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|Born||21 August 1962|
|Parents||M. R. Radha
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 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.
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. 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.
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
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.
|1978||Kizhake Pogum Rail||Paanjaali||Tamil|
|Niram Maaratha Pookkal||Tamil|
|1980||Enga Ooru Rasathi||Tamil|
|Ethir Veettu Jannal||Tamil|
|Kumari Pennin Ullathile||Tamil|
|1981||Indru Poi Naalai Vaa||Jaya||Tamil|
|Nyayam Kavali||Bharathi Devi||Telugu||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|Dabbu Dabbu Dabbu||Telugu|
|Vayyari Bhamulu Vagalamari Bhartulu||Telugu|
|Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu||Lalithamba||Telugu|
|Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu||Telugu|
|Babbulu Gadi Debba||Telugu|
|Punyam Koddi Purushudu||Telugu|
|Meendumoru Kaadal Kathai||Tamil|
|Makan Ente Makan||Sujatha||Malayalam|
|Jeevana Chakra||Ranga's Wife||Kannada|
|Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri||Tamil|
|Asli Naqli||Vijay's sister||Hindi|
|Naseeb Apna Apna||Chanda Singh||Hindi|
|Dharma Devathai||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Per Sollum Pillai||Tamil|
|Kudrat Ka Kanoon||Aarti Verma / Miss Julie Singh||Hindi|
|Sathyam Shivam Sundaram||Kannada|
|1988||Rettai Vaal Kuruvi||Tamil|
|1989||Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress|
|1990||Keladi Kanmani||Sharada||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Aaj Ka Arjun||Laxmi||Hindi||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Idem pellam baboi||Telugu|
|Ninaivu Chinnam||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress|
|Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai||Roopa P. Chandra||Hindi|
|Tum Karo Vaada||Soniya||Hindi|
|1994||Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana||Lakshmi||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)|
|1997||Suryavamsham||Sakthivel Gounder's Wife||Tamil|
|En Aasai Rasave||Tamil|
|1999||Lal Baadshah||Mrs. Ranbhir Singh||Hindi|
|Prema Katha||Subhadra||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Gautham's wife||Tamil|
|1999-2001||Chithi||Sharadha / Shakthi||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–present||Vani Rani||Vani / Rani||Dubbed in Malayalam as Vani Rani itself|
|2013–2013||Puriyaamal Pirinthom||Priya||Singapore Tamil drama broadcast on MediaCorp Vasantham |
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal|
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
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