Director Nandini Reddy’s Samantha Akkineni-starrer Oh! Baby has crossed the million dollar mark in the US. The film opened to rave reviews on July 5, and has earned an estimated Rs 40 crore worldwide.
Samantha, who has been sharing regular updates about the film on Twitter, said last evening that they were going to make the mark. Today she tweeted that the team’s hard work, its dreams and dedication made the success possible. This is the second Telugu film headlined by a heroine to earn a million dollars in the US, after Anushka Shetty’s Bhaagamathie.
Hard work + dreams + dedication ❤️❤️ #teamohbaby … Thankyou ?? for making big dreams possible @nandureddy4u| @IamNagashaurya| @Sureshprodns |@peoplemediafcy | @gurufilms1 |@kross_pictures | @RIP_apart | @tejasajja123| #OhBaby | @RedHeartMovies ?? https://t.co/yXBMPSxpU0
— Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) July 24, 2019
Singer Chinmayi, who dubbed for Samantha in the Tamil version of the film, wished her on Twitter.
I am so so so happy for @Samanthaprabhu2
Million Dollar Baby!!! https://t.co/rJuhYKK1fh
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 24, 2019
Rakul Preet Singh, Chaitanya Akkineni, Adivi Sesh, Vennila Kishore were among those who tweeted.
— Rakul Preet Singh (@Rakulpreet) July 24, 2019
Million Dollar Baby ??? https://t.co/RiOeSExtZh
— Adivi Sesh (@AdiviSesh) July 24, 2019
Congratulations my baby and to the team .. so happy for you guys .. to many more !! @nandureddy4u| @IamNagashaurya| @Sureshprodns |@peoplemediafcy | @gurufilms1 |@kross_pictures | @RIP_apart | @tejasajja123| #OhBaby | @RedHeartMovies ?? pic.twitter.com/ZYJcCPqq1L
— chaitanya akkineni (@chay_akkineni) July 24, 2019
— vennela kishore (@vennelakishore) July 24, 2019
The first official Telugu million dollar film after tracking started in USA was Mahesh Babu's #Dookudu which had @Samanthaprabhu2 as female lead. Now she is in a position where her solo heroine oriented film #OhBaby has crossed $1 Million in USA. Terrific achievement! ??? pic.twitter.com/Stoh11RfUF
— idlebrain jeevi (@idlebrainjeevi) July 24, 2019
Oh! Baby joins films such as Baahubali, Bharat Ane Nenu, Rangasthalam, Mahanati and Geetha Govindam in the million-dollar club, and is one of the highest grossing films in Samantha’s career.
The film is an official remake of the South Korean film Miss Granny, and set high expectations when it was announced in November 2018. The trailer garnered two million views in a day when it released last month.
The story is about a 70-year-old grandmother, played by Lakshmi, who finds herself in the body of a woman in her 20s (Samantha) and has an adventurous journey reliving her youth. Rao Ramesh, Naga Shaurya and Snigdha have important roles, and Adivi Sesh plays a cameo. Music is by Mickey J Meyer, cinematography by Richard Prasad and editing by Junaid Siddiqui.
This is also the first Telugu movie to have a strong female crew. In addition to Nandini Reddy and Samantha, the film has Lakshmi Bhupala as dialogue writer, Sunita Tati as producer under the banner of People’s Media Productions, Divya as executive producer, production design by Jayashree, and marketing by Niharika.
Meanwhile, Samantha has begun shooting for the Telugu remake of 96, directed by Prem Kumar and co-starring Sharwanand. She also plays a cameo in Rahul Ravindran’s Manmadhudu 2, starring Nagarjuna and Rakul Preet Singh. Her role in the film has been kept under wraps.