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‘Oh! Baby’ turns 2, Samantha recalls ‘little movie with biggest heart’

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The Samantha Akkineni-starrer “Oh! Baby” was released two years ago on this day, and on Monday afternoon the actress took to Instagram to share fond memories of the film’s shoot.

“Two years of #Ohbaby A movie that I will cherish with all my heart. Oh baby will always be that movie I fondly look back at, more so for the people I got to make it with. The laughter on sets, the goof ups, the wholehearted trust and the everlasting friendships.. the little movie with the biggest heart,” wrote Samantha Akkineni.

“Oh! Baby” is a 2019 Telugu fantasy comedy film directed by BV Nandini Reddy. The film is a remake of the 2014 South Korean film “Miss Granny”.

In 2021, Samantha starred in the second season of the Hindi web series “The Family Man”. She played the role of the antagonist Raji, a rebel leader from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Samantha’s upcoming film is a mythological drama “Shaakuntalam” opposite Malayalam actor Dev Mohan. The film revolves around the epic love story of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala.

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Working with Samantha Akkineni was a learning experience: Shahab Ali

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Delhi-based actor Shahab Ali, returned in his negative role of Sajid in the recently-released series “The Family Man 2”. In the new season he got a chance to work with South star Samantha Akkineni, and he is clearly awestruck.

“When the series directors (Raj and DK) told me that they had cast Samantha in the show, I was very excited. She is a big star and I really admire her. I had seen ‘Super Deluxe’ and some other films of her. In the beginning I was a little intimidated. Actually, when the shoot started and we talked, nervousness turned into comfort. She is very focused and dedicated. I learnt a lot. The experience I had with Samantha will help me in future,” he says.

Shahan, who comes from a strong theatre background, is open to working in South films, too. “If there is a good project, it doesn’t matter what language it is. I don’t even believe in medium. I do theatre, web series, ad, anything new where creative people want to do something good. The role has to be nice and that is my priority,” says the actor.

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Samantha to work with Raj and DK again?

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Congratulatory messages poured in from all the corners of the country for Samantha after the release of The Family Man 2. Several Bollywood actors lauded her work as Raji from the web series. Impressed with their work, Samantha decided to work with Raj and DK. On the other side, Samantha is also rushed with offers from digital platforms Amazon and Netflix. Raj and DK are in plans to continue the character of Raji. The Family Man 2 did not narrate the flashback of Raji in detail.

Hence, the makers are keen to make a project on the journey of Raji. This would be a prequel for The Family Man 2. It is unclear for now if this would be made into a film or a web series. More details are expected soon. Samantha will resume the shoot of Shaakuntalam in the direction of Gunasekhar soon. Samantha is not keen to work with stars and she is keen to sign content-driven films.

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Samantha in talks with Netflix?

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Samatha Akkineni is winning accolades for her performance in The Family Man 2. One should have guts to sign a role like Raji and the actress did it with utmost perfection. Amazon Prime is in talks with Samantha for one more project but things are yet to be finalized. Now, one more digital giant Netflix approached Samantha for a web series and the actress is expected to play the lead role. The actress is yet to go through the assignment and sign the deal. Samantha is not in a hurry for now.

She has Gunasekhar’s Shaakuntalam which will resume shoot in July. But Samantha made up her mind to sign more web-based projects and do challenging roles in the future. The actress decided to sign films and web series simultaneously. Samantha is also considered for the role of the heroine in Pawan Kalyan’s next film that will be directed by Harish Shankar.

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Samantha’s game for Web projects

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Samantha Akkineni had her fingers crossed before the release of The Family Man 2. Her performance won huge appreciation across the country and the actress is now delighted with the response for the role Raji. Samantha who is in her mid-thirties is not in a mood to sign regular commercial films. With Raji opening doors into the webspace, Samantha is now keen to hunt for many such challenging roles. A lot of digital platforms are keen to lock Samantha for a project. There are speculations that Amazon Prime, Netflix approached Samantha for a project.

