Adivi Sesh says forthcoming Telugu drama Kshanam, which releases in cinemas on Friday, is the most rewarding and stressful project of his career.
"Working on this project has been extremely rewarding and equally stressful. Shot on a tight budget, the film's story shifts between Hyderabad, Vizag and San Francisco. The challenging part was to shoot in popular places and yet not show audiences things they've already seen," said Sesh .
"How do you shoot right in front of Golconda Fort, but not give the audience a glimpse of the building? How do you shoot in San Francisco when you're working on a tight budget? How do you shoot a film for 90 days without going overboard on the budget," he asked.
Directed by debutant Ravikanth Perepu, the film also stars Adah Sharma, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Satyam Rajesh and Vennela Kishore. For Sesh, what was truly rewarding about the whole experience was that it taught him to be really honest with the audience.
Besides playing the lead, Sesh also co-wrote the screenplay with the director. It was a small incident that inspired him to turn an idea into the film.
"One day I was driving down Jubilee Hills (in Hyderabad) when a 4-year-old girl stopped me, asking for a ride. She was accompanied by five more kids and they wanted to be dropped at their school. I picked all of them and dropped them, but it got me thinking what if they were taken away by some stranger. Their parents wouldn't have known. Just the thought gave me the creeps, and that became the seed of our story."
In the film, Sesh plays an investment banker, who comes to India from San Francisco in search of a missing girl, who happens to be the daughter of his ex-girlfriend, played by Adah. The film is produced by PVP Cinema.