Samantha Ruth Prabhu (born 28 April 1987) is an Indian actress who primarily works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. She has received four South Filmfare Awards, six South Indian International Movie Awards, and two Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards. She has risen to prominence as a leading actress in Telugu and Tamil cinema.
Samantha worked part-time on modeling assignments while studying business. She quickly received film offers and made her acting debut in Gautham Vasudev Menon's critically acclaimed Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave (2010), for which she received a Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress and a Nandi Award. Samantha went on to become only the second actress in history to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu in the same year, for her roles in the films Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012) and Eega (2013). (2012). She has primarily chosen to play the leading female role in hero-centric Telugu and Tamil films since then, earning box office success with films such as Dookudu (2011), the family dramas Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2012) and Attarintiki Daredi (2013), and AR Murugadoss' Tamil action film, Kaththi (2014). Samantha's performance in the film A Aa (2016) received positive reviews and earned her fourth Filmfare Award, while her subsequent films Theri (2016), 24 (2016), Mersal (2017), Rangasthalam (2018), and Mahanati (2018) were also commercially successful. She received critical acclaim for her roles in the 2019 films Super Deluxe, Majili, Oh! Baby, and Jaanu, as well as her only film in 2020, Jaanu.
She established Pratyusha Support and Saaki World. Samantha married actor Naga Chaitanya in 2017, and the couple announced their divorce in October 2021.
Samantha was born on April 28, 1987, in Hyderabad, India, to Telugu father Joseph Prabhu, and a Malayali mother Ninette Prabhu. She was born and raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as the family's youngest child, alongside two older brothers, Jonathan and David, while becoming fluent in Tamil. Despite her mixed heritage, she has identified herself as Tamilian. Samantha attended Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School before completing a degree in commerce at Stella Maris College in Chennai. She began modeling near the end of her undergraduate degree, most notably with Naidu Hall, where she was discovered by filmmaker Ravi Varman.
Debut career, breakthrough, and critical acclaim (2010-2012)
Samantha debuted in the film industry with Gautham Vasudev Menon's Telugu film, Ye Maaya Chesave (2010). The film, also released in Tamil as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), sparked much anticipation prior to its release, owing primarily to Gautham Menon's first collaboration with composer A. R. Rahman. The actress auditioned and was hired for the project in mid-August 2009, and she worked on it in India and the United States before it was released on February 26, 2010. She revealed after the film's release that Menon played a "crucial role in molding her as an actress," teaching her how to stay natural and comfortable in front of the camera even when she didn't have any dialogue. Samantha portrayed Jessie, a Malayali Saint Thomas Christian girl living in Hyderabad with whom the male protagonist, played by Naga Chaitanya, falls in love. Samantha received rave reviews for her performance in the film, and the film itself received widespread acclaim. Samantha was described as a "scene-stealer" and her beauty as "alluring" by Sify critics, who added that "she was the girl to watch out for." Jeevi from Idlebrain.com, wrote that "Samantha's debut is one of the best heroine debuts in Telugu cinema" and noted that the "minute expressions she gave spoke volumes about her", whilst labeling the film as a "classic". Ye Maaya Chesave won her a Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress as well as a Nandi Award. Samantha made a cameo appearance in the Tamil version of the film as an assistant director who decides to become an actress. Both the Telugu and Tamil versions of the films were huge successes, propelling Samantha to take on bigger projects. Following her collaborations with Gautham Menon and A. R. Rahman, she appeared in the music video for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010 promotional song, Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam, directed by Menon and composed by Rahman.
