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 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.
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. 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.
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 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.