The Director duo Hari and Harish have confirmed that the story of Yashoda is based on a real-life incident. They also said that it talks about a coveted criminal activity that is happening in society without the knowledge of others. The story also has some flavours of a psychological thriller. Samantha is said to be playing the role of a normal surrogate mother who uncovers this criminal activity and exposes the same. In addition to headlining the project as a lead, Samantha will also be seen performing some power-packed action stunts. The stunt choreographer for this film is Yannick Ben, with whom she previously collaborated for The Family Man 2.
Speaking about her action sequences, Samantha said, “The most challenging part of shooting for Yashoda was the action sequences. I really enjoy doing action even though I never imagined I was meant to do action, but it is quite surprising, and the love for the genre has been a revelation for me. Although it is gruesome, it offers a great adrenaline rush, and there’s a great sense of accomplishment to perform the stunts. I am also thankful to our action director Yannick, who has been a great guide and mentor to me. I think the action has turned out to be pretty cool and something to look forward to in Yashoda.” Yannick also heaped praises on Samantha for her effort and dedication towards learning and performing the stunts.
From the trailer of Yashoda, we know that the film is a women-centric one. Before this, Samantha has done women-centric roles in U Turn and Oh! Baby. This will be Samantha’s third women-centric film. “I have been in this industry for 12 years now and I can see that female-driven scripts have become the new flavour and women are rising with the occasion. In hero films, you only get a certain type of role to play but in women-driven movies, it is more challenging to work for interesting roles,” she said while speaking about her role in the film.
Yashoda is the first film that will be talking about the concept of Surrogacy. The film aims to expose the criminal activities behind commercial surrogacy. Besides Samantha, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Unni Mukundan, Rao Ramesh, Murali Sharma, Sampath Raj, Shatru, Madhurima, Kalpika Ganesh, Divya Sripada, Priyanka Sharma and others play crucial roles. With Mani Sharma for music, M Sukumar for cinematography and Marthand K Venkatesh as the editor, Yashoda is leaving no stone unturned to impress the audience. Yashoda will be released in five Indian languages – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi.