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Sameera Reddy gifts a sari to Oprah

Last updated on: January 19, 2012 17:57 IST

Sameera Reddy gifts a sari to Oprah

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Sameera Reddy is on a high. Her Pongal release Vettai is a hit and her village belle act in the film was widely appreciated.

But that's not all.

The actress, an Oprah Winfrey fan, got to meet the celebrity talk show host at socialite Parmeshwar Godrej's party.

The actress recounts her Oprah experience from Singapore, where she is currently holidaying:


Parameshwar Godrej had organised a fantastic party to welcome Oprah Winfrey in India. She had called lots of people from Mumbai and I was among the invited guests. 

I was promoting Vettai in Chennai and was scheduled to leave for Singapore after that. But when the party invitation arrived, I made sure that I was present in Mumbai to attend as I'm a big fan of Oprah. 

She is one of my favourite talk show hosts and an inspiration to me. I am sure she must have inspired many to educate and empower women. I told her when I met her that I was a quiet, shy girl and she had a lot to do with my metamorphosis. Her words were inspiration to me to come out of the shell.


Image: Oprah Winfrey and Sameera Reddy

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Oprah was humble and very down to earth. She mingled with everyone at the party. Many people at the party surrounded her and I waited for my turn to meet her. I was wearing a beautiful lime green Shantanu-Nikhil sari which caught her attention. She looked at it admiringly and started talking to me about it.

She exclaimed, 'Oh my god! What a beautiful sari! I love the colour. It's my favourite'. 

I offered to get a similar sari for her but she hesitated, 'no no, that is not necessary' but I insisted. 

I immediately told Shantanu-Nikhil to design a similar sari. It will be sent to Oprah when she is in Agra.

I also told her that I was very plump earlier and she inspired me to lose weight. She couldn't believe it and said that I looked gorgeous! My day was made. I'd say she's one of the most humble celebrities I've ever met.

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