Ace cinematographer, Santosh Sivan had recommended actor Madhavan for the film ‘Iruvar’, which introduced Aishwarya Rai.
But Mani Ratnam rejected Madhavan and took Prakash Raj for the role. Later, Madhavan acted in Alaipayuthey (Sakhi in Telugu) which did well in Tamil and Telugu for its realistic portrayal of romance and married life. Another film, Aayutha Ezhuthu also starring Surya, Siddharth apart from Madhavan won the actor critical acclaim.
Madhavan had his first on-screen kiss in Guru with Vidya Balan.
Madhavan hosted ‘Deal Ya No Deal’ TV programme by Endemol