In The Life of Samantha's Twitter Fanclub: 'She used to get mad at us for...' Interesting revelations by fans

Pinkvilla got in touch with Sravanti Vedula and Sai Sravan who made some interesting revelations on what goes behind managing Sam's FC.

Updated on May 13, 2022 07:05 PM IST  |  207.7K
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In The Life of Samantha's Twitter Fanclub: 'She used to get mad at us for...' Interesting revelations by fans
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One of the newest layers of being a fan or admiring a public personality has been the advent of 'fanclubs' – online accounts with thousands of followers that track their favourites' every move – from professional milestones to industry news and even details about their personal lives! When it comes to online presence, Samantha Prabhu's fans are some of the most dedicated. Four of Samantha's die-hard fans – Sai (Servicedesk Engineer), Abhinay Nooli (Technology Lead), Srinikethan Kailasnath (Advisory Manager), and Sravanti Vedula (Innovation Management Officer) have been running a Twitter fanclub @SamanthaPrabuFC dedicated to the icon, and have, over time, grown to acquire 197k followers on the service. 

Pinkvilla got in touch with Sravanti Vedula and Sai Sravan who made some interesting revelations on what goes behind managing Sam's FC. 

Without any second thought, no cross-checking, she blindly helped those people. We have been with her right from day one when YMC was released

 

This fan account was started 10 years ago by a fan named Harsha, who, before moving overseas to pursue further studies, handed over the account to its current admins in 2011. 

"She followed the account on 7th July 2013, after getting to know us and that we handle it. We even got several chances to meet her in person. Srinikethan used to wait at Ye Maaya Chesave's sets for hours just to meet Samantha. I think after a few attempts she noticed him waiting in the scorching heat, and that is how they met for the first time.  Later, he introduced the rest of us to her. Since then, she has been very active in terms of replying to our messages and Tweets," reveals Sravanti.  


Asked if they often exchange messages or interact on DMs, she further says, "Usually, when there is news about her movies, we ask her to confirm any updates and if she is comfortable, she shares those with us. There have been instances where a few members from our group required financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic and Sam was the first to message us asking if we need help. She approached us first, and we told her what help was needed. She directly helped the people in need without reservations or second thoughts. We have been with her right from day one when YMC was released, when we were just kids." 

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Sravan talks about how they used to masquerade as members of the press to enter launch events, all just to meet their favourite star. "We have had so many crazy adventures right since our early days when we were putting in all our heart and effort just to meet her once. Every time she had to attend a store launch event, we would hold some newspapers and pretend to be from the press to get the mall attendants to let us cover the event. A lot of times, her assistant helped us get into the events as well," the fan recalled during a telephonic interaction with us. 

He further shared how they contribute to her birthday celebrations every year. "We have a group of 25-30 fans who have been with us since day one. Every year during April, we jointly pool money to celebrate her birthday. She used to attend the event as well till 2019 but hasn’t been able to be there for the last two years due to the pandemic."

Sravanti Vedula adds to this, "She (Samantha Ruth Prabhu) always gets mad at us for spending money on her. Even when we gave her gifts, she would say, "Why are you guys spending money on me!” because we were all students then. There have been times when she has even rejected our gifts and asked us to get settled ourselves and 'then do something, but not now'. We have grown as a family, and she has watched us grow from college-going kids to well-settled folks, with careers. Some of us are also married." 

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Social media, especially Twitter, has a great impact on how like-minded folks who admire the same people come together. 

We asked how they manage to keep social media a positive place for her during periods of controversy, rumours, and scrutiny about her personal life. Sravanti reveals, "We understand that Samantha follows us and the responsibility that comes with it. We understand what kind of stand we should take, and we have a few fan clubs who we are in touch with. We try to reduce online hate and negativity through positive Tweets. When I say positive Tweets, it is not to counterarguments or to prove people wrong. We try to keep trends positive and highlight times when she has been excellent and who she is as a person. It is more to do with how much we love her rather than proving people wrong. We understand that Twitter is a great medium for us to interact with her and so we try to keep it a positive place for her."

Asked if they get hate messages from fanclubs of other celebs. Sravanti replies, "Individual people might have targeted but no fan clubs would send us hate messages. Because all the FCs understand they are responsible and represent a community, so we all are mindful of the fact that as FCs we are trying to put an opinion of a group. Even during the Pooja                                      Hegde controversy, we didn't indulge in it. There is no space for hate.”                                                                                                                                                                                     

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