R.Madhavan, an actor with a dimple smile was part of many Bollywood blockbusters movies like Rang De Basanti, Guru, 3 Idiots, Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns turned 50 on June 1 amid the lockdown when everything was shut down. He thought it will be a quiet birthday for him.However; the fans really surprised him with messages and videos.
â€œI thought it would be a quiet birthday during this lockdown. But to my surprise I was inundated with birthday wishes. Itâ€™s been a huge emotional rollercoaster ride for me. But totally in a happy positive way,â€ says Maddy.
â€œIâ€™ve never experienced such a collective surgeÂ Â of love before. But theÂ biggest surpriseÂ was theÂ 90-minuteÂ video put togetherÂ byÂ my wife SaritaÂ andÂ my sonÂ Vedant. It left me simply overwhelmed. Really, I couldnâ€™t ask for more.â€
Since his birthday Madhavan has been diligently trying to reply to every birthday message. â€œAnd I still have around 800 messages to reply to… Itâ€™s been really crazy. And thatâ€™s a good thing, I guess.â€
Last year for his birthday Madhavan was in Belgrade without his family, far from home.
Never fearfulÂ of breaking moulds, way back in theÂ early 1990sÂ when television was still in its infancyÂ Madhavan becameÂ a full-fledged televisionÂ star with Ghar Jamai , Sea HawksÂ ,Banegi Apni Baat.
Meanwhile, Madhavan is making his directorial debut with Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. He was originally co-directing the film with Ananth Mahadevan, who bowed out due to â€˜unavoidable circumstances and certain pressing commitmentsâ€™. He will also play the lead role in the film.