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Samantha's catchy dance number 'Oo Antava' played at a cricket stadium in Florida

Oo Antava, featuring Samantha and Allu Arjun, garnered over 282 million views thus far.

Samantha's catchy dance number 'Oo Antava' played at a cricket stadium in Florida
Samantha in Oo Antava/Twitter
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Last Updated: 06.29 AM, Aug 10, 2022

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It has been almost eight months since Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s dance number Oo Antava from Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa: The Rise created waves; the track was played at a cricket stadium in Florida. This song broke multiple records worldwide when it was released, and everyone was stunned to see The Family Man's Raji in a hot sensual avatar; clearly, it is still as popular as it was months ago.

Oo Antava marks the second collaboration between Samantha and filmmaker Sukumar after Rangasthalam. Likewise, Allu Arjun and Samantha earlier shared screen space in S/O Satyamurthy.

Indravathi, who sang the number in Telugu, says her joy knew no bounds when she learned that she was finalised for the song. "Devi Sri Prasad sir patiently taught me to sing each line and got the best out of me. I'm ever grateful to the entire Pushpa team for this opportunity!"

Indravathi was not the only one who was allowed to sing for Pushpa: The Rise. Her sister Mangli crooned the Kannada version. “I had already been singing songs in Kannada and Devi Sri Prasad sir asked me to sing this one, as well. I feel I have gotten a solid response."

The lyrics of Oo Antava focus on the male gaze, aiming to subvert typical 'item' numbers. Recently, in an interview, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh shared that his favourite song was Oo Antava, although he doesn't understand the language. "It does something to me and I go mad when I listen to it," he said.

A still from Pushpa: The Rise
A still from Pushpa: The Rise

Oo Antava marked the first time Samantha did a dance number in a film and Allu Arjun later revealed he was hesitant to approach her, thinking she would flat out reject the offer. The same track had been sung by Andrea Jeremiah in Tamil.

The lyrics were written by Chandrabose (Telugu), Viveka (Tamil), Varadaraj Chikkaballaura (Kannada), Raqueeb Alam (Hindi) and Siju Thuravoor (Malayalam).

The Allu Arjun-starrer, released in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi, struck gold at the box office, grossing over Rs 230 crore. Pushpa: The Rise was bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers in association with Muttamsetty Media. The film marked the Telugu debut of Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil, who played the main antagonist. The action drama revolved around red sandalwood smuggling in remote parts of the Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.

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