Neeraj Madhav

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Neeraj Madhav
Neeraj Madhav during success party of the movie Adi Kapyare Koottamani.jpg
At the success party of Adi Kapyare Koottamani
Born (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 32)[1][2]
Alma mater
Years active2013 – present
Deepthi Janardhan
(m. 2018)

Neeraj Madhav (born 26 March 1990) is an Indian actor, rapper and dancer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.

Neeraj is most popular for his role as Moosa Rehman which he played in the Indian web series The Family Man which started streaming in Amazon Prime Video in October 2019. He is also known for his roles in many as Drishyam (2013), 1983 (2014), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014), Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015), Adi Kapyare Kootamani (2015), Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017),[3] etc.

Personal life[edit]

Neeraj is a native of Calicut district in Kerala. He did his schooling from St. Joseph's Boys' Higher Secondary School, Calicut. Then graduated in Visual communications from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kanchipuram and later did post-graduation in Theatre from School of Drama and Fine Arts, Thrissur. His father Dr. K. Madhavan is a veterinarian, and his mother Latha, a teacher.

The young talent started off as a dancer with the first edition of reality television programme ‘Super Dancer’ on Amrita TV and made it to the final round. Neeraj is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, having learned it under Kalamandalam Saraswathy and her daughter, Aswathy. He is also trained in chenda and is a disciple of Kalanilayam Udayan Namboodiri.

Neeraj has a younger brother Navneeth Madhav, another dancer turned actor in the family. He has acted in films such as Shikkar, Kottarathil Kutty Bhootham,Nallavan and Manikyakkallu and TV series such as Kuttichathan.[3]

Neeraj married his long time girlfriend Deepthi on April 2, 2018, who is also a native of Kozhikode.[4] The couple has a daughter born in 2021.[5][6]


Neeraj made his entry to the Malayalam cinema industry through Raaj Prabavathy Menon's Buddy into which he was selected through an audition. He was later noticed by director Jeethu Joseph and was invited to be a part of his movies Memories and Drishyam, both turned out to be box office successes, with the latter becoming the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever. Meanwhile, Neeraj also acted in Abrid Shine's 1983 and Sathyan Anthikad's Oru Indian Pranayakadha.[3]

Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's Sapthamashree Thaskaraha - the story of seven thieves in which Neeraj plays one of the lead characters alongside Prithviraj, Anoop Kannan's Homely Meals and Apothecary (film) - a medical drama directed by Madhav Ramadasan are also other noted performances of the actor.[3][7]

Neeraj also debuted as an official choreographer through Oru Vadakkan Selfie, scripted by Vineeth Sreenivasan, with the fun song "Enne thallendammava".[8][9] His other releases in 2015 also include Jamna Pyari, Kunjiramayanam, Madhura Naranga, KL.10 Pathu, Charlie and Adi Kapyare Kootamani.[10]

The movie Oozham, which has Prithviraj in the lead, has Neeraj in a full-length role.[11] Neeraj also portrayed a pivotal role in Tom Emmatty's Oru Mexican Aparatha.

Neeraj debuted as a screenplay writer through the movie Lavakusha in 2017 and also played one of the title characters in this along with Aju Varghese.

Neeraj plays his first lead role in the movie Paippin Chuvattile Pranayam. It was directed by debutant Domin D'Silva. He portrays Govindankutty, a daily wage laborer in this movie.

In 2019, Neeraj starred as the main antagonist, Moosa Rehman in the web series titled The Family Man. This action-drama series by Amazon Prime Video is helmed and produced by director duo Raj and DK. The series also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani and Kishore in major roles.

