History has proved other than Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan, no other male actor from South has managed to get any foothold in Bollywood during last two and a half decades. In that aspect, Madhavan has at least managed to reach to a level where he finds himself as an integral part of a film like 3 IDIOTS that has bigwigs like Aamir Khan, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Kareena Kapoor involved.
Consistently making a mark in Bollywood, he has enjoyed a fairly good run over the last few years. In 2006 it was RANG DE BASANTI, 2007 had GURU and 2008 saw MUMBAI MERI JAAN. In the current year, he has already been seen in 13 B and in a few days from now, his 3 IDIOTS would be unveiled. Quite a happy situation for him, isn't it?
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"Yes, it is a happy situation when I look at the years gone by and quite thrilling if I talk about 3 IDIOTS in isolation. The fact is, when you get to do a movie like 3 IDIOTS, the thrill hits you in stages", he states.
And what could these thrills possibly be?
"The first thrill was due to the fact that I was working with Aamir (Khan) again after RANG DE BASANTI. Not many actors get this opportunity. Second thrill was when after giving a screen test, it became a reality that I was indeed working on the film. The third thrill was when I actually started going through the reading process in order to prepare for my role. This is the kind of moment when you end up saying - 'Oh my God, this is really happening'. All of this pretty much continued during the shooting stage as well", describes Madhavan.