The rumour mills have been buzzing about Sameera Reddy who was injured during an action sequence for Priyadarshan’s Bullet Train (tentative title) in London. The actor, who is back after a three-week break in New York and will start shooting for the movie only after 10 days, admits she was inundated with messages on Twitter enquiring if she was okay after the accident.
“How rumours fly,” she sighs. “I had joined Yoga Works, one of the top studios in New York. Having switched off my cell phone, I was inaccessible to everyone except my family. It was bliss but I’m glad to be back to all this drama, I missed it. ”
After De Dana Dan, Reddy is looking forward to reuniting with Priyadarshan. It’s said that she has replaced Tusshar Kapoor who was to play a terrorist in this desi version of Speed. “I was always a part of the project but there’s another actor with me. I believe talks are on with Zayed Khan,” she says.
She insists that she can’t comment on the subject of Speed because with Priyadarshan, one is completely clueless. “During De Dana Dan, I had no idea what I was doing till the end,” she says. “But for me, it’s such a thrill doing an action film with a dude like Ajay (Devgn). While watching Angelina Jolie’s Salt, I was wishing that I could get to do even 20 per cent of the stunts she was performing on screen. My wish came true. After comedy in Race and De Dana Dan, and the intense Red Alert, it’s great getting down to maar dhaad.”
The film will be shot in the London Metro and the actor is super excited: “UK understands the Bollywood’s reach in their country and giving us permission to film in the Tube is part of their effort to support our film industry.”
The actor’s last release, Red Alert, didn’t work commercially, but she points out that given that it was an issue-based film, she wasn’t expecting a blockbuster. “It wasn’t a masala Bollywood film with songs and dances. It was made for the festival circuit and it bagged awards,” she reasons.
Another off-beat Bengali film of hers, Ami, Yasin Aar Amar Madhubala (The Voyeurs) is gearing up for a theatrical release. She’s upbeat about Gautham Menon’s Tamil thriller, Nadunisi Naaygal (Midnight Dogs), that’s being shot. “It’s amazing the kind of roles I get in regional cinema as compared to Hindi movies. I’m planning to change that. So, I’m getting picky-choosy with Bollywood too.”