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R Madhavan’s biggest award is playing lead even after being in the entertainment industry for 20 years


R Madhavan has been in the film industry for over two decades and the actor says the fact that he still gets to play a lead in the movies is the “biggest award” for him. The 47-year-old actor, who started off as a TV actor with hit shows such as “Sea Hawks” and “GharJamai”, said he is proud of his achievements.

“They all give titles to actors in the South. They also wanted to give me a title which meant ‘King of Smiles’, but I said no. And they got offended. My biggest award is after 20 years, I am still playing the main lead, so that’s great. It’s an award that very few people can claim,” Madhavan told reporters at the launch of his upcoming web series “Breathe”.

The actor said initially he was not keen on doing a web series as he was busy with films, but the concept of “Breathe” made him change his mind. “The reason, I take time to do a project is because I need to get really excited. ‘Breathe’ is one of the exciting projects I have recently heard. It was coinciding with the dates of ‘Vikram Vedha’ but I did it. This web series is the best piece of work I have done in my career,” he said.

On December 31, Rajinikanth announced his decision to enter politics and float a new party, while Haasan had already announced his political foray in November. Asked about the political debut of the two superstars, Madhavan said, “They are starting now… I feel whatever is better for the state and country, they are most welcome. If your intention is to serve people, then it’s good… I am happy they have taken this step.”

The actor said he is happy being an actor and does not need a political label to serve the society.”I am not politically inclined. I am an actor and it is my job. I will continue to do good in whatever form I can. I don’t need endorsement to do good for the society and I am very clear about it,” he said.