May 10, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Sitting pretty in a black dress and flashing that million dollar smile, Samantha Ruth Prabhu is handling a pesky journalist who is insisting on knowing the amount she's currently drawing as remuneration. One crore? She remarks with disbelief and tactfully moves onto the next question.
She is not amused if you call her numero uno and neither is she flattered and quips rather sarcastically, "You use the same line to the other heroines as well don't you, how many numero uno's in the industry?"
Post Dookudu she has lost weight and looks far more younger and the actor concurs. "I was dropping too much due to intense work schedules. I'm now actually more stable, I just celebrated my 25th birthday and trust me I'm not getting younger. I was a nervous wreck when I worked with Gautam in Ye Maaya Chesave, I gave him lot of problems but now there is this comfort level, I get what he is saying and he gets what he wants, whether I have improved or not you should be asking him.
I have three looks for the film [Neethane En Ponvasantham], school, college levels and as a 25 or 30-year-old woman. For the school portion I worked out excessively and for the college level, I ate extra. I will be dubbing for the Tamil version. I wish to dub for Telugu very quickly."
The actor has eight releases lined up this year and is extremely proud of being a part of each of them. She adds, "I have nothing to say at the moment, my films will show the amount of work I put in, it's actually insulting to say sitting here that I worked very hard and my films are going to do well.
Eega, this trilingual and Maniratnam's Kadal were excruciatingly demanding characters. As an actor I had matured more in a year than I was in 2, 3 years in the industry. I'm not easily satisfied, never get carried away. When I first saw YMC I cried and thought I was ghastly in the film, and could have done hundred times better. I didn't enjoy myself at all in Dookudu but I'm proud of all the up and coming releases."
Samantha demarcates her life and cinema and avers that she has dreams which are small and not related to cinema. "Films are just part of my life and not my life..small things make me happy. I love my job and give it my best..the day I want other girls work, that would be the day I would have an opinion on number one or number two, but I aim to be irreplaceable."