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 (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29)[citation needed]
Alma materSchool of Drama and Fine Arts, Thrissur (M.T.A.)
OccupationActor, Choreographer, Scriptwriter
Years active2013 – present
Spouse(s)
Deepthi (m. 2018)
Parent(s)Dr.K.Madhavan
Latha Madhavan

Neeraj Madhav (born 26 March 1990) is an Indian film actor and dancer who works in Malayalam films.

Neeraj made his debut in Malayalam through the film Buddy (2013) directed by Raaj Prabavathy Menon. He's popular for his roles in Drishyam (2013), 1983 (2014), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014), Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015), Adi Kapyare Kootamani (2015) Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017),[1] etc.

Personal life[edit]

Neeraj is a native of Thiruvannur, Calicut. He did schooling from St. Joseph's Boys' Higher Secondary School Calicut. Then graduated in Visual communications from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai 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 Bharata Natyam dancer, having learned it under Kalamandalam Saraswathy and her daughter, Aswathy. He is also trained in the chenda and is a disciple of Kalanilayam Udayan Namboodiri.

Neeraj also has a younger brother Navneeth, another dancer turned actor in the family. He has acted in films such as Shikkar, Nallavan and Manikyakkallu and TV series such as Kuttichathan.[1]

Neeraj married his long time girlfriend Deepthi, on April 2, 2018 who is also a native of Kozhikode. She is currently working as an engineer at Tata Consultancy Services, Kochi.[2]

Career[edit]

The actor 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.[1]

Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's Sapthamashree Thaskaraha - the story of seven innocent 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.[1][3]

Neeraj also debuted as an official choreographer through Oru Vadakkan Selfie, scripted by Vineeth Sreenivasan, with the fun song "Enne thallendammava".[4][5] His other releases in 2015 also include Jamna Pyari, Kunjiramayanam, Madhura Naranga, KL.10 Pathu, Charlie and Adi Kapyare Kootamani.[6]

The movie Oozham, which has Prithviraj in the lead, has Neeraj in a full-length role.[7] 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 Pipin Chuvattile Pranayam. It was directed by debutant Domin D'Silva. He portrays Govindankutty, a daily wage labourer in this movie.

In 2019, Neeraj was seen in a 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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
2013 Buddy Govindh Raaj Prabavathy Menon[1]
Memories Mechanic Jeethu Joseph
Drishyam Monichan Jeethu Joseph
Oru Indian Pranayakadha Charlie Sathyan Anthikad
2014 1983 Prahladan Abrid Shine[1][8]
Apothecary Shenoy Madhav Ramadasan
Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Narayanankutti Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
Homely Meals Arun Anoop Kannan
2015 Mariyam Mukku Dennis James Albert[1][8]
Oru Vadakkan Selfie[4] Thankaprasad/Thankamma G.Prajith
Madhura Naranga Kumar Sugeeth
KL.10 Pathu Aftab/Appu Muhsin Parari
Jamna Pyari Tony Kurishinkal Thomas Sebastian
Kunjiramayanam Kanjuttan Basil Joseph
Charlie Ansari Martin Prakkat
Adi Kapyare Kootamani Remo John Varghese
2016 Oozham Ajmal Jeethu Joseph[7]
2017 Oru Mexican Aparatha Subhash Tom Emmatty
Lavakusha Lavan Gireesh Mano
Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam Govutty/Govindankutty Domin D'Silva
2018 Rosapoo Ambros Vinu
2019 Allu Ramendran Neeraj Madhav Bilahari Cameo
Mamangam Kochambu M. Padmakumar Cameo
TBA KA Niranjan Rajeshlal Vamsha Post-Production
Ennile Villain TBA Neeraj Madhav & Navneeth Madhav Filming
Gauthamante Radham Gauthaman Anand Menon Post-Production
Pathira Kurubana TBA Vinay Pre-production

Television Series[edit]

Year Film Role Director Network Notes
2019 The Family Man Moosa Rehman Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Amazon Prime Web Series[9]

Other works[edit]

As choreographer[edit]

Year Film Song Music Director
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie Enne Thallendammava[4] Shaan Rahman

As scriptwriter[edit]

Year Film Director
2017 Lava Kusha Gireesh Mano

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asianet Film Awards

Asiavision Awards

  • 2015 – Won – New Sensation in Acting (Male) for performance in various movies[10]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Sathyendran, Nita (24 April 2015). "Making the right moves". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram, India.
  2. ^ Prakashan, Asha (3 April 2018). "Neeraj Madhav ties knot". The Times of India. Kozhikode, India.
  3. ^ "The Taste of Success - Deccan Chronicle".[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Neeraj is now officially a choreographer". The Times of India. Kochi, India. 1 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Holding a mirror to one's self". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 8 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Neeraj Madhav on a spree". Malayala Manorama. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 23 July 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Jeethu cast Neeraj when they met at a college". The Times of India. Kochi, India. 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "The next funny man". The New Indian Express. Kochi, India. 28 October 2014.
  9. ^ "'My character is crucial and tricky', says Neeraj Madhav". India Today. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Asiavision Awards 2015". International Business Times. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 18 November 2015.