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.
Created the insanely catchy and intricately produced ‘Enjoy Enjaami’
For foregrounding queer and Dalit aspects of identity in his short film
Garnered international festival acclaim with her debut feature
Among the first to see potential in the direct-to-OTT model