Samantha's next film was the romantic drama Baana Kaathadi (2010), in which she starred alongside Adharvaa. The film was actually the third Tamil project signed by the actress, but it was released before the first two due to delays in their completion. Samantha played the first student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Tamil cinema. Ravi Varman's Moscowin Kavery (2010), the first film she worked on, was her next release. Shooting for the film began in August 2007, with Samantha joining the team later that year under the screen name Yasodha. Ravi Varman stated in an interview in 2008 that he decided Samantha would be the lead actress for his film within three minutes of seeing one of her commercial assignments. He went on to call her an actress with "intelligence" and "potential," drawing comparisons to the well-known Revathi. However, due to Ravi Varman's prior commitments as a cinematographer on other projects, the film languished in development hell before finally being released in August 2010. The film received negative reviews from critics, despite Samantha's performance being cited as one of the film's only highlights. Samantha signed on to play the lead role of a modern girl in the Narain-starrer Pookada Ravi in August 2008, while still finishing her last three projects. Samantha later appeared in Vamsi Paidipally's Telugu film Brindaavanam (2010) as a supporting actress alongside NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal. Despite having a shorter screen time than the roles she had played in her previous films, her performance as Indu was well received, and the film became her second successful venture in Telugu.
Samantha appeared alongside Mahesh Babu in the big-budget Telugu film Dookudu (2012), which went on to become one of the most successful Telugu films of all time. The film received positive reviews, with The Times of India critic saying, "Samantha looks beautiful and has done a great job, though her role as Prashanthi isn't too long." She later appeared as a mental asylum inmate in Gautham Vasudev Menon's psychological thriller film, Nadunisi Naaygal (2011), and then reprised her role as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa in the Hindi version of the film, Ekk Deewana Tha (2012). Because of Samantha's popularity in Telugu films, Nadunisi Naaygal was dubbed and released in Telugu as Eera Gulabeelu, with Samantha prominently featured on the film's posters despite only having a guest appearance. During this time, Samantha was also signed on to two big budget Tamil films, Mani Ratnam's Kadal (2013) and Shankar's I (2015), but she had to drop out of both because she was suffering from a skin disease and couldn't work for two months in mid-2012. Samantha then appeared in S. S. Rajamouli's live action Telugu-Tamil bilingual project Eega (2012), alongside Nani and Sudeep, as a micro artist who runs an NGO and seeks vengeance for her lover's murder. Samantha noted that because the film featured a CGI-created housefly as the main character, she had to use her imagination and act accordingly. She also revealed that many heavy lights were used for the shoot of the film and she subsequently suffered skin burns, calling the process "very stressful" but "satisfying". In Tamil, the film was titled Naan Ee (2012), and Samantha received critical acclaim for her performance. A critic from The Hindu noted "Samantha blooms in the role given to her," while Jeevi of Idlebrain.com wrote her "run of success continues as she did extremely well as a bereaved lover". Sify.com also praised her performance in the film, citing her "subtle expressions of love, fear and anxiety work well for the film" and that she "looks beautiful and has done her role with consummate ease". The film went on to become a huge commercial success, grossing more than 1.25 billion dollars worldwide, and was dubbed in a number of foreign and Indian languages.
Samantha then worked on Gautham Vasudev Menon's trilingual romantic drama film, playing the lead female role of Nithya in the Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi versions, shooting scenes back-to-back with three different actors. In the Tamil version, Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012), she co-starred with Jiiva, while Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu (2012) paired her with Nani. A third Hindi version, Assi Nabbe Poorey Sau, starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, was shot concurrently with the other two films and was "sixty percent" finished before Menon shelved it after his other Hindi film, Ekk Deewana Tha, bombed at the box office. The film followed a couple through three stages of their lives, focusing on their romantic relationship in high school, college, and their late twenties. Samantha revealed that she knew Gautham would want to work with her again and that when she was offered the roles, she jumped at the chance. She described Nithya's character as "close to her" because she "could relate to the attributes and the circumstances the character goes through." Samantha chose to dub for herself in the Tamil version of the film to make her performance as authentic as possible. The Tamil and Telugu versions of the film were released in December 2012 to mixed reviews. Neethane En Ponvasantham received mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box office, but Samantha received widespread praise for her performance. Her transformation from a gawky teenager to an adult, unable to overcome her ego, is outstanding, according to The Hindu's critic. Meanwhile, IBN stated that "Samantha's transformation from a school kid to an adult is a treat to watch," and Rediff.com stated that she is "pretty, graceful, and does an excellent job of conveying the emotions of a girl in love, especially during the school sequence," concluding that she "carries the film on her slender shoulders." Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu, the Telugu version, received positive reviews and did well commercially, and Samantha's performance was equally well received. The Hindu said she "goes a step further from her famous portrayal of Jessy (Ye Maaya Chesaave) and brings out the intricacy of her character well," while The Times of India said she "creams it." The actress later won Best Actress awards for both the Tamil and Telugu film industries for her performances in Neethane En Ponvasantham and Eega at the Filmfare Awards ceremony honouring South Indian films of 2012. Samantha became the second actress in history to win both awards, following Revathi in 1992. 2012 was her most award-winning year, with nominations for Best Actress at the Vijay Awards, Santosham Film Awards, and CineMAA Awards.
