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Becoming Raji: How Samantha Ruth Prabhu Prepped For Her Role In The Family Man 2

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Becoming Raji: How Samantha Ruth Prabhu Prepped For Her Role In The Family Man 2

Samantha in a still from the video. (courtesy samantharuthprabhuoffl)

Highlights

  • “I have a solid fear of heights,” wrote Samantha
  • Samantha gave a shout to her stunt coordinator
  • “I jumped off that building because I knew you had my back,” she wrote

New Delhi:

Samantha Ruth Prabhu made her big digital debut with The Family Man 2 and she is making headlines for her role as Raji, an unwavering Sri Lankan Tamil liberation fighter on a suicide mission in the series. The actress, on Monday, shared her journey of becoming Raji – largely the physical aspect of it. Samantha, who performed all the stunts on her own in The Family Man 2, gave a shout out to her stunt coordinator Yannick Ben in a post. She wrote: “A special, special thank you to my person Yannick Ben for training me to do all of my own stunts (yes all of them)… For pushing me to give it my all even when every part of my body ached (thanks for the pain killers by the way).” She signed off the post with these words: “I have a solid fear of heights but I jumped off that building only because I knew you had my back. Lots and lots of love.”

See Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s post here:

Samantha, in a previous post, wrote about the emotional aspect of playing a strong character like Raji in the show and an excerpt from her post read: “Reading all the reviews and comments fills my heart with so much joy… RAJI will always be special. When Raj and DK approached me to do the character, I was aware that portraying Raji’s character required sensitivity and balance.” Writing of the way she wanted to represent Raji’s character, Samantha added, “Raji’s story, though fictional, to me, is a tribute to those that died because of an unequal war, and those who continue to live in the painful memory of the war. I was particular about Raji’s portrayal being balanced, nuanced, and sensitive.”

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The Family Man 2 opened to stellar reviews and is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Both Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Ruth Prabhu received massive praise for their performances in the series. In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee wrote about this Samantha’s performance: “Raji is a character that stands out thanks to the power that Samantha Akkineni brings to the portrayal. She is a scarred woman who has a score to settle with her tormentors and a debt to pay to her benefactors, the Tamil rebel leaders who rescued her and trained her to be as mean a fighter as any.”

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