He breezed in as Karthik, the charming tenant, and she sizzled as Jessy, a confused girl in Ye Maya Chesave. Together Naga Chaitanya and Samantha have become the hottest pair in the Telugu film circuit. Samantha's kohl-rimmed eyes and beatific smile, and her cotton churidaars and signature saris are some of thehottest topics for movie-goers.
It's entirely the director's call, says the actress. She was asked not to wear make up, just kajal and ordinary clothes. 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. My parents haven't seen the film yet, they don't know how big it is.” 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 actress dabbled in modelling before signing Tamil film. It's a different story that this Telugu film released first.
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 but it has a sad ending.
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, says the actress, reeling off the long dialogues without pause. She adds, “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 Cochin shooting for a Tamil movie and will later move on to another location for her second Telugu film, this time 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. When she isn't shooting, Samantha loves to watch filmsor gorge on her favourite grilled fish layered with lemon butter sauce.