Madhavan

1 June 2015 | Gemini

Actor

Madhavan

Madhavan

Having appeared in films of seven languages, Madhavan is widely hailed as one of the finest actors in the country who has a fan following throughout the country. The critically acclaimed actor, who rose to fame with Rang De Basanti, is also a writer and producer.

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Filmography

26 February 2010Teen Patti
Professor Shantanu Biswas

25 December 20093 Idiots
Farhan Qureshi

21 August 2009Sikandar
Lt. Col. Rajesh Rao

6 March 200913B
Manohar 'Manu'

12 January 2007Guru
Shyam Saxena

Biography

Having appeared in films of seven languages, Madhavan is widely hailed as one of the finest actors in the country who has a fan following throughout the country. The critically acclaimed actor, who rose to fame with Rang De Basanti, is also a writer and producer. Madhavan was born into a Tamil family in Jamshedpur, where his father, Ranganathan, was a management executive for TATA Steel. His mother, Saroja, was a manager with Bank of India and his sister Devika is an engineer, who is settled in United Kingdom. While studying at Rajaram College, Kolhapur, he was selected to represent India as a cultural ambassador. This opportunity took him to Stettler, Alberta where he spent a year, as a part of an exchange programme. He graduated with a degree in electronics and was involved in extracurricular military training. At 22, he was selected as one of the leading NCC cadets in Maharashtra and was sent to England, where he received training from the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force. He planned to join the Air Force but fell short of the age criteria. Soon after, he began conducting classes on public speaking and personality development skills in Kolhapur. He followed it up with a post graduation in public speaking from Kishinchand Chellaram College in Mumbai. Along with this, he also made a portfolio and submitted it to a modelling agency. Madhavan won the Indian Championship for Public Speaking and represented India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo. He started his career with television and appeared in a number of serials like Sea Hawks, Banegi Apni Baat, Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum and Tol Mol, where he was the game show host. His first role was an uncredited one in the film Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996). The following year, he bagged his first film, Inferno by Fred Olen Ray, where he appeared alongside Don Wilson. In 1998, he bagged his first film in India, with the Kannada film, Shanti Shanti Shanti. His Tamil film, Alaipayuthey (2000) earned him the Filmfare Award for best debut - South. In 2001, he stepped into Bollywood with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, which earned him the Screen Award for the Most Promising newcomer. Simultaneously, he also earned the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for best actor for Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Run (2002) and Anbe Sivam (2003). In Bollywood, he followed up his debut with Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002) and Ramji Londonwaley (2005), which he also wrote. However, both of these films, failed to create an impact at the box office. He came to the limelight with Rang De Basanti (2006), where he had a supporting role. Films like Guru (2007) and Delhii Heights (2007) helped him establish his mettle as an actor. In 2009, he soared into the limelight with 3 Idiots, starring alongside Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi. The film also earned him the Filmfare and IIFA award nomination for best actor in a supporting role. Tanu Weds Manu (2011) was another runaway success and was followed by the sequel, Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), which also received positive response from audiences and critics alike. His upcoming film is Saala Khadoos (2015), where he plays a retired boxing coach. In 2007, he turned producer for the Tamil film, Evano Oruvan. Madhavan hosted the National Film Awards with Huma Qureshi in 2013. Among brand endorsements, he has HSBC, Santoor and Maruti Suzuki to his name. Maruti Suzuki also launched the Suzuki Wagon R, a special edition called the Madhavan Signature Edition. Paradox Studios Limited have released three games with the main character modelled after the actor. He also interviewed N. R. Narayana Murthy, on the entrepreneur's request, at the India-Singapore Exposition. The actor is also a supporter of PETA and was awarded the India’s Person of the year, 2012 by PETA. He also supports awareness programmes about AIDS and education. In 2007, he inaugurated the Chennai International Film Festival and delivered a message on environment conservation. He also served as a judge for the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year, 2006. Madhavan met his wife, Sarita Birje in 1991, while conducting classes on public speaking. Sarita, who was an air-hostess at the time, turned designer for a few films of Madhavan. The couple married in 1999 and was blessed with a son, Vedant, in 2005. After Chennai, the actor moved base to Kandivali, Mumbai in 2009. He is an avid golf player and has appeared in celebrity charity shows and has a passion for aeromodelling.

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