After rubbing shoulders with Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney, Sameera Reddy has now befriended Latin American pop sensation Shakira while at the ongoing Toronto International Film Fest. The sultry actress whose dancing skills are well accalimed met Shakira at the One X One charity event early this week.
She informs that the popular Shakira is extremely shy. Once they exchanged greetings, Shakira and Sameera bonded over their penchant for the six yard long, traditional sari and silver jewellery.
Sameera, who was wearing a red sari designed by Neeta Lulla for the occasion says, “Shakira is very shy. We actually, got talking over my red saree and accessories.” Our conversation veered on subjects ranging from traditional garb to folk dances like the bhangra.
Later, when Shakira took the stage along with Haitian-American rapper Wyclef Jean she pulled up Sameera and urged her to do some popular bhangra dance moves. This prompted Wyclef to belt out his latest track, ‘Bollywood meets Hollywood’, (which is in collaboration with music composer Aadesh Srivastava).
Sameera also says, “It was an impromptu performance. I managed to teach them bhangra. Wyclef’s latest track Bollywood meets Hollwood is going to be as popular as ‘Hips don’t lie’.”
Hollywood actor Matt Damon who hosted the event also joined in the bhangra. At the end of the performance, Sameera handed out her crystal-studded silver bangles to Wyclef’s sister Melkey. “It was surprising to see Matt Damon doing a bhangra. They were fascinated by the sari and my silver bangles. Melkey wouldn’t let me go without giving her the bangles.”
The actress, who returned to the city yesterday, further informs that the Bollywood making inroads into Hollywood is no longer a distant reality. “Bollywood is the in thing in Hollywood. They are extremely curious about our films and of course, all the song and dance.”