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Sameera doesn't fancy songs any more

india Updated: Mar 10, 2008 11:55 IST
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Sameera Reddy, who is often seen in sizzling numbers on screen, has no songs in her forthcoming thriller Race and says she doesn't miss them.

"When you see the film, you'll realise there was no space for singing in my character. I don't think it's important to have songs to make your presence felt. Amitabh Bachchan didn't sing in Zanjeer. Neither did Rani Mukerji in Black," said Sameera.

Sameera has tapped her comic vein in Race.

"Anil Kapoor and I had done something very serious in our earlier film Musafir. Here we just let ourselves go. I had never done comedy before."

But the film that finds Sameera immersed in a complete comic climate is Ashwini Dheer's 123 in which the actress is paired with Paresh Rawal.

"So what if I've no song in Race? I've an entire romantic duet with Paresh ji in 123. Our whole encounter is based on a comic misunderstanding. I learnt all there was to learn about comic timing from him.

"I'd have done the film just for the pleasure of learning so much about comedy from Paresh ji. But I also wanted to work with Ashwini Dheer. I'm a big fan of his sitcom Office Office. Such straight-faced humour! That's what he has brought into our film."

She debuted with Maine Dil Tujhko Diya in 2002 and after that she was seen mainly in glamorous roles, but now the actress is doing meatier roles. After her funny act in 123, she gets into the grim mode to play a Naxalite in Ananth Mahadevan's Red Alert.

"I play a girl called Laxmi who's ferociously committed to her cause. No funny stuff here. No glamour. I guess I was chosen because I'm from Andhra and also because I've done serious cinema with Buddhadeb Dasgupta. After Kaal Purush, I was compared with Smita Patil. And I think she has played a Naxalite."