Commercial success and a solid reputation in big-budget films (2013–2018)
Although Samantha frequently played strong character roles in her early films, she has increasingly appeared in big-budget, hero-oriented films with fewer opportunities for actresses since 2012. Samantha next appeared in the Telugu multi-starrer film Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013), co-starring Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu, which received positive reviews and commercial success. Though her role was comparatively minuscule to her co-stars, IBN Live noted it was "good to see Samantha shed her glamorous side and welcome performance-oriented roles, which she only handles with deftness and ease". The romantic comedy Jabardasth (2013) alongside Siddharth, in which she portrayed a wedding planner, became a commercial failure, though critics noted Samantha is "getting better by the day and it's a delight to watch her on screen". Samantha then co-starred with Pawan Kalyan in the family drama Attarintiki Daredi (2013), which became the highest-grossing Telugu film upon its initial release. Samantha "exudes confidence even though she has limited screen time and nothing much to do," according to a Rediff.com critic, and her performance earned her Best Actress honours at the SIIMA Awards and the Santosham Film Awards. Her final 2013 release was the unsuccessful Telugu masala film Ramayya Vasthavayya, in which she played a minor role, with a critic remarking that "we have seen Samantha in better roles and better films."
Samantha appeared in six films in 2014, marking her return to the Tamil film industry. Samantha's first role was in the family drama film Manam (2014), in which she appeared alongside several members of the Akkineni film family. Samantha received positive feedback for her performance as a young mother and a college student in two different time periods, with Sify's critic saying "she excels" and The Hindu's reviewer saying she "emotes well and easily shifts between the roles." Samantha was nominated for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards for her performance, and she won Critics' Choice for Best Actress at the SIIMA Awards. Samantha later appeared alongside Naga Chaitanya in the long-delayed Autonagar Surya (2014), before playing various minor roles in the Telugu action masala films Alludu Seenu (2014) and Rabhasa (2014). (2014). Critics criticised her for "signing up to be a glam doll" for the ventures. She has "previously shown us she is capable of much more, but of late, appears to be stuck with similar roles that require her to be an attractive prop." Samantha later revealed that she only worked on Alludu Seenu as a favour to producer Bellamkonda Suresh, who had assisted her in postponing the production of Jabardasth due to health issues.
Samantha worked on two large-budget Tamil films concurrently in early 2014, collaborating with industry-leading actors and directors. Anjaan (2014), N. Lingusamy's gangster masala film starring Suriya, received negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. Portraying a small role, critics panned her character in the film, stating Samantha "gamely performs the requisite crazy girl duties". Her other release, AR Murugadoss' action drama Kaththi (2014), in which she co-starred with Vijay, received mostly positive reviews and became the most profitable Tamil film of 2014. Again, reviewers criticized her character stating "all she had to do in the film is smile and look pretty," while The Hindu remarked she played "an emoticon" and "that covers her contribution to the proceedings". She subsequently featured in the Telugu film S/O Satyamurthy with Allu Arjun, as a part of another hero-orientated film, though critics noted she "enacts her part with grace" and that she "plays her role well".