But that is not so easy for them to sign the top actress. Samantha is quite choosy and she is not in a mood to sign films until she is completely impressed. She also considers the co-stars along with the director and the makers of the project. Samantha has Gunasekhar’s Shaakuntalam, a pan-Indian project which is shot on lavish standards. Samantha is also in talks for a couple of Telugu movies which will be announced at a later date.

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B’wood continues getting into the skin of roles a tad too darkly

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Samantha Akkineni just gave a fabulous performance in “The Family Man 2”, if you choose to overlook the make-up slip about her antagonist, the Tamil terrorist Raji. On the show, Samantha’s face was ‘browned up’ more than necessary, to pass her off as the Sri Lankan Tamil character she plays. The outcome was not quite what one would have hoped for. The brownface syndrome had struck in Bollywood again, this time on the OTT screen.

The term brownface generally refers to lighter-skinned actors getting drastic darkening make-up to pass off as darker-skinned characters. We have seen it happen in Indian showbiz many times, and more often than not, like Samantha, the outcome has come across as a gaffe on screen. Several actors have gone a shade too many deeper while browning up for a role.

In the past, you could think of Shreeram Lagoo’s face being almost painted black in “Souten”, or Radhika Sarathkumar’s character Chando in “Naseeb Apna Apna” starting off as an overtly made-up dark woman because it was a tale of a rustic ugly duckling metamorphosing into the pristine swan.

Rajendra Kumar had a double role as twins in “Gora Aur Kala”, where one brother, born with a blood disorder, has dark skin — reason enough for the make-up department to unleash bootpolish therapy on his face. Sunil Dutt played the brownfaced farmer-turned-bandit Birju in “Mother India”. Dharmendra had shades of the black-brown daubed on himself that hardly seemed authentic, while essaying the Abyssinian slave Yakut Jamaluddin in “Razia Sultan”.

Quality of everything including make-up has become more sophisticated in our film industry — so they say. Yet, when it comes to browning or blackening of actors, we still tend to go over the top. IANS looks at a few recent examples.

SAMANTHA AKKINENI in THE FAMILY MAN 2

South star Samantha made her debut in the digital space with a brilliant performance in season two of the series. She portrays the antagonist Raji, a Sri Lankan Tamil terrorist. To make her look the role, she is made to wear a dark skin shade that would seem twice her actual skin colour. It’s the only unbelievable thing about her otherwise authentic portrayal.

HRITHIK ROSHAN in SUPER 30

Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan came under the scanner during “Super 30” where he played the role of Anand Kumar, the math whiz from Bihar who revolutionised preparation for entrance exams by crafting an affordable but effective education model. Kumar is far from Hrithik’s Greek God looks, and while the actor couldn’t do anything about the glaring disparity in physical built, he liberally had his face bronzed to get his ultra-fair complexion a few shades closer to Kumar’s darker heartland hue.

BHUMI PEDNEKAR in BALA

Bhumi Pednekar went brown with vehemence for the Ayushmann Khurana starrer “Bala”, to essay a dark-skinned girl. The film dealt with several issues, one being about dark-skinned women getting a raw deal in the marriage scene owing to skin colour. Bhumi was natural as ever playing the role, her made-up skin was not.

RANVEER SINGH in GULLY BOY

Ranveer Singh was loved as Murad, an aspiring rapper in the slums of Mumbai. “Gully Boy” raked in crores at the box-office, but critics and fans alike were quick to notice that Ranveer had gone a few shades darker. The makeover had absolutely no connection with the storyline or his character in the film.

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Samantha’s attempt winning the hearts

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Tollywood actress Samantha Akkineni essayed a role with negative shades for the first time in her career in The Family Man 2. The actress was trolled badly and the web series landed into controversies before the release. The Family Man 2 is streaming on Amazon Prime and is getting rave reviews. Samantha’s performance turned out to be the major point of discussion. Samantha was tensed before the release of The Family Man 2 but she is now relieved and relaxed. Apart from a challenging role, she played Raji which was even bold on the screen.

The actress is now celebrating the success with joy and is reading all the reviews. Samantha during her pre-release interviews said that she would continue such attempts if Raji is widely accepted. This makes it clear that Samantha will soon pick up several challenging, interesting roles. As of now, she has Gunasekhar’s Shaakuntalam that will release next year.

