He started of his career doing soap opera's. He didn't know at that time that he will become heartthrob of South India. His first movie that happened was Alaipayuthe directed by Mani Ratnam. This movie was a immense success and Madhavan had risen to stardom with a single movie. Girls went crazy because of the charm he had. After that he stood in the industry for some time but failed to maintain the pace. He had took a 2 year break and is now back again.