R. Madhavan is an Indian film actor, producer and writer, who predominantly works in Tamil film industry. He not only featured in the Tamil movies he also appeared in other languages like Hindi, English, Malayalam and Telugu. He made his debut movie Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin in this movie he featured as a club singer in the song “Chup Tum Raho” which is directed by Sudhir Mishra in 1996. His debut English movie is Inferno in 1997 and his debut Kannada movie Shanti Shanti Shanti in 1998. In the year 2000, he made his debut Tamil movie Alaipayuthey which is directed by Mani Ratnam and for this movie he grabbed the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. His most recent film, Rocketry, in which he acted, directed, produced, and wrote the screenplay, was a big success.


R. Madhavan was born on 1 June 1970 in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India. R. Madhavan family is now residing in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. His father name is Ranganathan who was a management executive in Tata Steel and his mother name is Saroja who is a manager in the Bank of India. Then he younger sister named Devika who is a software engineer. He did his schooling in D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and he did his graduation in Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Then in the year 1988, he gained a scholarship to represent India as a cultural ambassador from Rajaram College, Kolhapur, with that, he spends a year in Stettler, Alberta, Canada which is a part of his exchange program with Rotary International. During his college days, he involved in extra-curricular military training and at the age of 22, he was recognised as a leading NCC cadet in Maharashtra, with that, he travelled to seven others as NCC cadets to England. Then by the result of this, he got training with the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

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R. Madhavan wife name is Sarita Birje they both got married in 1999, then this couple was blessed with a boy child named Vedant who was born in August 2005. He started his acting career from the television industry in the guest appearances in the prime-time soap opera Banegi Apni Baat which gets aired on Zee TV in 1996. Then he appeared in some commercials and in small roles he gained recognition from the Tamil movie Alaipayuthey through Mani Ratnam in 2000. Then he soon imaged as a romantic hero with the two notable Tamil films Gautham Menon’s directorial debut Minnale and Madras Talkies’ Dumm Dumm Dumm.  Again he featured in the Mani Ratnam movie Kannathil Muthamittal in 2001 as a father of adopted girl achieved commercial success. N. Linguswamy’s action and romantic movie Run has offered a great success in his career.

In the year 2003, Madhavan worked with Kamal Haasan in the movie Anbe Sivam and for this movie, he earned two notable awards for Best Supporting Actor. In the middle of the 2000’s he featured in the Bollywood industry by featuring in the supporting roles in three highly successful productions, they are Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti (2006), Mani Ratnam’s Biopic Guru (2007) and Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots (2009), which has become as a highest grossing Indian film. He simultaneously worked on Tamil films, like Evano Oruvan (2007) and a bilingual horror film, Yavarum Nalam (2009). After the movie  Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and Vettai (2012), he took a break for his acting career.

He gets back after three years in 2015, he worked in the movie Tanu Weds Manu Returns which is a  romantic-comedy movie. He appeared in the bilingual sports drama Irudhi Suttru (2016) with Ritika Singh and the crime film Vikram Vedha (2017) with Vijay Sethupathi has won the critical and commercial acclaim. For his performance in the movie Irudhi Suttru, he grabbed Best Actor awards at the Filmfare, IIFA and SIIMA award ceremonies. Apart from acting he worked as a writer on his films, with that, he hosted some of the television programmes and he is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. Moreover, he also worked as a film producer, his first production movie is Evano Oruvan with Leukos Films and in 2016 he produced Saala Khadoos. He is quite notable for his philanthropic activities, with that, he promotes various causes such as environment, health, and education.


