Martial art instructor and actor Krav Maga Sreeram, who made his film debut with Sillu Karuppatti, passed away today in a freak accident. Sreeram, who hails from Nannilam in Nagapattinam, was a popular martial art exponent in Chennai, was reportedly teaching on the terrace of his house when he suffered a fall that proved to be fatal. He was 60.
The late actor took up Krav Maga, the self-defence art developed by Israeli defence forces, at the age of 45, and soon became a sought-after instructor in the city. He even taught Krav Maga to the city’s police force, serving as a police instructor for Krav Maga.
“I felt I had to be a bit more serious about my health. But I was sure I wouldn’t enjoy working out in a gym. And that’s when I stumbled upon Krav Maga. It appeared more fluid and pragmatic when compared to traditional martial arts. At that time, there were these Israeli instructors of the art who had come to Delhi for a workshop — I attended two of their week-long courses. That introduced me to the fundamentals of Krav Maga. I completed three levels, and in a few years, started teaching on weekends and later, it became full-time affair,” he had told us in an interview in January 2020.
Sreeram played the role of a widower who falls in love with a widow (played by Leela Samson) in one of the stories that formed Halitha Shameem’s feel-good anthology, which release in 2019. In his interview with us, he had recalled how he had landed the acting gig. “One of my students, an aspiring actor, posted pics of some of our sessions on social media. This was in 2016. Then, Halitha, the director of Sillu Karupatti, was looking for an old man to play the male lead in one of the stories in the anthology. She called me and asked if I’d be willing for the role. I thought it would be like any other offer I had been offered earlier by filmmakers, but never materialised. But when I read the script, I realised that it was about 20 pages of romance (laughs). And finally, we shot for five days,” he had said.
Following his well-liked performance in the film, he had been roped in to play supporting roles in a few more films.