Nice note. It’s now Dr. Madhavan. Tamil star actor R Madhavan received the Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) For outstanding contribution to the arts and film by DY Patil Education Society, Kolhapur, at their ninth graduation ceremony.
Madhavan who rushed to Kolhapur to receive the honor on February 17 said the experience surpassed anything he had experienced in life. “It was surreal. My only regret was that my wife Sarita and my son Vedant could not accompany me to the event. I missed them in my golden moment. As I sat there hearing them say such wonderful things about me and my career, I was transported to my student days in Kolhapur. At the hostel, I had to do everything myself, even heat the water for a bath. This, for someone who lived like a king in Canada was unbearable. When I look back I see this experience of self-realization as essential to my growth.
Madhavan was overwhelmed by all the wonderful praise bestowed upon him while he was receiving the doctorate. “As they spoke so lovingly about my accomplishments, I could only see everything in my life as fluke. I never planned anything. And a lot of times I’ve done things without any idea of the outcome. Sometimes no fear of the dark is ignorance more than bravery. I took the plunge into television, then Tamil cinema then Hindi cinema without knowing how it would all turn out. Now I hold a D Litt in my hands.
Only the most privileged personalities of showbiz in India like Lata Mangeshkar and Kamal Haasan have the privilege of being honored with a doctorate.
Madhavan says, “Even to be mentioned in the same breath as these two is a great honor for me. When actors like us are honored with doctorates, I wish the image of showbiz personalities as intellectually challenged frivolous dimwits came to an end. To a large extent, we ourselves are responsible for not being taken seriously. Some of us constantly emphasize and project the glamorous side of our life. As if being an actor was fun and playful. In fact, there are so many actors and films that have influenced the lives of millions of people. Look at the work Sonu Sood does. It’s awesome. Movies like Basanti Rank and 3 idiots have changed the way we see life. I am proud to say that I was one of the two.
Maddy’s future plans? “This year you will see me as a director in Rocket: The Nambi effect where I direct and star in a biography on space scientist Nambi Narayaran. In addition to this, I will continue to explore the darkness. I’m not afraid of tripping and falling.
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