By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, May 26, 2006
Sameera Reddy has just returned from a 10-day trip to New Zealand for Tolu Bajaj's Nakshya starring Sunny Deol and Viveik Oberoi. She is recovering from a bad cold and chest congestion that she caught while shooting.
Talking about her trip the actress says, "It was very cold in New Zealand. We were shooting at a waterfall in Rotorua, at 2° C, and the water was freezing; one part of me was actually dying.
I wanted to come back to Mumbai very badly. Guys can wear jackets, caps and pants in freezing weather, but all I was wearing was a skimpy skirt and a halter-top.
I developed chest congestion and lost my voice for 10 days during the shooting. Viveik found it very amusing, as I was whispering most of the time and he had to strain his ears to hear me."
Rotorua is famous for its hot springs. "Yes, they're very therapeutic for the skin." Did she take a dip? "Yes, I did. The water was boiling hot, but I found it very relaxing," says the Musafir actress.
Sameera recovered her voice four days ago. "Till then, I was talking in whispers or in a hoarse voice. But it was great fun, shooting for Nakshya.
I fell in love with New Zealand. Nakshya is an adventurous roller-coaster ride. While doing the film, I realised that I would love to go bungee jumping or skydiving - I love adventure sports. During one scene, we had to jump off a cliff in Mahabaleshwar.
Of course, we were strapped to cables, but it was the scariest thing I ever did in my life. I was almost in tears. Sunny and Viveik are extremely protective and caring. Sunny's words of wisdom made me shoot the scene more calmly."
'I freaked out'
Another incident where Sameera lost her cool was when her boat almost tipped into the White River.
"Normally, I would shoot with Sunny and Viveik in the boat, and they kept me calm. They were like two strapping Punjabi puttars, while I was a trembling damsel in distress. But for that scene, I was alone in the boat.
The unit people kept reassuring me, telling me not to worry as the river's current would draw my boat naturally into the rapids. But I freaked out and kept screaming till the shot ended. I was scared the boat would capsize. Of course, the safety measures provided were excellent, and nothing of the sort happened."