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CINE STAR MADHAVAN - CITY'S LATEST HEART-THROB

MadhavanAn electronics graduate, Madhavan was selected to represent India as a cultural exchange student in Canada, through Rotary International in 1989. He has won the National Championship for Public Speaking, organised by the Junior Chambers and was selected to represent India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan in 1992.




Born on :

1st June {Sunsign : Gemini}

Mother tongue :

Tamil

Pet name :

Maddie or Maddy

Favourite actors :

Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, Sanjeev Kumar

Favourite stars :

Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth

Favourite actresses :

Manorama, Whoopi Goldberg

Dream role :

Forrest Gump

Favourite foods :

Curd Rice, Pani poori

Hobbies :

Sleeping, Browsing the Net and Chatting

We began the interview with a refreshing coffee.

Tell us something about yourself?

I am an electronics graduate. I was selected to represent India as a cultural exchange student in Canada, through Rotary Internationalin 1989. After that I was selected the Best NCC (National Cadet Corp) Cadet in Maharashtra and sent to represent India at England as a defence cadet with the Royal Army, Navy and Airforce. I also won the National Championship for Public Speaking, organised by the Junior Chambers and was selected to represent India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan in 1992. Madhavan

After this, based on my experience I started teaching Public Speaking and moved to Mumbai in 1993-94. There, one of my students suggested I try modelling, as it would give me fast money to set up my own office in Mumbai. I took his advice, mailed my snaps to a few people, got into Television. And four years later landed a film with Mani Sir. Whew...some journey eh...but now that I am here, I intend to stay here as long as I enjoy myself.

Did you always want to act in films?

I never, not even in my wildest dreams, thought that I would act in films, and a Mani Ratnam film at that. It still seems like a dream to me.

Have your personality development classes helped you?

Yes, it has helped. It has helped me in romances in real life. It also contributes a lot to my acting today.

With a director like Mani Ratnam, what has your experience been?

"Very Thrilled" is an understatement. I was absolutely ecstatic. I probably felt like how a 12th standard computer student would have felt when suddenly asked to come and work with Bill Gates...(laughs)...Seriously, it was the single most rewarding experience of my life.

How much of your character in the movie could you identify with?

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the shoot. The sad part for me is that the shoot got over so soon. I was having such a ball. I completely lived the character that I was asked to assay. Identified with most of his emotions and later to my surprise, discovered that in real life, I was almost exactly like him. I went through almost all that he goes through except for the climax of the film.

If you critically assess your performance in Alai Payuthey, did you find anything  lacking? 

Nothing. All the credit goes to Mani sir. I did what he told me to do and it has come out well.

Did you go to the theatres to see the audience's reaction?

Yes. I went four to five times to Devi Theatre.

MadhavanYou didn't get mobbed?

I was wearing a beard and glasses. No one recognised me.

Which scene in the movie did the crowd enjoy most?

I don't know. Some girls were whistling, so I closed my eyes.

So, you are the latest heartthrob. How does it feel to be one?

Well it is very flattering. I do get embarrassed sometimes by all this hype.

How do you feel when people call you the Hrithik Roshan of the south?

They are so kind. But Kaho na pyaar hai ran because of Hrithik, while in my case it was a team effort and the genius of Mani sir.

Has this stardom affected your privacy?

Very much. I miss going in trains and stuff like that. But I take it in my stride. I feel I am still the same person. Nothing has changed as far as I am concerned. I still dress the same way I did before.

Would you be doing films in other languages also - perhaps in Hindi?

I'd love to do any film, provided I am excited about the script. Even a Japanese film, provided I like the story line and my character. Also, I am very fluent in Hindi, so if a good story comes along, I will definitely do it.

What are the current projects you are working on?

I am doing a film called Minnaley,directed by Goutham Menon. And one more film, tentatively titled Dhool. I am doing the next film of Madras Talkies.

MadhavanOn what criteria do you select a film?

I first see how convincing the director is about the subject. Then how much I like my role. Total sincerity of the project and the storyline are also important.

Which is your favourite landmark in Chennai?

Well, my favourite place happens to be my home. (pauses) I love Marina beach. I love walking there.

What are your plus points and negative points?

I read people very well and am very adaptable. I tend to be finicky and choosy. Also impatient, I get a little irritated when people cannot keep pace with me.

If God were to give you a boon, what would you ask for?

I will ask for 12 hours sleep, every day.

Your idea of a romantic getaway?

Somewhere in the mountains, with my wife, for a couple of days.

Now that you have made it big in the south, do you plan to settle here?

I am a vagabond. Let me see where life takes me.

- Hema Rengaswamy


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