A renowned Indian actor, writer and film producer. Madhavan has received two Filmfare Awards, an award from the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards alongside recognition and nominations from other organisations. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, appearing in films from seven different languages.
In addition to his acting career, Madhavan has worked as a writer on his films, hosted television programmes and has been a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.He has also worked as a film producer, first making Evano Oruvan with Leukos Films, before setting up Tricolour Films to produce Saala Khadoos (2016). Madhavan is noted for his philanthropic activities and promotes various causes such as environment, health and education. He is particularly vocal about the protection of animals and was awarded PETA's Person of the Year recognition in 2012.
After graduating in electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Madhavan was chosen as a cultural ambassador to represent India in Canada. When he was 22, he became the Maharashtra Best Cadet. This award presented before him a unique opportunity to travel to England as a NCC Cadet along with three other cadets. Being the best cadet in Maharashtra, Madhavan got the privilege of training with the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force of England.
Madhavan had the ambition of joining the Air Force (this dream of his later became true when he played the role of an Indian Air Force Pilot in the film Rang De Basanti). Due to problems with the age, Madhavan could not make it to the Air Force and diverted his attention to learn various courses on Public Speaking. In the year 1992, Madhavan was chosen to represent India at the Young Businessman Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The courses in public speaking later helped Madhavan try his luck in the film industry.
Madhavan is a vegetarian and therefore endorses PETA. In 2006, he was voted as the cutest male vegetarian. He is also part of the charitable organization, The Banyan. In 2010, he and the entire cast and crew of 3 Idiots raised INR 25 lakhs to renovate a school in Leh that was damaged by flash floods. Incidentally this was the same school where a part of the movie was shot. He is one of the few actors who have been successful in establishing himself well both in the North as well as down South. He is also one of the few actors who do not have a six pack and are happy about it.
As A speaker Madhavan delivers Talks Covering subjects like situational awareness among others, Aimed at inspiring people to achieve extraordinary things in life. Talks By Madhavan Will Inspire You To Leave Your Comfort Zone In Pursuit Of Success!