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Sameera Reddy is just back from a month-and-a-half-long shoot for Priyadarshan’s Tezz and insists that Priyadarshan's Tezz is not desi Speed.

bollywood Updated: Nov 23, 2010 16:07 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

She’s just back from a month-and-a-half-long shoot for Priyadarshan’s


z. Now, she’s enjoying Mumbai’s balmy winter; Birmingham was so cold!” Sameera Reddy shivers at the memory. Throughout her stay, Reddy wore thermals, legwarmers, jackets, socks, mufflers, and everything she could lay her hands on. Except when she had to face the camera. “Yet, every evening when I’d get back to my room, I’d just want to sit in hot water,” she laughs.

The actor missed Diwali with her family. “My sister Meghna had flown down from Greece,” she sighs, brightening up soon to add that producer Ratan Jain of Venus had thrown a party for the whole homesick unit to usher in the festival. “There were no crackers, but we still had a blast.” For her, the shoot in England has been a joyride, literally, because of the spectacular bike stunts she did. “Top Hollywood stunt master Gareth Milne, who has worked on films such as

The Bourne Identity

(2002) and

Indiana Jones

, has been working with us. He was pleased that I didn’t behave like a typical girlie heroine. I wasn’t overconfident, but at the same time there were no real apprehensions. With all the precautions they take, I knew I’d be safe,” she reasons, adding that India is ready for a girl who’s like one of the boys.

There is talk that she is playing a negative role in this action-packed thriller. However, Reddy denies it saying the movie has no chocolate box heroes, sugary sweet heroines or villians: “They’re characters and stories you can connect with.” Reddy enjoyed working again with her


(2004) and


(2008) co-star Anil Kapoor, who, even at 50-plus, she says, looks great and constantly re-invents himself. “He is so lucky to have bagged

Mission Impossible 4

. I kept telling him, ‘


, you are so happening!’” she laughs.

Ajay Devgn, she describes, is a “dude with a cool attitude and a ready smile” and Zayed Khan “a prankster full of ‘


’ (mischief)”. “Shooting with them was a breeze,” she insists, refuting reports of permissions being cancelled and shoots being delayed. “The weather was the only problem. It was raining and cold but I’m looking forward to the next schedule in Scotland in March.”


in Hindi means speed. So is the movie a desi version of


? “It’s not


,” she asserts. “It may have some Hollywood muses but Priyan sir’s Bollywood twist makes it a special Hindi movie.”

First Published: Nov 22, 2010 14:21 IST