R Madhavan

Actor, Writer, Television Host, Producer

An actor, writer, director & producer who has an all-India appeal for his versatile movies. Madhavan is also a public speaker and is often seen giving motivational speeches in various institutions.

Trained With The Royal Defence

In college, Madhavan earned a scholarship to represent India as a cultural ambassador for a year in Canada for an exchange program with Rotary International. He came back and completed his graduation. He enrolled himself in NCC and became one of the best NCC cadets in Maharashtra.

He was one of the seven cadets who went to England to train with the British Royal Army, Royal Air force & Royal Navy. He wanted to join the Indian Air Force when he returned, but he exceeded the age limit by six months. He couldn’t join and felt a bit sour.

Did Debates For Money

When Maddy was in college, he and his friends realized that they were short on pocket money. They saw that certain students from high-end colleges went to annual debates and public speaking competitions and got cash prizes from college. So they decided to make money that way.

Going to competitions in their regular clothes and chappals, nobody believed that they could perform. They won each competition they competed in. While everyone saw their pictures in newspapers, they were busy counting the money they had to collect.

Started Classes In Personality Development

Madhavan’s friends were discussing how much they were suffering because they couldn’t get a job during campus recruitments. As per them, they were good engineers, but language was creating hindrance, they weren’t good at English, and the interviewers didn’t know Marathi.

R Madhavan told them that the issue was with them, and he taught them basic but important things such as handshaking, phone etiquette, presentation in an interview, etc. He knew people in Tata, and he made a call to talk about language issues as well. They sent someone who knew Marathi to take interviews, and his friends got the jobs.

After that, Maddy started taking classes & helped people better themselves. He met Sarita in his class. She had an interview for an air hostess job, and she cleared it after taking his classes. To celebrate, she had asked him out for a thank-you dinner, which led to marital bliss after eight years of affair.

Made Portfolio For Hamper

There used to be a show on Doordarshan called Khoobsurat, which featured the "model of the week" at the end of the show. The winner also got a hamper loaded with goodies. Sarita and his other friends asked Maddy to get pictures done and send them together. He rented a suit and got clicked near a church, road, and other such locations.

The photographer was his friend, so he wasn't charged money for that portfolio. He sent the pictures, and a month later, his pictures and name were featured as the "model of the week" in the show. There was another show Graveyard Man of The Year which had prize money of a Lakh. It was a competition of looks and intelligence, and he was 6th there. His only disappointment was for the money he could have used for a trip with friends.

Eyes Look Too Young

Maddy returned to Mumbai to teach public speaking and communications when his friends encouraged him to try modeling to get money quickly for his office setup. He dropped his photos in an office for ad campaigns, and the next day he got a call for a TV serial.

R Madhavan became popular on TV when he did an ad campaign, and the director of the ad suggested him to Mani Ratnam. When Madhavan was called for a screen test, Mani liked his acting, but he told him his eyes looked too young for the character. He said he'd like to work with him on another project. And when they worked together, it was a cult classic film, and Madhavan has been making history in the industry ever since.

The Chocolate Boy

Maddy, in the beginning, did lover boy roles, so people called him chocolate boy. Women loved his cute looks when he didn’t even have a hairstylist or did much make-up till his first fifteen films. His good looks, coupled with his acting, made everyone his fan. He is fondly called Maddy and Balaji by his fans to show their love for him.

Being an NCC cadet, Maddy learned to be aware of his surroundings. He loves his profession, and in his free time, he researches new techniques on acting and other filmmaking nuances. He also notes that the generation is changing, his audience is evolving, and as per that, he adjusts. Such as now, he does roles that evade the chocolate boy image. He brings up subjects that would interest his audience, etc.

Best Husband

His director advised Maddy to hide his marital status as it could affect his popularity among women and might be bad for the film. He chose to tell people that he’s married and urged people to watch his film. He thought not telling it would be an insult to his wife.

He accompanied Sarita in the delivery room when she gave birth. He made the video of the whole event, and his respect for her grew post that event. Seeing Sarita so vulnerable made him spend time with her more postpartum.

