Watch these 9 Madhavan movies to know how versatile he is

R. Madhavan is described as the only actor who has achieved pan-Indian appeal. Be it Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam or Hindi, this versatile actor has an all-around appeal to mingle with any audience. A sincere and hardworking person from his newborn age, Madhavan developed the art of discipline during his days in NCC cadets. Starting his career as a portfolio creator for a modeling agency, Madhavan rose to fame with the film Mani Ratnam Alaipayuthey in 2000 and went on to make more blockbuster films. Since then, Madhavan has received numerous awards including the Best Actor Award at the Filmfare, IIFA and SIIMA awards ceremonies.

Since his encounter with bilingual films, Madhavan has been experimenting with his works. He most recently directed the film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. The film is said to be released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and English. The Nambi Effect will be based on the life of Nambi Narayan, who is an aerospace scientist and engineer with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). What makes this film such a long-awaited plot is that the scientist is accused of espionage.

While we wait for Madhavan’s upcoming release, we must reminisce about his spectacular performance on his 51st birthday. In line with his birthday celebration, here are 9 actor films that must be watched.

#1. Mara

Maara is a Tamil language romantic film adapted from the Malayalam film Charlie. The film has been highly acclaimed for its cohesion, screenplay and background score. The film, which was announced for release in 2018, only materialized in 2021. The film is about a restoration architect who comes to a coastal village in Kerala with a plan to avoid marriage. In his pursuit, he meets Mara (Madhavan) a free-spirited traveler and a sketcher. With both finding common ground, this film is a must watch to see the story unfold.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

#2. Vikram Vedha

Vikram Vedha is a 2017 neo-noir action thriller film starring Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles. The film is inspired by the Indian folk tale Baital Pichisi. The story revolves around a police inspector who sets out to crack down and kill a gangster. Unique from its roots, this film does not encourage violence and seeks a change of perception to turn evil into good. Vikram Vedha is the recipient of four Filmfare awards among many other awards.

Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

#3. Saala Khadoos

Saala Khadoos is a 2016 sports drama film featuring Madhavan as a boxing coach. The film was released simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi. While the Hindi version is called Saala Khadoos, the Tamil version is released as Irudhi Suttru. Both received critical acclaim from both fans and critics. This film aims to get rid of politics in boxing and bring transparency to the sport.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

#4. Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Tanu Weds Manu Returns is an Indian romantic comedy film which is a sequel to the 2011 film Tanu Weds Manu. Apart from the initial film, it features Kangana Ranaut as athlete Haryanvi. The first part tells about life before marriage, while the second part tells the story after marriage. Madhavan’s role received critical acclaim worldwide, and became one of the highest-grossing films in Bollywood.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

#5. Anbe Sivam

What happens when an Actor turns into a writer? The legendary actor developed the idea of ​​Anbe Sivam, and also joined Madhavan as the main protagonist. This film tries to take the themes of communism, atheism and altruism and depicts Hassan’s humanist views. The film was nominated for several Filmfare awards and won a Special Jury Award at the 51st Filmfare Awards South in 2014.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

#6.3 Idiots

3 Idiots is a future comedy drama based on the novel Five Points Someone by Chetan Bhagat. The film revolves around the friendship of three Indian engineering students and provides a satirical look at social pressures. Taking a critical look at the education system, the film is narrated through parallel plays, one in the present and 10 years in the past. It was the highest grossing film in its opening week of release and received numerous awards including three national awards.

Where to watch: Netflix

#7. Paarthale Paravasam

Paarthale Paravasam is directed by K. Balachander who has completed 100 feature films. The film features Madhavan as a doctor and features Lawrence Raghavendra and Sneha in other key roles. This film tells the story of a couple who experience a breakup after her husband is revealed to be having an affair. This film aims to show the introduction of love and interest in couples.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

#8. Rehnaa Hi Terre Dil Mein

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, which translates to I want to live in your heart is a Hindi romantic film, remake of the Tamil Minnale. The film, starring Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles, has been described as a classic over the years. The film revolves around a love story that escalates into a rivalry between Madhavan and a young man who lives in the United States.

Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

#9. Alaipayuthey

Alaipayuthey is portrayed as the ever-green film Mani Ratnam. This 2000 Tamil-language romantic film stars Madhavan and Shalini in the lead roles. This film marks the Tamil debut of versatile actor Madhavan. The film revolves around a plot that distinguishes tradition from contemporary trends. The film also explores the tension between a married couple who eloped to live an idealistic life on their own terms. This film is widely regarded as one of the best films Madhavan has ever made in his career.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime


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