Telugu Star Adivi Sesh Who Plays 27/11 Martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Speaks To Subhash K Jha About The Agony Of Waiting For His Most Precious Film To Release

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

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.

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Subhash K Jha

Subhash K. Jha is a veteran Indian film critic, journalist based in Patna, Bihar. He is currently film critic with leading daily The Times of India, Firstpost, Deccan chronicle and DNA News, besides TV channels Zee News and News18 India.