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Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013
June 3, 1966
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
|Years active||1981 - 1991|
|Children||Karthika Nair, Vignesh, Thulasi Nair|
|Parents||Azhakathu E Rama Kurup, Mouttathu K Janaki|
|Awards||Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics|
Chandrika, better known by her screen name Radha (Malayalam: രാധ; born 3 June 1966) is an Indian actress popular in the 80s. She was a top mainstream actress over a decade of the years from 1981 to 1991. She has acted in numerous movies with top actors of the South Indian cinema in the 1980s. She has acted in over 100 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. Not only that, She was a Judge in STAR Vijay Jodi Number One Season 6 Reality Dance program and she also continues with Season 7.
Radha was born as Chandrika hails from Kallara Village near kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. She has two elder sisters Ambika and Mallika and two younger brothers Arjun and Suresh Nair. Her Sister Ambika is also an actress.
Radha got married to a business man, Hotelier Rajasekaran Nair in 1991 and have settled in Mumbai. She has 3 children's, son Vignesh Nair, Daughters Karthika Nair and Thulasi Nair. For the past 23 years they have owned a chain of restaurants in Mumbai and two hotels called UDS in Kovalam at Kerala, which have won the best coastal beach resort award. They also own a restaurant in the UK named "Rock and Role Kitchen" (RRK).
Radha started her acting career at the age of 14. She was spotted by director Bharathiraja and was cast as a teenager in Alaigal Oivathillai in 1981 opposite newcomer Karthik. Her name Udaya Chandrika was changed to a screen name Radha by director Bharathiraja. She was studying in 9th standard when she acted in that film. She was started her Telugu film with Sobhan Babu in Mr. Vijay in 1983. She was at peak in her film career in both Tamil and Telugu films and become as one of the Top heroines from 1981 to 1991.
Radha started her career in the age of 14 starring as the protagonist in director Bharathiraja's Alaigal Oivathillai alongside debutant Karthik in 1981. The movie was a runaway hit and is regarded as a cult classic by many. The on-screen chemistry that she shared with Karthik was highly successful and led to many movies like Pakkathu Veetu Roja, Valibamey Vaa Vaa and Ilanjodigal. In the same year Radha played a small role in the movie Tik Tik Tik which also starred Kamal Haasan. Tik Tik Tik played a significant role in her career. Later she starred alongside Kamal Hassan in movies like Oru Kaithiyin Diary, Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey, Kadhal Parisu and Jappanil Kalyanaraman.
Her sister Ambika is also a very popular actress. Both of them acted together in films like Enkeyo Ketta Kural, Vellai Roja, Idhaya Kovil, Kadhal Parisu and Anna Nagar Mudhal Theru. The two sisters were at the zenith of their fame when they acted in Kadhal Parisu in which they played the roles of very glamorous, highly desirable women. Ambika and Radha managed their careers very carefully and after attaining success they were very selective about taking up roles in Tamil movies and only performed with top actors and directors. It was very rare to see both the sisters in the same movie after their early years in the Tamil film industry.
Her last film in Tamil was Marupakkam with Sivakumar and Jayabharathi, where she played a small role called "Avayam" released in October 1991.
She acted in her first Telugu film with Sobhan Babu in Mr. Vijay in 1983. Her notable films in Telugu include Yamudiki Mogudu, State Rowdy, Lankeswarudu, Raamudu Bheemudu, and Agni Parvatam. She has acted in around 16 films with Chiranjeevi, three films with Balakrishna and worked with all major heroes like NTR, ANR, Krishna, Shoban Babu and many more. Her glamour roles were brought out by K. Raghavendra Rao and A. Kodandarami Reddy. Her last Telugu film was Kodama Simham starring with Chiranjeevi, Sonam, Mohan babu reelased in 1990.
Radha has done only 4 Kannada films. She acted with veteran Vishnuvardhan and actress Lakshmi in Soubhagya Lakshmi, a remake of the Hindi film Maang Bharo Sajana. It in turn is a remake of a Telugu movie. She acted in Saavira Sullu with Ravichandran. In 1991, she did the movie Ranachandi with co-actors Sharat Babu, Ramesh Bhat, Mukhyamantri Chandru and Sudhir. In the film, she played a cop with Sharat Babu as her husband and Mukhyamantri Chandru as the villain. She had many stunts and fight sequences. It was a big hit in Kannada and is still remembered by Kannada movie-goers.
