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Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Also known as:Yasodha, Jessie
Occupation:Actor • Special Appearances
Born:April 28, 1987
Birthplace:Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse:Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
About
Samantha Ruth Prabhu is a South Indian actress and model, who primarily acts in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. She has won numerous awards for her acting and is one of the highest paid and sought-after actresses in the industry. Samantha made her debut in 2010, with the Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave, which won her plaudits from fans and critics alike. She then went on to act in numerous Telugu and Tamil films and holds the distinction of being only the second actress in Indian cinema history, after Revathi, to win a Filmfare Award for Best Tamil and Telugu Actress, in the same year.

Early Life
Samantha Ruth Prabhu was born on 28 April 1987, to a Telugu father, Prabhu, and a Malayali mother, Ninette. She has two elder brothers- Jonathan and David. The three children grew up in Chennai and learned how to speak Tamil and English. After graduating from Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Samantha began pursuing her Bachelors of Commerce degree at the Stella Maris College, during which she began accepting several modeling assignments.

Personal Life
Samantha Ruth Prabhu and the actor Siddharth began dating in 2012, while shooting for the movie Jabardasth. The couple separated in early 2015, without citing any reason for the same. The same year, the buzz had it that Samantha and Naga Chaitanya Akkineni had started dating. However, the couple only confirmed to the relationship in 2016 and announced that they would get married, probably, in 2017. All their fans were taken by surprise when the duo got engaged in a small ceremony in 2017, in the presence of immediate family members and few friends.

Movie career
In 2010, Samantha Ruth Prabhu made her debut in a lead role with Gautham Menon`s Telugu movie Ye Maaya Chesave, which was remade in Tamil and titled Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The debutant actress played received widespread plaudits for her work. She then went on to act in the Tamil films Baana Kaathadi and Moscowin Kavery and the Telugu film Brindaavanam. The actress` next release was the blockbuster Telugu film Dookudu, in 2011, opposite Mahesh Babu. The film went on to be one of the most successful Telugu films in history, after which Samantha acted in the psychological thriller Nadunisi Naaygal, and Ekk Deewana Tha, a Hindi remake of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. However, she had to take a short sabbatical from the industry after she was diagnosed with a skin disease in 2012.

Samantha returned to the silver screen later that year, with a Telugu-Tamil film, titled Eega in Telugu and Naan Ee in Tamil. She then featured in Gautham Menon`s romantic drama project, titled Neethane En Ponvasantham in Tamil and Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu in Telugu. The prolific actress won a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Eega and Neethane En Ponvasantham, making her the second actress after Revathi to win Filmfare awards for movies in Tamil and Telugu in the same year.

The year 2013 saw the actress appearing in several high-budget movies like the Telugu film Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and the Telugu box-office mega-hit Attarintiki Daredi. The following years saw her act in movies like Autonagar Surya, and the Tamil hit Kaththi opposite Vijay. These films helped to establish Samantha as one of the South Indian film industries most prized properties. Her 2016 releases include Theri, the comedy film A Aa, and Janatha Garage, which also stars Jr. Ntr. Super hit films like Rangasthalam (2018), Mahanati (2018), and Seema Raja (2018) are among the actress` other acting credits. Her 2019 ventures include Super Deluxe and Oh Baby. Her 2020 release includes Jaanu. She had a special appearance in the movie Pushpa: The Rise (2021). Her notable works inlcude Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal (2022), Yashoda (2022), Shaakuntalam (2022) and Kushi (2023).
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Did You Know? (8)

  • Reportedly, Samantha Ruth Prabhu was the first choice for Mahanati but the director Ashwin later felt that a fresh face would do more justice to the role and Keerthy Suresh was finalised.
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu has often times agreed on working for a lesser pay in order to be a part of exceptionally good content-driven movies.
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu was all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite Aditya Roy Kapur in Assi Nabbe Poorey Sau, however, the movie was shelved.
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu confessed that Audrey Hepburn is one of her biggest professional inspirations.
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu`s favourite book is said to be Rhonda Byrne`s The Secret.
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu is the second actress ever to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress in the same year, for her performances in the films Neethaane En Ponvasantham and Eega, respectively.
  • In 2017 Samantha Ruth Prabhu was appointed as the brand ambassador of Telangana Handlooms by the government of Telangana.
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu`s acting career took off when she was spotted by filmmaker Ravi Varman at a mall.
  • Personal Quotes (9)

  • "I am my biggest critic. Even in films where people said they liked me, I have disliked myself. "
  • "I will come to know when my time's up, and when it is, I will exit gracefully. I will not hang around till I am kicked out. "
  • "I know many actresses who started big but were sent packing, as they couldn't sustain the momentum. I am in this for the long haul. "
  • "I am done with the cliched heroine roles. I can't go to work without a challenge. I want to do films that drive me, films in which I am a part of the main plot. "
  • "I think people are able to relate to my appearance. They think of me as the girl next door. "
  • "There's a thin line between catering to the masses and making a fool of yourself; I try to walk that line. "
  • "Only the film industry can make you an overnight success. Unlike other jobs where you have to work your way up, here you can reach dizzying heights of fame instantly. "
  • "I love acting, but I'm not too crazy about money or fame. They don't drive me."
  • "I vent my anger in the gym, and it calms me down."
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