Passion powered Madhu's rise from a man selling computers for a living to becoming someone called in to help with the special effects on a Hollywood blockbuster.
Madhu has worked with some of India's best known directors, including Mani Ratnam, before going on to work on The Lord Of The Rings -- Return Of The King. He also holds the National Award for Visual Effects for his work on Kamal Haasan's Aalavandhan.
This is his story, in his own words:
I used to sell computers for a living in Coimbatore, before I shifted base to Chennai in 1990 and found there was no joy in selling computers.
In 1992, one of my clients wanted me to set up a small multimedia unit.
My curiosity was aroused; I wanted to know what multimedia was all about.
I joined a course in CD animation but never thought that, one day, it would be my profession.
I just wanted to give better solutions to my clients. I thought I should know what I was selling.
My client then asked me to join the company he wanted to launch as general manager -- visual effects. I found the thought exciting.
We started Total Infotainment India Pvt Ltd.
I remember watching a Hollywood film then. And I decided that, one day, I would work on a film like that in India.
With that in mind, I started working on commercials. It was tough getting work initially.
Text: Shobha Warrier
In the picture: Aalavandhan, for which Madhu won the National Award.