Even the new Netflix edit leaves on important question unanswered, does Madhavan ever find love? Harmless innocent sweet untouched by passion Madhavan? Is there a woman who will awaken the sleeping sex God inside of him? I say YES!
Madhavan, as we have him in the movie, is shaggy haired and bearded and tends to wear tweed layers. He is soft spoken and kind, the type who would offer directions to strangers on the sidewalk, and nicely remove himself from a love triangle even on his wedding day. He also doesn’t seem to really be in love with the woman he is planning to marry. At one point he says that all he cares about is his project, and her mind. It is her mind that he enjoys, not anything else.
As I picture him, he is a genius who has learned to put the life of the mind ahead of anything else. He has a large natural empathy for others, and a strong moral and ethical compass. But he has never felt the sort of passionate emotions that others feel, does not quite understand them although he respects them. He planned to live a solitary life, but when he learned his long time friend and co-worker Anushka was having a baby, he slowly started to change his mind. He waited until she had completed her pregnancy and given birth and returned to work, because he wanted to give her time to recover and be able to think logically and clearly again. He spoke to her family first and received their approval and let them broach the subject with Anushka. Once he was sure she would say yes, he created a romantic proposal because he understood it was the proper thing to do and was happy with her happiness. Madhavan planned a loveless marriage, it would be ideal, she assured him she wanted no physical relationship ever again, he would gain a daughter and she would gain a caregiver as she got older. Plus they had compatible personalities and interests and enjoyed spending time together. But then Anushka left him and he managed his slight disappointment and went back to his original plan of a solitary single loveless life.
Now, what should happen to him next? Tell me what you think, and I might write the whole fanfic for you!
Option A: Madhavan notices a new maintenance worker crying and talks to her in Tamil. She is a recent immigrant and is having a hard time renewing her Visa. Madhavan kindly offers her a green card marriage. The woman is an older (like 30) spinster who is working in America so she can send money back home to her family in Sri Lanka. Madhavan encourages her to take night classes and helps her study, she makes him lunches and worries about his health. They take walks together every night. She decorates his apartment and brings home a puppy. They are shy with each other when they catch each other in undress. He feels things when he sees her with wet hair. Blah-blah, sex, misunderstanding, romantic run to the airport, love confession SONG.
Option B: A new supervisor is brought in to Madhavan’s department, confident and sexy and abrasive. They take an immediate dislike to each other, she thinks Madhavan is too fuzzy-headed and soft, he thinks she is too goal focused and not ready to sit back and enjoy what they are learning along the way. But they slowly learn to respect each other as they are forced to work together to complete the project. And when she dresses sexy in a sari for a celebration party, Madhavan starts to Feel Things. And then she sees her ex-boyfriend and gets drunk and Madhavan takes care of her and she starts to Feel Things too, especially when he showers at her place and she sees him in a towel. She pursues him, he is confused but eventually figures it out. Love, misunderstanding, run to the airport, love confession SONG
Option C: Anushka’s family feels terrible about the broken marriage and offers up her cousin. Also highly intelligent and educated, her parents want her to get married, it just makes sense. Madhavan agrees to meet her but explains at the first meeting that he is not looking for a “real” marriage. She agrees, she does not want a “real” marriage either, she has one true love and he does not love her back. She and Madhavan agree to a marriage of the mind and nothing else. At first all is fine, they start to really enjoy living together and spending time together and all that. And then they have their first big fight and suddenly Madhavan discovers he is feeling all the passion he never thought he would have in his life. But just as he is about to confess his love, his wife’s lifetime crush reappears and confesses his love. Misunderstanding! Run to the Airport! Love confession SONG
What’s your vote? Or will we leave shaggy professor Maddy alone with his books?