R. Madhavan (Actor)
R. Madhavan (Actor)

Ranganathan Madhavan, popularly known as R. Madhavan and born on 1 June 1970, is a versatile Indian actor, writer, director, and producer, active in both Tamil and Hindi cinema. His impressive career has earned him numerous accolades, including a National Film Award, four Filmfare Awards South, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award. Currently, he holds the position of President at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Madhavan first garnered attention in Tamil cinema with his role in Mani Ratnam’s romantic drama, “Alai Payuthey” (2000). Establishing himself as a romantic hero, he played pivotal roles in the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2001, namely Gautham Vasudev Menon’s “Minnale” and Madras Talkies’ “Dumm Dumm Dumm.” His success continued with critically acclaimed and commercially successful films like “Kannathil Muthamittal” (2002), “Run” (2002), “Jay Jay” (2003), and “Aethirree” (2004).

R. Madhavan Biography

Full Name Madhavan Balaji Ranganathan
Nickname Maddy
Profession(s) Actor, Writer, Television Host, Producer
Physical Stats & More
Height In feet inches– 5’ 10½”
Eye Colour Light Brown
Hair Colour Black
Debut Kannada Film: Shanti Shanti Shanti
Hollywood Film: Inferno
Bollywood Film: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
Tamil Film: Alaipayuthey
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Filmfare Award for Best South Male Debut for the film Alaipayuthey
• Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Supporting Actor for the film Aaytha Ezhuthu
• Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for the film Irudhi Suttru
• Filmfare Award for Critics’ Best Tamil Actor for Vikram Vedha
• SIIMA Critics Award for Best Actor (Tamil) for the film
Personal Life
Date of Birth 1 June 1970
Age (as of 2022) 52 Years
Birthplace Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Zodiac sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Hometown Tamil Nadu, India
School D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
College/University • Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
• Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Educational Qualification(s) • B.Sc. in Electronics
• Post-Graduation in Public Speaking
Religion Hinduism
Caste Tamil Brahmin
Food Habit Vegetarian
Hobbies Playing Golf, Biking
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends Sarita Birje (Air Hostess)
Marriage Date Year, 1999
Wife/Spouse Sarita Birje
Children Son– Vedaant
Daughter– None
Parents Father– Ranganathan Seshadri
Mother– Saroja
Siblings Sister– Devika
Food Thayir Saadham, Pani Puri
Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Kamal Haasan
Actress Deepika Padukone
Films Taare Zameen Par, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Baahubali
Director Mani Ratnam
Musician A. R. Rahman
Colours White, Maroon
Style Quotient
Car Collection BMW 7-Series
Bike Collection • Yamaha V-max
• BMW K1600 GTL


Here are some lesser-known facts about R. Madhavan:

Madhavan, born into a Tamil family, spent his formative years in Bihar, where his father served as a management executive at Tata Steel. In his childhood, he aspired to join the defense services.

During his college years, Madhavan became a part of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and actively engaged in extracurricular military training. As an NCC cadet, he displayed a keen interest in the discipline.

In 1988, Madhavan’s college awarded him a scholarship to represent India as a cultural ambassador in Stettler, Alberta, Canada. This opportunity marked a significant experience during his teenage years.

Recognized for his dedication, at the age of 22, Madhavan earned acclaim as one of the best NCC cadets in Maharashtra. This achievement granted him a trip to England, where he underwent training with the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. Unfortunately, despite his qualifications, he faced rejection from the program due to exceeding the age limit.

R. Madhavan Education & Personal Life:

Ranganathan Madhavan was born on 1 June 1970 in Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India, into a Tamil Brahmin family. His father, Ranganathan Iyengar, held a managerial position at Tata Steel, while his mother, Saroja, worked as a manager in the Bank of India. Growing up in Jharkhand, he was immersed in a Tamil-speaking environment. Madhavan completed his schooling at D.B.M.S. English School in Jamshedpur.

In 1988, Madhavan secured a scholarship from Rajaram College, Kolhapur, which allowed him to represent India as a cultural ambassador. As part of an exchange program with Rotary International, he spent a year in Stettler, Alberta, Canada. Returning to Kolhapur, he successfully completed his education, earning a BSc in Electronics.

During his college years, Madhavan actively engaged in extra-curricular military training. At the age of 22, he gained recognition as one of the leading NCC cadets in Maharashtra, leading to a trip to England with seven other NCC cadets. During this trip, he underwent training with the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. Despite considering joining the armed forces, he missed the age cut-off by six months, preventing him from participating in the program.

R. Madhavan Career:

Before venturing into the world of cinema, Madhavan’s entry into the entertainment industry was serendipitous. While strolling in Lokhandwala, Mumbai, he caught the attention of a television executive who recruited him for Hindi television serials. His debut was in the role of a crook in “Yule Love Story” (1993). Madhavan took on prominent roles in Zee TV’s “Banegi Apni Baat” (1993) and “Ghar Jamai,” gaining popularity for his portrayal of Shekhar in “Saaya.”

His television career flourished as he essayed diverse roles, including Lt. Shammi in “Aarohan (The Ascent),” a ship’s captain in “Sea Hawks,” and a convict in “Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum.” Additionally, he showcased his versatility as a television anchor in “Tol Mol Ke Bol” and made various other television appearances. In 1995, Madhavan featured in the television series “A Mouthful of Sky” as an actor and appeared in an episode titled “Virasat” of the Hindi horror show “Aahat.”

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