R. Madhavan Speech: Break the Clutter

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R. Madhavan Speech: Break the Clutter

Learn English with R. Madhavan. Indian actor, writer, film director, and producer who predominantly appears in Tamil and Hindi cinema. Madhavan has won four Filmfare Awards South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, having appeared in films from seven different languages.

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R. Madhavan:

“Success, or the lack of it, has a way to make you realise what your boundaries are.” R. Madhavan

R. Madhavan – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“So you guys are in your, you know, at the threshold of the dreams that you want to achieve. Please sit down, it’s going to be slightly longer. And you know, you guys are going to actually determine how the environment around you is going to progress along with you.

You must know that at no point in your life is something impossible. At no point! You could be in a place you could be born and brought up in a place like Bihar, like I have done and be a beginner star to come and talk to people in Coimbatore as a star.

Or you could be in the industry like the Tamil and Telugu industry and be known as the most exciting director. Rajamouli suddenly decides that he can make a film, which is, if not better, but at par with Hollywood.

And he does that staying in India and he hits the ball right out of the park. He becomes historic in just that one moment. There is a huge lesson to be learned on things like that. Everybody keeps saying: “Success is when, is when you, when the right opportunity meets the right preparation.” Right?

So you can’t have the right preparation by being the engineer that you want to be and you keep looking out for the right opportunity. But what makes the right opportunity and the right preparation come together? When does that synergy happen for you to be prepared for it?

Because like they say, if you’re prepared but you don’t get the opportunity, it’s useless. If you had the opportunity and are prepared, it’s not useless, but they have to meet at a point, right? And that meeting happens because you will it to happen because you wanted so badly to happen.

I could be walking down any street, I could be anybody, but why did that one director come and meet me and wanted me to act in that television serial? If you look at every next step in my career, I have never prepared for it.

I have never imagined that this could happen. I never imagined that Mani Ratnam would call me. How would Mani Ratnam know about a guy who’s doing a television series in Bombay without even seeing one episode of mine?

So let’s come back to that one point that happens. The synergy that happens between the right opportunity and the right preparation. And that happens when you have what is called situational awareness. So let me tell you a little bit about situational awareness.

Situational awareness is when in the, as in the army, they say, “You’re completely aware of what is happening around you at all times.” So as I was saying, the situational awareness happens when you are completely aware of everything that is going around you at all times and you should be able to do that.

When we are in the army and you are walking down the ground, parede ground around anybody who’s involved with the defense will know what I’m saying is the truth. And if there is an officer walking away from the other side of the ground, you have to stop and say to them and say: “Ram Ram sirji” or whatever is the call of the unit. If you don’t, they give you a brick in your hand and you have to shave with that brick.

So… thank you, that’s awesome. So what, the situation awareness is because you should know when the enemies around you, when there is danger around you.

You know how that is taught to you from when you’re a child. That’s taught to you in the form of good manners. In the form of being courteous. So when, when you say a “good morning” or you’re saying a “good afternoon” or you’re looking around and helping a teacher who’s carrying a book and being aware that she needs help, or you’re watching around and stepping over a train and not tripping on yourself.

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