Samantha Akkineni is an Indian actress and model. She is known for her acting in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. She went into working as a model while she was pursuing her studies. Soon, she initiated receiving offers for roles in cinema. She made her debut in Gautham Menon’s Telugu romance film ‘Ya Maaya Chesave’. Her work won her the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Debut Actress’. She gained popularity in 2012 for her work in the fantasy film ‘Eega and won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her work. A much-decorated actress, she is also the recipient of several other renowned awards. As a popular actress, she is also known for ratifying numerous brands and products.
In 2012, she started her own NGO named ‘Pratyusha Support’, to provide medical support for needy women and children. Alongside her acting career, Samantha is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products, while she also started her own NGO, Pratyusha Support, to provide medical support for women and children in 2012. She donates her earnings from endorsements, product launches, and inauguration events to support the foundation. A major part of her earnings is donated to her foundation.
Real Name: Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Other Name: Samantha Akkineni
Nickname(s): Yasodha, Yasho, Sam
Date of Birth: 28 April 1987
Age: (as in 2020) 33 Years
Birth Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac sign/ Sun sign: Taurus
Hometown: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
School: Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai
College: Stella Maris College, Chennai
Educational Qualifications: Degree in Commerce
Debut Film: Ye Maaya Chesave (2010, Telugu film)
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010, Tamil film)
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, shopping, gymming
- In September 2013, Samantha created a stir by posting a controversial tweet on her social media account. The tweet was with respect to the first poster of Mahesh Babu’s film, Nenokkadine. It read, “Saw a poster of a yet to be released Telugu film. Not only is it deeply regressive, but its point is actually that it is deeply regressive.” The tweet did not go well with the fans of Mahesh Babu and they started criticizing and disrespecting her.
- In support of Samantha, her then-boyfriend, Siddharth joined the conversation and started making derogatory comments against fans, by calling them, haters and terrorists.
- The fans were unhappy to such an extent that as per topsy.com, the hashtag #GetLostSamanthaAndSiddharth received 11,000+ tweets in just five hours.
Family – Parents, Education and More
Father: Joseph Prabhu
Brother: Jonathan, David
Born on 28 April 1987 to a Telugu father and a Malayali mother from Alappuzha, Kerala, Samantha was brought up in Pallavaram in Chennai, Tamil Nadu as the youngest child of the family to Prabhu and Ninette and two elder brothers Jonathan and David, whilst becoming fluent in the Tamil language. Despite her mixed regional background, she has cited herself as a Tamilian.
As a part of her education, Samantha was schooled at Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School and then completed a degree in commerce at Stella Maris College, Chennai. Towards the end of her undergraduate degree, she became involved in modeling, notably working with Naidu Hall, through which she was first spotted by filmmaker Ravi Varman.
She is currently 33 years old according to her birth date on 28 April 1987.
Height, Weight and 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
Hair Colour: Black
Samantha Akkineni Net Worth
Samantha Akkineni Net Worth: One of the main actresses in Tamil and Telugu films, Samantha Akkineni has a net worth of $11 million dollars as in 2020. She charges anyplace between Rs 2 and 3 crore for a film.
Movies – Career
‘Ye Maaya Chesave (2010),’ ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)’
Samantha began her professional film career with Gautham Menon’s Telugu film, Ye Maaya Chesave (2010). The film, simultaneously made in Tamil as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), created much anticipation prior to release, due primarily to the first-time-collaboration between Gautham Menon and composer A. R. Rahman. The actress successfully auditioned and was signed up for the project in mid-August 2009 and worked on the film in India and the United States, while the film was released on 26 February 2010.
Post-release, she revealed that Menon played a “crucial part in molding her as an actress”, teaching her how to remain natural and comfortable in front of the screen, even if she had no dialogues in a scene. In the film, Samantha played the lead character Jessie, a Malayali Saint Thomas Christian girl living in Hyderabad, with whom the male protagonist, played by Naga Chaitanya, falls in love.
Upon the release of the film, Samantha received very positive reviews for her portrayal, with the film itself garnering much critical acclaim. Critics at Sify praised Samantha as a “scene-stealer” and her beauty as “alluring”, adding, “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 fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress and a Nandi Award. Samantha appeared in a cameo role in the Tamil version of the film, portraying an assistant director who becomes an actress. Both the Telugu and the Tamil versions of the films proved to be grand successes, propelling Samantha to sign on for bigger projects.
