Early life and family:
Samantha born to a Malayalee mother and a Telugu father, Samantha was brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu becoming fluent in the Tamil language.
Despite signing up for three Tamil films in quick succession, Samantha’s first release was Indira Productions’ Gautham Menon directed, Ye Maaya Chesave. The film, a simultaneous remake of the Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, created much anticipation prior to release, primarily due to the successful soundtrack from A. R. Rahman.
The actress was signed up for the project in mid August 2009 and completed schedules across India and the United States for the film which released in February 2010. The film portrays Samantha as the lead character of Jessie, which was also the working title of the film; a Malayalee Christian girl living in Hyderabad, whom the male protaganist, played by Naga Chaitanyafalls in love with. Upon release, Samantha received very positivereviews for her portrayal, with the film also garnering much criticalacclaim.
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”.cited that “Samantha’s debut isoneof the best heroine debuts in Telugu cinema” and that her “minuteexpressions she gave spoke volumes about her”, whilst labelling thefilm as a “classic”. Samantha, alongside her co-star, Naga Chaitanya,also appeared in a guest appearance in the Tamil version of the film.
Ravi Varman’s Moscowin Kaveri began in August 2007, with Samantha, then briefly known as Yasodha, joining the team later in the year. 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 priorto release in 2008, Ravi Varman mentioned that he had decided thatSamantha would be the lead actress for his film within three minutesafter viewing one of her commercial assignments.
In the interview, he went on to describe her as an actress with”intelligence” and “potential”, whilst drawing comparisons with notedactress, Revathi.However, due to Ravi Varman’s date conflicts with his projects as a cinematographer, the film is still languishing in development hell, but is likely to release during 2010.Samantha also signed up for the Narain starrer, Pookada Ravi in August 2008 to play the lead role of a modern girl.
Despite the film, continuing schedules at regular intervals, the filmhas also faced severe delays and was stalled throughout 2009 with thefilm is likely to release during 2010. The third film signed by Samantha was the romantic drama, Baana Kaathadi, opposite Adharvaa.
Following agreeing terms in early 2009, the film has continued shootfor a year and a release is likely later in 2010. Samantha is said toplay a student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the first such role in Tamil cinema. Moreover, samantha, whose ancestors were Telugus, has been receiving offers from the Telugudirectors by dime a dozen, recently she has signed Vamsi Paidipally’s Brindaavanam in which she has a supporting role alongside NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal, another film with Mahesh Babu is also on the way.