Tamil superstar R Madhavan has been on cloud nine ever since Infosys chief mentor NR Narayana Murthy expressed a desire to be interviewed by him. The much anticipated interaction will happen in Singapore on August 17.
This is how it happened: Murthy was asked to speak at the Singapore Expo on business relations between India and Southeast Asia and he made a counter suggestion - why do a monologue, why not an interface?
"I'd rather be interviewed by Mr Madhavan?" Murthy suggested to the Expo authorities.
Madhavan, a big fan of Murthy, is walking on air.<b1>
"I've that e-mail which I'll keep till the end of time. I've always been a big fan of Mr Narayana Murthy. He's certainly one of my idols. I still remember his interview with Bill Gates where he had said, 'The real power of money is the power to give it away'. I'll never forget that line," said Madhavan.
The actor is hoping his interface with Murthy will have its lively and informative moments.
"I don't want it to be cut and dried. The very fact that he asked for me puts a big responsibility on my shoulder. And I intend to take that responsibility very seriously."
Madhavan has just returned from Singapore from the premiere of his latest Tamil film Aarya.
"But I don't mind going back so quickly. My wife Sarita is coming with me. She says she wouldn't miss this historic moment in my life for anything in the world."