Madhavan Balaji Ranganathan or as we call him, “Maddy”, has been one of the most lovable actors of Bollywood. He is not only the sweet-chocolate boy in his movies, but it turns out that he is quite similar in real life, too.
Born on June 1, 1970, the actor still breaks the hearts of many young female fans with this charming smile. His career graph has gone from getting trained for the army to an electronics degree to public speaking guru to acting.
While he is a talented individual we are glad he chose to act for he has a significant number of female fan following who would have otherwise been heart broken. He was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar, to Tamil-speaking parents and has a sister named Devika who has settled in the United Kingdom.
Madhavan is known to be a family man and the actor treasures the gift more than anything else,
For me spending time with family and getting warm hug are the most special birthday gifts. My son is 11-year-old and he makes those cute nice greeting card with something written on it for me. I just love it. It melts me. He knows how to win my heart.
Here, is the list of lesser known facts about him:
1. Madhavan made his debut on television
He started his acting career on TV. He did many guest appearances on TV, including a role on the Zee TV prime-time soap opera ‘Banegi Apni Baat’ in 1996. . He, however, earned popularity as the captain of the ship on the show ‘Sea Hawks’ and anchor on ‘Tol Mol Ke Bol’.
2. He is highly educated
Madhavan has done his graduation in electronics and represented India as a cultural ambassador in Canada.
3. Indian ambassador
Being a professional public speaker, he represented India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan, in 1992.
4. Love marriage
He met his wife in the year 1991, Sarita Birje, an air hostess who attended his class. After completing the course, the pair began dating and married in 1999. He was married before coming on the big screen in 2000.
5. He wanted to join the army
Madhavan’s ambition of joining the army was squashed by his parents. After completing the electronics degree, he went on to teach communication and public speaking at workshops around India.
6. Best NCC cadet
He was awarded Best NCC Cadet Maharashtra and got a chance to go to England for it. He was even trained with the Royal Army, Navy and the Air Force.
7. He is a golf player
Did you know he is golf player, too? He appeared in a celebrity charity event in 2007 and has played alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Mani Ratnam.
8. He missed an SRK movie for an Aamir film
Madhavan was supposed to do Jimmy Shergill’s role in ‘My Name Is Khan’. But, he couldn’t do the film, as the dates clashed with ‘3 Idiots’. He gives his best in what he does.
9. A veggie lover
Madhavan, who is a vegetarian, endorses the brand, PETA. In July 2006, Madhavan was voted the “cutest male vegetarian” by an online poll conducted by PETA.
10. Madhavan is a charitable person
He has provided support for the Chennai-based charity, The Banyan, and appeared in the charity musical ‘Netru, Indru, Naalai’ directed by Mani Ratnam for the cause.
11. He has two video game characters based on him
Paradox Studios Limited launched two games with Madhavan as the lead character – Madhavan’s MIG & Madhavan.