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The Family Man 2 Review: Impressive Successor

The Family Man created a splash across the country and in the Indian webspace. It can be called the biggest hit among the Indian web series and the makers announced Season 2 after the first one ended up as a smashing hit. Raj and DK, the creators of The Family Man directed The Family Man 2 and the season features Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Samantha Akkineni, Sharib Hashmi in the lead roles. The Family Man 2 is streaming on Amazon Prime from last night and it has nine episodes.

Here is the complete review of The Family Man 2:

If you haven’t watched the first season of The Family Man, give it a watch before you head for the second. Though the seasons aren’t badly connected, you will be taken into the world of Srikant Tiwari and his life. The first season ends with a gas attack and it is where the second season starts. The Family Man 2 showcases Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) working for an IT firm after he quits his services for the NIA. JK (Sharib Hashmi) continues his job and is the only connection for Srikant with NIA.

Srikant gets back into action after he is informed about the assassination plan of the Prime Minister by Sri Lankan Tamil Rebels. Raji (Samantha Akkineni), a fearless rebel who is ruthless is on the mission. The rest of The Family Man 2 is all about the mission and if Srikant and his team were successful in aborting the assassination plan. The best part of The Family Man 2 is that it has drama, sensible entertainment and action along with the needed thrills. Nine episodes are sure quite longer for the season as the first four episodes seem stretched enough without unveiling much.

The real action unfolds from the fifth and ends up on a thrilling note. The Family Man 2 will live up to the expectations but seven episodes for the season would have made wonders for sure. On the flipside, Raj and DK took their time to explain every detail which makes the season a decent watch. The last four episodes are racy, thrilling, and action-packed. The Family Man 2 is undoubtedly a great watch but the first season is the best.

Manoj Bajpayee scores big again as Srikant Tiwari who is a struggling father and a husband. His relationship with his family seems to be more strained and there is a lot of humor generated out of it. His one-liners are top class. Sharib Hashmi adds more humor to the show and he does his part perfectly well.

Samantha Akkineni is undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the season. She is just awesome and adds many surprises for The Family Man 2. She plays an emotionless girl rebel and performed well in the action episodes. Priyamani plays her part well. All the other actors are good.

The Family Man 2 reveals that there is a lot of hard work kept on the script. Every detail is well explained and you have 6 hours and 53 minutes of content to be watched. Keeping the audience hooked for a long time is a challenge. But the best part of The Family Man 2 is the screenplay, the funny one-liners and the dialogues. The season picks up from the fifth episode and it never slows down. The action stunts are real and the cinematography work stands out. The background score is good and Amazon has invested a bomb on the season. Raj and DK delivered their work with perfection and they extracted the best out of Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha.

Verdict:

The Family Man 2 is an impressive successor and Raj, DK have one more winner in their hands. The second season is darker and has enough dosages of action and humor. Don’t miss it.

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Samantha waiting for the big day

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Samantha Akkineni switched paths and is picking up interesting projects. The actress gets a challenging role with negative shades in The Family Man 2 which will start streaming from June 4th on Amazon Prime. The trailer received a thumping response from the audience and Samantha surprised everyone with her role. But the controversy in Tamil Nadu did not make Samantha really happy. The actress had to stay calm after the controversy took the lead and made more noise.

Amazon Prime wanted some aggressive promotions for the show but they changed their plans after the Tamil controversy. Samantha is left fingers crossed and is eagerly waiting for the response of her role and the show. If the response is impressive, Samantha is keen to take up interesting roles in the coming future. Directed by Raj and DK, The Family Man 2 has Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani and Samantha in the lead roles.

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Samantha’s Shaakuntalam Update!

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Samantha Akkineni is currently busy in shooting her upcoming vintage love story Shaakuntalam. The first look of the actress which was revealed quite some time ago has got an overwhelming response from the viewers. Though that was not originally Samantha in the poster, but just a beautiful painting, Sam fans loved it!

Now, an interesting update has been revealed. The shoot of Shaakuntalam is happening at a brisk pace and today, the scene regarding shiva pooja is being shot. Producer Neelima Guna took to Twitter and revealed the news saying, “Monday today and coincidentally we are to shoot Shiv Pooja.”

Being directed by Gunasekhar, Shaakuntalam has Malayalam hero Dev Mohan as the male lead. The love story of Samantha (Shakuntala) and Dev Mohan (Dushyanth) is said to be depicted beautifully in the film. Mani Sharma is scoring the music. Gunasekhar earlier did the Telugu film Rudramadevi. However, the film has failed to impress the Telugu audience. We have to wait and see at least with this film, Gunasekhar will score a hit in Tollywood!

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Pic Talk: Samantha in Meditation!

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Samantha Akkineni has reached Sadhguru’s Isha Foundation along with Manchu Lakshmi, Rakul Preet Singh and others. The actress now has shared a pic where we can see her sitting down and meditating peacefully.

She explained that meditation will free her from thoughts and releases stress. Also, she said that meditation has the power to change the way we look at things. Samantha also explained how meditation brings a sense of calmness and happiness in her life.

She asked everyone to start their meditation journey right now. “Whatever the method or school of mediation, start it now,” she wrote. Finally, she shared a quote of Sadhguru – “Meditation is the only way to freedom from stress as it is a dimension beyond the mind .All the stress and struggle are of the mind.”

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Samantha Akkineni celebrates 15 million followers on Instagram

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Telugu star Samantha Akkineni sent out love to her virtual family on Saturday after hitting the 15 million follower mark on Instagram. She posted a special video to thank her followers.

“I just finished my shoot and I realised that I have a little surprise. 15 million followers on Instagram. Nothing gets us till here alone. I have to thank you for every single like, comment, and appreciation you sent my way. It really, really helped me, inspired me to do better and I can’t thank you enough. I love you all,” Samantha said in the video.

Samantha, who is married to Telugu superstar Nagarjuna’s son, actor Naga Chaitanya, uses the medium to update fans about her professional life. During lockdown, she used the platform to keep fans posted about her activities, and how she was coping up.

The actress is all set to appear in season two of “The Family Man”, starring Manoj Bajpayee. The upcoming season also features Sharad Kelkar along with Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Darshan Kumaar, Sunny Hinduja, Shreya Dhanwantary, Shahab Ali, Vedant Sinha and Mahek Thakur.

“The Family Man” 2 was scheduled to drop on February 12, but has now been postponed to summer this year. No specific date has yet been confirmed.

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Samantha in Zombie Reddy sequel?

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Samantha Akkineni announced that she is ready to work with Prashanth Varma (Awe fame) if he comes up with an exciting script. Prashanth Varma is currently busy with Zombie Reddy and the film is slated for release this week. Going with the current update, Prashanth Varma is currently penning a sequel for Zombie Reddy and he will narrate the script to Samantha. The actress too decided to take the final call after listening to the draft of the sequel. The discussions are currently on.

Before that Zombie Reddy should impress the audience and end up as a hit. Teja Sajja, Anandhi and Daksha Nagarkar played the lead roles in Zombie Reddy which is the first zombie movie in Tollywood. Meanwhile, Samantha is busy with the shoot of her next Tamil movie Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal and she will commence the shoot of Shakuntalam that will be directed by Gunasekhar.

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Samantha achieves a rare feat

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Samantha Akkineni is all set for her web series debut and the actress is essaying the role of the antagonist in The Family Man: Season 2 which will be aired next month. A twitter emoji on the name of Samantha will be introduced soon and Samantha will be the first Indian actress to get a twitter emoji. Samantha is all excited about the project and the trailer of The Family Man: Season 2 will be out very soon.

Directed by Raj and DK, the web series features Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani in the lead roles. Manoj Bajpayee plays Srikant Tiwari who works for the National Investigation Agency and is on a mission. The Family Man: Season 2 will be aired on February 12th, 2021 on Amazon Prime and is high on expectations.

