Madhu (actor)

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Madhu
Madhu 2008.jpg
Born Madhavan Nair
(1933-09-23) 23 September 1933 (age 81)
Gowrishapattom, Travancore, British India.
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Jayalakshmi
Children Uma
Parents R.Parameswaran Pillai, Thankamma

Madhavan Nair (Malayalam: മധു, മാധവന്‍ നായര്‍), commonly known by his stage name Madhu, is an actor in Malayalam cinema. He was a prominent lead actor during the 60s and 70s.[1] He has also directed and produced films, and at one time he owned Uma film studio. He was awarded with Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.[2] He won 4 Filmfare Awards for his entire acting career.

Personal life[edit]

He was born on 23 September 1933 at Gourishapattom, Trivandrum. His father, R. Parameswaran Pillai, was the Mayor of Trivandrum.[3] He has four siblings.[4] He is married to Jayalakshmi and they have a daughter Uma.[5]

Career[edit]

He started his career as a Hindi lecturer in S T Hindu College, Nagercoil.[6] During that time he chanced upon the a newspaper advertisement inviting applications for the National School of Drama Course. While studying at NSD, he became acquainted with Ramu Karyat, who offered him a role in his forthcoming film Moodupadam. After completing the course, Madhu went to Chennai to screen test for Karyat's film. While there, in 1963, he was offered a role in N N Pisharody's film, Ninamaninja Kalpadukal and this became his debut.

He had expressed all facets of life through his various acting roles. Perhaps his most notable role was in Karyat's Chemmeen, which won the President's Gold Medal. At the time it was common for a Malayali person to render the dialogues (in the movie) of Pareekkutty. Madhu entered Malayalam cinema at a time when lead roles were dominated by actors like Prem Naseer and Sathyan and created a niche for himself. One of the early films of his career was Bhargavi Nilayam, a suspense movie, followed by Udhyogastha by P. Venu. One of the most common leading co-stars that Madhu worked with, particularly after 1975 was the multi-talented actress Srividya.

He later worked as a producer, director and storywriter. In an acting career spanning four decades, Madhu acted in over 300 films.[7] His first movie as a director is Priya released in 1970, in which he played the role of villain.[8]

Although he was a big star in commercial film, he was generous enough to act in parallel movies. He acted in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Swayamvaram, P. N. Menon's Olavum Theeravum etc.

Madhu's directorial venture Priya was a trend setter in Malayalam. In this movie he experimented with the main character playing an anti-hero. Madhu later directed about 14 films. He was the owner of once-renowned Uma studio. Madhu produced a movie Mini in 1995, which got National Award.

Madhu also acted in the Hindi film Saat Hindustani, which was the debut movie of the Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in 1969.[when?]

Madhu has also done a couple of Tamil films, as Rajinikanth's father in Dharma Dorai and the 2007 release Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan.

Awards & Accolades[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Padma Awards
Other Awards
  • SATHYAN Awards 2012

