There are times when actor R Madhavan stands in his Kandivali house balcony,along with his wife Sarita,and bursts into a fit of laughter. I look at Sarita and say,how did this happen? I hadnt even planned to be an actor,I have never gone to a producer or granted and accepted favours. And here I am enjoying my success not just in the South but also in Bollywood, he smiles.
This pretty much sums up Madhavans 10-year journey in Bollywood which has seen more hits than misses. He may have done just 10 Hindi films during the period but he is seen as a part of Bollywood.
At 41,Madhavan plays a city slicker in his upcoming movie,Jodi Breakers and is dancing to the tunes of Kunwara main kunwara. Yet,the actor knows his limitations. I have been accused of being selective. But then I cant dance like Hrithik Roshan nor do I have a physique like Salman Khan. I need a good script to do justice to my talent and that is most often hard to come by, says the actor,who on the eve of Jodi Breakers release,is under scrutiny for putting on some kilos.But then,Madhavan isnt really a fitness freak. I even have this dialogue in the movie where I tell Bipasha Basu,We are fitness freaks. You are the fitness and I am the freak, he says and laughs. Playing a romantic lead isnt new to the actor,but the opportunity to play a good-bad boy is what is exciting for him. His co-star Basu feels he was the perfect choice for the role. When I read the script,I wanted only Maddy to do it, she says.
Madhavan stepped into the Tamil film industry in the mid-90s when romantic heroes were unheard of. He debuted in Bollywood with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main in 2001,at a time when most South Indian actors werent enjoying a good run in Bollywood. I am happy that I have defied norms rather unconsciously, says the actor. Madhavan always chose characters atypical of the quintessential Bollywood hero the feisty journalist in Guru,the airforce pilot in Rang De Basanti
or the boy-next-door in Tanu Weds Manu (TWM). Aanand L Rai,director of TWM,says,Madhavan is a very sincere and hardworking and has a charming personality,
A major highlight of Madhavans career has been that he has kept the enigma about himself alive. He is not seen at every party in town,isnt involved in controversies and stays away from the media glare. The industry and the audience still look at me as a newcomer who is trying to make it as a solo hero, says Madhavan,who after Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan,is the only South Indian actor to have made a sort of impact in Bollywood.
Ashwini Choudhary,director of Jodi Breakers,attributes Madhavans stability in the Hindi film industry to his total dedication to movies. Madhavans ability to speak Hindi fluently too is an added advantage. Working with stalwarts such as Mani Ratnam,Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Rajkumar Hirani has given him an astute sense of story and screenplay. Working with these people heightened my ability
to make sure the screenplay works,