Radha acted only in 6 Malayalam films, the most notable being K. G. George's state award-winning film Irakal (1986). Her performance as Nirmala is widely regarded as one of the best in her career. She produced the Malayalam film Ayitham (1987) in which she played the lead role. She played significant roles in Sathyan Anthikad's Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986) and her last film by P. G. Viswambaran's Innathe Programme in (1991).
|1990||Kodama Simham||Chiranjeevi, Sonam, Mohan babu||K.Muralimohana Rao|
|Kondaveeti Donga||Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Amrish Puri||Kondanda Rami Reddy.A.|
|Qaidi Dada||Brahmanandam, Suman||T.L.V.Prasad|
|1989||Lankeshwarudu||Chiranjeevi, Mohan babu||Narayana Rao Dasari|
|Rudranetra||Chiranjeevi, Nutan Prasad||K.Raghavendra Rao|
|State Rowdy||Chiranjeevi, Banupriya, Satyanarayana Kaikala||Gopal.B.|
|Manchi Kutumbam||Krishna Ghattamaneni, Sharada||G.Rammohan Rao|
|Two Town Rowdy||Venkatesh, Naresh||Narayana Rao Dasari|
|1988||Marana Mrudangam||Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Brahmanandam||A.Kondandarami Reddy|
|Yamudiki Mogudu||Chiranjeevi, Vijayasanthi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Ravi Raja Pinisetty|
|Donga Ramudu||Mohan babu, Allu Ramalingaiah||K.Raghavendra Rao|
|1987||Jebu Donga||Chiranjeevi, Bhanupriya||A.Kondandarami Reddy|
|1986||Raakshasudu||Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Nagendra Babu||Kondanadarama Reddy.A.|
|Kondaveeti Raja||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||K.Raghavendra Rao|
|Muddula Krishnaiah||Balakrishna, Vijayasanthi, Sharada||Kodi Ramakrishna|
|Ravana Brahma||Krishnamraju, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||K.Raghavendra Rao|
|1985||Adavi Donga||Chiranjeevi, Sharada||K.Raghavendra Rao|
|Raktha Sindooram||Chiranjeevi, Nuthan Prasad||Kondaandarama Reddy.A.|
|Puli||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Raj Bharath|
|Vinitha Mogudu||Mohan babu||T.L.VPrasad|
|Donga||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Kondanadarama Reddy.A.|
|Agni Parvatam||Krishna, Sharada, Vijayashanti||K.Raghavendra Rao|
|1984||Naagu||Chiranjeevi, Raogopal Rao||Prasad Thathineni|
|Goonda||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Kondanadarama Reddy.A.|
|1983||Chanda Sasanudu||N.T.Ramarao, Sharada||N.T.Ramarao|
|1991||Innathe Programme||Mukesh, Siddique, Zainuddin||P. G. Viswambaran||Indumathi|
|1987||Ayitham||Mohanlal, Ambika||Venu Nagavally||Chinna|
|1986||Irakal||Bharath Gopi, Ashokan||K. G. George||Nirmala|
|Revathikkoru Pavakkutty||Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Menaka||Sathyan Anthikkad||Susanna|
|1984||Umanilayam||Shanavas, Shankar Panikkar||Joshi||Uma|
|1983||Mortuary||Prem Nazir, Madhu, Srividya||Baby||Radhadevi|
|1986||Soubhagya Lakshmi||Vishnuvardhan, Lakshmi||Bhargava|
|1986||Sharath Babu,Mukyamantri chandru||G.K.Mudduraj||Durgadevi|
|1985||V Ravichandran, Manjula, Lokesh, Balakrishna, Leelavathi||G.K.Mudduraj||Usha|
|1984||Ambarish,Ambika, Srinath, Shivaram||G.K.Mudduraj||Cameo appearance|
- Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 394.