Feels strange to shoot like this but the show must go on: Bellamkonda Sreenivas

One look at Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas’s Instagram page tells you that the actor has used the lockdown to reinvent himself. With a handlebar moustache, well-groomed stubble and slicked back hair, Sreenivas looks leaner, fitter and high on confidence. The Rakshasudu star, who recently resumed shooting, says the lockdown helped him experiment and identify a look that suits him best. “I got the opportunity to grow my hair and beard and just experiment with different looks, something I never got to do before. I’ve played a lot of cricket and basketball during the lockdown and I’ve been eating healthy food too so I feel good about myself,” he shares.

Earlier this month, Sreenivas resumed shooting for his upcoming film Alludu Adhurs and says going back on sets after a seven-month-gap was surreal. “I felt like a kid being forced to go back to school after the end of summer holidays,” he laughs, adding, “I missed shooting for films and the high of facing the camera but it feels strange to see people roaming around sets wearing PPE kits. I’ve been shooting for a few days now but it’s going to take me a while to get used to the new normal.”

Alludu Adhurs, much like his debut film Alludu Seenu, is a family entertainer, says the actor. “I wanted to go back to making people laugh after doing an intense film like Rakshasudu. It feels great to work with Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood again. There’s always so much to learn from them,” he says.

After resuming shoot, Sreenivas is gearing up to travel for the first time since February — to attend his friend Kajal Aggarwal’s wedding in Mumbai at the end of this month. “Kajal is one of my closest friends, she’s like family. I’m so happy that she has found her life partner. Gautam’s a great guy and I wish them both the best. Although I have shooting lined up, I want to take some time off to attend the wedding, I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” he says, signing off.