Selected filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Film Character Notes
2014 Nelumbo
2014 Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu
2013 72 Model Kuttan Pilla
2012 Spirit
2012 Simhasanam
2011 August 15
2011 Umma
2011 Mouna Guru
2010 Kaaryasthan
2010 Patham Adhyayam Ananda Varma
2010 Brahmasthram Chief Minister
2008 Robo Madhavan
2008 Twenty:20
2007 Panthaya Kozhi Abdu Ravuthar
2007 Hallo Bada Bhai
2006 Raavanan
2006 Rashtram Maliyekkal Ousephachen
2005 Thaskara Veeran
2005 Naran
2005 Ben Johnson
2001 Sharja To Sharja
1999 Ezhupunna Tharakan Ezhupunna Owtha Tharakan
1997 Varnapakittu Pakalomattom Itty
1995 Samudayam Ibrahim Mooppan
1994 Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji
1994 Varanamaalyam Varma
1993 Thalamura
1992 Kudumba Sameetham
1992 Sabarimalayil Thanka Sooryodayam Sankara Pilla
1992 Champakulam Thachan
1990 Nammude Naadu Krishna Menon
1989 Naduvazhikal
1989 Devadas Unnithan
1988 Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Keshavadas
1988 1921
1987 Ithrayum Kalam Chackochan
1986 Oru Yugha Sandhya Keshava Kuruppu
1986 Ithile Vannavar
1986 Udayam Padinjaru A R K Menon
1985 Pachavelicham Captain Nair
1985 Vellam Mathukutty
1985 Kannaaram Pothippothi Karunakaran
1984 Chakkarayumma Mathews
1984 Alakadalinakkare
1984 Attuvanji Ulanjappol Viswanathan
1984 Ithiripoove Chuvannapoove
1984 Aarorumariyathe
1984 Jeevitham
1984 Oru Painkili Katha
1983 Mortuary C Krishnadas
1983 Pinnilavu Keshava Panikkar
1983 Nanayam
1983 Rathilayam Mammutty
1983 Enne Njan Thedunnu Madhava Menon,Gopinatha Menon
1983 Kodumkaattu
1983 Ankam Inspector Lawrence
1983 Bandham
1983 Yudham
1982 Padayottam
1982 Aarambham
1982 Postmortem
1982 Karthavyam Major Kumar
1981 Raktham
1981 Thaaravu Chennan
1981 Grihalakshmi Krishnan Menon, Venu
1981 Kolilakkam
1981 Sambhavam
1981 Arikkari Ammu
1981 Aakkramanam
1981 Orikkal Koodi
1980 Ambalavilakku Gopi
1980 Akalangalil Abhayam
1980 Theekadal Dr Divakaran
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham Varma. G
1980 Swantham Enna Padam Krishnakumar
1980 Muthuchippikal Gopi
1980 Rajaneegandhi Gopinath
1980 Deepam Varma
1980 Meen
1979 Hridayathinde Nirangal
1979 Kalliyangattu Neeli
1979 Jeevidam Oru Gaanam Mathuktty
1979 Sudhikalasam Vijaya Kumar
1979 Pratheeksha
1979 Prabhatha Sandhya Balakrishnan
1979 Kaayalum Kayarum
1979 Manushyan
1979 Enikku Njan Swantham
1979 Oru Raagam Pala Thaalam
1979 Veenalil Oru Mazha
1978 Asthamayam
1978 Rowdy Ramu
1978 Ee Manohara Theeram Sukumarankutty Menon
1978 Snehikkan Samayamilla
1978 Vadakakku Oru Hridayam
1978 Jayatharangam
1978 Beena Sreenivas
1978 Njan Njan Mathram
1978 Itha Oru Manushayam Madhusoothanan Thampi
1978 Eeta
1978 Urakkam Varatha Rathrikal Jayan
1977 Aaraadhana
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal
1977 Rowdy Rajamma
1977 Aparaadhi Jayachandran
1977 Yudhakandham
1977 Itha Ivide Paili
1977 Santha Oru Deevatha
1977 Dheerasameere Yamuna Theere
1977 Neethipeedam
1977 Poojakkedukkatha Pookkal Balachandran
1976 Kanyaadaanam
1976 Themmadi Velappan Raghavan
1976 Amma
1976 Yakshagaanam Ravi
1976 Theekkanal
1976 Murappennu Keshavankutty
1976 Hridayam Oru Kshethram
1975 Sindhu Rajendran
1975 Akkaldaama
1975 Boy Friend
1975 Kamam Krodham Moham
1974 Bhumidevi Pushpiniyayi Jagadeesh
1974 Youvanam
1973 Eanippadikal
1973 Police Ariyaruthu James
1973 Nakhangal
1973 Swapnam Vishwam
1973 Swargaputhri Babu
1973 Mazhakkaru Prabhakaran
1973 Thiruvabharanam
1973 Yamini Gopalakrishnan
1973 Madhavikutty
1973 Police Ariyaruthe
1973 Thekkankattu Babu
1973 Udayam Rajasekharan
1973 Divyadharsanam Venu
1972 Theertha Yathra
1972 Aaradi Manninte Janmi Prasad
1972 Sathi
1972 Ini Oru Janmam Tharu
1972 Manushya Bandhangal
1972 Puthrakameshti
1972 Chembarathi Balachandran
1972 Panimudakku Keshavan
1972 Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithile
1972 Naadan Premam
1972 Snehadeepame Mizhithurakku
1971 Karakanakadal Kariya
1971 Sindhoora Cheppu
1971 Line Bus Gopi
1971 Sarasayya Dr. Hareendranath
1971 Vilakkyu Vaangiya Veena Venu
1971 Bobanum Moliyum
1971 Aabhijathyam Madhavan
1971 Ummachu
1971 Kochaniyathi Raju
1971 Vithukal Unnikrishnan
1970 Bheekara Nimishamgal Venugopal
1970 Thurakkatha Vathil Vaasu
1970 Priya
1970 Abhayam
1970 Olavum Theeravum
1969 Kallichellamma Chandrappan
1969 Nadhi Sunny
1969 Velliyazhcha Rajan
1969 Saat Hindustani Hindi
1969 Veettu Mrugam
1968 Thulabharam Babu
1967 Udhyogastha
1967 Ashwamedam Sadanandan
1967 Ramanan Madhanan
1967 Nagareme Nandi
1965 Puthri Babu
1965 Chemmeen Pareekutty
1965 Kattuppokkal Johny
1965 Subaida Ahmed
1965 Pattu Thuvala George
1965 Sarppakavu
1964 Bhargavi Nilayam
1964 Kutty Kuppayam Siddique
1964 Thacholi Othenan
1963 Ammaye Kaanaan Balagopal
1963 Moodupadam
1963 Ninamaninja Kaalpaadukal

Director[edit]

  • Oru Yuga Sandhya (1986)
  • Udayam Padinjaru (1986)
  • Aradhana (1977) – average
  • Dheere Sameere Yamuna Theere (1976)
  • Theekkanal (1976) – average
  • Akkaladama (1975)
  • Kamam Krodham Moham (1975) – average
  • Manyasree Viswamitran (1974) – average
  • Neela Kannukal (1974)
  • Saathi (1972)
  • Sindhoora Cheppu (1971) – Hit
  • Priya (1970) – Hit.

Producer[edit]

  • Sathi (1972)
  • Manyasree Vishwamithran (1974)
  • Akkaldama(1975)
  • Kamam Krotham Moham(1975)
  • Ashamayam(1978)
  • Prabatha Sandhya(1979)
  • Shudhikalasham (1979)
  • Vaiki Vanna Vasantham(1980)
  • Grihalakshmi(1981)
  • Archana Teacher(1981)
  • Njan Ekananu(1982)
  • Rathilayam(1983)
  • Udayam Padinjaru(1986)

Playback singing[edit]

  • Sahakarikkatte Sahaja [Bit] ... Ramanan (1967)
  • Ariyoo [Bit] ... Ramanan (1967)
  • Ramananeeyennil [Bit] ... Ramanan (1967)

References[edit]

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