Raadhika Sarathkumar

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For the Malayalam film actress, see Radhika (Malayalam actress).
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Born 21 August 1962
Occupation Actress, producer
Children Rayanne Hardy
Rahul Sarathkumar
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 has also acted in the serial Chellamay for Sun TV which concluded recently and started to playing a double act as twin sisters in the new serial programme Vani Rani. 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 21 August 1962 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the eldest daughter of the late Tamil actor and comedian, M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu), and Geetha Radha. She was educated in India, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Her brothers, Raju Radha and Mohan Ratha, and younger sister Nirosha (Nirosha) also have careers in acting.

She has been married three times. Her first marriage was to Actor-Director Prathap Pothan in 1985, who she later divorced. Her second marriage was to Richard Hardy, with whom she has a daughter named Rayanne Hardy, born in 1992.[3] She is currently married to actor Sarathkumar, who she married February 4, 2001. They have a son called Rahul, born in 2004. She is currently residing in Chennai with Sarathkumar, her son and daughter, 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, Kannada, Hindi as well as Malayalam 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 Actress[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Paanjaali Tamil
1979 Inikkum Ilamai Tamil
Niram Maaratha Pookkal Tamil
Anbae Sangeetha Tamil
Hamare Tumhare Sonia Hindi
1980 Enga Ooru Rasathi Tamil
Chinnasiru Kiliye Tamil
Ethir Veettu Jannal Tamil
Bhama Rukmani Tamil
Thai Pongal Tamil
Kumari Pennin Ullathile Tamil
1981 Indru Poi Naalai Vaa Jaya Tamil
Nyayam Kavali Bharathi Devi Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Radha Kalyanam Radha Telugu
Kirayi Rowdylu Jyothi Telugu
Dabbu Dabbu Dabbu Telugu
Priya Telugu
1982 Idi Pellantara Telugu
Vayyari Bhamulu Vagalamari Bhartulu Telugu
Pokkiri Raja Tamil
Ranga Tamil
Billa Ranga Telugu
Yamakinkarudu Radha Telugu
Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu Lalithamba Telugu
Mondi Ghatam Latha Telugu
1983 Prema Pichollu Prema Telugu
Palletoori Monagadu Telugu
Abhilasha Archana Telugu
Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu Telugu
Puli Bebbuli Telugu
Gudachari No.1 Rekha Telugu
Moondru Mugam Tamil
Simhapuri Simham Telugu
Prachanda Kulla Kannada
Mugguru Monagallu Telugu
Trisulam Telugu
1984 Hero Telugu
Srimathi Kaavali Jaya Telugu
Yuddam Telugu
Babbulu Gadi Debba Telugu
Kondaveeti Nagulu Telugu
Bava Maradalu Telugu
Abhimanyudu Telugu
Punyam Koddi Purushudu Telugu
Anbulla Rajinikanth Herself Tamil
Anubandham Telugu
Dhavani Kanavugal Tamil
Grihalakshmi Telugu
Meendumoru Kaadal Kathai Tamil
Nallavanuku Nallavan Tamil
1985 Koodum Thedi Devi Malayalam
Makan Ente Makan Sujatha Malayalam
Swati Mutyam Lalitha Telugu
Mangalya Balam Telugu
Jeevana Chakra Ranga's Wife Kannada
Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri Tamil
Jwala Telugu
1986 Jeevana Poratam Telugu
Bandham Telugu
Jailu pakshi Telugu
Asli Naqli Vijay's sister Hindi
Naseeb Apna Apna Chanda Singh Hindi
Dharma Devathai Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1987 Aranyakanda Telugu
Donga Mogudu Seetha Telugu
Sardar Dharmanna Telugu
Karthika Pournami Telugu
Aradhana Gangamma Telugu
Per Sollum Pillai Tamil
Oorkavalan Tamil
Kudrat Ka Kanoon Aarti Verma / Miss Julie Singh Hindi
Aatma Bandhuvulu Telugu
America Abbayi Telugu
Nyayaniki Sankellu Telugu
Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Kannada
Veerapandiyan Tamil
1988 Rettai Vaal Kuruvi Tamil
Anna Chellelu Telugu
Thendral Sudum Tamil
Therkathi Kallan Tamil
1989 Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
Thai Pongal Tamil
1990 Keladi Kanmani Sharada Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Aaj Ka Arjun Laxmi Hindi Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Raja Vikramarka Telugu
Idem pellam baboi Telugu
Ninaivu Chinnam Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai Roopa P. Chandra Hindi
1991 Nagini Kannada
1992 Swati Kiranam Sarada Telugu
Tamizh Ponnu Tamil
1993 Kizhakku Cheemayile Virumaayi Tamil
Tum Karo Vaada Soniya Hindi
Arthana Malayalam
1994 Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana Lakshmi Tamil
Pavithra Pavithra Tamil
Palnati Pourusham Telugu
Namma Annachi Tamil
1995 Pasumpon Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress (also for Rani Maharaani)
Rani Maharaani Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress (also for Pasumpon)
Raasaiyya Madhavi Tamil
Puthiya Aatchi Tamil
1996 Karuvelam Pookkal Vadivu Tamil
1997 Suryavamsham Sakthivel Gounder's Wife Tamil
Kutumba Gouravam Telugu
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Bhagyam Tamil
Suryavamsam Telugu
Jeans Sundaramba Tamil
En Aasai Rasave Tamil
Veera Thalattu Tamil
Himmatwala Hindi
1999 Lal Baadshah Mrs. Ranbhir Singh Hindi
Sarfarosh Bar Dancer Hindi
Kummi Paattu Tamil
Amarkalam Ganga Tamil
Prema Katha Subhadra Telugu Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress
Poomagal Oorvalam Tamil
Sivan Sivagami Tamil
Tajmahal Tamil
2000 Sudhandhiram Advocate Padmini Tamil
Priyam Malayalam
2001 Roja Kootam Tamil
2007 Kannamoochi Yenada Dhamayanthi Tamil
2008 Pandhayam Masanam's Wife Tamil
2012 Saguni Ramani Tamil
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Gautham's wife Tamil
2014 Sandamarutham Tamil Filming
2014 Poojai Tamil Filming

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 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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