She followed up on her collaborations with Gautham Menon and A. R. Rahman by appearing in the music video for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010 promotional song, Semmozhiyaana Tamizh Mozhiyaam, which Menon directed and Rahman composed.
Samantha’s next release was the romantic drama, +Baana Kaathadi (2010), opposite Adharvaa. The film was actually the third Tamil project signed by the actress, but its release preceded the first two that she was contracted for due to delays in their completion.
Samantha portrayed a student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the first such role in Tamil cinema. Her next release was Ravi Varman’s Moscowin Kavery (2010), originally the first film she began work on. The shooting for the film began in August 2007, with Samantha, then briefly credited with the screen name Yasodha, joining the team later in the year.
In an interview held in 2008, Ravi Varman mentioned that he had decided that Samantha would be the lead actress for his film within three minutes after viewing one of her commercial assignments. He went on to describe her as an actress with “intelligence” and “potential”, whilst drawing comparisons with the noted actress, Revathi. However, due to Ravi Varman’s prior commitments as a cinematographer in other projects, the film languished in development hell, eventually releasing in August 2010.
The film earned poor reviews from critics, though Samantha’s performance was credited as one of the sole highlights that the film offered. In August 2008, while still completing her last three projects, Samantha also signed up to play the lead role of a modern girl in the Narainstarrer, Pookada Ravi, which was later shelved.
Samantha then went on to feature in Vamsi Paidipally’s Telugu film Brindaavanam (2010) in which she had a supporting role alongside NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal. Her performance as Indu was well received despite the role of having a shorter screen time than the ones she had played in her previous films, and the film became her second successful venture in Telugu.
Samantha featured in the big-budget Telugu film, Dookudu (2012) alongside Mahesh Babu, which became one of the most successful Telugu films of all time. The film won positive reviews, while a critic from The Times of India said: “Samantha looks beautiful and has done a great job, though her role as Prashanthi isn’t too lengthy.”
She also subsequently made guest appearances in two of Gautham Menon’s films, first in the psychological thriller film, Nadunisi Naaygal (2011) as a mental asylum inmate and then repeated her role from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa in the Hindi version of the film, Ekk Deewana Tha (2012).
Her popularity in Telugu films meant that Nadunisi Naaygal was dubbed and released in Telugu as Eera Gulabeelu, with Samantha featured prominently on the film’s posters, despite only having a guest appearance.
During the period, Samantha had also been signed on two feature in two big-budget projects in Tamil, Mani Ratnam’s Kadal (2013) and Shankar’s I (2015) but was forced to opt-out from both films, since she was suffering from a skin disease and could not work for two months during mid-2012.
Samantha next featured in S. S. Rajamouli’s live-action Telugu-Tamil bilingual project Eega (2012), portraying a micro artist who runs an NGO and takes revenge for the murder of her lover. As the film featured a CGI-created housefly as the main character, Samantha noted that she had to use her imagination and act accordingly.
She also revealed that lots of heavy lights were used for the shoot of the film and she subsequently suffered skin burns, calling the process “very stressful” but “satisfying”. Titled Naan Ee (2012) in Tamil, the film opened to highly positive reviews and Samantha also won acclaim for her performance.
‘Neethane En Ponvasantham’
Samantha then worked on Gautham Menon’s trilingual romantic drama film, and played the leading female role of Nithya in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions of the film, shooting scenes simultaneously back-to-back with three different actors. The Tamil version, Neethane En Ponvasantham (2012) featured her alongside Jiiva, while Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu (2012) paired her opposite, Nani.
A further Hindi version titled Assi Nabbe Poorly Sau with Aditya Roy Kapoor was simultaneously shot with the other two films and was “sixty percent” completed before Menon shelved the venture after his other Hindi film, Ekk Deewana Tha, had failed at the box office.
The film spanned three periods in the life of a couple, focusing on their romantic relationship at school, college, and in their late twenties. Samantha revealed that she knew Gautham would want to work with her again and immediately accepted the opportunity to portray the roles when she was offered the film.
She felt that she “could relate to the attributes and the circumstances the character goes through” and described Nithya’s character as “close to her”. To make her performance as authentic as possible, Samantha chose to dub for herself in the Tamil version of the film.
The Tamil and Telugu versions of the film opened in December 2012, earning differing reactions. Neethane En Ponvasantham earned mixed reviews and performed averagely at the box office, though Samantha received highly positive acclaim for her portrayal.
‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu’
Although Samantha often portrayed strong character roles in her early films, post-2012, she has appeared increasingly in big-budget, hero-oriented films, which have a comparatively smaller scope for actresses. Samantha next appeared in the Telugu multi-starrer film, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013) alongside Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu, which won positive reviews and was commercially successful.
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‘Jabardasth,’ ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ and ‘Ramayya Vasthavayya’
The romantic comedy Jabardasth (2013), 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 starred alongside Pawan Kalyan in the family drama, Attarintiki Daredi (2013), which emerged as the highest-grossing Telugu film upon release.
Her final release of 2013 was in the unsuccessful Telugu masala film Ramayya Vasthavayya, where she had a small role, with a critic noting “we have seen Samantha in better roles and better films.”
The year 2014 saw Samantha appear in six films and make a return to the Tamil film industry. Samantha Akkineni’s first release saw Samantha portray a dual role in the family drama film Manam(2014), where Samantha Akkineni featured alongside several members of the Akkineni film family.
Featuring as a young mother and a college student in two different time eras, Samantha received positive reviews for her work, with the critic from Sify saying “she excels”.
‘Autonagar Surya,’ ‘Alludu Seenu,’ and ‘Rabhasa’
Samantha Akkineni subsequently featured alongside Naga Chaitanya again in the long-delayed Autonagar Surya (2014), before playing further minuscule roles in the Telugu action masala films Alludu Seenu (2014) and Rabhasa (2014).
Critics lamented that she “signed to be a glam doll” for the ventures and has “previously shown us she is capable of doing much more, but of late, seems to be stuck with doing similar roles that require her to be an attractive prop”. Samantha later revealed that she solely worked on Alludu Seenu as a favor to producer Bellamkonda Suresh, who had helped her delay the making of Jabardasth during her health problems.
Samantha Akkineni then featured in her second dual role as a part of Vijay Milton’s road film, 10 Endrathukulla (2015), where she appeared 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”.
Samantha Akkineni sported a different rural look for a particular role and her performance won mixed reviews, with a critic noting “Samantha doesn’t make much of an impact in the film except towards the end.” Samantha subsequently won positive reviews for her role and performance in Velraj’s Thanga Magan, where she featured opposite Dhanush.
‘Bangalore Naatkal,’ ‘Theri’
Samantha’s first release of 2016 was in the Tamil romantic drama film Bangalore Naatkal, where she made a guest appearance and reprised Nithya Menen’s small role from the film’s Malayalam original. She then portrayed the lead female role in Atlee’s Theri and featured 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, she stated that Theri “could be one of Samantha’s best roles; she plays a doctor and has given out a soulful performance”.
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The film went on to become of the most profitable Tamil films of all time, upon release, and ended a barren spell for the actress in Tamil cinema, by becoming her first commercially successful film in Tamil cinema since Kaththi (2014). Samantha then worked for a second time with director Vikram Kumar and Suriya in the critically acclaimed, fantasy film 24.
Samantha also featured in three high-profile Telugu films during 2016; while Srikanth Addala’s family drama Brahmotsavam opposite Mahesh Babu was a box office failure, her role in Trivikram Srinivas’s romantic comedy, A Aa alongside Nithiin, won her critical and commercial acclaim.
Portraying Anasuya Ramalingam, a naive girl trying to escape from the controlling behavior of her mother, Samantha received positive reviews for her portrayal of the character. A critic from The New Indian Express noted “An Aa undoubtedly is Samantha’s film” and that “right from her first frame till the last, she delivers a stellar performance and shows what she can do if given ample screen time”, adding that she was “a joy to watch”.
She then featured in the commercially successful action film Janatha Garage directed by Koratala Siva, with a critic noting despite “a limited role, she gives a nice performance”.
She then portrayed the lead female role in Atlee’s Mersal and featured alongside Vijay for the third time in her career and her performance received positive reviews and the movie became one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2017 and was a blockbuster. Mersal went on to join the ₹200 crore club.
In 2018, she had a successful venture with Rangasthalam which went on to be the all-time Telugu Blockbuster only behind Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and Baahubali: The Beginning. The Tamil film Irumbu Thirai in which she starred opposite Vishal and the Telugu-Tamil bilingual Mahanati was successful at the box-office and each had a run of 100 days at the box office. Her performances in Rangasthalam and Mahanati were highly praised. She also acted in the critically acclaimed film U-Turn and the comedy film Seemarajawhich had decent successes at the box office.
