R. Madhavan is an Indian actor, writer and film producer. He has received three Filmfare Awards and an award from the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards along with recognition and nominations from other organisations. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, having appeared in films from seven different languages.
After appearing in commercials and in small roles, he later gained recognition in the Tamil film industry through Mani Ratnam's successful romantic film Alaipayuthey (2000). He worked with Mani Ratnam again in the critically acclaimed 2002 film Kannathil Muthamittal playing the father of an adopted girl. His other hits include, Rang De Basanti (2006), Guru (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Vettai (2012), Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), Irudhi Suttru and Saala Khadoos (2016), Vikram Vedha (2017).
He has received many awards including Filmfare, IIFA, SIIMA, ITFA, etc., for his outstanding roles as a Best Actor in a lead role as well as supporting roles too. He supports several social initiatives including animal welfare and the Chennai-based Charity, The Banyan. He also has a strong interest in addressing gender issues including women and girl child.