Actor Adivi Sesh is playing an important role in SS Rajamouli's Telugu period-drama Baahubali featuring Rana Daggubati, Prabhas Varma and Anusha Shetty in leads. The actor, who is set to start shooting for the epic film from September 29, says that it will be India's answer to The Lord Of The Rings franchise.
In an interview to IANS, Adivi Sesh said, "I'm really looking forward to start shooting for the film. It's being made on such a grand scale that it will undoubtedly be India's answer to The Lord Of The Rings franchise. I'll start shooting from Sep 29 and I have asked to keep aside 60 days from my calendar."
Adivi Sesh, who has featured in Telugu films such as Karma and Panja, will be featured in an important role in the film. He has been asked to gain weight for his role. He added, "I have been asked to gain some weight and also learn sword fighting, horseriding and some basic action skills before I join the crew. It's going to be a great experience."
Meanwhile, Adivi Sesh is also directing Telugu romantic-comedy Kiss (Keep it Simple Stupid), which also features debutante Priya Banerjee. Produced by his brother Sai Kiran Adivi, the movie is slated to release this Friday. Talking about it, he says, "It's a story about two strangers from San Francisco coming together. The entire story transpires in 24 hours and that's something the audience can look forward. The film's major portion shot in the US will serve as its USP."
The actor-cum-director feels that direction is stressful. Adivi Sesh said, "It's (direction) a stressful job, but I somehow managed do it without much hassles. I'm keen on acting and I don't think I will direct again. I think I found direction easier because of the support of my brother as producer and also scriptwriter."