Madhu (actor)

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Madhavan Nair

(1933-09-23) 23 September 1933 (age 86)[1]
Gowrishapattom, Trivandrum,[2]
Alma materNational School of Drama, University College
OccupationFilm actor, director, producer, former film studio owner
Years active1963–present
AwardsPadma Shri (2013) [3]

Madhavan Nair, commonly known by his stage name Madhu, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, and former film studio owner, who works in Malayalam cinema.[4][5]

Madhu was a prominent lead actor during the 1960s, 1970'sand 1980s. He has also directed and produced several films, and at one time owned the Uma Film Studio. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013 for his contributions towards the arts. He was honored with the J.C Daniel award by the Government of Kerala in 2004, for his outstanding contribution to Malayalam films.[6] Mini’ a children's movie produced by him, bagged the Indira Gandhi national award for the best picture on Family Welfare, at the 43rd National Film Awards 1995. He is the inaugural winner of the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam for his performance in Swayamvaram (1972), and has received three more Filmfare awards and is also the recipient of five Kerala State Film Awards.

Personal life[edit]

He was born on 23 September 1933 at Gourishapattom, Trivandrum. His father, R. Parameswaran Pillai, was the erstwhile Mayor of Trivandrum and his mother Thankamma was a housewife.[7] He has four sisters. He had his primary schooling up to the fourth standard at Kunnukuzhi L.P School, fifth class (preparatory) at S.M.V.School, 1st form to 3rd form at Pettah Middle School and fourth form to sixth form (SSLC) at St.Josephs High School. He did pre university degree from MG College and graduation in Hindi from University college. He did his post graduation in Hindi from Banaras Hindu University (BHU).[8][9]

He was married to Jayalakshmi till her death in 2014. They have a daughter Uma.[10][11]


He started his career as a Hindi lecturer in S T Hindu College and then Scott Christian College at Nagercoil.[12][13] During that time he chanced upon 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. In the movie, he portrayed Stephen, a brave soldier of the Indian army who sacrifices his life, on the battle field, for his motherland. The role and the movie were well received by the public. ‘Moodupadam’, for which he had come to Chennai for the make up test, became his second film. From thereon, there was no looking back.

He has expressed all facets of life through his various acting roles. Perhaps his most notable role during his early career, was in Karyat's Chemmeen, which won the President's Gold Medal. 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 his early films where he made a mark was Bhargavi Nilayam, a suspense movie, where he is the only actor on screen during the first half, an extremely difficult task for an actor and that too a new comer. Madhu has the good fortune of having brought to life on screen, memorable characters from the works of eminent writers in Malayalam; Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, Thakazi, Keshavadev, Uroob, Ponkunnam Varkey, S.K.Pottakad, Changampuzha, M.T.Vasudevan Nair, G.Vivekanandan, N.N.Pisharady and C Radhakrishnan, to name a few.

In an acting career spanning over five decades, Madhu acted in over 370 films.[14] Although he was a big star in commercial films, he was generous enough to act in parallel movies. He acted in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Swayamvaram, P. N. Menon's Olavum Theeravum etc.

Madhu also proved his talents as a film maker and director. His first directorial venture Priya released in 1970, was a trend setter in Malayalam. In this movie he dared to experiment by not taking up the main character role and instead, playing an anti-hero. The film won the Kerala Government award for the second best film that year. Madhu directed twelve movies including hit films like ‘Sindooracheppu’, ‘Manya Shree Vishwamitran’, ‘Neela Kannukal, ‘Akkaldama’, ‘Kamam Krodham Moham’, ‘Theekanal’, ‘Dheerasameere Yamunathere’, ‘Aaradhana’, ‘Oru Yuga Sandhya’ and ‘Udayam Padinjaru’. He was the producer of most of these films. He produced fifteen movies including ‘Kaithapoo’, ‘Asthamayam’, ‘Shudhi Kalasham’, ‘Prabhatha Sandhya’, ‘Vaiki Vanna Vasantham’, ‘Archana Teacher’, ‘Grihalakshmi’, ‘Njan Ekananu’, ‘Rathilayam’ and ‘Mini’. He also produced and directed a movie in English ‘Sunrise in the West’, which was shot entirely in the USA. He was instrumental in introducing a number of talented actors, directors, lyricists, producers, singers and other technicians to the Malayalam filmdom. He was the owner of once-renowned Uma studio at Puliyarakonam in Thiruvananthapuram. 'Mini' produced by Madhu won the Indira Gandhi national award for the best picture on Family Welfare, at the 43rd National Film Awards in 1995. The film focuses on the social issue of alcoholism.

Madhu was one of the lead actors in the Hindi film Saat Hindustani, which was the debut movie of the Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in 1969. His other Hindi films are ‘Chakachak’ directed by Sai Paranjpye and Maiyya directed by Anil.

Madhu has also done three Tamil films, as Rajinikanth's father in Dharma Dorai, Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan and Bharatha Vilas.

