Raadhika Sarathkumar

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Raadhika Sarathkumar
Born (1962-08-21) August 21, 1962 (age 52)
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1978–1990
1993–present
Spouse(s) Prathap Pothan (1985–1986) (divorced)
Richard Hardy (1991–1992) (divorced)
Sarathkumar (2001–present)
Children Rayanne Hardy (b.1992)
Rahul Sarathkumar (b.2004)
Parents M. R. Radha
Geetha Radha

Raadhika Sarathkumar is an Indian television and film actress, entrepreneur and producer. She is the founder of Radaan Mediaworks India Limited,[1] which has produced successful serials Chitti, Annamalai, Selvi, Arasi, and Idi Katha Kadu (Telugu). She is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Telugu cinema and few Malayalam films and popular in the 80s. She was a top mainstream actress over a decade of the years from 1978 to 1990. She has acted in over 100 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She started to act as supporting actress from 1993 onwards. She was a judge on Vijay TV's Jodi Number One Season 4. She has also produced a film titled Meendum Oru Kaadhal Kathai, which won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Raadhika was born on 21 August 1962 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as the eldest daughter of the late Tamil actor and comedian, M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu), and Geetha Radha. She was educated in Sri Lanka and London. Her younger brothers, Raju Radha and Mohan Radha, and younger sister Nirosha (Nirosha) also have careers in acting.

She has been married thrice. Her first marriage was to Actor-Director Prathap Pothan in 1985, which ended divorced in 1986. Her second marriage was to Richard Hardy at London in 1991, with whom she has a daughter named Rayanne Hardy, born in August 1992.[3] Later she got divorced from Richard Hardy and came back to chennai. She is currently married to actor Sarathkumar on February 4, 2001. The couple have a son called Rahul, born in June 2004. She is currently residing in Chennai with her children with Sarathkumar and Varalaxmi and Pooja, Sarathkumar's daughters from his previous marriage.[4][5]

Film career[edit]

Raadhika was discovered by Tamil director Bharathiraja when she was just 16 years old. Her first film was Kizhakke Pogum Rail released in 1978. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi as well as Kannada films.

Small screen career[edit]

After becoming successful in cinema, Raadhika decided to take on the small screen. In 1994 she set out to produce her own TV serial under the Radaan TV banner. After some initial hiccups, the company re-emerged successfully as Radaan Mediaworks India Ltd in 1999 and, by 2008, had an annual turnover exceeding Rs 10 crore. In 2004, the company ventured into film production in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi markets. Radaan has plans to the Hindi television market.[6] She has acted as the protagonist in several hit serials produced by Radaan Mediaworks. Her first hit drama was Chitti, a 467-episode serial in which she portrayed the main character, Saradha. The serial was widely watched and praised throughout the Tamil-speaking world. Fresh off the success of Chitti Raadhika went on to produce the 757-episode Annamalai, in which she played the main role. Her co-star in both these serials was the veteran actor Sivakumar, with whom she was often paired in films. In Annamalai, he played her brother. She recently played a dual role of mother and daughter in the teleserial Arasi, sequel to the teleserial Selvi. She is currently acting in a Telugu serial No.23 Mahalakshmi Nivasam. Chellamey serial reached its climax and concluded on 18 January 2013 with a total of 845 episodes, with Radaan Mediaworks launching a brand new serial title Vani Rani in which she is playing a dual role of twin sisters starting from 21 January 2013. The serial has an ensemble cast including Venu Arvind, Babloo Prithviraj, Baby Neha and Mahalakshmi of sun music VJ playing the lead roles. She is currently producing and acting in a brand new serial for mediacorp vasantham by the title Puriyaamal Pirinthom under Radaan TV production .This serial is directed by M.Ganaish Raj, the director for Bambremme, the earlier Radaan serial.

Filmography[edit]

As an actress[edit]

In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Paanjaali
1979 Inikkum Ilamai
1979 Niram Maaratha Pookkal
1979 Anbae Sangeetha
1980 Enga Ooru Rasathi
1980 Chinnasiru Kiliye
1980 Ethir Veettu Jannal
1980 Bhama Rukmani
1980 Ilamai Kolam
1980 Thai Pongal
1980 Kumari Pennin Ullathile
1981 Indru Poi Naalai Vaa Jaya
1982 Pokkiri Raja
1982 Ranga
1982 Eera Vizhi Kaaviyangal
1983 Moondru Mugam Rekha
1983 Veetula Raman Veliyila Krishnan
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Herself
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal
1984 Meendumoru Kaadal Kathai
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan
1984 Nilavu Suduvathillai
1985 Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri
1985 Pagal Nilavu
1985 Neethiyin Marupakkam
1986 Dharma Devathai Jhansi Rani Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1987 Per Sollum Pillai
1987 Oorkavalan Vadivu
1987 Veerapandiyan Meena
1987 Uzhavan Magan
1987 Sirai Parava
1988 Rettai Vaal Kuruvi
1988 Paadatha Thenikkal
1988 Nallavan
1988 Thendral Sudum
1988 Therkathi Kallan
1989 Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
1989 Thai Pongal
1989 Thendral Sudum
1990 Keladi Kanmani Sharada Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1990 Ninaivu Chinnam Bhagyam Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
1993 Kizhakku Cheemayile Virumaayi
1994 Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana Lakshmi
1994 Pavithra Pavithra
1994 Namma Annachi Gayathri
1994 Pudupatti Ponnuthayi
1995 Pasumpon Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress (also for Rani Maharaani)
1995 Rani Maharaani Rani Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress (also for Pasumpon)
1995 Raasaiyya Madhavi
1995 Villadhi Villain Parvathi/Bombai Maami
1995 Puthiya Aatchi
1995 Ragasiya Police Central Minister
1996 Karuvelam Pookkal Vadivu
1997 Suryavamsham Sakthivel Gounder's Wife
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Bhagyam
1998 Jeans Sundaramba
1998 En Aasai Rasave
1998 Veera Thalattu
1999 Kummi Paattu
1999 Amarkalam Ganga
1999 Poomagal Oorvalam
1999 Sivan Sivagami
1999 Tajmahal
2000 Sudhandhiram Advocate Padmini
2001 Roja Kootam
2007 Kannamoochi Yenada Dhamayanthi
2008 Pandhayam Masanam's Wife
2012 Saguni Ramani
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Gautham's wife
2014 Poojai Rajalakshmi
2014 Sandamarutham Filming