Husband, Children & More
Marital Status: Married
Affairs/ Boyfriends: Siddharth (2013-2015)
Naga Chaitanya (2015-present)
Husband/ Spouse: Naga Chaitanya (Actor, m. 2017 – present)
Marriage Date: 6 October 2017
Samantha suffered from an extended period of illness in 2012, which saw her having to opt-out of big film projects and take a two-month break from acting. She suffered from an immunity disorder and then had a further setback after her body did not respond well to antibiotics.
She began dating actor Naga Chaitanya in 2015 and the pair were engaged in a ceremony in Hyderabad during January 2017. She got married in Goa as per traditional Hindu customs on 6 October 2017 and then by Christian customs on 7 October 2017.
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Samantha Akkineni held a fundraiser in August 2013 to raise awareness of her foundation, auctioning several of her personal items and memorabilia from films. A further initiative in 2014 saw the launch of a program to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases, with Samantha financing trips for children to fly on an airplane and travel to the Taj Mahal, while also organizing opportunities for children to meet their favourite film actors.
Samantha has also been involved in spreading awareness of hemophilia, regularly taking part in events creating awareness of the disease. Through her charitable trust, Samantha Akkineni entered into an agreement in January 2015 to pay a third of the hospital bills of one infant per week who required intensive care support at Andhra Hospitals.
Under the arrangement, Samantha agreed to contribute towards a third of the bills, while Andhra Hospitals would also pay a third of the bill and the remaining third would be paid by the parents. In November 2015, Samantha entered into a further agreement with Andhra Hospitals to sponsor vaccination of all infants below six months for rotaviral infections free of cost.
Later in the month, the actress took part in an organ donation pledge at Madhapur. During the 2015 Chennai floods, Samantha was situated in Hyderabad for the shoot of a film and helped mobilize the Mana Madras Kosam initiative organized by the Telugu film industry.
Through the initiative, she participated in gathering relief materials at Ramanaidu Studios and appealed to the Telugu-speaking public to help gather resources to send to Chennai. She later donated 30 lakh rupees for flood relief activities to take place in Pallavaram, the suburb in which the actress grew up.
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Samantha stood up for the cause of Handloom people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states by wearing them and making photoshoots for handloom made sarees and other items. Samantha to be a brand Ambassador for Telangana Handlooms Samantha to start a store named Tweave along with handloom persons and a company named SVSpartnersLLP a company into handlooms.
- Does Samantha Ruth Prabhu smoke: Yes
- Does Samantha Ruth Prabhu drink alcohol: Not Known
- Samantha is of mixed origin as her mother Ninette is from Kerala while her father Joseph hails from Andhra Pradesh.
- She was a bright student and used to top the class all the time.
- Samantha’s family wasn’t financially well-off, and thus in order to generate some extra pocket money, she decided to take up modeling at a very young age.
- In 2012, due to an immune system disorder, she had to take a long break from movies; the use of antibiotics had further deteriorated her condition. Owing to this period, she lost a lot of film offers.
- The same year, she underwent a nose job surgery, to enhance her looks.
- She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013.
- Samantha, a philanthropist, is the founder of the charitable trust Pratyusha Support. The trust provides medical support for women and children from the financially weaker sections.
FAQ’s About Samantha Akkineni
Is Samantha Akkineni Diabetic?
Unfortunately, Samantha Was Diagnosed With Diabetes At A Very Young Age Back In The Year 2013. But With Her Determination To Beat The Disease, She Overcame Diabetes. Naga Chaitanya’s Wife Loves Sweets. No Wonder She Developed The Disorder.
Who Is The Father Of Samantha Akkineni?
Samantha Akkineni Father: Joseph Prabhu
Why Is Samantha So Famous?
She Is A Beautiful And Successful South Indian Actress, Who Has Worked In Many Tamil And Telugu Movies. Samantha Is Known For Many Hit Movies Like Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Dookudu, Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu, Eega, Etc. With Seven Years Into The Film Industry, She Is Not Only A Brilliant Actor But Also A Fashionista.
Is Samantha Anglo Indian?
Samantha Ruth Prabhu Is An Indian Film Actress And Model Who Appears In Telugu And Tamil Films. Born To Anglo-indian Malayali And Anglo-indian Telugu Parents, Samantha Was Brought Up In Tamil Nadu And Pursued A Career In Modeling During Her Late Teens. She Was Brought Up Speaking Tamil And English At Home.
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