Awards and accolades[edit]

Padma Awards
National Film Award
Kerala State Film Award
Filmfare Awards South
Other Awards
  • 2013 Honored by the president of India during 100 years of Indian Cinema Celebration at Chennai
  • 2013 Honour from the Govt of Kerala for completing 5 decades in Kerala film industry
  • 2013 Honoured by AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists) for his contribution to the Malayalam Film industry, spanning over 50 years
  • 2013 Honour from MACTA on completion of 50 years in Malayalam Cinema
  • Award from Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, in recognition of his contributions to Malayalam cinema
  • MACTA Legends Honour Award
  • SATHYAN Award 2012
  • Prem Nazir Foundation Award
  • Ramu Kariat Award
  • Dr. Sukumar Azhikode Award
  • Thoppil Bhasi Smaraka Prathibha Puraskaram
  • P.Bhaskaran Foundation Award
  • Thilakan Foundation Award
  • Narendra Prasad Puraskaram
  • 2005 Bahadoor Foundation Award in 2005
  • 2002 Asianet Film Awards2002 – Best Lifetime Achievement Award

Selected filmography[edit]



Year Film Character Notes
2020 RUN KALYANI Father
2019 Magic Moments
2019 Children's Park
2019 Vishudha Pushthakam
2019 Oru Yamandan Premakatha
2019 Vallikettu Aana Marmani Vaidyar
2018 Velakkari aayi erundhalum ni Enn Mohavally
2018 Sthaanam Alexander
2018 My School
2018 Dust Bin
2017 Next Token Number
2017 Valapottukal Valiya Ustad
2017 Basheerinte Premalekhanam
2017 Eliyammachiyude Aadhyathe Christmas
2017 Vedham
2017 Swayam
2016 Celebrations
2015 Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum
2015 Kidney Biriyani
2015 Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Balakrishnan
2015 Ammakkoru Tharattu Poet Joseph Pushpavanam
2015 Aashamsakalode Anna Home Minister Punnakkadan
2015 Uthara Chemmeen
2015 Kukkiliyar
2015 Cinema @ PWD Rest House
2014 Dolphins
2014 Avarude Veedu
2014 Parayan Bakki Vechathu
2014 Raktharakshassu
2014 Ettekal Seconds Menon
2014 Little Superman 3D
2014 Snehamulloral Koodeyullappol Grandfather
2014 Iniyum Ethra Dooram
2014 Nelumbo
2014 John Paul Vaathil Thurakkunnu Korah
2014 Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu Soya Sahib
2013 72 Model Kuttan Pilla
2013 White Paper Psychiatrist
2013 Manikya Thamburatiyum Christmas Carolum Pathrose
2013 Geethaanjali Babychayan
2013 Mahatma Ayyankali
2012 Prabhuvinte Makkal Prabhu
2012 Spirit Captain Nambiar
2012 Pratheekshayode
2012 Simhasanam
2011 August 15 Dr.John
2011 Lucky Jokers Rajaraja Varma
2011 Umma
2011 Mouna Guru
2011 Naayika
2011 Daivathinte Kaiyoppu
2010 Kaaryasthan Kizhakkedathu Krishnawarrier
2010 Patham Adhyayam Ananda Varma
2010 Sahasram Minister Sreekanthan
2010 Chithrakuzhal Charu's grandfather
2010 Brahmasthram Chief Minister
2009 Passenger TV Channel Chairman
2009 Thirunnakkara Perumal Mathai
2008 Madampi Justice
2008 Robo Madhavan
2008 Twenty:20 Viswanatha Menon
2007 Panthaya Kozhi Abdu Ravuthar
2007 Hallo Bada Bhai
2007 Balyam
2006 Raavanan
2006 Rashtram Maliyekkal Ousephachen
2005 Thaskara Veeran Arakkalam Paili
2005 Naran Valiya Nambiar
2005 Ben Johnson
2004 Chathikkatha Chanthu Vasumathi's grandfather
2001 Sharja To Sharja Vishwanathan Kartha
1999 Ezhupunna Tharakan Ezhupunna Owtha Tharakan
1999 Garshom Madhavankutti Mash
1999 Onnaamvattam Kandappol Prabhakara Varma
1999 Pranaya Nilavu Thangal
1998 Aakhosham
1998 Harthal
1997 Moksham
1997 Varnapakittu Pakalomattom Itty
1997 The Good Boys Prathapa Varma
1995 Samudayam Ibrahim Mooppan
1995 Prayikkara Paappaan
1995 Manthrikante Pravu
1994 Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji Hajiyar
1994 Simhavala Menon Menon
1994 Varanamaalyam Varma
1993 Thalamura
1993 Ekalavyan Sreedharan
1993 Aayirappara Pappi
1992 Kudumba Sameetham
1992 Sabarimalayil Thanka Sooryodayam Sankara Pilla
1992 Champakulam Thachan Mootha Asari
1991 Abhayam
1990 Nammude Naadu Krishna Menon
1990 Ammayude Swantham Kunju Mary Fr.Franics
1990 Samrajyam Balakrishnan
1990 Lal Salam Medayil Ittichan
1990 Ottayadipathakal Bhaskara 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 Kurishuyudham Mathew Cheriyachan
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 Paalam
1983 Rathilayam Mammutty
1983 Enne Njan Thedunnu Madhava Menon,Gopinatha Menon
1983 Kodumkaattu
1983 Ankam Inspector Lawrence
1983 Bandham
1983 Aadhipathyam Sulaiman
1983 Aana Jabbar
1983 Yudham
1982 Padayottam
1982 Njan Ekananu Madhavankutty Menon
1982 Aarambham Moidu
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 Vaasu
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 Kanyaka Sreekumar
1978 Itha Oru Manushayam Madhusoothanan Thampi
1978 Eeta
1978 Urakkam Varatha Rathrikal Jayan
1977 Aaraadhana
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal Headmaster Sathyasheelan
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 Manyasree Viswamithran Marthandan Thampi
1974 Bhumidevi Pushpiniyayi Jagadeesh
1974 Youvanam Mohan
1973 Eanippadikal
1973 Police Ariyaruthu James
1973 Nakhangal
1973 Swapnam Vishwam
1973 Swargaputhri Babu
1973 Manushyaputhran Karthikeyan
1973 Mazhakkaru Prabhakaran
1973 Thiruvabharanam
1973 Yamini Gopalakrishnan
1973 Madhavikutty
1973 Police Ariyaruthe
1973 Thekkankattu Babu
1973 Kaadu Rajendran
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 Gandharavakshetram Satheeshan
1972 Snehadeepame Mizhithurakku
1971 Karakanakadal Kariya
1971 Sindooracheppu Keshavan
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 Swapnangal Dr Balakrishnan
1970 Olavum Theeravum
1969 Kallichellamma Chandrappan
1969 Nadhi Sunny
1969 Velliyazhcha Rajan
1969 Virunnukari Sethu
1969 Saat Hindustani Shubodh Sanyal Hindi
1969 Veettu Mrugam
1968 Thulabharam Babu
1968 Viplavakarikal
1968 Kadal Antony
1967 Udhyogastha
1967 Lady Doctor Johny
1967 Ashwamedam Sadanandan
1967 Ramanan Madhanan
1967 Nagareme Nandi
1966 Archana Rajagopalan
1965 Puthri Babu
1965 Chemmeen Pareekutty
1965 Kattuppokkal Johny
1965 Mayavi Madhu
1965 Subaida Ahmed
1965 Pattu Thuvala George
1965 Jeevitha Yaathra Rajan
1965 Sarppakavu
1964 Bhargavi Nilayam
1964 Kutty Kuppayam Siddique
1964 Thacholi Othenan Payyambilly Chandu
1963 Ammaye Kaanaan Balagopal
1963 Moodupadam Kochukunju
1963 Ninamaninja Kaalpaadukal Stephen




