Ottapalam – Dr. P.M. Madhavan was Madhavan Sir to some. For some, Madhavan is a doctor. Madhavan to friends and relatives of the same age. Madhvetan for the youth. Some of those who are so loved affectionately called ‘Matan’. To listen to those calls with gentle and loving laughter, Madhavan at Kavalapara Puthan Math, no more. PM Madhavan is a neuropsychiatrist who has uprooted the roots of depression and paranoia from the minds of thousands of people who came in search of peace of mind. Many people from all regions of Kerala from south to north came to Ottapalam seeking his treatment.
After studying at Kozhikode Medical College and Ranchi, he started his professional career as a teacher at Puducherry JIPMER. The MD won from Ranchi also had the glitter of the gold medal. Treatment started at Cherpulassery Shankar Hospital in Nadu. Later he ended his life at Ottapalam. He has presented psychology-related papers in many forums including foreign countries. It was during his travels abroad that he first experienced weakness in his legs in Sri Lanka. Later, it became difficult to climb stairs. Muscular dystrophy has knocked him down several times. There were cracks in the legs.
Over time, he was unable to even stand up without assistance. Even then the melancholic physician did not reveal his own depression. He sat on the bed in the bedroom and looked after the patients with a smile on his face. He used his motorized wheelchair and wheelchair-accessible vehicle on trips with friends and at gatherings with dear friends at his home to keep his tired body up with his mind.
Once, the doctor pointed out to the actor Mohanlal, who was on a friendly visit to his home, the problem of the lack of facilities for disabled people to enter buildings including cinemas. Mohanlal had written about it in his blog. The doctor, who was confined to a wheelchair for seven years, had also exercised his right to vote in the last assembly elections. Ottapalam reached the polling booth of NSS High School in a wheel chair. On the insistence of director Jayaraj, who is also a family friend, she acted in the movie ‘Hasyam’, which was released in theaters last month. Earlier, the film was screened at the International Film Festival.
The doctor played the role of Dr. Mukundan Vaniyamkulam in the comedy starring Harishree Ashokan Japan. Dr. P. M. Madhavan left the dream of directing a film. While preparing for the film direction with the full support of director Jayaraj, his health condition worsened.