News|June 2, 2010 12:00 am

Happy Birthday R. Madhavan!


3 Idiot guy, Farhan Qureshi, R. Madhavan has turned to 40 today. Does anybody can that, may be because he has still boyish charm and infectious energy in him, he could be easily be the poster boy of the ‘‘forties is the new twenties’.

Born on 1 June 1970, Madhavan Ranganathan is an Indian actor who has appeared in Indian films in seven languages, predominantly Tamil and Hindi cinema. Unlike other prominent actors in India, Madhavan began to appear in films after marriage, at the age of twenty-nine, and his career has seen performances in diverse roles.

On his 40th, Maddy seems to be quietly celebrating his birthday instead having ravished party. He asserts,

“I intend to have a quiet birthday playing golf with Sarita and a couple of close friends. I am in no mood to entertain or be entertained.”

Describing about his birthday present, the actor says,

“A spanking new bike would be a terrific option,” comes the response in a trice. On being reminded that his last bike acquisition was still fairly new, he counters, “When it comes to bikes there can never be enough!”

He also adds,

“I am anyway an incorrigible flirt. But if you are talking about having affairs, then let me tell you I am not that brave. I don’t even know the first thing about getting naughty. Besides, I am too anchored in middle class values to trade that away for fleeting pleasures. Temptations there are galore, but not giving in to them is the path I choose to walk. However, I wouldn’t mind having a quiet little affair with Meryl Streep. She’s something else!”

Moving on to his next film, still untitled, with Kamal Haasan and Trisha, Maddy says,

“I must be singularly blessed to be getting yet another opportunity to work with Kamal Haasan. Whatever I’ve learnt of acting is from him.”

Changing tack, Maddy moves on to his plans of taking a sabbatical for about eight months, come August. “I look forward to spending quality time with my family. Other than that, I am going to work very hard on building my physique. I’ll stump everyone with my new lean and mean look! All those ghee-soaked Punjabi paranthas I had during the shoot of Tanu Weds Manu (TWM) upset my fitness regime. I also want to spend a good deal of time introspecting on where do I go from here. I want to write stories, stories I think need to be told to this audience, get into script writing, screenplays and dialogues. I’d like to come into my own now.”

‘Come into my own’? Explaining, Maddy says,

“When I started my career, I was a struggler. I saw other actors and incorporated their touches, mannerisms and actions to my repertoire. So, the journey this far has been that of an impostor.”

Considering the hits he’s had and the hosannas that have been sung for his performances, isn’t it strange that he should see himself as an impostor?

“It’s not about modesty. Let’s face it, I’m not a great dancer and my histrionic abilities will never match those of Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth or Aamir Khan. I’m lucky to be destiny’s child. Now I need to work harder and leave my personal imprint on whatever I do.”

He has received several Filmfare Awards in various categories. Fillum.com also wishes him happy birthday

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