  • Oru Yugasandhya (1986)
  • Udayam Padinjaru (1986)
  • Aaradhana (1977)
  • Dheerasameere Yamuna Theere (1976)
  • Theekkanal (1976)
  • Akkaladama (1975)
  • Kamam Krodham Moham (1975)
  • Manyasree Viswamitran (1974)
  • Neela Kannukal (1974)
  • Sathi (1972)
  • Sindoora Cheppu (1971)
  • Priya (1970)


  • Sathi (1972)
  • Manyasree Vishwamithran (1974)
  • Akkaldama (1975)
  • Kaamam Krodham Moham (1975)
  • Kaithapoo (1978)
  • Asthamayam (1978)
  • Prabatha Sandhya (1979)
  • Shudhikalasham (1979)
  • Vaiki Vanna Vasantham (1980)
  • Grihalakshmi (1981)
  • Archana Teacher (1981)
  • Njaan Ekananu (1982)
  • Rathilayam (1983)
  • Udayam Padinjaru (1986)
  • Mini (1995)

Playback singing[edit]

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


Year Title Language Channel
2018 Comedy Stars season 2
(as Judge)
Malayalam Asianet
2017 Aparichitha Malayalam Amrita TV
Eeran Nilavu Malayalam Flowers TV
2016 Sagaram Sakshi Malayalam Surya TV
2015 Meghasandesham Malayalam Kairali TV
Sundari Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2014 Mohakkadal Malayalam Surya TV
2013-2014 Avakashikal Malayalam Surya TV
2013 Sathyameva Jayathe Malayalam Surya TV
Nirapakkitu Malayalam Media One
Nirakoottu Malayalam Kairali TV
Chandralekha Malayalam Asianet
2011 Alavuddinte Albuthavilakku Malayalam Asianet
2011 Missamma Telugu MAA TV
2010 Dial 100 Malayalam Surya TV
2008 Kana Kaanum Kaalangal Tamil Vijay TV
2008-2009 Sivasakthi (TV series) Tamil Sun TV
2007 Daya Malayalam Kairali TV
2005 Kadamattathu Kathanar (TV series) Malayalam Asianet


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