29th January 2016 – This was the day when Madhavan’s last Hindi film Saala Khadoos hit the big screen

26th January 2018 – This is the day when Madhavan’s first web series Breathe premiered on the small screen

Saala Khadoos to Breathe
Saala Khadoos to Breathe

In a way, life has come back full circle for the actor. Reason being that even though he was appreciated immensely for Saala Khadoos, the film couldn’t do well (at least in Hindi) at the box office. However Breathe, which can be seen in Hindi, Tamil as well as Telugu, has emerged as a good success amongst audience in a very quick time.

“Of late, Madhavan has been facing the camera only occasionally. However whenever he gives a go ahead to a script, he is sure that it is going to be high impact for sure,” says a close associate of the actor, “After the Blockbuster success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns [2015] he could have gone on a rampage and signed films left, right and center. However, two and a half years have passed by ever since and he has been seen in only one Hindi film, Saala Khadoos. He went on to deliver a major Tamil success [Vikram Vedha] in the interim period but as for picking Hindi content, he gave a nod of approval only to Breathe.”

Well, the decision indeed seems to have paid off for Madhavan since accolades are continuing to come in ever since the day of its release.

“Of course all of this is very heartening since you are playing by your conviction and expect that audiences would grab what you have to offer,” says Madhavan who has brought negative streaks in his character, a la Shah Rukh Khan from Baazigar, “It didn’t take me much time though to decide on Breathe; I was bowled over by the very concept and was super charged when I landed on the sets. I knew Breathe would be something special for sure, and I am glad audiences are finding it that way as well.”

On the Bollywood front, Madhavan has three to four films in different stages of production, the release dates of which would be announced in due course of time.

“This is an exciting time to be in the entertainment industry today. Being an actor in front of the camera couldn’t have been better,” smiles Madhavan before signing off.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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