Humanitarian Works

R Madhavan is a member of PETA. He is a vegetarian and promotes the diet. He wrote a letter to KFC on behalf of PETA to urge them to stop animal cruelty & killing. He has won awards such as the Compassionate Kid Award and Person of the Year from PETA.

Madhavan actively participates in various charity events where he helps raise money for issues such as the renovation of Schools in Leh damaged by flash floods.

R Madhavan is a person whose work in the industry is phenomenal, and this is all because he works on himself, his movies with full dedication. He isn’t involved with a project for box office numbers. He’s there because he resonates with the film and its message.


01 June 1970 Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India

Active Years

1970 - Today


Name Madhavan Balaji Ranganathan
Nickname Maddy
Profession Actor
Television Host
Physical Stats
179 cm
55 kg
Body Measurement
41 inches
34 inches
16 inches
Career Debut Kannada Film: Shanti Shanti Shanti (1998)
Hollywood Film: Inferno (1997)
Bollywood Film: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001)
Tamil Film: Alaipayuthey (2000)

Early Life and Education

DOB 01-06-1970
Birth Place Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Home Town Tamil Nadu, India
School D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
College Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 2) Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Educational Qualification B.Sc. in Electronics, 2) Post-Graduation in Public Speaking
Religion Hinduism
Food Habits Vegetarian
Hobbies Playing Golf, Biking

Relationships & More

Marital Status Married
Marriage Date None
Marriage Location N/A

Boyfriends/Girlfriends Sarita Birje (Air Hostess)


Wife/Spouse Wife: Sarita Birje (m. 1999)

Siblings Brother(s): Ranganathan Seshadri (Former executive at Tata Steel), None
Sister(s): Saroja (Former Manager at the Bank of India), Devika (Software Engineer)

Favourite Things

Food Thayir Saadham, Pani Puri
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Kamal Haasan
Actress Deepika Padukone
Bollywood Taare Zameen Par, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Baahubali
Hollywood Not Known
Tollywood Not Known
Singer Not Known
Sports Not Known
colour White, Maroon
Songs Not Known
Holiday Destination Not Known
Restaurants Not Known
Perfume Not Known

Style Quotient

Car Collection BMW 7-Series
Bike Collection Yamaha V-max

Money Factor

Salary (approx) 10-12 Crore
Net Worth (approx) 103 Crore INR


Top Controversies of  Madhavan

1) Siddharth who is Madhavan’s Rang De Basanti co-star once stated that he is thankful for Madhavan to leave Chennai and go to Mumbai and that he should stay there.

2) He was in media when he posted a hot after shower selfie on Instagram which immediately went viral.

3) When Rajnikanth came under politic pressure before his visit in Sri Lanka, Madhavan spoke up on the incident and blamed the political leaders.

4) While talking about his production house in the media, he made a statement that people wouldn’t give two years of their career to them as they were not Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Did you know?

1) During his college days, he joined NCC and actively participated in the extra-curricular military training.

2) In 1988, he won a scholarship from his college to represent India in Stettler, Alberta, Canada as a cultural ambassador.

3) When Madhavan was 22 years old, he was recognised as one of the best NCC cadets in Maharashtra and won a trip to England.

4) He received training with the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. However, he got rejected for the program as he had crossed the age limit.

5) Madhavan's son, Vedaant, is a national level swimmer. He has won 3 gold medals and one silver medal at the Junior Nationals Swim Meet.

6) His wife, Sarita, has worked as a dress designer in many of his films.

7) In 2016, Madhavan was signed as the goodwill ambassador of Lepra India to promote action against leprosy.

8) In 2017, Madhavan became the part of the annual India Conference at Harvard University. He even delivered a speech there.


Filmfare Award
2000:Best Male Debut – South For Alaipayuthey
2004: Best Supporting Actor – Tamil For Aaytha Ezhuthu
2016: Best Actor – Tamil For Irudhi Suttru
2017: Best Actor (Critics) – South For Vikram Vedha