Sameera Reddy has tasted success with her commercial films Race and One Two Three. However, the glam doll seems to be showing an inclination towards alternate cinema. She acted in National Award winning film Kaalpurush by the renowned Bengali film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta. She is now acting in Star Entertainments’ Red Alert… the war within.
About Red Alert… the war within
It is a very serious film and talks about the Naxalite problem. We don’t try to blame either the government or the militants in the film. Rather, we hope to find a solution to this major internal security issue. We people living in metros have no idea about the seriousness of this issue. Even I was equally clueless about this matter. We would read in the papers that there is some violence, but never really bothered to find out more. Red Alert wants the whole country to get up and face this growing menace.
About the character in the film
I play the character of Laxmi, a young girl. She goes to the police station and there the cops, instead of helping her, rape her. This trauma completely shatters her faith in the system. We aim to show that people who take up arms against the state sometime have no other option. They are in such a state of mind that when anybody gives them a gun and says kill, they just do it. But later on my character does realize the wrongness of her ways, but by then it’s too late.
About other characters
We not only have well written characters but equally good actors like Suniel Shetty, Nassurdin Shah and Vinod Khanna. Many times a good film fails due to absence of good actors to enact them.
About alternate cinema
Buddha Babu has opened a brand new door for me. Even in this movie, I will be totally glamorous, dressed like a man. This hard hitting film does not warrant any other element. The best part of the new actress in me is that I tried to think a lot as my dumb character in Race as well. Most other actresses would not have done that.
About new projects
I am doing one more Bong film titled Voyeur. It shows how much the camera has invaded our lives, not only of the celebs but targeting lay people as well. We need to work out a line between public and private life. I am also doing a Tamil film. My next Hindi project would be an animation film Mahayodha Ram. But among all these, Red Alert will be the first to be released.