69 Facts About Samantha Akkineni


Samantha Akkineni is a recipient of several awards, including four South Filmfare Awards, six South Indian International Movie Awards and two Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards.

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Samantha Akkineni has established herself as one of the leading actresses in Telugu and Tamil cinema.

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Samantha Akkineni soon received offers for film roles and made her acting debut in Gautham Vasudev Menon's critically acclaimed Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave, which fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress and a Nandi Award.

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Samantha Akkineni then became the second actress ever to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu in the same year, for her performances in the films Neethaane En Ponvasantham and Eega.

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Samantha Akkineni is the founder of Pratyusha Support and Saaki World.

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Samantha Akkineni married actor Naga Chaitanya in 2017, who announced their separation in October 2021.

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Samantha Akkineni was born on 28 April 1987 to a Telugu father, Joseph Prabhu and a Malayali mother, Ninette Prabhu from Alappuzha, Kerala.

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Samantha Akkineni was brought up in Pallavaram in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as the youngest child of the family, with two elder brothers Jonathan and David, whilst becoming fluent in the Tamil language.

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Samantha Akkineni began her professional film career with Gautham Vasudev Menon's Telugu film, Ye Maaya Chesave.

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Samantha Akkineni appeared in a cameo role in the Tamil version of the film, portraying an assistant director who becomes an actress.

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Samantha Akkineni portrayed a student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, the first such role in Tamil cinema.

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Samantha Akkineni went on to describe her as an actress with "intelligence" and "potential", whilst drawing comparisons with the noted actress, Revathi.

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The film earned poor reviews from critics, though Samantha Akkineni's performance was credited as one of the sole highlights that the film offered.

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Samantha Akkineni then went on to feature in Vamsi Paidipally's Telugu film Brindaavanam in which she had a supporting role alongside NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal.

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Samantha Akkineni featured in the big budget Telugu film, Dookudu alongside Mahesh Babu, which became one of the most successful Telugu films of all time.

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Samantha Akkineni revealed that many heavy lights were used for the shoot of the film and she subsequently suffered skin burns, calling the process "very stressful" but "satisfying".

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Samantha Akkineni then worked on Gautham Vasudev Menon's a 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.

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Samantha Akkineni 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.

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Neethane En Ponvasantham earned mixed reviews and performed averagely at the box office, though Samantha Akkineni received highly positive acclaim for her portrayal.

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Meanwhile, IBN stated "Samantha Akkineni's transformation from a school kid to an adult is a treat to watch, " while Rediff.

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Samantha Akkineni became the second-ever actress to achieve the feat after Revathi had secured both awards in 1992.

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Samantha Akkineni next appeared in the Telugu multi-starrer film, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu alongside Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu, which won positive reviews and was commercially successful.

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The romantic comedy Jabardasth alongside Siddharth, in which she portrayed a wedding planner, became a commercial failure, though critics noted Samantha Akkineni is "getting better by the day and it's a delight to watch her on screen".

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Samantha Akkineni then starred alongside Pawan Kalyan in the family drama, Attarintiki Daredi, which emerged as the highest-grossing Telugu film upon release.

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Year 2014 saw Samantha Akkineni appear in six films and make a return to the Tamil film industry.

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Samantha Akkineni subsequently featured alongside Naga Chaitanya again in the long-delayed Autonagar Surya, before playing different minuscule roles in the Telugu action masala films Alludu Seenu and Rabhasa.

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Samantha Akkineni worked simultaneously on two big budget Tamil films during early 2014, working with industry-leading actors and directors.

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Samantha Akkineni then featured in her second dual role as a part of Vijay Milton's road film, 10 Endrathukulla, where she appeared alongside Vikram.

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Samantha Akkineni then portrayed the lead female role in Atlee's Theri, and featured alongside Vijay for the second time in her career.

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Samantha Akkineni's 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".

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Samantha Akkineni featured in three high-profile Telugu films during 2016; Although 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.

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Samantha Akkineni 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".

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Samantha Akkineni 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.

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Samantha Akkineni's character was quoted as one of the strong ones of 2019 films.

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Samantha Akkineni received awards for her performance in the two films.

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Samantha Akkineni next played the character Janaki Devi in the 2020 film Jaanu, which is a remake of 2018 Tamil film '96.

