Rajesh Madhavan, “I’m happy about my journey in cinema”

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By Arjun Ramachandran

May 26, 2024

Malayalam actor Rajesh Madhavan, a native of Kerala’s Kasargod, became popular with his debut Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016).

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Apart from acting, worked as a casting director for Nna Thaan Case Kodu (2022) and assistant director for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017) and Kumbalangi Nights (2019).

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Rajesh Madhavan played the lead in director Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval’s spin-off film Sureshanteyum Sumalathayudeyum Hridayahariyaya Pranayakadha.

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“I have connections with Payyanur in Kannur. Payyanur is popular for amateur dramas and theater artists. Around 100-200 artists are part of any drama organised in Payyanur.”

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“The set was more like a drama camp. I wrote and acted in drama. During this process, my body also learnt a lot,” he said about the theatre background for the film.

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Regarding the spin off, “The thought of a spin-off came after Nna Thaan Case Kodu became a super hit. Post-success, many people spoke about Sumalatha-Suresh’s parallel story.”

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He Shares about the time periods and how they were shot, “We shot the 2013 period first, then the 2023 parts, and next proceeded to the 90s and 60s.”

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He shares, “I didn’t have a proper idea of what to do when I entered the Malayalam film industry. I wanted to direct a movie. The rest fell into place as I worked.”

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