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ON A ROLL Actor Madhavan.
ON A ROLL Actor Madhavan.

Actor Madhavan opens up about life after 3 Idiots and his forthcoming films

He likes working on one project at a time, enjoys working with professionals and loves keeping secrets. Of course, he wouldn't agree to the last one. Queries about his films fail to elicit detailed responses, but eventually actor Madhavan opens up, “It's not about being secretive. But there is a confidentiality clause we all have to adhere to. More important, this is a survival thing. There is a dramatic loss for the industry when the storylines and character sketches are revealed to the public before the release of a film. Take the example of 3 Idiots. Everyone knew it was based on the book but, beyond that, nothing. It added to the surprise of watching a film unfold.”

Tanu Weds Manu

Madhavan is, at present, shooting in Kapurthala in Punjab for the final parts of his next film Tanu Weds Manu by director Aanand Rai along with Kangna Ranaut. “It's been hectic filming this movie but it's been fun. The worst part is we are shooting when summer is at its peak with the mercury hovering between 46º C and 50º C. And we were actually supposed to shoot in winter,” he laughs.

As opposed to speculation that the film is a comedy, the actor says it's a romantic drama. “The film is set in various small towns of India. It moves between Kapurthala, Lucknow and Jalandhar. Both Kangna and I thought it was a refreshing story of love coming from the smaller cities. Most movies nowadays focus on love in urban areas, so there is a different connotation to it. Tanu Weds Manu speaks instead about love between two individuals who are modern for their small cities. I think the movie will give a new dimension to our perception of the small town.”

He is also all praise for his co-star. “Kangna is a fabulous person to work with. ”

Come June, Madhavan has another exciting project awaiting him. After teaming up with Kamal Haasan in 2003 for Anbe Sivam, which was acclaimed by the critics, he has a new offer to work with him again in a Tamil film.

On Kamal Hassan

“I am definitely excited. Kamal is such a wonderful actor and a great professional to work with,” he says. Asked whether his expectation about this yet-to-be-titled film is high and he is quick to respond, “The only expectation I have is working again with Kamal. I was waiting for this opportunity!”

Isn't life after 3 Idiots very different for the actor, especially in Bollywood? “Besides increased popularity, I'm looked upon with a lot of reverence post the film. I've always got a stream of offers in Hindi films but now filmmakers respect me as one of the ‘3' Idiots. However, if you want to know if there has been an offer similar to 3 Idiots, I'd say no. I am still waiting,” he says.

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