Though his popularity is no where close to the Khans, The Saala Khadoos actor has still been able to hold his ground in Bollywood for the past 15 years!
Ranganathan Madhavan, popularly (and lovingly) known as R Madhavan, will hit the screen as a retired boxing champion with Rajkumar Hirani's production, Saala Khadoos. The trailer looks promising and Madhavan looks gritty and intense in his bearing an edgy boxing trainer. While we truly can't wait to watch this flick, here's looking at why this southern actor (without giving huge solo hits) is still an integral part of the B-town.
While the B-town has not always been very kind to the southern legends like Mohanlal and even Rajinikanth for that matter, Madhavan seems to have held his ground for about 15 years in the flimsy world of Bollywood and people still want to see more of him. Yes, agreed that he is no Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan here, though he is popular down South he is no Surya or Ajith there too. But, Madhavan's charm still will never ebb away. How are we so sure you as? Well, Maddy became like a symbol of an ultimate lover boy in the 2000 in the south after Mani Ratnan's Alaipayuthe and he still has that image among the ladies. He is extremely likeable, affable and still has to dreamy eyes and killer smile! Well, undoubtedly!
Following are Maddy's unique qualities which makes him so accepted by Bollywood.
Speaks Hindi like a native
Maddy was born and raised in Jamshedpur and this explains his fluent hold on the language. Also, he has married a Marathi Mulgi and claims that his Marathi is even better than his Tamil. Aww..that's such an admirable trait! The most basic issue that South Indian actors face in Bollywood is the language. While the South still takes their 'anti-Hindi' stand pretty seriously, we lose out on kickass actors coz of the language barrier. Sure you must have noticed Dhanush's Tamil twang to his Hindi! Well, Maddy has no such problem hence, one hurdle less!
Chooses his roles well
Maddy is one of the rare actors who loves to do good, quality cinema. This is well reflected in his choices including character roles in the highly acclaimed films like Rang De Basanti and Guru among others. He paired up with the firecracker Kangana Ranaut to give us two fantastic movies: Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Though Kangana got a larger space to explore her acting skills, it was Madhavan's understated performance which took the story ahead. Well, only Maddy could have pulled off a Manu!
Is one of the friendliest , no hassle actors
This man has no controversies surrounding him and doesn't give his makers a hard time. He comes across as very nice and gives out a friendly vibe. He appears non-nonchalant and familiar to us even though he doesn't come out with a film every so often.
Is quick to absorb cultural nuances and match up to pan Indian sensibilities
He is a Tamilian raised in North India who married a Maharashtrian. This person is an example of a modern Indian man and fits like a glove into any character he is offered. One should look that the range of his cinema starting from a quintessential film hero from Rehna Hai Terre Dil Main to a gritty boxing champ of Saala Khadoos.
Is a hit among the ladies but still oozes an aura of a family man
Still, if this man roams around the streets of Chennai alone, womenfolk will jump on him and tear his clothes! Yes, we are not kidding. He is married to his wife Sarita for as long as we can remember and has a very clean image. That helps to connect with all sections of audience.
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