Interview: Singer Sreeram Chandra - "Balma was an opportunity of Lifetime"

Sreeram Chandra

Mumbai, Nov 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Good looks, mellow voice and intelligence is a deadly combination rarely seen but we found all this in just one person-Indian Idol 5 winner Singer Sreeram Chandra. Hailing from South this star started performing at the age of 8 and ever since has done more than 80 stage shows. B.Tech graduate switched to music due to his love and passion for music. His song Rehnuma from his album “Rehnuma” was also included in “The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. And with his latest hit number ‘Balma’ Sreeram is creating waves in the music industry. We caught up with the Balma singer on the success of his first item song. Following are the excerpts from the interview.

Balma has become popular in such a less time, it sure is commendable but how did Balma happen to you?

This was purely a coincidence. I met Himesh sir in one of the shows where he saw my performance and liked it. He told me that he will call me in 1 – 2 months time; he kept his words and offered me Balma.

After doing your first item song “Balma” how do you feel?

Oh! It feels great, my fans from all over are calling me to congratulate and it is really exciting to see that audiences have accepted this song so well. I am utterly thankful to Himesh sir for this.

Singing with Shreya Ghosal, lending your voice to Akshay Kumar and working with Himesh Reshammiya what is your reaction on this?

It’s an opportunity of lifetime! I would like to thank Himesh Reshammiya for giving me this song and it is always a pleasure to sing with one of the leading lady singers of the industry -Shreya Ghosal. And the song being made for The Khiladi Kumar is like an icing on cake.

We heard that you are also trying your hand in Acting?

Yes, I am. I always had a soft corner for acting and while performing in one of the shows few film makers liked my performance and approached me and after listening to the script I agreed. Now I am working on the second Telugu film whereas I’ve completed shooting for one Telugu movie which is now in its post production and will release soon.

So can we expect Sreeram to act in bollywood movies?

Definitely, why not! Before entering music industry in Bollywood I made my base strong in South and then got noticed in Bollywood through Indian Idol’s platform and I hope similar happens with acting. If I get an opportunity and a good role I would love to work in Bollywood too.

Which is the one actor in the industry you would like to lend your voice to?

I’ve already lent my voice to Imran Khan and Akshay Kumar, but I wish to lend it to all the stars in Bollywood particularly SRK and Bachchan ji.

How is life post Indian Idol 5?

Sreeram Chandra

Life has been great post Indian Idol 5. I have sung for an album “Rehnuma” in 2010 and also sung two songs Isq Risk remix and Madhubala in the movie “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”. I’ve been offered roles and I’ve been reading scripts.

What message would you like to give to all the aspirants who want to enter the music industry?

Be passionate and believe in what you are doing. Do not be happy with the initial success, if you have to make a mark in this industry, come up with something creative, something big and do better than what you did previously. Do your work with complete dedication and passion. Idolize icons like Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan because they’ve made their position in this industry, by working hard day in and day out.