Nostalgia with Sameera Reddy
The actor talks about being conflicted about her career choices, being a saver when it comes for money, and running at Joggers Park, when she was 22
What were your career options?
I was a marketing manager at Omega, the watch company. 22 was a turning point in my life because I acted in the music video for the Pankaj Udhas’ Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein. I did it just because I was excited about going to Sydney, where the video was shot. I couldn’t afford a ticket to Australia otherwise. When I returned, it was hard to stay in my job because I started getting movie offers.
What was your state of mind?
Extremely confused. I had got a scholarship to study in Canada and I was simultaneously getting movie offers. The universe was being kind to me but I didn’t know which route to take. My family was against my entering movies because I was doing extremely well in marketing.
What was your bank balance like?
I had a good sum saved. My dad opened an account for me when I was 10 with HSBC Bank with ₹50. I remember the excitement when it went to ₹1,000, and ₹10,000.
What was your equation with your family?
My parents, Reddy Garu and Nakshatra, and my sisters Sushma and Meghna were close. But, I was a plump kid and my sisters being supermodels was hard on me.
Your relationship status?
I dated quite a bit but wasn’t gung-ho about anyone till I met my husband!
What was your most prized possession?
I had taken a loan and bought myself a car with my own money. I proudly drove my moss-green Zen to Nariman Point every day.
Did you play any sport?
No. But I ran at Joggers Park.
What would you tell your 22-year-old self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself. I was very impressionable and had extremely low self-esteem. I developed my own sense of self only 10 years ago. When I was doing films, it was all about what everybody else thought I should do. Today, I wouldn’t do that.
Who were your screen favourites?
I adored Rani Mukerji’s style. I was a big George Clooney fan and met him at the Toronto Film Festival. He said hello and I couldn’t answer as my voice failed me! It was embarassing!
From HT Brunch, January 21, 2023
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