Samantha took to social media to talk about the strict regimen she follows for the upcoming movie.
Shaakunthalam is the first ever mythological drama in Samantha Akkineni’s career and the actress is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that her performance stands out. The actress recently took to social media to reveal that only a week is left to complete the filming of the epic love story and also spoke of the strict regime of dieting and exercise she followed to get into the character of Shaakunthala.
In recent times, Samantha started working out a lot and made a lot of posts on social media of her exercise activities. She also follows a proper diet routine on a normal day by changing over to a plant-based diet. For her role in Family Man, she underwent a lot of training in order to perform heavy stunts as it was required for her role of a Sri Lankan soldier. Similarly, to get into the character of Shaakunthala, she went on a strict diet and also kept herself physically fit by working out immensely.
She plays the titular role in the movie, in which Malayalam actor Dev Mohan will be acting as Dushyant, the king of Hastinapur and Shaakunthala’s lover. The movie also features Allu Arjun’s daughter Allu Arha playing the role of Prince Bharata and Samantha’s son on screen.
The upcoming magnus opus is directed by Gunasekhar (who also worked in Rudhramadevi and Okkadu). It is jointly produced by his daughter Neelima Guna and Dil Raju under the banner of Guna Teamworks and Dil Raju productions respectively.
Earlier, Samantha addressed in the movie launch of Shaakunthalam about the different genres she played ranging from being the heroine to being a villain in her journey of 50 movies. She said that being part of Shaakunthalam was a gift by the producers of the movie as portraying the role of a princess in a period film was always a dream role of hers.
Shaakunthalam is based on the Adi Purva epic of Mahabharatha. The segment of Abhijnanashakuntalam written by Kalidasa was taken for the screen adaptation. The movie is set in the backdrop of Hastinapur and is supposedly one of the greatest love stories of all time.
The movie also features Mohan Babu, Gautami, Aditi Balan, Madhoo and Kabir Bedi in prominent roles. Its soundtrack is composed by Mani Sharma who produced a lot of chartbuster tracks in the Telugu film industry. Sekhar V Joseph has donned the hat of the cinematographer for the upcoming movie, which has dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra.