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R Madhavan says an actor is shaped by his life experiences


R Madhavan, R Madhavan's web series, Breathe, R Madhavan's movies, Kamal Haasan

From the crazy fun loving college boy Maddy in “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein” to rubbing shoulders with the iconic Kamal Haasan in “Anbe Sivam”, from the business journalist Shyam Saxena in “Guru” to Manu of the “Tanu Weds Manu” series – R Madhavan has done it all and more. With his new web series “Breathe“, he says he is growing with each film and each experience of life.

In a 20-year career, Madhavan has done very selective work, whether in the south Indian film industry or in Hindi cinema. What made him be so choosy about selecting projects? “An actor is defined by his life experiences and how convincingly he is portraying his characters on-screen and getting acceptance for his performance. When it comes to the acceptance of my performance from the audience, even though the films did not do well at the box office for a film like ‘Ramji Londonwala’, my effort has always been appreciated. That made me confident about my choices. I understood the fact that slowly but steadily, I am growing,” Madhavan said.

“I have been working on my skills and that will continue. See, the world’s biggest superstars earn the status of a superstar in their late 40s and 50s. If you ask me about me being choosy, I would say I am not. I just do not want to feel burnt out by the time I reach 50,” said the actor.