Samantha Ruth Prabhu

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In this Indian name, the name Prabhu is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Samantha.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
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Samantha at a press conference for the 61st Filmfare Awards South, 2014
Born Samantha Ruth Prabhu
(1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 27)[1][2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Education B.Com[3]
Alma mater Stella Maris College, Chennai
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2007–present
Home town Chennai
Parents Prabhu
Ninette Prabhu

Samantha Ruth Prabhu (born 28 April 1987) is an Indian film actress and model, who mainly works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. Samantha was raised in Chennai and pursued a career in modeling during her late teens. Despite signing up to Ravi Varman's Moscowin Kavery in 2007, her first release was the critically acclaimed 2010 Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave directed by Gautham Menon, which fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. She went on to appear in several commercially successful Telugu films.[4][5][6]

In 2013, Samantha became the second actress after Revathi to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress in the same year, for the films Neethaane En Ponvasantham and Eega, respectively.

Early life and family[edit]

Samantha was born to a Malayali mother and a Telugu father on April 28, 1987 and was raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu becoming fluent in Tamil language.[7] Despite her mixed ethnic background, Samantha has cited that she sees herself as a Tamil, as she was brought up speaking Tamil and English at home.[8][9] As part of her education, Samantha completed her schooling from St.Stephens Matriculation school, Pallavaram, Chennai and did her Higher secondary in Holy Angels Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, T.Nagar. She graduated with a commerce and obtained a B.Com degree from Stella Maris College, Chennai.[8] Samantha said that she did modelling for pocket money, acting happened to her. In 2013, Samantha decided to shift base to Hyderabad.[10]


Debut in 2010[edit]

Samantha's first release was Indira Productions' Gautham Menon directed Telugu film, Ye Maaya Chesave. The film simultaneously made in Tamil as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, created much anticipation prior to release, primarily due to the first-time-collaboration between Gautham Menon and composer A. R. Rahman.[11] The actress was signed up for the project in mid August 2009 and completed schedules across India and the United States and the film was released in February 26, 2010.[12] The film portrayed Samantha as the lead character of Jessie, which was also the working title of the film; a Malayali Christian girl living in Hyderabad, whom the male protagonist, played by Naga Chaitanya falls in love with. Upon release, Samantha received very positive reviews for her portrayal, with film also garnering much critical acclaim.[13] Critics at Sify claimed that Samantha was the "scene-stealer" and her beauty "is alluring" adding that "she was the girl to watch out for".[13] Jeevi, from the Idlebrain reviews site, cited that "Samantha’s debut is one of the best heroine debuts in Telugu cinema" and that her "minute expressions she gave spoke volumes about her", whilst labelling the film as a "classic". Samantha, alongside her co-star, Naga Chaitanya, also appeared in a guest appearance in the Tamil version of the film.[14] Both films emerged as grand successes in Tamil and Telugu respectively, propelling Samantha to sign bigger projects.[15] She followed up 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 Sathya Jyothi-produced romantic drama, Baana Kaathadi, opposite Adharvaa, which was actually the third Tamil film signed by her, but released first due to delay of the other two projects.[16][17] Following terms agreed in early 2009, the film continued shoot for a year and after several postponements finally released in August 2010 to positive response.[17][18] In the film, Samantha plays a student of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the first such role in Tamil cinema.[19] Her next release, was Ravi Varman's Moscowin Kavery, initially her very first acting assignment, which began in August 2007, with Samantha, then briefly known as Yasodha, joining the team later in the year.[20] The film introduced a host of new actors, with music carried out by Thaman, then making his debut in music composing. In an interview, much prior to release 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.[21] In the interview, he went on to describe her as an actress with "intelligence" and "potential", whilst drawing comparisons with noted actress, Revathi.[21] However, due to Ravi Varman's date conflicts with his projects as a cinematographer, the film languished in development hell, eventually releasing in August 2010.[22] The film gained unanimously poor reviews from critics,[23] however Samantha's performance was labelled as one of the sole highlights that the film offered.[24] Samantha, during the making of the last three releases, had also signed up for the Narain starrer, Pookada Ravi in August 2008 to play the lead role of a modern girl.[25] Despite the film continuing schedules at regular intervals, the film was stalled throughout 2009 and is unlikely to be released.[26] Samantha went onto feature in Vamsi Paidipally's Telugu film Brindaavanam in which she had a supporting role alongside NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal.[27] Her role of Indu was well received despite being shorter in screen time than her previous roles and the film became her second successful Telugu film.[28]

