Switch to a few months later and Mahanati and Irumbu Thirai came out, wherein she played a journalist who fights to writer Savitri’s true story in the former and a doctor in the latter. Both her films were lauded, her roles equally appreciated.
Ever since that, she’s been seen sharing images and moments from the shooting of her other films including Seemaraja and U-Turn. While Seemaraja has her play a village belle who is capable of performing Silambam, a weapon-based martial art of India, more specifically in the state of Tamil Nadu, where it originated around 1000 BC. Her forthcoming U-Turn, however, appears far more intriguing, with her shouldering the entire film. It’s a first for someone like Samantha, where she’s the lead heroine sans a hero.
Prior to its release, apart from the trailer, the makers have released a music video from the film starring Samantha in a never-before-seen get-up. With longer hair, pants and a crop top, the video features Samantha as a puppet who breaks through the shackles of her strings and dances away. Titled ‘The Karma Theme’, the video also features Anirudh Ravichander, who has sung and composed the song, but the real highlight is Samantha’s dancing.
Choreographed by Yashwanth, Samantha’s dance steps are far from easy and it appears that she’s having a lot of fun doing it. It’s also a revelation to see Samantha dancing so well, something that was seldom brought out in her other films.
U-Turn is a remake of a Kannada film of the same name that starred Shraddha Srinath. Samantha watched the film in January last year at a special screening in Bengaluru and immediately gave her nod. She was also rumoured to be a producer on the film.
There’s much to look forward to! Directed by Pawan Kalyan, who directed the original, the film will have Samantha’s character investigate a series of deaths of motorists at a particular flyover.
Watch the music video here: