Samantha Akkineni is not just a pretty face. The actor has different aspects to himself. On his 34th birthday, we are an actor, his impressive social media presence and how, eventually, he has built a brand for himself, complementing his on-screen personality.
Unconventional Career Options
When Samantha made her debut in 2010 with Ye Maya Chesawe under the direction of Gautam Menon, she immediately earned a place in the audience’s heart as Jessie. If it was a step for him, Eega became a film that brought him into the limelight. SS Rajamouli was the directorial debut. Later, his film A AA raised audience expectations from him. And perhaps it is the pressure of expectations that made him challenge himself and diversify his audience.
Over the past five years, we have seen actors experimenting with their films and taking chances. In 2017, Samantha gave back-to-back hits with Raju Gari Gandhi 2 and Mursal. She continued success in 2018 with blockbusters Rangasthalam, Mahanati and You Turn. You Turn, a multi-language thriller film, was probably his first thriller and a film that completely rested on him. While a solo female actor-led film for Samantha success of U Turn is not new to the South’s film industry, it proved that her popularity is her own and does not depend on a famous male icon. She again went against her image with Super Deluxe and Oh Baby! His popularity is such that in Majali, when he made his entry in Chaitanya Akkineni’s film, people whistled and threw money, a treatment usually reserved for superstars like Rajinikanth, Vijay, and other male A-listers.
Start of OTT
In 2020, Samantha took a leap of faith and made her debut on the OTT platform with a talk show called Sam Jam. The streaming show on Aha was a hit. In fact, the episode where she hosted Allu Arjun and Naga Chaitanya got immense love.
Bollywood debuts through web series
Not just OTT debut, in 2020, Samantha made her Bollywood debut with the second season of the much anticipated The Family Man. In the series, which stars Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role, Samantha will be seen doing action, something she had not seen in films till now. He said, “He spent a lot of time doing his work and increasing his fitness. In a way, she was getting trained for martial arts, ”Raj and DK said on Samantha’s Sam and Jam show.
“There were days when Nagarjuna used to punch on the screen, and we used to think how the action should be done. And now, we feel the same about Samantha. So, Sam you are giving competition to the men out there, ”he concludes.
Samantha demonstrated her hosting skills long before Sam Jam started streaming on the digital platform. He was seen filling in for his father-in-law and actor Nagarjuna Akkineni for a special episode of Bigg Boss. “Never thought I’d come on stage as a Bigg Boss as a host! Only because I was given this responsibility by my Mamagaru .. I could find the strength to overcome my fear… The fear of which I had no experience, the fear of Telugu .. I 😊 .. (ending Before). Marathon 3 days before the show) Thank Mama helped me overcome my fears and trusted me. And I really need to thank all of you for all the love I got after the episode. I was swinging happily, ”she wrote on Instagram.
A woman of voice
They say, with power comes responsibility, and Samantha certainly understands that. The actor, who is at the peak of his career, has never failed to speak his mind on different occasions. For them, their social media platforms are not just to promote brands or films, but also to address on-going issues. Encouraging women to share their MeToo stories or to support the co-actor in moments of crisis, Samantha makes her point clear.
One such example is of the time when the Indian film industry was shaken by the Metu movement. Samantha tweeted in support of all the women who suffered any kind of abuse. “I am so happy that more and more women are finding the strength to say # MeToo. Your bravery is admirable. I am sorry though that some people, even other women, will consider themselves as shame and burdens. That’s all. Is that you are saving many little girls with your voice. Thank you. I support the #MeTooIndia movement, “the actor tweeted.
Recently, Samantha also called people who hope that the actors would have an opinion on everything. She titled the video, “We are entertainers, not fact-checkers.”
Samantha married into the largest family in the Telugu film industry. He married Naga Chaitanya after dating for two years. Nag Chaitanya is the son of Nagarjuna Akkineni, son of the late actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Samantha married Chaitanya in 2017.
In one show, Samantha called Chaitanya “right” and told how and when she fell in love with him. “He was very helpful. I feel that the experience (of working on Maiya Chesway) helps me understand and understand myself better, being very gullible, weak and not capable. He was a part of the journey. That experience was shared with me by none other than Chai, so she just had to be my husband. I fell in love with him. Then I decided that I would marry her.
He knew that I liked him. I became very dependent on him. Therefore, it took eight years to come to the same place because I really liked him and he was not in that place. There were times when we wanted to make it work, but there were many factors. It took us a long time to be in one place. “
On the other hand, in another talk show, he stated that Nagarjuna “how to live his life is biblical.”
But her life is not just about her husband and her in-laws. Hash, his paw-friend or child (as he calls him), is the most special in his life, and his social media posts are proof of that. Here’s a look:
Beyond the movies
Samantha started Pratyusha Sahaya Foundation in 2012 to provide medical support for women and children with the help of three therapist friends. She provided financial support for the program. She has involved herself in philanthropy many times. During the 2015 Chennai floods, Samantha was based in Hyderabad for the shooting of a film, and helped mobilize the Mana Madras Kosam initiative organized by the Telugu film industry. Through this initiative, he participated in raising relief material at Ramanaidu Studios and appealed to the Telugu-speaking public to help him gather resources to send to Chennai.
The actor also has an online fashion brand and an educational initiative. Earlier this year, Samantha announced her engagement with the Isha Foundation.
After her films, Samantha’s dedication to fitness comes in family and philanthropic work. Not only his roles, we also see him experimenting in the fitness aspect.
Finally, on a closing note, it would not be wrong to call Samantha an all-rounder. Many happy birthday wishes to the star here.