“R Madhavan is a popular Indian actor, writer and film producer. Recipient of two Filmfare Awards, he is amongst the few Indian actors with a pan-Indian appeal, appearing in over 75 films in seven different languages.
He gained recognition in the Tamil film industry through Mani Ratnam’s successful romance film Alaipayuthey (2000). Madhavan soon developed an image as a romantic hero with notable roles in two of 2001’s highest grossing Tamil films, Gautham Menon’s Minnale and Madras Talkies’ Dumm Dumm Dumm.
In 2004, he earned critical acclaim for his performance as the antagonist in the multi-starrer Aayutha Ezhuthu, securing him his first Filmfare Award for the intense portrayal of a rogue. Madhavan also actively pursued a career in Hindi films appearing in three highly successful productions, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti (2006), Mani Ratnam’s biopic Guru (2007) and Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots (2009), which went on to become the highest grossing Indian film of all time. He simultaneously worked on Tamil films, gaining critical acclaim for his portrayal of a vigilante in Evano Oruvan (2007) and for the successful bilingual horror film, Yavarum Nalam (2009).
In addition to his acting career, Madhavan has worked as a writer and producer on his films, hosted television programmes and has been a prominent celebrity endorser for brands. 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.”