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Loved Samantha in The Family Man 2? Watch her versatile act in these 6 films

Sanjith Sidhardhan

Sanjith Sidhardhan
Jun 03, 2021

Courtesy: @samantharuthprabhuoffl/Instagram

Netizens are already raving about South star Samantha Akkineni’s performance in the second season of The Family Man. The actress plays Raji, the leader of a rebel group in the series directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, and goes toe to toe with Manoj Bajpayee in terms of performance in the spy thriller. And that’s no mean feat. 

Those familiar with her work in the South film industry though might not be too surprised. In the past few years, Samantha has gone from strength to strength when it comes to picking great roles and putting on stellar performances. We have curated a list of some of her best work in the recent past:

1
Rangasthalam
8.2OTTplay Rating
In this rural action-drama that has Ram Charan playing the male protagonist, Samantha’s Ramalakshmi holds her own. Unlike the usual ‘mass’ entertainers, Rangasthalam had Samantha playing a character that was vital to the film’s plot. Complete with the deglam look and no-nonsense attitude, Samantha was equal parts charming and fierce as Ramalakshmi.
2
Oh! Baby
7.2OTTplay Rating
In this quirky entertainer, an unhappy septuagenarian woman transforms into a 24-year-old girl after she gets her photo clicked in a studio. Samantha is an absolute delight as the younger Savithri, who lives her life to the fullest, in this Telugu remake of the Korean movie titled Miss Granny.
3
Super Deluxe
8.7OTTplay Rating
Samantha was a revelation as an unfaithful wife who is shocked after her former boyfriend dies while having sex and then conspires with her husband (Fahadh Faasil) to get rid of the body in Thiagarajan Kumaraja’s masterpiece.
4
A Aa
6.6OTTplay Rating
Trivikram Srinivas’ simple romcom won Samantha several accolades for playing Anasuya who meets a guy on a train journey but doesn’t confess her feelings for him until later. The breezy movie about a love triangle also stars Nithiin and Anupama Parameswaran.
5
Eega
8OTTplay Rating
In this SS Rajamouli directorial, Samantha’s Bindu falls in love with her neighbour. However, a rich businessman, who is also attracted to her, kills her boyfriend, who then reincarnates as a housefly to seek vengeance and protect Bindu. It might sound frivolous on paper, but the movie is brilliant.
6
Jaanu
7.4OTTplay Rating
It’s tough to pull off a role that Trisha had made her own in ’96 and Bhavana in ’99. And yet Samantha succeeds in giving her own spin to the Telugu remake by playing Janaka aka Jaanu with a dignified maturity.
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