2011 - 2013[edit]

Samantha with S. S. Rajamouli on the sets of Eega, 2011

In 2011, Samantha made a guest appearance as a mentally ill patient in Gautham Menon's Nadunisi Naaygal, before featuring in the big budget Telugu film, Dookudu, alongside Mahesh Babu. The film was a blockbuster. The film opened to positive review with critics from CNN-IBN labelling the film as "a treat for Mahesh's fans", adding that Samantha "looks good in song sequences"[29] The Times Of India also praised the film mentioning that "Samantha looks beautiful and has done a great job, though her role as Prashanthi isn't too lengthy".[30] The film took the largest ever opening for a Telugu film and grossed INR12.58 crores on the first day of its release. Samantha was then signed as the female lead in two big budget projects in Tamil, Mani Ratnam's Kadal and Shankar's Ai but was forced to opt out from both films, since she was suffering from a skin disease and could not work for two months.[31][32] In 2012, she made a guest appearance in Gautham Menon's Ekk Deewana Tha which was the remake of director's own films, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Ye Maaya Chesave, repeating her role from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. She then featured in S. S. Rajamouli's live action Telugu-Tamil bilingual project Eega/Naan E,[33] The film was a high commercial success—according to The Economic Times it grossed more than INR 125 crore[34]—and went on to be dubbed in several languages.[35][36] Idlebrain in their review wrote, "Samantha’s run of success continues as she did extremely well as a bereaved lover."[37] She then signed on Gautham Menon's trilingual project,[38] playing the female lead in all three languages — Telugu, Tamil and Hindi and shooting all scenes thrice with different co-actors across languages.[39] The Telugu and Tamil versions titled Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu and Neethaane En Ponvasantham released in December 2012, while the Hindi version, Assi Nabbe Poorey Sau has been shelved.[40][41]

In the beginning of 2013, she appeared in Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu that featured Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu in the lead, marking her second film with Mahesh Babu. The film was critically and commercially successful and her performance was praised by critics along with the other female lead, Anjali.[42] Mahesh S Koneru of commented on her performance stating "Samantha is beautiful and adorable in this movie. Her cute expressions and romantic scenes with Mahesh Babu make you want to root for her".[43] IBN Live too commented positively on her performance stating "Good to see Samantha shed her glamorous side and welcome performance-oriented roles, which she only handles with deftness and ease".[44] Later, in February, she played the lead role in Nandini Reddy's Jabardasth co-starring Siddharth. The film, which was an unofficial remake of the 2010 Hindi film Band Baaja Baaraat was commercially unsuccessful.[45] Oneindia Entertainment in their review commented "Samantha has good scope in the film and her bubbly characterisation is entertaining. The actress will surely impress you in both romantic and emotional sequences. Her belly dance in the song 'Meghamala' is very hot".[46] She then starred in Trivikram Srinivas' Attharintiki Daaredhi with Pawan Kalyan,[47] which released to positive reviews and became the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year. Samantha's next film Ramayya Vasthavayya directed by Harish Shankar, featuring NTR Jr [48] released to mixed reviews on October 11, 2013.

2014 onwards[edit]

Samantha's first 2014 release Manam, saw her playing the role of a mother for the first time in her career. The film received highly positive reviews and Samantha's performance was praised by the critics.[49] Deccan Chronicle wrote, "for Samantha, this is going to be one of her best performance till date. She perfectly fits into the two characters she played and steals the show".[50] Her next film was the long delayed Autonagar Surya opposite Naga Chaitanya under the direction of Deva Katta. The film, which had been in production since 2010, opened to mixed reviews but has been a commercial success.[51] In July, she had her next release in Telugu, V. V. Vinayak's Alludu Sreenu starring Bellamkonda Suresh's son Sai Srinivas.[52]

She has completed filming for the Telugu film, Rabhasa by Santosh Srinivas,[53] as well as the two high budget Tamil productions, N. Lingusamy's Anjaan,[54] and AR Murugadoss' Kaththi.[55] She has been signed on to play the lead roles in Vijay Milton's 10 Enradhukulla, opposite Vikram, and Trivikram Srinivas's next project.

