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Full Name: Ranganathan Madhavan
Family: Ranganathan – Faterh, Saroja-Mother, Sarita-Wife and Devika- Younger Sister
Date of birth: 1st of June 1970
First Film: Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi (Kannada)
R. Madhavan, also called Maddy is a prominent regional Indian film actor, a game show host, a mobile game character and an active PETA campaigner. Madhavan started to act in Hindi television serials and appear in advertisements and commercials before he started his film acting career. He also currently acts in regional industries across India with the Tamil film industry being his main focus. Madhavan has acted in Hindi films, English films, Telugu films, Malayalam cinema, the Kannada film industry and the Bengali film industry. Madhavan is known by his fans as the “Chocolate Hero“.
Madhavan’s breakout role as a leading actor came two years later after his film career began with 2000’s Alaipayuthey by director, Mani Ratnam, which he became a pin-up boy after Madhavan’s performance as Karthik. The film, gave him a solid foundation to build his career and several other films he has starred in, have become blockbusters in South India, due to this he also built up a prominent market for Madhavan’s films in Bollywood and in overseas markets.
As a seasoned actor, he began to take on more varied roles and projects, including another Mani Ratnam film, Aayitha Ezhuthu where he portrayed the gangster, Inba. While filming for Ramji Londonwale, he caught the eye of UTV, and became a game host in, Deal Ya No Deal, but it only lasted for one series. R. Madhavan is a prominent figure in India’s entertainment business.
Madhavan’s parents are Ranganathan and Saroja and his sister named Devika . his father, Ranganathan is an ex-army man. Madhavan’s mother, Saroja Ranganathan is a homemaker. Madhavan’s youngest sister, Devika is an aspiring model. In 1988, Madhavan was chosen to represent India as its cultural ambassador from his college to Canada after his graduation.
At the age of 22, Madhavan was awarded the Maharashtra Best Cadet enabling him to make a trip with three others as MCC Cadets to England, because of this honour, Madhavan received training with the Royal Army, Navy and the Air Force but it was to no avail.
Madhavan then initiated a ten-day crash course on Public Speaking course; this is where he met his future wife Saritha. Madhavan is married to Saritha, a former air hostess whom he married after 3 years of courtship. Madhavan and Saritha have a son Vedaant who was born in 2006. Madhavan who is a self-confessed animal lover and an advertiser for PETA, personally owns two dogs, named Simbha and Princess and he also owns a parrot.
Madhavan has recently moved property near the Boat Club area of Chennai from his rented house in Kilpauk.Madhavan shares great rapport with several experienced actors in the industry especially Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan whom both have worked with Madhavan in several projects each.Madhavan is well known for his vegetarianism and has advertised several brands.