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Adivi Sesh (born 17 December 1985), is an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter who primarily works in Telugu cinema. He made his film debut as a lead actor and director in 2010 with Karma: Do You Believe?. Following a few supporting roles and negative characters, he became a notable lead actor in Telugu films. His notable performances and commercial successes include Panjaa (2011), Ladies & Gentlemen (2015), Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Dongaata (2015), Kshanam (2016), Ami Thumi (2017), Goodachari (2018)[3] and Evaru (2019). His film Kshanam was a super hit and it went on to get nominated for numerous awards. Sesh won the IIFA Award for the Best Screenplay and the Nandi Award for the Best Screenplay Writer for the movie Kshanam. Sesh is considered to be one of the most experimental stars in Tollywood and has proven to be one of the most promising stars in the industry.

Adivi Sesh
Adivi Sesh Chandra[1]

(1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 33)[1]
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
Alma materSan Francisco State University
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active2002–present
RelativesSai Kiran Adivi (cousin)

Early life and educationEdit

Adivi Sesh was born to Chandra Adivi and Bhavani Adivi in Hyderabad, India, but was brought up in Berkeley, California, United States, where he attended Berkeley High School. He went to college at San Francisco State University.[4]


Sesh debuted as an actor in the film Sontham (2002) in a small guest appearance.[1] He debuted as a director and writer in the 2010 film Karma: Do You Believe? which also starred Jade Tailor and Sher Ali in the lead roles.[5] Sesh's portrayal of Dev, a person who can fore-see events mere seconds before they happen, was well appreciated. Rediff praised his performance stating "As far as acting goes, Sesh Adivi does a good job. With an 'angelic' face he is an apt choice to play enigmatic Dev. His scripting skills also deserve mention. He may have chosen an unconventional path and a novel theme but he has tried to infuse something new in Telugu cinema."[6]

In 2011, Sesh appeared in Vishnuvardhan's Panjaa which starred Pawan Kalyan, Sarah Jane Dias and Anjali Lavania in the lead. In this film, Sesh portrayed the role of Munna, an NRI who is a wealthy spoiled brat and a very dangerous person to those around him. This also marked his debut as a villain.[7] His performance was highly appreciated by critics. Rediff said of his performance, "Sesh Adivi is worth watching for his 'maniacal' performance which is just the opposite of what he did in Karma, his directorial and acting debut."[8] also praised his performance, saying "Sesh's Karma changes for the good with this film and he is quite a revelation."[9] After this he did movie called Balupu as villain. Then he did movie called Kiss in his direction which is the only disaster in his career till now. He did supporting role in Run Raja Run after this he started doing leads again in Ladies & Gentlemen and Dongaata in 2015 then he appeared in S.S. Rajamouli's epic drama Baahubali: The Beginning.[10]

In 2016 Sesh appeared in Kshanam story and screen play written by him along with Ravikanth Perepu director of the film. With this film, Sesh got the attention from the audience and industry.After Kshanam he rejected more than 50 scripts which offered him the lead role.[11][12]. Then he appeared as cameo in Size Zero and Oopiri. He appeared in Ami Thumi comedy film which directed by Mohanakrishna Indraganti. Then Goodachari an action triller on 3 August 2018 which became a super hit and closed on 6 September at the box office, 33 days after release.[13] This is written by him and directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka.[14]. He acted in the 2019 suspense thriller Evaru, written and directed by Venkat Ramji which released on 15 August.


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Writer Actor Language Notes Ref
2002 Sontham Venkat No No Yes Telugu Uncredited role [1]
2010 Karma: Do You Believe that? Dev Yes Yes Yes Telugu Debut [15]
2011 Panjaa Munna No No Yes Negative role [16]
2013 Balupu Rohit No No Yes Negative role [17]
Kiss Sunny Yes No Yes [18]
2014 Run Raja Run Nayeem Basha No No Yes Supporting role [19]
2015 Ladies & Gentlemen Rahul No No Yes [20]
Baahubali: The Beginning Bhadrudu No No Yes [21]
Bhadra Tamil
Dongaata Venkat No No Yes Telugu [22]
Size Zero Shekar No No Yes Cameo appearance [23]
Inji Iduppazhagi Tamil [24]
2016 Kshanam Rishi No Yes Yes Telugu Remade in Tamil as Sathya, in Hindi as Baaghi 2, and in Kannada as Aadhya [25][26]
Oopiri Abhinav No No Yes Cameo appearance [27]
Thozha Tamil
2017 Ami Thumi Ananth No No Yes Telugu [28]
2018 Goodachari Gopi/Arjun Kumar No Yes Yes Telugu [29][30]
2019 Oh! Baby Savitri's husband No No Yes Special Appearance [31]
Evaru Adarsh Varma No Yes Yes [32]
2020 Major   Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan No Yes Yes [33]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Language Film Result Ref
2018 Zee cine award Best Screenplay Telugu Goodachari Won
2017 2nd IIFA Utsavam Kshanam Won [34]
Best Story Nominated [35]
Nandi Award Best Screenplay Writer Won [36]
2014 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Debutant Kiss Nominated [37]