Other work(s)[edit]

Samantha has endorsed various brands like Coca Cola, Mayil Mark Rice, Chik Shampoo, Gokul Sandiva, Big C Mobiles, Saravana Stores, Odonil Room Freshening Gel and Dabur Vatika Hair Oil.[56][57][58] She has recently signed up to endorse Lux and Paragon.[59] Samantha will endorse Nutrogena[60]


Samantha is associated with a campaign supporting the children suffering from the disease Hemophilia, since October 2012. She has been attending various awareness camps by the NGO to show her support for the same, since then on. In one such event, Samantha stated, "I was upset for two months and took break from work due to a health issue. I can understand how children diagnosed with hemophilia, a cureless genetic disease feels".[61] She is also associated with a NGO Pratyusha, a charity organization for children and women.[62] The organization has supported many less privileged women and children by aiding them on financial grounds.[63]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with The Times of India in 2012, Samantha revealed that she was "deeply in love and quite happy in her relationship". She stated, "We are going very strong and I am very happy". However the actress refused to say the name of the person.[64] She is best friends with costume designer Neeraja Kona.[65]


Samantha tweeted saying 'Saw a poster of a yet to be released Telugu film. Not only is it deeply regressive, but it's point is actually that it is deeply regressive',which instantaneously raised furor among the Superstar Mahesh Babu's fans who announced a virtual boycott on not just the actress but also her beau and actor Siddharth too. While Samantha didn't specify the film's title, on the other hand she hasn't denied it either publicly which caused the rage on high.[66]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Ye Maaya Chesave Jessie Thekekuttu Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Nandhini Tamil Cameo appearance
2010 Baana Kaathadi Priya Tamil
2010 Moscowin Kavery Kaveri Thangavelu Tamil
2010 Brindavanam Indu Telugu
2011 Nadunisi Naaygal Asylum Patient Tamil Cameo appearance
2011 Dookudu Prashanthi Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2012 Ekk Deewana Tha Samantha Hindi Cameo appearance
2012 Eega Bindu Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2012 Naan Ee Tamil
2012 Neethaane En Ponvasantham Nithya Vasudevan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Actress
2012 Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu Nithya Yelavarthy Telugu
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Geetha Telugu
2013 Jabardasth Shreya Telugu
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Tamil Cameo appearance
2013 Something Something Telugu
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Sashi Telugu Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2013 Ramayya Vasthavayya Akarsha Telugu
2014 Manam Krishna Veni,
2014 Autonagar Surya Sirisha Telugu
2014 Alludu Sreenu Anjali Telugu
2014 Anjaan Jeeva Tamil Post-production
2014 Rabhasa Telugu Post-production
2014 Kaththi Ankita Tamil Filming
2015 10 Enradhukulla Tamil Filming
2015 Untitled Trivikram Srinivas project Telugu Pre-production


Samantha Ruth Prabhu awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Awards won 11
Nominations 18
Year Award Category Film Result
2011 CineMAA Awards Best Female Debut Ye Maaya Chesave Won
58th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Telugu Nominated
Best Female Debut Won
Nandi Awards Special Jury Award Won
TSR TV9 Film Awards Best Heroine Won
Vijay Awards Best Debut Actress Baana Kaathadi Nominated
2012 59th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Telugu Dookudu Nominated
1st South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 Vikatan Awards Best Actress Neethaane En Ponvasantham Won
Vijay Awards Best Actress Won
TSR TV9 Film Awards Best Actress Eega Won
CineMAA Awards Best Actress Won
60th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Telugu Won
Best Actress - Tamil Neethaane En Ponvasantham Won
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
Eega Nominated
2014 Margadarsi Big Telugu Entertainment Awards Best Actress 2013 Attarintiki Daredi Won
61st Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Telugu Nominated
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated

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