She then appeared in her second dual role in Vijay Milton's road movie, 10 Endrathukulla (2015), alongside Vikram. Like Anjaan and Kaththi, critics lamented her role as a clumsy girl, with Sify.com stating "beyond a point Samantha's character is plainly annoying". She wore a different rural look for a specific role, and her performance received mixed reviews, with one critic stating that "Samantha doesn't make much of an impact in the film except towards the end." Samantha later received positive feedback for her role and performance in Velraj's Thanga Magan, in which she co-starred with Dhanush. The actress noted that she would be portraying a homely role of a wife for the first time in Tamil films, and that it would be the first of many such performance-oriented roles as she looked to move away from being typecast in charming characters. A critic from Sify.com labelled her performance as "impressive", while DNA.com stated Samantha "has given a very subdued and mature performance sans drama". Likewise, a reviewer from Silverscreen, suggested that she "delivers a performance that stands head and shoulders above her work in previous films".
Samantha's first film release in 2016 was the Tamil romantic drama film Bangalore Naatkal, in which she appeared as a guest and reprised Nithya Menen's small role from the Malayalam original. She then starred as the lead female in Atlee's Theri, alongside Vijay for the second time in her career. Her performance received positive reviews, with a critic from DNA India stating "Samantha looks pretty as always" and that "she has done an incredible job in dubbing with a range of emotions in her numerous shades - doctor, lover, mother - and she shines". Likewise, Behindwoods.com stated that Theri "could be one of Samantha's best roles; she plays a doctor and has given out a soulful performance". When it was released, the film went on to become one of the most profitable Tamil films of all time, breaking a streak for the actress in Tamil cinema by becoming her first commercially successful film since Kaththi (2014). Samantha later collaborated with director Vikram Kumar and Suriya on the critically acclaimed fantasy film 24 for the second time. Samantha, who plays the lead character's love interest, received praise from critics for her small role in the film, with Sify.com stating that the actress "does well in the comedy scenes." The film also did well at the box office, putting her "at the top of the film industry," according to The Hindu, following her back-to-back commercial successes.
Samantha also appeared in three high-profile Telugu films in 2016. While Srikanth Addala's family drama Brahmotsavam, in which she co-starred with Mahesh Babu, was a box office flop, her role in Trivikram Srinivas' romantic comedy A Aa, in which she co-starred with Nithiin, earned her critical and commercial acclaim. Samantha garnered great feedback for her portrayal as Anasuya Ramalingam, an innocent teenager wanting to escape her mother's domineering conduct. A critic from The New Indian Express commented "A Aa clearly is Samantha's film" and that "starting from her first frame to the last, she delivers a spectacular performance and shows what she can accomplish if given adequate screen time", adding that she was "a joy to watch". Likewise, a reviewer from The Hindu noted "Samantha, after a long time, gets enough screen time and scope to shine", stating "she's vulnerable as a 23-year-old reeling in her mother's shadow and can also play the high maintenance, stubborn girl with ease", while concluding "this is a role she can be proud of". Similarly Bollywoodlife.com observed her "earnest performance was the life and soul of the romantic comedy", while DNA India's critic cited that "Samantha and Nithiin's performances in this movie will be what people would talk about for days to come". The film also did well at the box office, which is unusual for a Telugu film released in the United States. Her portrayal earned her multiple honors, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu, her fourth such honor. She later featured in the financially successful action film Janatha Garage directed by Koratala Siva, with a critic commenting despite "a short role, she offers a decent performance". She then played the lead female part in Atlee's Mersal, co-starring with Vijay for the third time in her career. Her performance got great reviews, and the film went on to become one of the highest-earning Tamil films of 2017 and a blockbuster. Mersal went on to become a member of the 200 crore club.
