Prompted by curiosity

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2018 12:31:48


Actor R Madhavan says it was his eagerness to dissect and analyse the lives of the country’s revered personalities that drove him to take up the series Mega Icons.

The five-part National Geographic series, which is being hosted by the actor, will explore the life stories of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, megastar-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli and the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Kiran Bedi.

“It was an extraordinary concept, something I had not heard before. It analyses five mega icons and deciphers their lives... To see if they were made by the people around them, their conditioning or they were as born geniuses. I was very curious to find out what made them tick and what kept them going. I really wanted to know those secrets,” Madhavan told.

The actor says the makers formed a team of “specialists, analysts as well as psychologists” to study these icons and understand their decision-making process.

Asked to name his favourite of the five, the 48-year-old actor said it is impossible for him choose any one. “All five of them are from different fields. If I was able to compare their lives, I would be able to tell you that ‘This one is more interesting than the other’. But everyone came from different backgrounds.

“So I really couldn’t pinpoint and say ‘This one is far more impressive’ because all of them are great icons. If you ask me, ‘Who’s a bigger icon. Is it Kohli, Haasan or Bedi?’. It is difficult for me to answer.”