Friday, October 26, 2007

Madhavan's alarming weight swings

His frequent weight swings are getting to be alarming. After his beefy look for Tamil film 'Thambi', actor Madhavan shed the kilos to play journalist in 'Guru', and got leaner still for another Tamil film. And later for 'Aarya', an out-and-out Tamil action film, he had to put on weight again.

In 'Aarya', Madhavan is at his broad, beefy best, beating the baddies black and blue.

'It's now getting to be a problem. I've been playing this gain-and-lose game so frequently that it's getting alarming,' Madhavan told IANS.

For 'Guru' I had to look like a lean and on-the-prowl journalist because that's what I was playing. But for my Tamil film 'Thambi' just before 'Guru' I had to put on a beefy action hero's girth. And after going luminously lean in 'Guru' I got even leaner for my harassed middleclass commuter's role in the Tamil version of Nishikant Kamath's 'Dombivali Fast' (titled 'Yenalu Oruvan').

'Now I have the more hefty look in 'Aarya' because I play a small town medical college student.'

Audiences in Tamil Nadu no longer want to see Madhavan in soft romantic offbeat roles.

'You're right. They're done with seeing me do 'Kannathil Muttamital' and 'Guru' where I played a gentle husband and an upright reporter, respectively. They want me back in action. And I have to oblige them. Without trying, I became a Tamil star although I'm from Bihar. The Tamil audiences want to see me in films that appeal to the full family audience. I now have to balance marginal movies with full-on masala stuff,'

'Aarya' producer Vijay Anand disappeared for eight months, making it one of Madhavan's most delayed projects.

'We shot the film over a period of one-and-a-half years. 'Aarya' is my most delayed film to date. But it doesn't look dated. It a shamelessly hardcore masala film. And it has been sold at the highest price ever for one of my films.'

His antagonist in the film is the versatile Prakash Raj, who has lately been inked in by Raj Kumar Santoshi to play Ravan in 'Ramayan'.

But there's a difference between the hero-villain conflicts in this film and the other films. The villain Prakash Raj can't touch me because his sister is in love with me. 'Aarya' is an action film without punches being thrown in the first half. I and my co-stars did the scenes with our fingers crossed. The dramatic conflict in 'Aarya' isn't packaged in the usual way.'

Madhavan will now divide his time between satisfying his audiences with potboilers like 'Aarya' and more sensitive films like Nishikant Kamath's 'Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan' in Hindi. 'In 'Yeh Hai Mumbai...', I share space with actors like Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay,' said Madhavan.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Madhavan Happy with Guru Role

I have no qualms playing a cameo in Guru. i am happy that i was part of a Manirathnam film,” says Madhavan.

The charming actor, who played a scribe in Guru, says, “Though it was a brief role, people appreciate my performance and all credits should go to Mani sir for it.”

The actor says, “I relish the company of Manirathnam and Kamal Hassan. Both have taught me the nuances of acting.”

“If Mani sir helped me get my basics right, Kamal Hassan polished my acting skills in doing comical roles. People around me said that my role would be subdued when acting alongside Kamal.

But he encouraged me and gave me enough screen space in Anbae Sivam,” he adds.
With several movies lined up, Madhavan is optimistic of leaving an impression in Kollywood this 2007.


2007 - Arugil - Tamil
2007 - Pagalavan - Tamil
2007 - Maghizhchi - Tamil
2007 - Agaradhi - Tamil
2007 - Sunglass - Hindi
2006 - Guru - Hindi
2006 - Arya - Tamil - Arya
2006 - Rendu - Tamil
2006 - Thambi - Tamil - Thambi
2006 - Rang de Basanti - Hindi - Ajay Rathod
2005 - Priyasakhi - Tamil Sandhana - Krishnan
2005 - Ramji Londonwaley - Hindi - Ramji
2004 - Aayitha Ezhuthu - Tamil - Inbasekar
2004 - Aethiree - Tamil - Subramani
2004 - Nothing But Life - English - Thomas
2003 - Jay Jay - Tamil - Jegan
2003 - Leysa Leysa - Tamil - Deva
2003 - Nala Damayanthi - Tamil - Ramji
2003 - Anbe Sivam - Tamil - Anbarasu
2003 - Priyamana Thozhi - Tamil - Ashok
2002 - Dil Vil Pyar Vyar - Hindi - Karthik
2002 - Kannathil Muthamittal - Tamil - Thiruchelvan
2002 - Run - Tamil - Siva
2001 - Parthale Paravasam - Tamil - Madhava
2001 - Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein - Hindi - Maddy
2001 - Dumm Dumm Dumm - Adhitya
2001 - Minnale - Tamil - Rajesh
2000 - Ennavale - Tamil - James Vasanth
2000 - Alaipayuthey - Tamil - Karthik
1999 - Shanti Shanti Shanti - Kannada - Siddharth