In July 2020, he released a rap song titled "Pani Paali".[12]



Year Film Role Notes
2013 Buddy Govindh
Memories Mechanic
Drishyam Monichan
Oru Indian Pranayakadha Charlie
2014 1983 Prahladan [3][13]
Apothecary Shenoy
Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Narayanankutti
Homely Meals Arun
2015 Mariyam Mukku Dennis [3][13]
Oru Vadakkan Selfie[8] Thankaprasad/Thankamma
Madhura Naranga Kumar
KL.10 Pathu Aftab/Appu
Just Married Riyaz
Jamna Pyari Tony Kurishinkal
Kunjiramayanam Kanjuttan
Charlie Ansari
Adi Kapyare Kootamani Remo
2016 Oozham Ajmal [11]
2017 Oru Mexican Aparatha Subhash
Lavakusha Lavan Also writer
Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam Govutty/Govindankutty
2018 Rosapoo Ambros
2019 Allu Ramendran Neeraj Madhav Cameo
2020 Gauthamante Radham Gauthaman
2022 KA Niranjan
Ennile Villain TBA Filming
Pathira Kurubana TBA Pre-production
Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu TBA Tamil movie
Sundari Gardens TBA Post Production
An Action Hero TBA Hindi movie

Web Series[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2019 The Family Man Moosa Rehman[14] Amazon Prime Video
2021 Feels Like Ishq Rajeev Netflix

Other works[edit]

As choreographer[edit]

Year Album Song Music Director
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie Enne Thallendammava[8] Shaan Rahman

As screenwriter[edit]

Year Film Director
2017 Lavakusha Gireesh Mano


Year Song Notes Ref.
2020 Jungle Speaks Debut EP
Music production by RZEE
2020 Panipaali Music production by Arcado [16]
2020 Akkarappacha Music production by Young H [17]
2020 Wish Extended play [18]
2020 Hope Extended play
2020 Fly Extended play
2021 First Love feat Siddharth Menon
Music production by Arcado
2021 Namma Stories Netflix Originals [19]
2021 Panipaali 2 Music production by Arcado

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asianet Film Awards

Asiavision Awards

  • 2015 – Won – New Sensation in Acting (Male) for performance in various movies[20]

North American Film Awards

  • 2016 – Special mention by the jury for performance in various movies
  • 2017 – Special mention by the jury for performance in Paippin Chuvattile Pranayam


  1. ^ "Neeraj Madhav celebrates first birthday as father, see pics".
  2. ^ "This is how Neeraj Madhav celebrated his birthday amid lockdown - Times of India".
  3. ^ a b c d e f Sathyendran, Nita (24 April 2015). "Making the right moves". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram, India.
  4. ^ Prakashan, Asha (3 April 2018). "Neeraj Madhav ties knot". The Times of India. Kozhikode, India.
  5. ^ ManoramaOnline Reporter (23 February 2021). "നീരജ് മാധവിനും ദീപ്തിക്കും പെൺകുഞ്ഞ്". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  6. ^ DNA Web Team (23 February 2021). "'The Family Man' actor Neeraj Madhav, wife Deepthi Janardhan welcome a baby girl". DNA. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  7. ^ "The Taste of Success - Deccan Chronicle".[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b c "Neeraj is now officially a choreographer". The Times of India. Kochi, India. 1 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Holding a mirror to one's self". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 8 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Neeraj Madhav on a spree". Malayala Manorama. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Jeethu cast Neeraj when they met at a college". The Times of India. Kochi, India. 11 February 2016.
  12. ^ S, Harikumar J. (3 July 2020). "Actor Neeraj Madhav's new rap song 'Panipaali' is turning a funky earworm". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  13. ^ a b "The next funny man". The New Indian Express. Kochi, India. 28 October 2014.
  14. ^ "'My character is crucial and tricky', says Neeraj Madhav". India Today. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Neeraj Madhav's rap series is whimsical and thought-provoking - Times of India".
  16. ^ TNM Staff (29 June 2020). "Watch: Actor Neeraj Madhav's 'Panipaali' rap is a fun song". Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Neeraj Madhav's new rap song is 'Akkarappacha' - Times of India".
  18. ^ "Wish, Hope and Fly reveal how I deal with my inner conflicts: Neeraj Madhav - Times of India".
  19. ^ "Watch: Netflix's new song 'Namma Stories' features Arivu, Neeraj Madhav and others". 8 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Asiavision Awards 2015". International Business Times. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 18 November 2015.

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