In 2018, she had a successful venture with Rangasthalam, which became the third-highest-grossing Telugu film of all time, trailing only Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and Baahubali: The Beginning. The Tamil film Irumbu Thirai, in which she co-starred with Vishal, and the Telugu film Mahanati were both box office successes, both with a run of 100 days. Her performances in Rangasthalam and Mahanati were both critically acclaimed. Mridula R of The News Minute described her critically acclaimed film U Turn as a script that gives her the ultimate screen presence because the story begins with her and ends with her, rather than shaking a leg in Anjaan, Brindavanam, Kaththi, Attarintiki Daredi or being glam doll or having out of scope performances overshadowed in Dookudu, S/O Satyamurthy, Brahmotsavam, Theri and Mersal.
Roles in experimental projects, honours, and recent work (2019–present)
After starring in her first women-centric film, U Turn, she will next appear in another women-centric film, Oh! Baby, which will be released on July 5, 2019. The film is a remake of the South Korean film Miss Granny, which was released in 2014. It amassed a total revenue of 40 crores. Her performance was deemed the best of her career by one critic. Samantha, according to Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express, "succeeds in the part that depicts the possibilities of youth, the burden of old age, and society's apathy to the wants and concerns of old people." She will next be seen in Majili, another hit film. After Ye Maaya Chesave, Manam, and Autonagar Surya, this is Chaitanya and Samantha's fourth collaboration, and their first since their marriage. Her character has been described as one of the most powerful in 2019 cinema. She was recognised for her work in both films. Samantha next appeared as Janaki Devi in the 2020 film Jaanu, an adaptation of the 2018 Tamil film '96. The film earned positive reviews, and her performance received positive feedback as well. In the song "Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava," she did her first dance performance in the film Pushpa: The Rise in 2021, opposite Allu Arjun. Her debut 2022 release, Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, garnered mixed reviews. She co-starred with Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi in the film Khatija, directed by Vignesh Shivan.
Samantha has signed on to play Shakuntala in Gunasekhar's mythical film Shaakuntalam, which will be released in 2020. In November 2021, she will make her international debut in Chennai Story, directed by Philip John and produced by Guru Films. Dream Warrior Pictures created a film with debutant director Shantaruban. Yashoda, a pan-India film produced by Sridevi Movies, began filming on December 6, 2021. She announced her project, Kushi, with Vijay Deverakonda and director Shiva Nirvana on April 21, 2022, marking her second collaboration with both of them. The film was shown in Hyderabad and is set in Kashmir.
Samantha made her television debut in 2020 as part of a special episode of the Telugu-language reality television series Bigg Boss 4. She was praised for her performance in the series. Later that year, she hosted Sam Jam, a conversation show that was streamed on Aha.
Samantha made her digital video debut in 2021, when she starred in the second season of Amazon Prime Video's Hindi spy thriller streaming television series The Family Man. Raji, a rebel leader from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, was her main enemy.
Off-screen career and personal life
Samantha and Chaitanya at their wedding celebration with Nagarjuna and Venkatesh.
Samantha was sick for a long time in 2012, forcing her to drop out of major film projects and take a two-month hiatus from performing. She had an immune disease and then experienced a setback when her body did not respond well to antibiotics. After participating in the film Ye Maaya Chesave in 2010, she began dating actor Naga Chaitanya. On January 29, 2017, the couple married in a ceremony in Hyderabad. On 6 October 2017, she married according to traditional Hindu traditions in Goa, and then according to Christian ones on 7 October 2017, becoming a member of the Akkineni family. Samantha Akkineni, her marital name, was then adopted. On July 31, 2021, she withdrew her surname "Akkineni" from her social media pages, sparking rumours about her divorce from Naga Chaitanya. They later announced their separation and eventual divorce on October 2, 2021.
Samantha became the creator of the women's clothing brand Saaki World on September 28, 2020.
Samantha was suddenly absent on social media after June 2022, which spawned various rumours about her health, including that she was suffering from a relapse of a rare skin illness. Her team, however, denied all rumours. She stated on October 29, 2022, that she had been diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder Dermatomyositis.
