Samantha-Akkineni

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Where: The Family Man 2

Why: Her performances in Rangasthalam, U Turn and Super Deluxe have been critically acclaimed. She’s been a part of some of the biggest South films (Janatha Garage, Brahmotsavam, Theri, Mersal), but Samantha’s Hindi debut in The Family Man 2 made her an instant national star on the back of the series’ huge success. In a Telugu industry dominated by male stars, Samantha now shoulders a pan-Indian film like the upcoming mythological Shaakuntalam, directed by Gunasekhar, thanks to her growing reputation both as a performer and a star with national appeal.




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Arivu, Dhee, Santhosh Narayanan

Arivu, Dhee, Santhosh Narayanan

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Neeraj-Ghaywan

Neeraj Ghaywan

For foregrounding queer and Dalit aspects of identity in his short film

Payal Kapadia

Payal Kapadia

Garnered international festival acclaim with her debut feature

Mahesh-Narayanan

Mahesh Narayanan

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