Date of birth : 1970-06-01
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Jamshedpur, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-02-04
R. Madhavan, born as Madhavan Ranganathan is an Indian actor who has received several Filmfare Awards in various categories. His father was a senior manager at the Bank of India. He has a sister, Devika, who is a software engineer, settled in the United Kingdom.
He has a degree in electronics. While in college, in 1988, he represented India as a cultural ambassador in Canada. He also won the Maharashtra Best Cadet Award and traveled to England with three other NCC cadets. While there he was trained with the Royal Army, Navy, and the Air Force. He didn’t meet the age criteria required to join them.
He shone bright in other areas too like public speaking. He represented India in 1992 at the Young Businessman Conference in Tokyo, Japan after winning the Indian Championship for Public Speaking. He traveled around India teaching communication and public speaking.
He met Sarita, an air hostess, whom he married in 1999. They had a son, Vedant, in 2005.
Madhavan’s popularity has seen him being replicated in mobile games like Madhavan’s MIG and Madhavan.
In 1997, Madhavan got a chance to be part of a sandalwood talc ad shot by Santosh Sivan. He was recommended by Sivan to Mani Rathnam who was casting for Iruvar but wasn’t selected. He started working in television serials like Saya, Tol Mol Ke Bol, Banegi Apni Baat, Ghar Jamai, and Sea Hawk. He hosted the show Deal Ya No Deal on Sony Entertainment in October 2005.
1998 to 2000 In 1998 he got a break with Inferno, in which he played an Indian Police Officer. He landed a role in a Kannada movie in 1999 that had Abbas in the lead. The 2000 release Alaipayuthey, a Tamil movie, was a winner all the way. Lakheli which was supposed to be his debut in Bollywood was shelved.
2001 to 2003 Minnale, a romantic comedy, was a success in 2001. It was remade in Hindi as Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein casting him with Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan. The movie was an average success.
Mani Rathnam’s award winning Kannathil Muthamittal in 2002 became India’s official entry at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. It won Madhavan the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. In 2003, he was seen in two movies, Anbe Sivam and Nala & Damayanthi, both of which starred Kamal Hassan.
2004 to 2006 Nothing but Life (2004), an English language movie didn’t do well. Mani Rathnam’s Aayitha Ezuthu had Madhavan playing a hitman Inba that was considered to be brilliant. The movie was remade in Hindi as Yuva but with Abhishek Bachchan playing his role. Madhavan won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.
Priyasakshi in 2005 did well and was dubbed in Zulu. He had a brief but strong role in the blockbluster, Rang De Basanti, in 2006. Thambi and Rendu, also released the same year, were hits.
2007 to 2009 The year 2007 began with the Bollywood hit Guru in which he played Shyam Saxena, a reporter. The character was based on S.Gurumurthy. His movies Arya and Evano Oruvan did pretty well. While Vaazhthugal in 2008 failed miserably, Mumbai Meri Jaan received good reviews.
He gave some promising performances in 2009 like – Guru En Aalu, a remake of Yes Boss, as an army officer in Piyush Jha’s Sikander, Three Idiots with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and the horror flick, 13B.
2010 Madhavan will be seen with Amitabh Bachchan in Teen Patti. Rituparno Ghosh’s Sunglass with Konkana Sen and Raima Sen and Tanu Weds Manu with Kangana Ranaut are his other releases. He also has a Tamil release, Naan Aval Adhu.
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin
1999 Shanti Shanti Shanti
2000 Alaipayuthey ; Ennavale
2001 Minnale ; Dumm Dumm Dumm ; Parthale Paravasam ; Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal ; Run ; Dil Vil Pyar Vyar
2003 Anbe Sivam ; Nala Damayanthi ; Lesa Lesa ; Priyamana Thozhi ; Jay Jay
2004 Nothing But Life ; Aethiree ; Aayutha Ezhuthu
2005 Priyasakhi ; Ramji Londonwaley
2006 Rang De Basanti ; Thambi ; Rendu
2007 Guru ; Delhii Heights ; Aarya ; That Four-Letter Word ; Evano Oruvan
2008 Vaazhthugal ; Mumbai Meri Jaan ; Tipu Kanan Tipu Kiri
2009 Yavarum Nalam ; 13B ; Guru En Aalu ; Sikandar ; 3 Idiots
2010 Om Shanti ; Teen Patti ; Jhoota Hi Sahi ; Manmadan Ambu
2011 Tanu Weds Manu ; Sunglass ; Vettai ; Veta ; Athirshtasaali ; Naan Aval Adhu
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