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Sameera Reddy (born 14 December 1980) is a former Indian actress who primarily starred in Hindi films. She has also appeared in a few Telugu, Tamil and malayalam films.

Sameera Reddy
Sameera Reddy attends Reebok Fit to Fight event (11) (cropped).jpg
Reddy at an event in 2017
Born14 December 1980 (1980-12-14) (age 38)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materSydenham College
OccupationActress
Years active2002 – 2013
Spouse(s)Akshai Varde (2014–present)
Children2
Parent(s)Chintapoli Reddy, Nakshatra Reddy
RelativesMeghna Reddy (sister)
Sushma Reddy (sister)

Sameera Reddy made her film debut with the 2002 film Maine Dil Tujhko Diya. She is best known for starring in films such as Darna Mana Hai (2003), Musafir (2004), Jai Chiranjeeva (2005), Taxi Number 9211 (2006), Ashok (2006), Race (2008), Varanam Aayiram (2008), De Dana Dan (2009), Aakrosh (2010), Oru naal vaarum (2010)Vettai (2012) and Tezz (2012).

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Early lifeEdit

Sameera was born on 14 December 1980 in Mumbai, Maharashtra to a Telugu father and a Kannadiga mother.[1][2] Her mother Nakshatra,[3] referred to as Niki by her daughters and the media, was a microbiologist and worked with an NGO.[4][5] She has two siblings, Meghna Reddy, a former VJ and supermodel,[6] and Sushama Reddy, a Bollywood actress and model,[7] both elder to her.[8] She did her schooling at Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, Mumbai and graduated from Sydenham College.

Sameera described herself as a "tomboy" and "the ugly duckling in the family", while citing: "I was plump, had glasses and my glam quotient was rather low till I was 19."[8]

CareerEdit

 
Reddy in 2015

Reddy first appeared in ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas's "Aur Aahista" music video in 1997.[9] Sameera was meant to make her debut as an actress in Saravana Subbiah's Tamil film Citizen, during early 2000s, but eventually did not feature.[10] She caught the attention of Bollywood and was cast in a pivotal role in the 2002 Hindi film Maine Dil Tujhko Diya. In 2004, she appeared in Musafir, opposite Anil Kapoor, Aditya Pancholi and Koena Mitra.

Sameera is also the first Indian actress to have her own video game, Sameera the Street Fighter. This mobile video game can be downloaded by millions of fans and is available to cell phone users throughout India.

Other activitiesEdit

Reddy was a judge for the Miss Sri Lanka Online contest in 2012.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Reddy is a big fan of American talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. She met Oprah during the former's visit to India at the welcome party hosted by Parmeshwar Godrej. As the television celebrity was reportedly impressed by Sameera's saree, she was presented a similar saree as a gift by the actress before she left India.[12]

Reddy got married to Akshai Varde, an entrepreneur on 21 January 2014. It was a traditional Maharashtrian wedding.[13][14] They had a son in 2015.[15] The couple had a baby girl on 12th July 2019.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Maine Dil Tujhko Diya Ayesha Verma Hindi Hindi debut
2003 Darna Mana Hai Shruti Hindi
2004 Plan Sapna Hindi
2004 Musafir Sam Hindi
2005 Narasimhudu Telugu Telugu debut
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva Shailaja Telugu
2005 Bajrang The Heman Shailaja Hindi
2005 No Entry (Beach Girl) Hindi cameo appearance
2006 Taxi Number 9211 Rupali Hindi
2006 Ashok Anjali Telugu
2006 Naksha Riya Hindi
2007 Migration Hindi
2007 Fool & Final Payal Hindi
2007 Ami, Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala Rekha Bengali Bengali debut
2008 Race Mini Hindi
2008 One Two Three Laila Hindi
2008 Kaalpurush Supriya Bengali
2008 Surya s/o Krishna Meghana Telugu
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Meghna Tamil Tamil debut,
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
2009 De Dana Dan Manpreet Hindi
2010 Aasal Sarah Tamil
2010 Oru Naal Varum Meera Malayalam Malayalam debut
2010 Red Alert: The War Within Lakshmi Hindi
2010 Aakrosh Hindi
2010 Mahayoddha Rama Sita Hindi
2011 Nadunisi Naaygal Sukanya Tamil
2011 Vedi Paaru Tamil
2012 Vettai Vasanthi Tamil
2012 Tezz Megha Hindi
2012 Chakravyuh Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Kunda Khola"[16]
2012 Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Sai Andri Nanu"[17]
2013 Varadhanayaka Lakshmi Kannada Kannada debut

Music videosEdit

Title Year Role Performer(s) Album Ref(s)
Ahista 1998 Pankaj Udhas Stolen Moments [18]
Tere Aane Ki Jab Khabar Mehke 2000 Jagjit Singh Saher

Video gamesEdit

Title Year Role Notes Ref.
Sameera:The Street Fighter 2006 Ancient Warrior Princess [19][20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Indian Celebrities — Nikki Chintapoli Reddy, Made For Each Other". ShaadiTimes. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Reddy-made memories, Lifestyle — Leisure — Pune Mirror, Pune Mirror". Punemirror.in. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Haute and spicy". MiD DAY. 15 September 2002. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ Basu, Arundhati (10 December 2005). "The Telegraph — Calcutta : Weekend". Calcutta, India: Telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Girl interrupted". MiD DAY. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Mumbai (Bombay), India, Sari and Catsuit, 1999, Photo of the Day, Picture, Photography, Wallpapers — National Geographic". Photography.nationalgeographic.com. 25 June 2001. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  7. ^ Barkha MathurBarkha Mathur, TNN (9 February 2008). "Why star siblings don't make it big — The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.comTimes of India. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Metro Plus Kochi / Cinema : Reddy reckoner". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  9. ^ "I love the bombshell tag: Sameera Reddy — Entertainment — DNA". Daily News and Analysis. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Maria Alkasas Wins First Ever Online Beauty Pageant". AdaDerana.lk. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  12. ^ Shekhar (20 January 2012). "Sameera Reddy Gift | Star Oprah Winfrey | Lime Green Saree | Shantanu Nikhil Sari". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Sameera Reddy ties the knot today". Times of India. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Sameera Reddy and Akshai Varde to marry in April 2014". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  15. ^ ""Motherhood is very humbling" - Sameera Reddy"
  16. ^ "Sameera Reddy|Chakravyuh"
  17. ^ "Sameera Reddy|Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum"
  18. ^ https://www.lyricsbogie.com/albums/stolen-moments-1998/aur-aahista-kijiye-baatein.html
  19. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/sameera-turns-street-fighter/
  20. ^ https://www.rediff.com/movies/2006/sep/01sameera.htm

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