Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya's decision to part ways sparked off many rumours. Without knowing the facts, people went on to accuse Samantha of having affairs, abortions and even called her an opportunist. The Telugu actress hit back at naysayers for levelling false and critical allegations on her. Now, the producer of Samantha's film titled Shaakuntalam, Neelima Guna, has come out in her support.
In an interview with a leading daily, Neelima dismissed rumours of abortion and revealed Samantha had planned to start a family with Chaitanya. "When my father, director Gunasekhar garu approached Samantha last year for Shaakunthalam, she loved the story and was excited. But, she told us shooting must be wrapped up by July or August as she was planning to start a family with Naga Chaitanya," Neelima told the daily.
The producer further shared that Samantha wasn't sure about doing Shaakuntalam as period films do take time. The actress's priority was to become a mother and take a break to be there for her children. Neelima shared, "She wanted to be a mother; she told us that was her priority. Period films take time and she was really apprehensive to say yes. But we assured that due to extensive pre-production, we had cut down on a lot of time. She was happy and on-board as soon as she heard this. She wanted to plan a family, take a break and look after her children. We didn’t take a break through the schedules because we wanted to accommodate her request."
On October 8, Samantha broke her silence and lashed out at false rumours. In a statement, she thanked her fans for supporting her and also slammed those who were busy spreading wrong news. "Your emotional investment into a personal crisis has overwhelmed me. Thank you all for showing deep empathy, concern and for defending me against false rumours and stories that are being spread. They say I had affairs, never wanted children, that I am an opportunist and now that I have had abortions. A divorce in itself is an extremely painful process. Let alone allowing me the time to heal. This attack on me personally, has been relentless. But I promise you this, I will never allow this or anything else they say, break me," Samantha's statement read.
— Samantha (@Samanthaprabhu2) October 8, 2021
(Source: Times Of India)