After four consecutive hits Kshanam, Oopiri , Ami Thumi and Evaru ,up next for Evaru star Adivi Sesh is a true-life soldier’s tale Major where he plays the national hero Sandeep Uunni Krishnan . Mahesh Babu who produces the film says Adivi Sesh has been travelling with this story for a long time and he fits the bill completely .Subhash K Jha In Conversation With Adivi Sesh.
How would you assess the year that has gone by?
2021 was the year of patience. All the work that we put in for Major culminated in that one final push. We are still in post-production on Major and a bit worried about dates with markets being shut, especially in north India
Tell me about your physical and emotional transformation to play Major?
Major as a project has been fundamentally transformational. From changing my weight on different levels ,13 kgs up and down, to changing my preferred hand ,to do everything right- handed despite being left handed, to emotionally address each question that comes to me from a place of… “how would major Sandeep feel in this moment?”…it’s safe to say that major has transformed me.I had to look and think like a true soldier. I didn’t want to fake it.
I had to look extremely fit and slim. I had to lose ten kgs in three months before we started shooting for Major.A strict diet plan was worked out,and I intend to follow it faithfully.Luckily I didn’t have to avoid my Mom’s food because she lived in California at that time.
Did you see playing Sandeep Unnikrishnan as a responsibility?
He was an Ashok Chakra winner.It is my first real-life character.And to be playing a man so heroic courageous and iconic is to me, the greatest privilege an actor can get. I gave this role all the love and respect it deserves.
Major is a major departure from everything you’ve played so far?
After Evaru I wanted to do something in a different genre. I’ve done the suspense genre twice in Kshanam and Evaru in the last two years. I grew up wanting to play a soldier.
Superstar Mahesh Babu is your producer of Major.Does that make the project more special?
I’ve always been a big fan of Mahesh Babu and to now have him produce a film where I play this distinguished soldier is like a dream come true. The best thing about being an actor is that you get to play out all your fantasies.
What were the highlights of 2021 for you?
The highlights of 2021 were personally: to be able to spend a month with my sister in the US in April,professionally: to adorn the black uniform one last time for the final schedule.
How has the pandemic changed your and life?
The Pandemic has completely changed my perception of the world. Things I believed had a certain degree of permanence, I don’t anymore. Everything is temporary. Everything is transitory. So make every moment count .
And what does this year look like to you?
I am looking forward to the theatrical release of two films this year for me, so that’ll be a nice gift after three waves of the pandemic. Career-wise, I’ve also decided to make a shift in how I strategize my time. I want to have more of a life
With cinema in a state of suspension do you feel the OTT is the only way ahead?
I don’t know why so many people in Mumbai believe OTT is the way ahead. More than ever before, Sooryavanshi and Pushpa prove that people are clamouring for the theatrical experience.