Name Madhavan
Real Name Madhavan Balaji Ranganathan
Nickname Maddy
Profession Actor, Director, Writer, Television Host, Producer
Date of Birth 1 June 1970
Age 52 (as of 2022)
Zodiac sign Gemini
Family Father: Ranganathan Seshadri (Former Executive at Tata Steel)
Mother: Saroja (Former Manager at the Band of India)
Sister: Devika (Software Engineer)
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends NA
Wife Sarita Birje (Former Air Hostess)
Children Son: Vedaant
Religion Hindu
Educational Qualification B.Sc. in Electronics
Post-Graduation in Public Speaking
School D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
College Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Hobbies Listening to Music, Singing, Driving
Birth Place Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Hometown Tamil Nadu, India
Current City Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian

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Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin Club singer Hindi Uncredited role in the song “Chup Tum Raho”
1997 Inferno Ravi English
1998 Shanti Shanti Shanti Siddhartha Kannada
2000 Alaipayuthey Karthik Varadharajan Tamil
2000 Ennavale James Vasanth Tamil
2001 Minnale Rajesh Shivakumar Tamil
2001 Dumm Dumm Dumm Aditya Tamil
2001 Paarthale Paravasam Madhava Tamil
2001 Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein Madhav Shastri Hindi
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Thiruchelvan Tamil
2002 Run Siva Tamil
2002 Dil Vil Pyar Vyar Krish Hindi
2002 Anbe Sivam Anbarasu Tamil
2003 Nala Damayanthi Ramji Narayanaswami Iyer Tamil
2003 Lesa Lesa Deva Narayanan Tamil Guest appearance
2003 Priyamaana Thozhi Ashok Tamil
2003 Jay Jay Jagan Tamil
2004 Aethirree Subramani Tamil
2004 Aaytha Ezhuthu Inbasekar Tamil
2004 Nothing But Life Thomas Roberts English Bilingual film
2004 Made In USA Thomas Roberts Malayalam Bilingual film
2005 Priyasakhi Sandhana Krishnan Tamil
2005 Ramji Londonwaley Ramnarayan Tiwari Hindi
2006 Rang De Basanti Ajay Rathod Hindi
2006 Thambi Thambi Velu Thondaiman Tamil
2006 Rendu Sakthi/Kannan[a] Tamil
2007 Guru Shyam Saxena Hindi
2007 That Four-Letter Word Himself English Guest appearance
2007 Delhii Heights Himself Hindi Guest appearance
2007 Aarya Aarya Tamil
2007 Evano Oruvan Sridhar Vasudevan Tamil
2008 Halla Bol Himself Hindi Guest appearance
2008 Vaazhthugal Kadhiravan Tamil
2008 Mumbai Meri Jaan Nikhil Agarwal Hindi
2008 Tipu Kanan Tipu Kiri Himself Malay Guest appearance
2009 Yavarum Nalam R. Manohar Tamil Bilingual film
2009 13B R. Manohar Hindi Bilingual film
2009 Guru En Aalu Guru Tamil
2009 Sikandar Rajesh Rao Hindi
2009 3 Idiots Farhan Qureshi Hindi
2010 Om Shanti Maddy Telugu Guest appearance
2010 Teen Patti Shantanu Biswas Hindi
2010 Jhootha Hi Sahi Kabir Hindi Guest appearance
2010 Manmadan Ambu Madanagopal Tamil
2011 Tanu Weds Manu Manoj Kumar Sharma (Manu) Hindi
2012 Vettai Thirumurthy Tamil
2012 Jodi Breakers Siddharth Khanna Hindi
2013 Taak Jhaank Sanjay Hindi
2014 Akeli Avinash Hindi
2015 Tanu Weds Manu: Returns Manoj Kumar Sharma (Manu) Hindi
2015 Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn Tom English
2016 Irudhi Suttru Prabhu Selvaraj Tamil Bilingual film
2016 Saala Khadoos Adi Tomar Hindi Bilingual film
2017 Vikram Vedha Vikram Tamil
2017 Magalir Mattum Surendhar Silkurayappan Tamil Guest appearance
2018 Savyasachi Arun Raj Varma Telugu
2018 Zero Kartik Srinivasan Hindi Guest appearance
2020 Nishabdham Anthony Gonsalves Telugu Bilingual film
2020 Silence Anthony Gonsalves Tamil Bilingual film
2021 Maara Manimaaran (Maara) Tamil
2022 Rocketry Nambi Narayanan English
2022 Rocketry Nambi Narayanan Tamil
2022 Rocketry Nambi Narayanan Hindi
2022 Amriki Pandit Purab Hindi Completed
2022 Dhokha Round D Corner TBA Hindi Completed

