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 a 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 an 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 learning 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 has 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 the environment is important, he inspires others to push their limits. He encourages coming out of their comfort zone and achieving their goals no matter big or small.