Sreeram Chandra shed 15kg for cinematic debut

Chennai: Singer-turned-actor Sreeram Chandra, who is making his cinematic debut with Telugu romantic-drama `Prema Geema Jantanai` (PGJ), has lost 15 kg for his role. He says it was challenging, but his passion for acting inspired him.

Sreeram was the winner of season five of singing reality show `Indian Idol`.

"Shedding weight for the film was extremely challenging because I have never lost so much weight in my life. I somehow managed to lose 15 kg for the film for the simple reason that I was very passionate about becoming an actor," Sreeram said.

He said acting was always on his mind.

"I enjoy singing, but I always aspired to be an actor. I still remember how many scripts I turned down before finally saying yes to PGJ. I`m happy being part of this film. Besides undergoing acting workshop, I also enrolled for kickboxing classes," he added.

The film also features Priyanka Chopra`s cousin Barbie Handa. It is directed by debutant Subbu R.V.

Produced by M Bhasker and D.B Bhasker, the film is slated to release soon.