Other Crew Positions

Year Film Position Language Notes
2005 Ramji Londonwaley Screenwriter Hindi
2007 Evano Oruvan Producer, dialogue writer Tamil
2016 Saala Khadoos Producer Hindi
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Narrator Tamil Voiceover in Ilamai Idho Idho segment
2020 Soorarai Pottru Narrator Tamil Voiceover in credits scene
2022 Rocketry Director, producer, screenwriter English
2022 Rocketry Director, producer, screenwriter Tamil
2022 Rocketry Director, producer, screenwriter Hindi


Web Series

Year Title Role Language Network
2018 Breathe Denzel Mascarenhas (Danny) Hindi Amazon Prime Video
2021 Decoupled Arya Iyer Hindi Netflix
2022 The Railway Men TBA Hindi TBA


Film Year Role Language Network
2008 Herova? Zerova? Himself Tamil Tamil Nadu Department of Higher Education
2011 Big In Bollywood Himself English Cinterra Entertainment
2018 Mega Icons Host English National Geographic
2021 India’s Space Odyssey Narrator Hindi Discovery+

Television Series

Year Title Role Language Network
1993 Yule Love Story Crook Hindi Zee TV
1993 – 1997 Banegi Apni Baat Ashley Hindi Zee TV
1995 A Mouthful of Sky English DD National
1995 Suhana Safar Hindi Zee TV
1996 Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum Raj Parmar Hindi Zee TV
1995 Badalte Rishtey Abhilash Verma Hindi DD National
1996 Hum Dono Rahul Hindi Sahara One
1995 – 1996 Aarohan Shammi Hindi DD National
1996 Aahat Raj Hindi Sony Entertainment Television
1997 Raj Kahani Aditya / Mungi[b] Hindi DD National
1997 Neeyat Hindi Zee TV
1997 Jeene Bhi Do Yaaro Hindi Sony SAB
1997 – 1998 Ghar Jamai Subodh Hindi Zee TV
1997 – 1998 Sea Hawks Preet Hindi DD Metro
1997 Kabhie Kabhie Hindi Star Plus
1998 Saaya Shekhar Hindi Sony Entertainment Television
2000 Rishtey Sameer Hindi Zee TV
2009 CID Himself Hindi Sony Entertainment Television

Television Shows

Year Title Role Language Network Notes
1997 Tol Mol Ke Bol Host Hindi Zee TV Game show
2005 – 2006 Deal Ya No Deal Host Hindi Sony Entertainment Television Game show
2010 Big Money Host Hindi Imagine TV Game show
2018 The Final Table Judge English Netflix Episode 5; Cooking show


  • 2000 – Filmfare Award For Best Male Debut – south for Alaipayuthey
  • 2002 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award For Best Actor for Run, Kannathil Muthamittal & Anbe Sivam
  • 2003 – ITFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Anbe Sivam
  • 2004 – Filmfare Award For Best Supporting Actor – Tamil for Aaytha Ezhuthu
  • 2016 – Filmfare Award For Best Actor – Tamil for Irudhi Suttru
  • 2016 – SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Critics) – Tamil for Irudhi Suttru
  • 2016 – IIFA Utsavam Award For Best Actor – Tamil for Irudhi Suttru
  • 2017 – Filmfare Award For Best Actor (Critics) – South for Vikram Vedha
  • 2017 – SIIMA Award For Best Actor – Tamil for Vikram Vedha
  • 2017 – Norway Tamil Film Festival Award For Best Actor for Vikram Vedha


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