R. Madhavan is an Indian actor, writer, film producer and television host. Madhavan has received two Filmfare Awards, an award from the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards alongside recognition and nominations from other organisations.
Madhavan was born to a Tamil-speaking family in Jamshedpur on 1st June 1970 to Ranganathan, management executive with Tata Steel and Saroja, manager with the Bank of India. He has a software engineer sister, Devika, settled in United States. Though Madhavan nursed an ambition to join the army, he went on to pursue a degree in Electronics upon the insistence of his parents. After completing his degree, he went on to teach communication and public speaking at workshops around India. At one such workshop in Maharashtra, he came in contact with Sarita Birje, an air hostess, who then went on to become his wife in 1999. They had their first son, Vendant in August 2005.
Madhavan did a sandalwood talc advertisement for Santosh Sivan in 1996. Sivan recommended him to Mani Ratnam for a screen test for a role in ‘Iruvar’. However Madhavan failed to bag the role. He then turned his attention to Television and appeared in a number of series and shows such as ‘Yule Love stories’ (being his first venture into Hindi television serials), ‘Banegi Apne Baat’, ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hu’m and ‘Tol Mol ke Bol’. His first movie appearance was a cameo in ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’. His first Indian movie was the Kannada movie ‘Shanti Shanti Shanti’ in which he played second lead role. In 1999, Mani Ratnam cast him in lead in his Tamil romantic film ‘Alaipayuthey’ which went on to become a blockbuster! He then went on to act in other Tamil movies such as ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Run’, ‘Anbe Sivam’, ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’ winning him awards and accolades and ‘Minnale’ which was remade into hindi as ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’ marking Madhavan’s debut into mainstream Bollywood movies. Although Madhavan hasn’t played many leading roles in Bollywood movies, his cameo as well as supporting roles such as in ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Guru’, ‘Mumbai Mere Jaan’ are much appreciated and critically acclaimed too. His role in ‘3 Idiots’ won him a nomination in the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category.