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Ranganathan Madhavan

Madhavan, or Maddy, is a versatile actor working in South Indian and Hindi movies. He was born on 1 June 1970 to a family of business professionals. Despite living in Bihar, his family remained grounded in their Tamilian roots and culture.
Madhavan was very competitive during his school and college days. He became the Cultural Ambassador of India for his Alma Mater, was involved in military training, and even led NCC cadets in Maharashtra. During his trip to England under NCC, he received training from the British Army, The Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force.
He is a keen orator and has won Indian Championship for Public Speaking.
While living in Mumbai, he wanted to set up an office, but due to limited funds, decided to do modeling for a little more income.
Madhavan soon developed an interest in the film industry but his mother encouraged him to start with acting in commercials. Soon he landed on a sandalwood talc advertisement, which was directed by Santosh Sivan. This led to him later being recommended for a role in Iruvar (1997) but was left out of the project.
He was later cast in Zee TV's daily soap ‘Banegi Apni Baat’ and ‘Ghar Jamai’.
With the film ‘Alaipayuthey’ (2000) and its subsequent critical and commercial success, Madhavan found his breakthrough as an actor.
He was critically acclaimed for movies like ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Run’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and ‘Tanu weds Manu Returns’.
In 2012, he suffered from chondromalacia patellae due to a knee injury during the shoot of ‘Vettai’ and during this time he decided to reinvent himself and focus on one film at a time.
For his remarkable works on-screen characters, he has been awarded four Filmfare Awards South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
He is also an active philanthropist and is a member of ‘PETA’.
He believes that a strong storyline for a movie can easily win over audiences. He is considered one of those rare gems of Indian cinema who has a pan-Indian appeal, as he has established himself in seven different film industries in India.

1 Jun,1970
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