  1. ^ a b c d "Happy birthday Adivi Sesh! Here is all you need to know about the underrated Telugu actor". The New Indian Express. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  2. ^ Adivi Sesh. Caught Off Guard with Adivi Sesh at Annapurna Studios ft. Goodachari (in Telugu). Annapurna Studios. Retrieved 18 September 2018. Youtube
  3. ^ Adivi Sesh is a lucky guy. Deccan Chronicle. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  4. ^ Adivi Sesh. Caught Off Guard with Adivi Sesh at Annapurna Studios ft. Goodachari (in Telugu). Annapurna Studios. Retrieved 18 September 2018. Youtube
  5. ^ "Karma: Movie Review". Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Karma is for a niche audience". Rediff. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Interview with Sesh Adivi". Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Review: Pawan Kalyan's Panjaa lacks power". Rediff. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Panjaa Movie Review". Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Adivi Sesh in Rajamouli's Bahubali". The Times of India_test. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Young hero rejected 50 Scripts". smtv24x7. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ Hemanth Kumar. "Adivi Sesh on the success of his film Goodachari and the revival of spy-thrillers in Telugu cinema". Firstpost. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Goodachari Worldwide Closing Collections - Super Hit". 5 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  14. ^ Sekhar H. Hooli. "Goodachari 10-day box office collection: Adivi Sesh churns out another blockbuster after Kshanam". IB Times. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Karma is for a niche audience". Rediff. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  16. ^ Sesh bags a role in Pawan Kalyan's film?. The Times of India, (11 April 2011). Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  17. ^ "Sesh to play a crucial role in next". The Times of India. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  18. ^ "Adivi Sesh's new film Kiss". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  19. ^ "'Run Raja Run' Movie Review: Worth Watching". International Business Times India. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  20. ^ "Ladies and Gentlemen gets good reviews". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  21. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (10 July 2015). "Bahubali roar reaches a crescendo". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Dongata' will unleash the best in Lakshmi Manchu: Director Vamsi Krishna". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  23. ^ "Adivi Sesh exploring romantic comedy". The Hans India. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  24. ^ "Telugu-Tamil bilingual film 'Size Zero' addresses important issue sensitively: Sonal Chauhan". Indian Express. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  25. ^ "Adivi Sesh, Adah Sharma team up for 'Kshanam'". Indian Express. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  26. ^ "Baaghi 2 vs Kshanam: Tiger Shroff film is not even a watered-down version of Adivi Sesh's edge-of-seat original". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Adivi Sesh to play Anushka's hubby in Oopiri". Times of India. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  28. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (9 June 2017). "Ami Thumi: Battle of wits". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  29. ^ Nyayapati, Neeshita (3 August 2018). "Goodachari movie review". The Times of India.
  30. ^ "Adivi Sesh's 'Goodachari' to release on August 3". The News Minute. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  31. ^ "Adivi Sesh to play a cameo in Samantha's O Baby! Yentha Sakkagunnave- Cinema express".
  32. ^ Nyayapati, Neeshita (3 June 2019). "Adivi Sesh's next with Regina Cassandra titled 'Evaru' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  33. ^ "Adivi Sesh's 'Major' news finally revealed!".
  34. ^ "Adivi Sesh Best Screenplay for Kshanam Movie IIFA Awards Utsavam 2017". IIFA Utsavam. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  35. ^ "IIFA Utsavam A MAGNIFICIENT CELEBRATION OF THE CINEMA OF SOUTH INDIA Nominations 2017". IIFA Utsavam. 2017.
  36. ^ Shekhar H. Hooli. "Nandi Awards 2014, 15 and 16 winners list: Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Balakrishna bag best actor awards". ibtimes. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  37. ^ Shekhar (17 July 2014). "SIIMA Awards 2014 Nominations List of Telugu Movies". OneIndia. Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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