Samantha is active in humanitarian efforts and distributes her money from endorsements, product launches, and inauguration events to her charitable trust, Pratyusha Support, which she established in 2012. After being bedridden for 15 days during her recorded sickness in 2012, she decided to start a non-governmental organization in order to give back to society. Samantha then co-founded the Pratyusha Support Foundation with three doctor friends to provide medical assistance to women and children. She gave the programme with complete financial backing. In August 2013, she conducted a fundraiser to increase awareness of her organization, auctioning off numerous of her things and movie memorabilia. In 2014, Samantha launched a programme to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases; she funded excursions for children to fly on an aeroplane and see the Taj Mahal, and she planned opportunities for youngsters to meet their favourite movie stars. Samantha has also been interested in increasing hemophilia awareness, routinely participating in events to raise awareness of the disease.
Samantha agreed in January 2015 to pay a third of one infant's hospital fees at Andhra Hospitals who required intensive care support through her charitable trust. Samantha agreed to contribute to one-third of the bills, while Andhra Hospitals would cover another third, and the parents would pay the remaining third. Samantha entered into a new deal with Andhra Hospitals in November 2015 to provide free rotaviral vaccinations to all infants under the age of six months. Later that month, the actress participated in an organ donation commitment in Madhapur. Samantha was in Hyderabad for a film shoot during the 2015 Chennai floods and helped mobilize the Telugu film industry's Mana Madras Kosam project. She assisted in the collection of relief items at Ramanaidu Studios as part of the effort. She asked the Telugu-speaking community to assist collect materials to send to Chennai. She later donated 30 lakh rupees to flood relief efforts in Pallavaram, the actress's childhood neighborhood. Samantha advocated for the plight of handloom workers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by wearing them and participating in photoshoots for handloom sarees and other goods. Samantha also co-founded the 'Tweave' business venture with the Telangana government, which was a scheme to boost the handloom sector in Telangana.
Artistry and media image
Following the success of Ye Maaya Chesave (2010) and following back-to-back triumphs, Rediff.com named her "the most sought-after actress in the Telugu cinema business" in 2014. Her early choice of films presented her as an actress who intentionally picks to star in strong female roles, with the Times of India stating that "scripts are crafted around the characters she plays" and that she held a spot in the "wishlist of every top actor, director and producer". Her inclusion in Telugu film projects were also initially considered a "lucky charm" by producers, though Samantha acknowledged that though "destiny" played a role in her career, and that there were "many women out there who are more beautiful and more talented" than she was and that she hoped her name would instead be "synonymous with hard work". Samantha further revealed that she was willing to forego her compensation demands in order to star in good films, disclosing that she worked on Gautham Vasudev Menon's films for lower pay and turned down more lucrative offers to appear in S. S. Rajamouli's Eega (2012).
Samantha appeared in increasingly hero-centric films in the mid-2010s after portraying strong characters in her first few films. When questioned on her decision not to take up more heroine-orientated roles, Samantha decried the lack of chances that the South Indian cinema business gives for established female characters and called it as "just male-dominated". She went on to say that the market meant she wouldn't always "receive roles similar to her characters in Ye Maaya Chesave or Eega" and that she would only accept scripts if they had "the ability to attract viewers." Samantha stated in an interview about her glamorous role in her comeback Tamil film, Anjaan (2014), that she made a "thoughtful decision" because "it was important to do these kind of films to get exposure into the market," and that "mass films" were "where the main audience" was in South Indian cinema. She also stated that she did not want to be "typecast as the girl next door" and was eager to disprove critics who claimed she could not fit into beautiful roles. Samantha stated in an interview in 2015 that she was dissatisfied with her work the previous year and would no longer do films where she would be "required to do five songs and the scenes leading up to the songs," and that she had made a promise to herself that "if she was not going to get good roles," she would quit acting.