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Nyayam Kavali Bharathi Devi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1981 Radha Kalyanam Radha
1981 Kirayi Rowdylu Jyothi
1981 Dabbu Dabbu Dabbu
1981 Priya
1982 Idi Pellantara
1982 Vayyari Bhamulu Vagalamari Bhartulu
1982 Billa Ranga
1982 Yamakinkarudu Radha
1982 Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu Lalithamba
1982 Mondi Ghatam Latha
1983 Prema Pichollu Prema
1983 Palletoori Monagadu
1983 Abhilasha Archana
1983 Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu
1983 Puli Bebbuli
1983 Gudachari No.1 Rekha
1983 Simhapuri Simham
1983 Mugguru Monagallu
1983 Trisulam
1983 Thodu Needa Radha
1984 Hero
1984 Srimathi Kaavali Jaya
1984 Yuddam
1984 Babbulu Gadi Debba
1984 Kondaveeti Nagulu
1984 Bava Maradalu
1984 Abhimanyudu
1984 Punyam Koddi Purushudu
1984 Anubandham
1984 Grihalakshmi
1985 Swati Mutyam Lalitha
1985 Mangalya Balam
1985 Jwala
1985 Ragile Gundelu Radha
1986 Jeevana Poratam
1986 Bandham
1986 Shanti Nivasam
1986 Jailu pakshi
1987 Aranyakanda
1987 Donga Mogudu Seetha
1987 Sardar Dharmanna
1987 Karthika Pournami
1987 Aradhana Gangamma
1987 Aatma Bandhuvulu
1987 America Abbayi
1987 Nyayaniki Sankellu
1988 Anna Chellelu
1990 Raja Vikramarka
1990 Idem pellam baboi
1992 Swati Kiranam Sarada
1994 Palnati Pourusham
1997 Kutumba Gouravam
1998 Suryavamsam
1999 Prema Katha Subhadra Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 undile manchi kalam mundu munduna Event laxmi

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1979 Hamare Tumhare Sonia
1986 Asli Naqli Vijay's sister
1986 Naseeb Apna Apna Chanda Singh
1987 Sathyam Shivam Sundaram
1987 Kudrat Ka Kanoon Aarti Verma / Miss Julie Singh
1990 Aaj Ka Arjun Laxmi Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990 Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai Roopa P. Chandra
1993 Tum Karo Vaada Soniya
1998 Himmatwala
1999 Lal Baadshah Mrs. Ranbhir Singh

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1985 Koodum Thedi Devi
1985 Makan Ente Makan Sujatha
1993 Arthana
2000 Priyam

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Prachanda Kulla
1985 Jeevana Chakra Ranga's Wife
1987 Sathyam Shivam Sundaram
1991 Nagini Dubbed into Hindi with same name.

Television[edit]

Year Series/Show Role Notes
1999–2001 Chithi Sharadha / Shakthi Dubbed in Telugu as Pinni, Dubbed in Sinhala as Punchi
Idhi Katha Kadhu Telugu Serial
2002–2004 Annamalai Annamalai
2005–2006 Selvi Selvi Dubbed in Telugu as Lakshmi
2007–2009 Arasi Arasi / Selvi Dubbed in Telugu as Jhansi
2009–2013 Chellamay Chellamma
2013–present Vani Rani Vani / Rani Dubbed in Malayalam as Vani Rani itself
2013–2013 Puriyaamal Pirinthom Priya Singapore Tamil drama broadcast on MediaCorp Vasantham [7]

As a Producer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2007 Kannamoochi Yenada
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal
2014 Pulivaal
2014 Sandamarutham Filming
2015 Thalappakatti Pre-production

Award and nomination[edit]

Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Board of Directors". RAADAAN MEDIAWORDS INDIA LIMITED. 
  2. ^ "Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film". Awards and Shows. 
  3. ^ "Radhika Sarathkumar Biography". entertainment.oneindia.in. 
  4. ^ "Raadhika Sarathkumar - Profile and Biography". Veethi. 
  5. ^ "Actress Radhika Sarathkumar Kids Daughter Rayane & Son Rahul Photos". Mere Pix. 20 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Radaan to produce Hindi Films". SIFY. 7 February 2004. 
  7. ^ "Oru Nayagi Oru Novel". Vasantham on xinmsn Entertainment. 
  8. ^ "32 National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 

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