Being Meera – bonafide Lollywood star, fodder for the press and a permanent form of amusement for everyone – must be more difficult than anyone gives her credit for. And with everything Meera has been through recently, particularly the very public and often off-putting ‘married/not-married’ scandal, one can’t imagine what being in her shoes must be like. But one has to give Meera credit for constantly turning everything to her advantage. All the obsessive news reports about Meera’s recent problems have turned her into more of a household name than she was before. By her own admission, she has received thousands of marriage proposals on her e-mail account (which she publicized via an interview that then became a YouTube hit) and she is being talked about incessantly, everywhere. Moreover, Meera’s essence seems to have been captured perfectly in the Mekaal Hasan Band video ‘Chal Bulleya’ (directed by Bilal Lashari) where she not only looks rather stunning but perhaps commands the most arresting screen presence. And given that the video also features several notable celebrities, that is just proof of the power film stars command. In the video, as she lies in a bathtub and laughs at the veritable shower of currency notes on her, one can’t help but feel that despite it all, Meera knows how to play every card right and re-emerge a new person. And that’s why she is Instep’s hotstepper this week.