Sameera Reddy has been busy air dashing around the country promoting her just-released film,
De Dana Dan
. Katrina Kaif and she play two loaded misses with millions and ‘kadka’ boyfriends (Akshay Kumar and Suneil Shetty). In a bid to make a quick buck, their wastrel wooers land them into serious trouble.
Has she ever had an admirer who was short of cash? “Not as broke as these guys, but yes, when we were in college, we were always paying for our own coffee and sometimes for that of others too,” admits the actress.
Reddy insists that even today she would like to pay for her own coffee but points out that ‘Indian men are on a chivalry trip while the women are a confused lot’.
“On one hand, the ladies assert that they are liberated and on the other hand, want to be pampered silly,” she says. “As for the men, we may have moved into a new millennium, but even the coolest dudes deep down secretly want to be the strong Indian male with sweet, submissive better halves. I’ve seen it happen with me.”
The dichotomy extends to our cinema too. So alongside roles of substance in films such as Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Bengali film
, Yasin Aar Amar Madhubala, Mira Nair’s English docu-drama on AIDS,
, the Tamil film
and Ananth Mahadevan’s naxal drama,
, we see her as a bubble-headed Barbie in
De Dana Dan
The actress isn’t complaining about the variety of roles that come her way. “I get more variety outside Bollywood but it’s these fluffy, glam doll characters that help me connect with the masses. I’ll never give them up. Besides, while a film like Red Alert was an enriching experience, at the end of the day, I’m a girl’s girl and crawling around in jungles infested with insects is not my scene. I prefer being the million-dollar babe,” she laughs.
Despite the discomfort however, Sameera just spent two months in the interiors of Rajasthan shooting for Nagesh Kukunoor’s
. “I lived in a village with thatched huts, mud walls and no electricity. I hid behind a ghunghat for most of the time so I could mingle with the locals. And I learnt about the real India where women are resigned to their fates,” she concludes.