The gorgeous superstar of south, Samantha Akkineni recently made her digital debut with the Manoj Bajpayee starrer The Family Man 2. In the web-series, we see the Eega actress portraying the character of Raji, a Sri Lankan Tamil rebel soldier. Apart from her acting chops, she even impressed by performing some high-octane stunts in the venture. While she is garnering rave reviews for her portrayal, Samantha shared a video and thanked stunt coordinator, Yannick Ben for pushing her beyond the limits while performing stunts.
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Posting the clip, she wrote,"A special special thankyouuuu to my person @yannickben ?? 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 ) ..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 @yannickben #familymanseason2."
Sharing her happiness with the overwhelming response from the audience, Samantha wrote about her character Raji on Instagram, which reads, "When @rajanddk approached me to do the character, I was aware that portraying Raji's character required sensitivity and balance. The creative team shared documentaries of the Tamil struggle that included stories of women in the Eelam war. When I watched those documentaries, I was aghast and shocked by the troubles and unspeakable grief that the Tamils of Eelam went through over an extended period of time. I noticed that the aforementioned documentaries had only a few thousand views and that is when it dawned on me how the world just looked away when tens of thousands people of Eelam lost their lives. And, lakhs more lost their livelihood and their homes. *Countless many* continue to live in far away lands with the wounds of the civil strife still fresh in their hearts and minds. 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. I want Raji's story to be a stark, much-needed reminder for us, more than ever before, to come together as humans to fight hate, oppression, and greed. If we fail to do so, countless more will be denied their identity, liberty, and their right to self-determination."
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