Sreeram becomes Indian Idol 5

Hyderabad based Sreeram Chandra has been crowned Indian Idol 5. He won the title by defeating his contenders Bhoomi Trivedi of Baroda and Rakesh Maini from Agra. Sreeram was awarded by superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The victory has won Sreeram Rs.5 million cash, one-year contract with Sony BMG, a Tata Winger car, and for the first time, a chance to sing a song in a Yash Raj Films' project.

After winning the title, Sreeram felt over the moon, he quips, "It hasn't even begun to sink in that I have really won. My parents are here with me. It seems like I'm in a dream. This victory means the world to me," he says.

"I feel lucky that I have received my identity on a day when my country celebrates its Independence. For the rest of my life I will celebrate this day as my victory day. Getting the trophy from Mr Bachachan is again a dream come true.  I couldn't have asked for anything better than this," he adds.

The Grand finale was held at Filmistan Studio, and saw Bollywood bigwigs like Kareena Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma, Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan apart from Big B.  

Sreeram has already got the privileged of singing duet with Shreya Ghosal for a Telugu film.