New Delhi: It is just the beginning of a long journey in showbiz for `Indian Idol 5` winner Mynampati Sreeram Chandra and the budding singer says he would also love to venture into acting.
"As of now I want to settle down in Bollywood as a singer, but I wouldn`t mind taking up acting at some point in my career," Sreeram told reporters.
The 24-year-old singer took up music five years ago with the dreams of achieving international stardom one day.
"I want to make it big on a national stage and then represent my country on the international circuit. I want to achieve fame like Brian Adams, Beyonce Knowles, the Backstreet Boys and Westlife, who are internationally popular," said Sreeram.
A native of Hyderabad, Sreeram has graduated in engineering and trained in classical Carnatic music. He intends to carry on learning music as well as establish himself as a playback singer in Bollywood.
Sreeram has already recorded a duet with Shreya Ghosal for music composer duo Salim-Suleiman.
"I am looking forward to the release of the song which I sung with Shreya Ghosal and also the album I will be recording with Sony," said Sreeram, who has also bagged a deal with Yashraj Films to sing in one of their forthcoming films as a part of his Indian Idol win.
Sreeram has grown up listening to the likes of Kishore Kumar and A R Rahman and is heavily inspired by them.
"I listened to Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Shankar Mahadevan, Rahman saab. I also am influenced by the west and love Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi," he said.
Throughout his Indian Idol journey, not for once did Sreeram come into the bottom three or face the danger of getting voted out. Was he always confident about his win?
"I was the only one who never came in to the danger zone and I am glad that people loved my singing so much. But I always tried to maintain a balance and keep myself prepared for the worst," said Sreeram, who got his Idol trophy from none other than Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
Bachchan also took pity on a breathless Sreeram and helped him deliver his thank you speech, which is now a fond memory with the singer.
"It was the best moment of my life," he added.