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Hope Chanda Mama Door Ke turns out to be landmark film in my career: R Madhavan

The actor is now keen on playing age appropriate roles, away from his 'chocolate boy' image.


Actor R Madhavan says he would now do age appropriate romance as he does not have a 'chocolate boy' left in him anymore.

In his upcoming film, Chanda Mama Door Ke, which traces the journey of India's space programme until the first Indian astronaut landing on the moon, Madhavan will be seen playing a test pilot. 

"I am looking forward to work with Sushant Singh Rajput and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. I have not worked with them before and I am also very excited to working with Sanjay Puran Singh (director). He is extremely talented and we get on like a house on fire," said the actor.

Madhavan hopes that Chanda Mama Door Ke also turns out to be a landmark film in his career, "Because the story is right up there with all the other scripts I have done," he added.

He is remembered for essaying the role of a lover boy with Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001), Tanu Weds Manu (2011)  and his TV show Sea Hawks (1997-98).

Asked if he feels romance comes easily to him, Mumbai-based Madhavan told IANS over phone: "Well, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Tanu Weds Manu had great directors also... romance is something I enjoy doing, but I have to do age appropriate romance right now. I am no more the 'chocolate boy' still, romance is always going to be a part of my life."

The actor, 47, says he has to change the way he romances.

He answered in the negative, when asked if he still wishes to play a chocolate boy on screen.

"No, there is no more chance of me being a chocolate boy. I don't feel it at all as much as people urging and egging me to do. I don't want to make a fool of myself," he said.

Ever since the actor made his debut in Hindi cinema in 2001 with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, he has been seen in Hindi blockbusters like Rang De Basanti (2006), Guru (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) and Saala Khadoos (2016).

Even after working with the leading actors and directors of the industry, Madhavan feels he has a long way to go. "I have not achieved it all by any standards. I have a long way to go. But yeah, it feels good to have a strong foothold in Hindi as well as the south market because it gives me a choice of doing more subjects and being a part of bigger films or subjects that I feel completely in sync with as opposed to doing a film just because I need to be working," he said.

The actor says because of his presence in multiple film industries, he gets multiple choices, adding that he will always be a struggling actor.

"I struggle on many fronts on having to move to a different level, having to cater to constantly evolving audiences... So that struggle is there and I hope it is always a part of my life because that keeps me going," he added.