Maddy's Personal Life

Madhavan's parents are Ranganathan and Saroja and he has a sister named Devika. Madhavan's father, Ranganahan is an ex-army man who was jailed wrongly in his youth. Saroja Ranganathan is a housewife. He also has a younger sibling: a sister, Devika, who is an aspiring model and actress. Madhavan is married to Saritha, a former airhostess whom he married after 3 years of committed courtship. They have a son Vedanth who was born in 2006.Madhavan has also recently moved property in Chennai from his rented house in Kilpauk, to a picturesque house near the Boat club area of Chennai. Madhavan shares great rapport with several experienced actors in the industry especially Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan who has worked with him in projects for several times.

Madhavan steps towards a Hero

Game Host

Madhavan became was announced as the host of Sony Entertainment Television's Deal Ya No Deal in October 2005 with a payment of Rs. 10 million per separate series. The show was being produced by Miditech, in association with Endemol BV. Deal Ya No Deal is a game show, testing the participant for speed, reflexes, wit, cunning and gaming skills. The contestant may win up to Rs. 10 million in a show.

The contestant faces 22 cash boxes, containing cheques varying from a small amounts to Rs 10 million. Without knowing the contents, the contestant picks a single sealed box, for themselves to keep until the end of the show. It premired on November 23, 2005 on Sony Entertainment Television and aired on three nights each week. The first series had a set similar to the UK version, and the theme song and music cues were the same as those used in the Dutch version. Contestants held the cases. There is a top prize of 1 crore rupees ($10 million), and the lowest prize was a breath freshener, called a Chlor-mint.

Madhavan as shown presenting, Deal Ya No Deal

Madhavan quit as the lead anchor of the game show, Deal Ya No Deal in January 2006. Madhavan claimed he was unhappy with the way the shoot schedules were handled by the production house. According to the actor, when he took on the show, he had made it clear that he would continue with his South film assignments, and as the show was being filmed in Mumbai, he had found it hard to keep travelling throughout India from Chennai to film the ten days a month he had signed up for.

The ever-changing look of the show meant Madhavan had to constantly rehearse. Madhavan also added that he was restricted by the producers to spend one day rehearsing technically, which left him with fatigue. There were also some testing times, like when he shot for the show immediately after the funeral of his grandfather, when there was a celebrity special. Mandira Bedi replaced Madhavan as the anchor in February for Series 2 of the game show. Since then she has also left the set-up for personal unconfirmed reasons.

Mobile Gaming Character

A Mumbai based game development company, Paradox signed a worldwide contract Madhavan to create six mobile-based games based on him and his film roles. While launching the first game, Madhavan's MiG in Chennai, Madhavan expressed his delight at being involved in projects aimed at young people. The 'paper-player' model would cost Rs 5 per download, while a one-time download would range from Rs.50-99, he said. The games, which consists of three levels, would be available on Reliance, Idea and Spice mobile services.

Madhavan's MIG game will feature the actor make a reprise of his Rang De Basanti pilot role and the game will be based around basic steering of the planes. In the other game titled Madhavan, the player will have to help the actor get to the premiere of his latest movie evading the paparazzi. Paradox has been developing games for wireless devices, apart from single and multi-player games for PC, web and allied platforms since 2001. Madhavan said the concept of couple of the games had been derived from his role of a pilot in the recent Hindi blockbuster, Rang De Basanti, in which he flew an MiG 29 aircraft.

PETA Campaign

Madhavan is a campaigner for animals through PETA,India's new youth program. In a brand-new public service announcement he released an e-card called "Change Everything", Madhavan encourages young people to go vegetarian. Madhavan's PSA showed footage of chickens who are crammed into crowded, filthy sheds as well as the treatment of cattle during slaughter. The video contains music by international vegan star Moby and colorful photographs and quotes from other vegetarian celebrities, like Mallika Sherawat, Bryan Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pamela Anderson and Anil Kumble. All these stars and Madhavan campaigned for the project.

