Eighteen years ago, when he entered Bollywood, he had everyone take notice of him for his charming, innocent role in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Just like Dia Mirza, we had fallen for him! Sure, Saif Ali Khan made a stylish entry but it was Madhavan’s smile and charm that cast a spell on us! Ever since then, he has had us rooting for him and several other unconventional guys. Today as he turns 49, let s look back at some of the unforgettable Bollywood memories he has given us in all these years.
He was the reason we all started to root for unconventional guys. That explains why we were on Maddy s side in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Who can resist that smile anyway? But there was more to him than being the romantic chocolate boy. That s when Guru comes to mind where he played a fearless journalist who hopelessly fell in love with Vidya Balan despite her incurable condition. Then of course there was his short but rockstar-like performance in Rang De Basanti as Flight Lt. Ajay Rathod. Remember how he proposed to Soha Ali Khan aka Sonia? That scene will be etched in our mind forever. 3 Idiots wouldn t have been complete without R Madhavan aka Farhan Qureshi. Later he won us over in the Tanu Weds Manu franchise with his helpless, innocent avatar.
And just when you thought he was only meant for innocent lovable roles, he stunned us with his brooding boxer avatar in Saala Khadoos which also released in Tamil as Irudhi Suttru. In all these years, he has portrayed his characters so realistically that you begin to believe he s living them. But this is only a part of his work. Before Bollywood, he created a huge mark in the South industry. In fact, that’s where his journey began. He introduced the idea of a chocolate boy down South. Mani Ratnam s Alaipayuthey had everyone going gaga over this remarkable actor who also happened to dazzle you with his smile and honesty. Post that there was no looking back. You can tell that he has proved to be a versatile actor who has taken challenges head on. Take for his instance, his performance for the web series – Breathe. would you believe that the very guy who left us weak in the knees also had us terrified with his dark act? There’s no stopping Madhavan really! And hey, we aren’t complaining either.
Happy Birthday, R Madhavan!