'Shaakuntalam' director shares his praise for Samantha; says she was their only option

    The epic drama will hit theaters worldwide this week.



    Just days ahead of the release of his epic period drama Shaakuntalam , director Gunasekhar praised actress Samantha and her performance in the movie.

    Recently the actress also shared her love for the project after a special screening was held, she also revealed that she couldn't wait for audiences to watch the movie.

    The movie was initially supposed to hit theaters in November 2022 but was pushed back to February 2023 in order to release movie in 3D.

    And recently the release of the movie was pushed back to April 14, in order to improve the movie's visual effects which many considered lackluster after the release of the trailer.

    The movie is based on the play by Kalidasa and has been told and retold multiple times, in the form of books, TV shows, and movies.

    This latest adaptation by director Gunasekhar stars Samantha in the lead. The first trailer for the movie was launched a few months ago and received mixed responses from audiences.

    Sekhar V. Joseph is will in charge of the cinematography, editing will be handled by Prawin Pudi and the music will be helmed by Mani Sharma.

    The movie is produced by Neelima Guna under the banner of Gunaa Teamworks. The film was shot extensively around Hyderabad, including Ramoji Film City.

    The movie will cover the complete tale of Shaakuntala, from her childhood in the forest, her fated meeting with King Dushyanta, and her eventual exile.

    Currently, Samantha is preparing for her role in the upcoming Hindi action series Citadel for Amazon Prime Video which is a spinoff series of the upcoming Amazon series of the same name, which stars Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra in the lead.

    The supporting cast of the Shaakuntalam includes Dev Prabhu, Mohan Babu, Aditi Balan, Ananya Nagalla, Prakash Raj, Kabir Duhan Singh, and Madhoo.

    The movie will have a runtime of 150 minutes and will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam.

    Shaakuntalam will be hitting theaters on April 14, 2023.