A renowned Indian Film actor,
writer and film producer. Madhavan has received two Filmfare Awards, he has
been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve
pan-Indian appeal, appearing in films from seven different languages and most
of them are critically acclaimed.
Madhavan has worked as a writer and producer on his own films, hosted
television programmes and has been a prominent celebrity endorser for brands
and products. His latest project was Saala Khadoos (2016) Madhavan is noted for
his philanthropic activities and promotes various causes such as environment,
health and education. He is particularly vocal about the protection of animals
and was awarded PETA's Person of the Year recognition in 2012. He is vegetarian
and therefore endorses PETA and was awarded as cutest male vegetarian.
After graduating in electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Madhavan was
chosen as a cultural ambassador to represent India in Canada. When he was 22,
he became the Maharashtra Best Cadet. This award presented before him a unique opportunity
to travel to England as a NCC Cadet along with three other cadets. Being the
best cadet in Maharashtra, Madhavan got the privilege of training with the
Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force of England.
Madhavan had the ambition of joining the Air Force (this dream of his later
became true when he played the role of an Indian Air Force Pilot in the film
Rang De Basanti). Due to problems with the age, Madhavan could not make it to
the Air Force and diverted his attention to learn various courses on Public
Speaking. In the year 1992, Madhavan was chosen to represent India at the Young
Businessman Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The courses in public speaking later
helped Madhavan try his luck in the film industry.
He is also part of the charitable
organization, The Banyan. In 2010, he and the entire cast and crew of 3 Idiots
raised INR 25 lakhs to renovate a school in Leh that was damaged by flash
floods. Incidentally this was the same school where a part of the movie was
shot. He is one of the few actors who have been successful in establishing
himself well both in the North as well as down South.
With PAN India Appeal, R Madhavan delivers inspirational talks, why
awareness about environment is important, he inspires others push their limits.
He encourages coming out of their comfort zone and achieving their goals no
matter big or small.
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