If we observe the last couple of years, No actress in South Indian Cinema has created so much buzz as Samantha has sans, of course, Nayanthara. But the trick with her is she has been playing so many roles in so many genres. The biggest turning point for Sam as her fans call her, is when she acted in the horror comedy Raju Gari Gadhi 2. Despite the fact that she had a limited screen-time, Samantha gave subtle hints about the success-storm we were about to witness.
Variety of Roles
A quick glance at her recent filmography gives a thundering idea of why she could well be the golden girl of South Indian Cinema. Rangasthalam - a period drama where she played a rugged village belle and Mahanati where she played a supporting role to perfection that of a stuttering journalist of the 1980s who is searching for her own identity. Irumbu Thirai - a medical doctor who could advise the hero and Seema Raja - another village belle but this time a sort of second fiddle to the hero in a commercial film. U-Turn has seen her in a role which is thought of as a role she played against type.
Most of these films are successful commercially and the common point is Samantha received appreciation from both the critics and the audience for her performances. Without going overboard, she just turns the attention of the audience towards her with subtle yet intense performances. 2019 has seen her reach newer heights with each film she acted in.
As Vembu in Super Deluxe
No actress who's enjoying such stardom as Samantha has taken the risk of playing the role like Vembu in the Tamil cult blockbuster Super Deluxe. Despite the film is populated with some of the brightest talents in their best roles of recent times, Samantha found her footing and received high acclaim as the married woman who is involved in adultery. It is like a walk on the sharp edge of a knife to portray such a morally ambiguous role with grey shades and Sam nailed it with perfection. And the film was Pycker India's Best Movie of the Week (25-30 March 2019).
As Sravani in Majili
She literally carried the film from the moment she appears on the screen for the first time. In a time when feminism is the buzz word and for both good and well... not so good, playing such a role as Sravani who supports her husband who's lamenting over the loss of his first love. She stands by the side of Poorna, played by her real-life better-half Naga Chaitanya. She received great appreciation from the critics and the audience in a film which turned out to be the biggest hit in the career of Naga Chaitanya. Majili also turned out to be Pycker India's Best Movie of the Week (1-6 April 2019).
As Savitri/Baby/Swathi in Oh! Baby
After being part of an ensemble cast and a regular hero-centric film with a strong female lead, it is the turn of a female-oriented film. Oh! Baby is as much a Samantha film as it is a different one. Playing the role of a 24-year-old self of a 70-year-old woman played by the legendary yesteryear actress Lakshmi, Samantha transmigrated herself into the body of the older actress.
It was not imitation but she really transferred into a 70-year-old woman in the body of a 24-year-old young girl. Expectedly and deservedly, Baby received positive critical acclaim from both the critics and the audience. And Samantha's third film of the year went on to become Pycker India's Best Movie of the Week (1-6 July 2019).
Golden Girl of South Indian Cinema
What a time she has been enjoying in her career. Her upcoming film is the official Telugu remake of Tamil classic '96. Which means, her success streak is likely to continue in 2019. And who doesn't want it from the golden girl of South Indian Cinema?