Who is R. Madhavan and what is his net worth 2018? Madhavan Balaji Ranganathan, popular as R. Madhavan, is a recognised Indian actor who works predominantly in the Tamil film industry and Hindi film industry. Being an electronics engineer by education, the story of R. Madhavan becoming a renowned actor in Indian film industry speaks volumes about his sheer grit and passion for acting.
R. Madhavan was born on 1st June 1970 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, to a well-to-do Tamil family. His father, Ranganathan, worked as an executive manager in the Tata Steel, while his mother, Saroja, was a Bank of India employee. He has a sister, Devika, who is settled in abroad working as a software engineer. Before finally choosing acting as his career, R. Madhavan was an active participant in extracurricular military training during his college years. He had the ambition to join the Indian Air Force but due to the age problems, he missed out on the same.
During his graduation years, seeing his friends struggle to communicate in English during campus placements, he decided to solve the problem by taking up the communication classes for them. This later prompted him to teach the public speaking courses and personality development skills to the masses in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He also represented India at Young Businessman Conference held in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1992.
The fluency in public speaking later helped him to start his career in the industry. He started by working in advertisements and simultaneously gave auditions for the roles in feature films. Before his acting career took off, he starred in various television daily soaps like Sea Hawks, Banegi Apni Baat, Ye Kahan Aa Gaye Hum, Ghar Jamai and also as an anchor in Tol Mol. The stint in the television made him a known face and helped him to grab his first Indian movie Shanti Shanti Shanti in the Kannada language.
His major breakthrough came when renowned director Mani Ratnam cast him as a lead in his movie Alaipayuthey in 2000. The movie went to become a commercial success and was applauded critically. This helped to bag roles in commercial success Minnale in 2001 and also gave him the pathway to star in the remake of the same movie in Hindi as Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main. This made R. Madhavan a known face in the Indian Film Industry.
Since then, he has been working actively in both Hindi and Tamil cinema releasing critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies. Some of his works include Kannathil Muthamittal(2002), Run(2002), AnbeSivam(2003), Aayutha Ezhuthu(2004), Rang De Basanti(2006), Guru(2007), 3 Idiots(2009) , Evano Oruvan(2007) Yavarum Nalam(2009), Tanu Weds Manu(2011), Vettai(2012), Tanu Weds Manu Returns(2015), Irudhi Suttru(2016).
R. Madhavan did his graduation from the Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He is an electronic engineer by education. His experiences of flying Cessna airplanes during NCC cadet training ignited the love for aero modelling which he justified by enrolling for electronics engineering. Later in his career, after missing out on joining the Indian Airforce due to the age factor, he completed his post-graduation in public speaking from Kishinchan Chellaram College Mumbai, Maharashtra.
R. Madhavan Net Worth
Starting very humbly in Indian film industry and television daily soaps, R. Madhavan boasts an impressive net worth of around $40 million. He is reported to have charged around 5 crores for every movie he does. The brands like Bajaj, Ponds, Fair And Lovely, TVS, Pepsi, Airtel, Maruti; all pay him the hefty amount of advertising.
Coming as an outsider in the Indian film industry and that too as an actor, it is hard to say that one can follow any business model for being successful. The kind of passionate guy he is, it is more about the instinctive decisions he took during his career that made him successful.
R. Madhavan won his first Best Actor Filmfare award for the debut film Alaipyuthey(2000), He later grabbed the most promising newcomer award for his debut in Hindi film industry, for the movie Rehna hai Tere Dil Main(2001). He won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for his roles in movies Abne Sivam and Run in the year 2002. Later, he won his second Filmfare award as the best-supporting actor for movie Aayutha Ezhuthu(2004).
Apart from acting, he has won the Indian Championship for the public speaking in 1992.
R. Madhavan can easily be counted among one of the most dependable actors of the Indian film industry. His choice to do films based on the script and the substance of the movie makes him much more genuine as an acting professional. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, appearing in films from seven different languages.