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Samantha Akkineni has a signed a mythological film in 2020 titled Shaakuntalam, directed by Gunasekhar, where she will be seen as Shakuntala.

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Samantha Akkineni signed a film with debutant director, Shantaruban, produced by Dream Warrior Pictures.

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Samantha Akkineni has a pan-India film titled Yashoda, produced by Sridevi Movies, which started filming on 6 December 2021.

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Samantha Akkineni made her television debut in 2020 by hosting an episode Telugu-language reality television series Bigg Boss 4 as part of a special episode.

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In 2021, Samantha Akkineni starred in the second season of Amazon Prime Video's Hindi spy thriller streaming television series The Family Man, marking her debut in the digital content medium.

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Samantha Akkineni played the role of the main antagonist Raji, a rebel leader from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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Samantha Akkineni 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.

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Samantha Akkineni suffered from an immunity disorder and then had a further setback after her body did not respond well to antibiotics.

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Samantha Akkineni began dating actor Naga Chaitanya in 2010 after appearing in the film Ye Maaya Chesave.

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Samantha Akkineni got married in Goa as per traditional Hindu customs on 6 October 2017 and then by Christian customs on 7 October 2017, and became a member of the Akkineni family.

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On 28 September 2020, Samantha Akkineni became the founder of the women's clothing brand Saaki World.

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Samantha Akkineni has actively been involved in philanthropic activities and donates her earnings from endorsements, product launches, and inauguration events to her charitable trust, Pratyusha Support, registered in 2012.

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Samantha Akkineni chose to begin the non-governmental organisation after being bed-ridden for 15 days during her documented illness in 2012, and wanted to give back to society.

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Samantha Akkineni subsequently started the Pratyusha Support foundation to provide medical support for women and children with the help of three doctor friends.

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Samantha Akkineni held a fundraiser in August 2013 to raise awareness of her foundation, auctioning several of her items and memorabilia from films.

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Samantha Akkineni has been involved in spreading awareness of haemophilia, regularly taking part in events creating awareness of the disease.

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Samantha Akkineni agreed in January 2015 to pay a third of the hospital bills of one infant per week who required intensive care support at Andhra Hospitals through her charitable trust.

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Under the arrangement, Samantha Akkineni agreed to contribute towards a third of the bills, while Andhra Hospitals would pay a third of the bill, and the parents would pay the remaining third.

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In November 2015, Samantha Akkineni entered into a further agreement with Andhra Hospitals to sponsor vaccination of all infants below six months for rotaviral infections free of cost.

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Samantha Akkineni appealed to the Telugu-speaking public to help gather resources to send to Chennai.

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Samantha Akkineni 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 Akkineni 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.

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Samantha Akkineni launched a business venture 'Tweave' in partnership with the Telangana Government, which was a program to promote the handloom sector in Telangana.

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When questioned on her decision not to take up more heroine-orientated roles, Samantha Akkineni lamented the lack of chances that the South Indian film industry presents for established female characters and described it as "simply male-dominated".

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Samantha Akkineni added that the market meant she was not going to "get roles similar to her characters in Ye Maaya Chesave or Eega every time" and accepted stories if it had "the potential to engage viewers".

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Samantha Akkineni added that she did not want to be "typecast as the girl-next-door" and was keen to prove critics wrong, who said that she could not fit into glamorous roles.

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Samantha Akkineni's popularity has led to the actress representing several brands on a pan-Indian scale.

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Samantha Akkineni has got involved in a few controversies due to voicing her opinions through Twitter.

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Samantha Akkineni tweeted that the poster was "deeply regressive" and stated that the makers were offensive to depict women like animals.

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Samantha Akkineni's opinions were later backed by actor Siddharth and directors Sekhar Kammula and Nandini Reddy, who resultantly faced similar abuse, before Mahesh Babu apologised.

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Samantha Akkineni had a ranking of 17th and 34th in The Times Most Desirable Women in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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In March 2022, according to a report by The Times of India, Samantha Akkineni became the second highest-paid South Indian actress after Nayanthara.

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Samantha Akkineni is the recipient of several awards, including four Filmfare Awards South, one Filmfare OTT Award, two Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards, four South Indian International Movie Awards, and three CineMAA Awards.

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