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TV gives mileage to films: R. Madhavan 



Actor R. Madhavan, who started his career with TV show “Banegi Apni Baat” and has since been a popular name and face in Indian showbiz, feels that TV enhances the impact of films when they are aired on the medium and gives them mileage to run for a longer time.

Madhavan’s latest bilingual film “Saala Khadoos” is to be aired on Sony MAX on Sunday. Ahead of this, he shared his views on the evolution of the TV industry in an email interview with IANS.

He said: “The number of people watching any film on TV gives a lot more mileage in terms of number of the people seeing it. Therefore, the impact of the film and people involved in the film gets extremely enhanced.

“I’m extremely excited for the premiere of ‘Saala Khadoos’ as I now get a chance to show the film to the world on a particular day on a channel. In fact, most of films have done really well on television and have been running for the past 15 years.”

Directed by Sudha Kongara, “Saala Khadoos”, which released on January 29, tells the story of an aggressive boxing coach (Madhavan) who finds a protege in a young girl (Ritika Singh) from the fishing community and pushes her into becoming a successful boxer.

Madhavan believes it’s “the most commercial film” he has featured in, barring “3 Idiots”. “It’s (‘Saala Khadoos’ is) my baby. In all my films, if you notice, I have very important roles for the female leads as well and ‘Saala Khadoos’ is right up there, now that Ritika has got the National Award for this film as well,” he said.

Asked whether he is planning to return on the small screen with any show, Madhavan said: “Yes I’m very excited, and have been invited for quite a few reality shows, but most of them involved dancing.

“They required me to come as judge for the dance show and dance as well, which is something that I can’t do as I have two left feet, so I’m looking for something that I can do — like a mini-series like ’24’ or something that is of limited in terms of episodes and high impact.”