddy’s recent vacation in Sri Lanka brought with it a surprise. Sam was offered an ad deal to endorse a local wine brand.
A source says, “Sameera has a good fan following down south. No wonder that she is popular even in Sri Lanka. After someone from the company spotted her holidaying there, they approached her with a very good deal.” And the episode left the actress quite happy. The source adds, “ She never imagined people there would recognise her too. She has given a green signal to the endorsement deal.” Sam says, “ The Lankans have always treated me nicely. As far as my endorsement is concerned, I am happy but it is too early to talk about the details.”
Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2012)
Sameera Reddy, who has done a couple of item songs in Bollywood, is excited about her new item song in Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum. According to a source close to the actress, “Sameera is all set to sizzle with Rana Daggubati in a special number that is currently being shot. She loves dancing and that’s the reason she likes to do item numbers. Since the past couple of days, she has been rehearsing round the clock to perfect her dance moves.” The actress arrives at the studios much before her call time and has been spotted practising for a while before the day’s shoot begins. Even though she has been paired with Rana for the first time in a song, they both seem to share comfortable camaraderie on the sets. Our source adds, “Sameera was also more than happy to help Rana with a couple of moves for the song. ” The film, which is a bilingual will see her play the surprise element. On her part, Sameera maintained, “The filmmakers wanted someone who could match up to Rana’s height. I was the unanimous choice. We had a lot of fun doing this number. It was also joked that we could arguably be the tallest pair in the industry.”
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; December 5, 2012)
Sameera Reddy is charging Rs 50 lakh for a 10 minutes performance for a New Year’s eve show in Lucknow. She will be shaking a leg on a medley of songs which includes Munni Badnaam Hui, Sheila Ki Jawani and Ishq Duhai among others.
A source close to the actress says, “Sameera didn’t perform last year on New Year’s eve. This year she is very excited to get jiggy. She wants to bring in the New Year with her fans.” Adds the source, “As of now she would be doing two costume changes, but she has yet to finalise her outfits.” The actress who was in Greece for the birth of her nephew is now back in Mumbai.
Sameera Reddy let go of her treatment for sleepwalking so she can stay longer with her sister Meghna and her newborn in Greece
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; November 28, 2012)
Looks like Sameera Reddy will have to deal with her sleepwalking problems for a little longer. The actress was previously said to be heading to Switzerland to consult doctors on a suitable treatment, but Sam has now decided to stay back in Greece after her sister Meghna gave birth to a baby boy.
A source close to the actress says, “The whole family is in celebration mode and all of them are together in Greece to welcome the baby home.” The source adds how Sameera is currently helping her sister with cleaning and changing the newborn’s clothes. A friend of Sam says, “The treatment for her sleep disorder has to wait. She is extending her Greek sojourn.”
Sameera Reddy’s recent item number in ‘Chakravyuh’ apparently left a bad taste in older sister Sushma’s mouth
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; October 17, 2012)
Older sisters are often known to keep a check on what their younger siblings are up to. No wonder that after watching younger sister Sameera Reddy’s recent item number Kunda khol in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh, Sushma was far from happy. Our sources say that Sushma did not approve of the lyrics of the song.
Despite Sam’s many efforts to pacify her older sis, Sushma did not yield. Our source points out, “Sushma conveyed to Sameera that she didn’t like the track at all. Sam tried to talk it out with her but all her efforts were in vain. The sisters had a roaring argument on the issue.”
After a couple of days of stony silence between the two, finally the sisters resolved the issue. Later however, Sushma tried to defend her sister’s track by saying, “After all, it is an item number. What more can we expect? Lyrics really don’t matter these days. I liked Sameera’s look and dance. There was no issue.” Sameera chose not to reply to our SMSes.