Actress Samantha on Friday took to Instagram to deny the spate of rumours that she had affairs and abortions and had never wanted to have children with her estranged husband Naga Chaitanya. Shaakunthalam producer Neelima Guna also responded on this matter and said, Sam wanted to start a family with Chaitanya and thus wanted to wrap up the shooting of this movie early.
In conversation with a news channel Neelima said, “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."
She added, "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," says Neelima, adding, “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."