Film Career

Madhavan was a popular face in Indian television even before he made his maiden film debut. He acted in Hindi television serials like Saaya, Sea Hawks, Banegi Apni Baat, and Ghar Jamai in minor and brief roles. His debut in movies came in the form of Shanti Shanti Shanti, a Kannada movie also starring Abbas and Prakash Raj. The film performed well at the Kannada box-office but when it was dubbed it lowered Madhavan's status in the tamil film industry after Alaipayuthey.

In 1997, Madhavan had auditioned for a part in the critically-acclaimed movie, Iruvar starring Mohanlal and Aishwarya Rai and directed by Mani Ratnam. Mani Ratnam was pleased with Madhavan's capabilities but wanted a senior actor to play Madhavan's part, so Mani Ratnam confirmed Madhavan could be a part of his next project as a sorry plea. He got his first big break when Mani Ratnam introduced Madhavan to Tamil Cinema through the film Alaipayuthey produced by Madras Talkies, a tale of the relationships after marriage, he starred in the blockbuster with Shalini.His next highly-anticipated second film, Ennavale starring Sneha and dwelling on the subject of diasability flopped but Gautham Menon's debut venture, Minnale made Madhavan in level with the other major actors in Kollywood.

Minnale explored the views of college enemies vying for a love after a decade without contact. The music also was a hit rendered by debutant, Harris Jayaraj. Gautham Menon and Madhavan then remade this in Bollywood as Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein with Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan. The film flopped at the box-office but raised business for his co-stars. Madras Talkies's hit production Dumm Dumm Dumm with Jyothika was then followed by veteran director K. Balachandar's 100th film, Parthale Paravasam with Simran Bagga.

Run was a landmark film for Madhavan as it won him Filmfare Best Actor Award South in the Filmfare Awards South cermony.Mani Ratnam chose Madhavan again with Simran Bagga in the critically acclaimed blockbuster, Kannathil Muthamittal, which explored the views of an adopted child affected in war-torn Sri Lanka.
He then had a second attempt at Bollywood with the multi-starrer, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar but once again his Hindi film flopped. Anbe Sivam with Kamal Haasan did steady business at the box-office. But his following films such as Priyamana Thozhi,

Jay Jay and Aethiree flopped at the box-office demoting Madhavan to a second grade hero below the standards of Ajith Kumar andVijay.

Madhavan has since come back with successful projects such as in Aayitha Ezhuthu, also directed by Mani Ratnam, he played a negative role as a fighter for a politician

and has continued his success at the box-office with hits such as Priyasakhi, a family orientated film with Sadha and Thambi as a Mahatma Gandhi-Subash Chandra Bose figure who stops violence.
He has boosted his chances in Bollywood with the role of Ajay Rathod in the blockbuster, Rang de Basanti. His next project looks set to be Mani Ratnam's Guru and Sundar C's Rendu. He was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai alongside many other co-stars. He recently hosted the third season of Deal Ya No Deal on Doodarshan TV.

Madhavan's Profile

Name : Madhavan (R.Madhavan)
Pet Name: Maddy or Maddie
Date of birth: 1,June,1970
Birth Place: Jamsedhpur, Jharkhand
Height: 6' 1
Sunsign : Gemini
Family : Father -Ranganathan,
Mother -Saroja,
Wife - Sarita,
Younger sister - Devika
Education : B.Sc(Electronics)Shivaji University, Kohlapur
Profession : Tamil cine Artist
Languages: Hindi, English, Tamil
Religion: Hindu
Debut Film : Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi (Kannada)Rehna Tere Dil Me (Hindi)
Pet(Dog) : Princess & Simbha
Favourite actors : Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, Sanjeev Kumar
Favourite stars :Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth
Favourite actresses :Manorama, Whoopi Goldberg,Helen Hunt
Favourite Director : Mani Ratnam
Favourite singer : K.J.Yesudoss
Favourite Music director : A.R.Rahman
Favourite colour : Blue
Favourite foods :Curd Rice, Pani poori
Favourite sport : Basket ball
Dream role :Forrest Gump
Special talent : Public Speaking
Hobbies :Sleeping, Browsing the Net and Chatting
Famous Movies: Hindi - Rang De Basanti, Ramji London Wale, Made In USA, Dil Vil Py
Philosophy of life : Live life to the fullest and relish every moment of our existence .

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