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Madhavan Reflects on His Journey at the Harvard India Conference


Welcome to Foundations TV, everyone! We are delighted to be here at the Harvard India Conference, where we had the privilege of interviewing several prominent personalities visiting from India. Among them was the renowned actor, writer, and producer, Mr. Madhavan.


In an engaging conversation, Madhavan reminisced about his college days, drawing comparisons between his modest alma mater and the prestigious surroundings of Harvard. Reflecting on his student life, he shared fond memories of carefree times filled with picnics, parties, and a forward-looking optimism that starkly contrasts with today's often myopic outlook.


One of Madhavan's favorite memories involved a bet with his father. He recounted how his father doubted his ability to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC). Determined to prove him wrong, Madhavan not only joined but excelled, becoming a senior under officer and later a defense cadet training with the Royal Army, Navy, and Air Force. His dedication paid off, earning him a memorable conversation with his college principal about his meager attendance, which he managed to overcome thanks to his academic prowess.


Madhavan also discussed how his determination and honesty have been crucial throughout his career, especially in the film industry. He emphasized the importance of standing firm on facts, which has helped him navigate the challenges of the entertainment world.


As a celebrated actor, Madhavan acknowledged the significant role of social media in today's celebrity culture. He highlighted its dual nature as both a platform for connection and a potential minefield where a single misstep can have dire consequences. Madhavan stressed the need for responsibility and caution in using social media, recognizing its power to shape public perception and careers.


Despite his fame, Madhavan remains grounded. He appreciates the adoration from fans, which he believes is essential for maintaining confidence and delivering stellar performances. He humorously admitted that while he might appear unaffected, the constant reinforcement from fans is vital to his sense of self-worth and professional drive.


In a rapid-fire segment, Madhavan shared his personal favorites:

Favorite movie: "Salaakhien"

Favorite actor: Himself, with a chuckle.

Dream role: A role specific to "3 Idiots"

Inspiration: Kamal Haasan

Preferred roles: Everything from a lover boy to an action hero.


Madhavan concluded with his adventurous philosophy: to have or provide a new experience every day. This zest for life, combined with his humility and dedication, continues to inspire his vast fan base.

It was a pleasure to speak with Madhavan, and we hope you enjoyed our conversation as much as we did. Stay tuned for more exclusive interviews and insights from the Harvard India Conference, only on Foundations TV.


Watch the full interview with Madhavan on The Foundations TV.

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