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Official: Samantha’s next film is Shaakuntalam

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Tollywood filmmaker Gunasekhar is busy with his ndxt film Shaakuntalam, a mythological romantic entertainer. The makers of the film announced the lead actress. Samantha will play the lead role in this film and the shoot commences soon. Shaakuntalam is a pan Indian movie and will release in all the languages.

Manisharma is on board as the music composer and Guna Team Works are the producers. This is the first film of Samantha that is announced officially after the release of Oh Baby.

Samantha is hosting Sam Jam that is streaming on Aha. Samantha is also in talks with Nandini Reddy for a horror thriller and the announcement about the project will be made soon.

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Samantha on board for Shakuntalam?

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Talented director Gunasekhar announced his next film Shakuntalam after his big-budget mythological drama with Rana titled Hiranyakashyapa got delayed. Gunasekhar completed the script work of Shakuntalam recently. As per the ongoing speculation, Gunasekhar met Samantha Akkineni and narrated the script of Shakuntalam. The actress is said to have given her initial nod for the film.

The big announcement about Shakuntalam will be made in the first week of January. Gunasekhar’s home banner Guna Team Works will produce this interesting film. The project rolls next year and will release during the end of 2021. Samantha is currently hosting Sam Jam and is all set to team up with Nandini Reddy again.

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Samantha commences the shoot of her next film

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Samantha Akkineni is away from work after the outbreak of coronavirus. Despite of several speculations, Samantha never commenced the shoot of her next film. She has been hosting a celebrity talkshow ‘Sam Jam’ for Aha and the actress shot for the show without breaks. For the first time after the pandemic break, Samantha returned back to work. She started shooting for her upcoming Tamil movie Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal. Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha and Nayanthara are the lead actors in Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal.

Vignesh Shivan is the director and the movie unit reached Hyderabad recently. A long schedule is planned in Ramoji Film City that commenced today. Anirudh is composing the music and Nayanthara will join the sets at a later date as she is busy with Annaathhe starring Rajinikanth.

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Samantha’s remuneration for Sam Jam

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Samantha Akkineni is the top actress of Telugu cinema and she has been charging a bomb for every film. The actress signed a couple of films and will shoot for them from next year. The surprising announcement came from the digital platform Aha after they signed Samantha for a celebrity talk show. With Samantha signing the show, the expectations reached skies. But leaving many in surprise, the show named ‘Sam Jam’ received poor response from the audience.

The show seemed to be a mix of several celebrity shows from the past. Sam Jam lacked a new concept and theme. Vijay Devarakonda was the first celebrity on Sam Jam which started streaming from November 13th. Samantha is charging Rs 1.5 crores for the ten-episode show which is quite less when compared to her demand and craze. Her fans and the audience are surprised why Samantha signed such a regular show at this phase of her career. The actress will next be seen in the direction of Nandini Reddy and the film is a horror-thriller. Sony Pictures India will produce this pan Indian project.

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Samantha’s celebrity talk show for Aha

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Telugu OTT platform Aha inked a deal with top Telugu actress Samantha Akkineni for a celebrity talk show which will stream on Aha very soon. The shoot of the show is currently happening in Hyderabad. Samantha already started shooting for the talk show and completed the episodes with Allu Arjun, Vijay Devarakonda, Naga Chaitanya and Tamannaah. Some top Tollywood celebrities will make their presence on Samantha’s show in the coming weeks.

The show starts from Diwali on Aha. The actress recently surprised the small screen audience with her hosting skills for a couple of episodes of Bigg Boss 4 recently. Samantha will sure live up the expectations with her talk show expressed netizens on social media. The actress will start the shoot of her next film in 2021.

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Adorable Click: Naga Chaitanya and Samantha

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Star couple Naga Chaitanya and Samantha are in happy space. They are quite busy with their projects and have been enjoying back to back hits. An adorable click of Chaitu and Samantha from the wedding collection of Rana Daggubati was posted by Samantha recently and it is creating waves across the internet. The picture alone reveals about their magical bonding. Chaitu was spotted blessing Samantha and the actress looked smiling. Samantha has taken up using handloom clothes and she has been practicing the same from the past few years during her public appearances. Chaitu is busy with Love Story and Samantha is yet to announce her next project officially.

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