Samantha, who can speak Tamil and Telugu, has frequently been cast in bilingual films and has juggled her responsibilities between the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Samantha has distanced herself from acting on Hindi language films, arguing that she has no motivation to transfer to Bollywood, unlike actresses of North Indian background, and that fans from South India would relate to her appearance more. Because of her prominence, the actress now represents various brands on a pan-Indian basis. Samantha said that she "takes pride" in working with the same actors multiple times, having appeared in two or more films with Vijay, Suriya, Naga Chaitanya, Nani, Mahesh Babu, and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. The actress has also frequently lauded the work of her colleagues, particularly Anushka Shetty, Nithya Menen, and Sai Pallavi.
Samantha has been involved in a few issues as a result of her Twitter beliefs. Samantha criticised the depiction of actress Kriti Sanon crawling behind actor Mahesh Babu on the beach in a promotional poster for the Telugu film, 1: Nenokkadine (2014), which was released in December 2013. Samantha called the poster "deeply regressive" and said it was offensive for the creators to depict women as animals. Mahesh Babu's fans reacted angrily to the tweet, launching a scathing attack on her online and hurling abuse at the actress. Her views were later backed up by actor Siddharth and directors Sekhar Kammula and Nandini Reddy, who faced similar abuse as a result before Mahesh Babu apologised. She was also chastised on Twitter for revealing actor Akhil's involvement in Manam (2014) and retweeting a pirated image from her film 10 Endrathukulla (2015). Income tax inspectors raided her family's home in Chennai in late September 2015 as part of a planned operation targeting film actors, despite the actress and her father's denial of any wrongdoing. The Telangana government chose her as the ambassador for Telangana Handlooms in 2017, and she now works to promote handloom textiles in the state.
In 2019 and 2020, she was ranked 17th and 34th in The Times Most Desirable Women. According to The Times of India, Samantha would become the second highest-paid South Indian actress after Nayanthara in March 2022.
|Real Name||Samantha Ruth Prabhu|
|Other Name||Samantha Akkineni|
|Nickname(s)||Yasodha, Yasho, Sam|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm|
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5' 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 53 kg|
in Pounds- 117 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||34-26-34|
|Eye Colour||Hazel Brown|
|Date of Birth||28 April 1987|
|Age (as of 2022)||35 Years|
|Birthplace||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai|
|College||Stella Maris College, Chennai|
|Educational Qualification||Degree in Commerce|
|Debut||Film: Ye Maaya Chesave (2010, Telugu film)|
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010, Tamil film)
|Family||Father- Joseph Prabhu|
Brother- Jonathan, David
|Hobbies||Reading, listening to music, shopping, gymming|
|Food||Sweet pongal, Dairy milk chocolate, Paalakova|
|Actors||Dhanush, Suriya, Rajnikanth|
|Directors||Mani Ratnam, Woody Allen|
|TV Show||American: The West Wing|
|Book||The Secret by Rhonda Byrne|
|Book||The Secret By Rhonda Byrne|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
|Husband/Spouse||Naga Chaitanya (Actor, m. 2017; sep. 2021)|
|Marriage Date||6 October 2017|
|Car Collection||• Porsche Cayman GTS|
• Land Rover Range Rover
• Jaguar XF
• Audi Q7
• Mercedes Benz G63
• BMW 7 Series
|House||She own an ultra-luxurious house in the posh Jubilee Hills neighbourhood of Hyderabad.|
|Expensive Things/Valuables||• Super Expensive Pair of Manolo Blahniks (cost between Rs 98,000 and Rs 1 lakh)|
• Gucci Sling Bag (costs around Rs 1.4 lakhs)
• Bvlgari Serpentini watch (priced at Rs 6 lakh)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Samantha Ruth Prabhu
To all our well wishers. After much deliberation and thought Chay and I have decided to part ways as husband and wife to pursue our own paths. We are fortunate to have a friendship of over a decade that was the very core of our relationship which we believe will always hold a special bond between us. We request our fans, well wishers and the media to support us during this difficult time and give us the privacy we need to move on. Thanking you for your support.”
Reportedly, she also said no to Rs. 200 crore alimony offered by Chaitanya, citing that she was a self-made woman.