I'm a one-man woman: Sameera Reddy

Updated on Feb 21, 2008 12:25 PM IST
Breakups and catfights—she's in news for all the wrong reasons. Sameera Reddy clears all that and more as she speaks with Roshmila Bhattacharya.
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Hindustan Times | ByRoshmila Bhattacharya., Mumbai

She's in news for all the wrong reasons. And then there are rumours of her reported breakup with Shamshul Lalani. Sameera Reddy clears all that and more as she speaks with Roshmila Bhattacharya.

Is it true that you've broken up with Shamshul Lalani and are now seeing a businessman who has been recommending you for movie projects?
I'm a one-man woman. Once I'm with someone, it takes ages to shift my loyalties. As far as anyone recommending me for projects goes, if that was the case I'd have 10 movies in my bag by now. But I'm not a star daughter, I don't have a god papa either.

You've been dating Shamshul openly for a year now. In fact, both of you were seen partying with Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora and Usman Afzal very recently.
We may be celebrities but at the end of the day we have lives outside our jobs. I'm sure we can be allowed a little bit of fun without anyone intruding on our privacy.

When your friends, Saif and Kareena, wear their hearts on their sleeve why do you deny being in a steady relationship?
I've neither denied nor admitted anything. And that's my prerogative. As for Saif and Kareena, I'm happy for them. They make a great couple.

So, is marriage on the cards?

Not for a while. Let my sister get married first.

In a male-dominated thriller like the upcoming Race, won't you end up as a mere decorative prop?
Bollywood is a male-dominated medium. But if the guys in Race are deadly then the girls are deadlier.

Why weren't you present at the film's press meet?
It's been reported that you weren't even invited. I wasn't in town. Anil (Kapoor) and Bipasha (Basu) weren't present at the music release. Saif (Ali Khan), Akshaye (Khanna), Katrina and I were there but that doesn't mean we are the focus of the film. These rumours are like Chinese whispers. Someone says something and the story goes on.

It's said that in comparison to Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif your role is pretty insubstantial?
For me the focus has always been the big picture. Kitty is a bimbette, the comic relief. She's very different from the characters played by Bipasha and Katrina. So I wouldn't want to compare in terms of length or glam quotient.

Apparently, things haven't been hunky-dory between you and Bipasha and Katrina?
(Laughs) That's nonsense! We had a blast in Durban. I've known Bipasha for years, my sister Meghna and she modelled together. And Katrina and I learnt classical dance from the same teacher. It's the media which wants to project us as catty and bitchy.

Catfights have been reported from the sets of One Two Three as well?
When three women are around, why think only of catfights? The shoot in Pondicherry was very gruelling. For 25 days we were up early and filming till late at night.

When you're working that hard you can't always be happy even though there was Suniel Shetty who's one of the biggest prankster I know. There were no issues with anyone.

Not even Tanishaa who was reportedly throwing her weight around the sets of what was almost a home production and crying buckets at the slight provocation?
That's mean! Tanishaa is a nice girl. She was as normal as anyone else. And Esha? (Laughs) We're old friends. Kareena (Kapoor) and she are two of the coolest women.

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