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Radhika at CCL T20 in 2011
|Spouse(s)||Prathap Pothan (m.1985–1986) (divorced)
Richard Hardy (m.1990–1992) (divorced)
|Children||Rayane Hardy (b.1992)
Rahul Sarathkumar (b.2004)
|Parent(s)||M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu)
Raju Radha (brother)
Mohan Radha (brother)
Raadhika Sarathkumar is an Indian television and film actress, entrepreneur and producer. She is the founder of Radaan Mediaworks India Limited, 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 has acted in over 200 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.She was a top mainstream actress over a decade of the years from 1978 to 1990. After her marriage to Richard Hardy in 1990, She settled in London. Later she comeback and started as an supporting actress from 1993 to present. 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.
Raadhika was born on 21 August 1962 in Chennai, as the eldest daughter of late Tamil actor, M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu), and Geetha Radha, a Telugu Naidu family. She was educated in Sri Lanka and London and is a degree holder in Home Science. Her younger brothers are Raju Radha and Mohan Radha. Her younger sister Nirosha (Nirosha) is also an actress.
She has been married thrice. Her first marriage was to Actor-Director Prathap Pothan in 1985 and subsequently divorced in 1986. Her second marriage was to Richard Hardy at London in 1990 and the couple has a daughter Rayane, born on August 22, 1992. Later she got divorced from Richard Hardy and came back to Chennai in 1992. Her third marriage was with actor Sarathkumar on February 4, 2001. The couple has a son Rahul, born on June 24, 2004.
Raadhika was discovered by Tamil director Bharathiraja when she was just 15 years old. Her first film was Kizhakke Pogum Rail released in 1978. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu with few Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada films.
Small screen career
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. 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 Arase, 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 (who was also in Selvi and Arase), 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.
As an actress
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.
|1981||Nyayam Kavali||Bharathi Devi||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|1981||Dabbu Dabbu Dabbu|
|1982||Vayyari Bhamulu Vagalamari Bhartulu|
|1982||Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu||Lalithamba|
|1983||Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu|
|1984||Babbulu Gadi Debba|
|1984||Punyam Koddi Purushudu|
|1990||Idem pellam baboi|
|1999||Prema Katha||Subhadra||Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|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|
|1999||Lal Baadshah||Mrs. Ranbhir Singh|
|1985||Makan Ente Makan||Sujatha|
|1985||Jeevana Chakra||Ranga's Wife|
|1987||Sathyam Shivam Sundaram|
|1991||Nagini||Dubbed into Hindi with same name.|
|1999–2001||Chithi||Sarada / Sakthi||Dubbed in Telugu as Pinni, Dubbed in Sinhala as Punchi|
|Idhi Katha Kadhu||Telugu Serial|
|2005–2006||Selvi||Selvi||Dubbed in Telugu as Lakshmi|
|2007–2009||Arasi||Arasi / Selvi||Dubbed in Telugu as Jhansi|
|2013–2013||Puriyaamal Pirinthom||Priya||Singapore Tamil drama broadcast on MediaCorp Vasantham |
|2013–present||Vani Rani||Vani / Rani||Dubbed in Malayalam as Vani Rani itself|
As a Producer
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Tamil|
|2015||Idhu Enna Mayam||Tamil||Filming|
Award and nomination
- 1981 - Best Telugu Actress for Nyayam Kavali
- 1986 - Best Tamil Actress for Dharma Devathai
- 1990 - Best Tamil Actress for Keladi Kanmani
- 1985 – Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director for Meendum Oru Kaadhal Kathai (Producer)
- 1988 - Special Award for Best Actress for Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran
- 1989 - Best Actress for Ninaivu Chinnam
- 1995 - Special Award for Best Actress for Pasumpon, Rani Maha Rani
- 2010 - [[ Live Time Achievement/ 9.30 serial slot award] ]
- 2011- [[ Live Time Achievement/ 9.30 serial slot award] ]
- 2014- [[ Best Actress award for vani rani & thanga penmani award ] ]
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- "Radaan to produce Hindi Films". SIFY. 7 February 2004.
- "Oru Nayagi Oru Novel". Vasantham on xinmsn Entertainment.
- "32 National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 18 December 2011.