In celebration of Samantha Ruth Prabhu's 35th birthday, we look into her professional and public life as she continues to scale new heights.

Today is Samantha Ruth Prabhu's 35th birthday. As a leading lady, she should be approaching the end of her career from a conventional and traditional perspective. She needs to make way for younger women to date more established male superstars. Fortunately, we live in unconventional times. Samantha has been able to maintain an important place in the industry due to the leading ladies that came before her, such as Trisha and Nayanthara.

 Samantha's career has been on the rise for the past 12 years. Through it, she gained the fame and influence she needed to break through more glass ceilings. As it stands, her career is just beginning. Since Ye Maaya Chesave (2010), she has come a long way. Her true potential seems to have been revealed only recently. 

Trisha became an overnight sensation following the release of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. In the role of a complex heartbreaker, Trisha looked great in a simple outfit. She also gave her most impressive performance in the film. In the Telugu version of the film, Ye Maaya Chesave, Samantha reprised Trisha's role as a novice. Samantha's performance in the movie, at least outside of Andhra Pradesh, didn't do the same for pop culture as Trisha's.

 In Baana Kaathadi, she had her first full-scale role in Tamil cinema. Her performance may have been noticed as a young girl who was innocent, vulnerable, and hopelessly romantic. Her performance was natural. She made her big break, however, with director SS Rajamouli's Eega. Once again, she portrayed a hopelessly romantic, innocent, and vulnerable girl named Bindu, who needed to be saved from a lustful and evil man named Sudeep. In the afterlife, her lover takes the form of a housefly and rescues her. Nevertheless, her performance in Neethaane En Ponvasantham didn't receive the attention it deserved. The audience and the critics should have responded better to Gautham Menon's take on modern love at the time.

Samantha played by the rules of the mainstream industry, sticking to the conventional wisdom. She appeared in only a few noteworthy roles here and there, but she was mostly relegated to supporting roles as the leading lady's sidekick. Although she adhered to gender stereotypes in her professional life, she did not do so in her personal life. Her voice was always heard on issues she believed in. When she confronted the poster of Telugu star Mahesh Babu's 1: Nenokkadine in 2013, she did not mince words. Mahesh Babu and Kriti Sanon were pictured on all fours on the poster of director Sukumar's 2014 film. 

On her Twitter account, she wrote, "Seen a poster for a yet-to-be released Telugu film. Not only is it deeply regressive, but it's very point is that it is deeply regressive.Although she did not name names, the media was able to put two and two together with not much effort. She proceeded on to share her views despite knowing that she would draw the ire of the super fan base. And she did face some trolling as she did so.

 Despite that, she never seemed to be deterred from taking a stand or doing what she thought was appropriate for her. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, she also lent her voice to women seeking to tell their stories publicly. "I am glad to see more and more women coming forward with their #MeToo stories. Your courage is inspiring. Unfortunately, there are some people, even other women themselves, who will shame you and make you feel burdened with suspicion and doubt. Please know that you're doing the right thing,' she tweeted then.