R. Madhavan or simply madhavan, is an Indian actor, writer and film producer known for appearing predominantly in Tamil and Hindi films. He first gained recognition in Tamil cinema through Manu Ratnam’s successful romance film Alaipaythey. After this movie, he soon developed an image as a romantic hero with notable roles in two of the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2001. These films included Minnale and Muthamittal. In the mid-2000s Madhavan also actively pursued a career in Hindi films, by appearing in supporting roles in three highly successful productions, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basant, Mani Ratnam’s biopic Guru, and Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The movie 3 Idiots went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time upon release. During this time, Madhavan also simultaneously continued working in Tamil cinema with the flims Evano Oruvan and Yavarum Nalam. In addition to his acting career, Madhavan has worked as a writer on his films, hosted television programs and has been a celebrity endorser for brands and products. He also has worked as a film producer, first making Evano Oruvan with Leukos Films, before setting up Tricolour Films to produce Saala Khadoos. Madhavan is also known for his philanthropic activities as he promotes various causes related to the environment, health, and education. He is particularly vocal about the protection of animals and was awarded PETA’s Person of the Year recognition in 2011. Over the course of his career, Madhavan has several notable achievements and awards under his belt including, Best Tamil Actor, four Filmfare Awards, and Best South Male Debut.
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