Veteran actor Madhu has been selected for the MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association) Legend Honour award. The award, which was decided to be given to the actor during the closing ceremony of MACTA’s Women’s International Film Festival on Sunday, will be presented to the actor at a function to be held on the same day at his house in Thiruvananthapuram due to his health problems.
In his acting career spanning four decades, Madhu has acted in over 300 films. He started his career as a Hindi lecturer in S T Hindu College and then Scott Christian College at Nagercoil. During that time he chanced upon a newspaper advertisement inviting applications to study at the National School of Drama (NSD). While studying at NSD, he became acquainted with Ramu Karyat, who offered him a role in his forthcoming film Moodupadam. After completing the course, Madhu went to Chennai to screen test for Karyat's film. While there, in 1963, he was offered a role in N. N. Pisharody's film Ninamaninja Kalpadukal and it became his debut.
Madhu entered Malayalam cinema at a time when lead roles were dominated by actors like Prem Naseer and Sathyan and created a niche for himself. One of the early films of his career was Bhargavi Nilayam, a mystery film, followed by Udyogastha by P. Venu. One of the most common co-stars that Madhu worked with, particularly after 1975, was the multi-talented Srividya. He later donned the garb of a producer, director and a story writer.
MACTA is the first formal organisation of the creative technicians of the Malayalam motion picture industry. The organisation, which was formed on October 10, 1993, aims at bringing Malayali film technicians together on a common platform for collective bargaining and the common welfare of its members. MACTA, started with 39 members, now has more than 1,047 members.