Ranganathan Madhavan is now Dr Ranganathan as he's honoured with a Doctorate of Letters for his contribution to Cinema and Arts. Speaking about his experience, Madhavan told a leading website, "It was surreal. My only regret was that my wife Sarita and my son Vedant couldn’t accompany me to the event. I missed them in my golden moment. As I sat there hearing them say such wonderful things about me and my career, I was transported to my student days in Kolhapur. In the hostel, I had to do everything myself, even heat the water for a bath. This, for someone who lived life like a king in Canada, was unbearable. When I look back I see that experience in self-actualization as essential to my growth.”
He further added, "As they so lovingly spoke about my achievements, I could only see everything in my life as serendipitous. I never planned anything. And very often I did things without any idea of the outcome. Sometimes no fear of the darkness is ignorance rather than bravery. I took the plunge into television, then Tamil cinema then Hindi cinema not knowing how it would all pan out. Now here I am holding a D Litt in my hands.”
Since it is only Lata Mangeshkar and Kamal Haasan who have got this honour, Madhavan feels himself to be extremely lucky and honoured. "Even to be mentioned in the same breath as these two is a great honour for me. When actors like us get honoured with doctorates I wish the image of showbiz personalities as intellectually challenged frivolous dimwits would end. To a large extent, we are ourselves responsible for not being taken seriously. Some of us constantly stress and project the glamorous side of our lives. As though being an actor is fun and games. In reality, there are so many actors and films that have influenced the lives of millions. Look at the work Sonu Sood is doing. It’s awesome. Films like Rang De Basanti and 3 Idiots have changed the way we look at life. I am proud to say I was part of both," he concluded.