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Pretty woman Samantha
Pretty woman Samantha

Samantha is making waves in the Telugu film Ye Maya Chesave

He breezed in as Karthik, the charming tenant, and she sizzled as Jessy, a confused girl in “YeMaya Chesave”. Together Naga Chaitanya and Samantha have become the hottest pair in the Telugu film circuit. Samantha's kohl-rimmed eyes and beatific smile, are a huge hit with movie-goers.

Her look was entirely the director's call, says the actor. . So what worked for the movie? Samantha says, “Everyone's calling me and saying it's their story. The biggest problem in relationships is not the outsider, it's the couple alone who are responsible for the conflict.” Samantha is from Chennai; her mother is a Malayali, her father speaks Telugu, and she insists she's a Tamilian. A commerce graduate from Stella Maris College, the actor dabbled in modelling before signing a Tamil film. Samantha avers that she's trying her best not to get carried away by the compliments now pouring in, and she's learning to be composed. The overwhelming response to the film has made her numb. About her role of playing a 24-year-old woman who is two years older than the hero, she says it is very realistic. Samantha's voice was dubbed by Chinmayi as it sounded very girlish and the film required a certain element of maturity. This movie has been released simultaneously in Tamil with Trisha and Simbhu as the lead pair.

In “Ye Maya Chesave”, the lovers meet eventually in London. The climax in Central Park where the couple have a long conversation is her favourite scene.”

“In one particular scene where Karthik comes to meet me from Goa, there were no cuts. It was one very long scene and there wasn't any prompting. The entire credit goes to Gautham Menon alone.”

At the moment Samantha is in Kochi shooting for a Tamil movie and will later move on to another location for her second Telugu film, with NTR called “Brindavanam”. “I haven't set any goals for myself, I just want to be the best in whatever I'm asked to do,” she says.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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