Radha (actress)

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Radha
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013 (cropped).jpg
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013
Born Chandrika
(1966-06-03) June 3, 1966 (age 48)
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Years active 1981 - 1991
Spouse(s) Rajasekaran Nair
(m.1991-present)
Children Karthika Nair, Vignesh, Thulasi Nair
Parents Azhakathu E Rama Kurup, Mouttathu K Janaki
Relatives Ambika (sister)
Awards Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics

Chandrika, better known by her screen name Radha (Malayalam: രാധ; born 3 June 1966)[1] is an Indian actress[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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).

Her daughter Karthika Nair started her career as an actress with the Telugu film Josh. Her another daughter Thulasi Nair started her career as an actress with the Maniratnam film Kadal (2012 film).

Career[edit]

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.

Tamil cinema[edit]

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.

Telugu cinema[edit]

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.

Kannada cinema[edit]

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.

Malayalam cinema[edit]

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).

Selected filmography[edit]

Telugu films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Notes
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.
Ramudu Bhimudu BalaKrishna
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
Jamadagni Krishna Bharathiraja
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

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction
1991 Marupakkam Sivakumar, Jayabharathi
1991 Shanti Enathu Shanti T. Rajendar, Silambarasan
1991 Sigaram S.P.B,Rehka,Ramyakrishnan,Aanandbabu
1990 Manaivi Oru Manickam Arjun, Mukesh
1989 Rajadhi Raja Rajinikanth,Nathiya
1989 Pick Pocket Sathyaraj, Silksmitha
1989 Chinnappadass Sathyaraj C.V.Rajendran
1989 Oru Ponnu Nenacha Mohan
1989 Niyaya Tharasu Nizhalgal Ravi
1989 Chinna Mayil Suresh
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam Vijayakanth
En Uyir Kannamma Prabhu
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Sathyaraj,Ambika Balu Anand
1987 Anand Prabhu,Jayasri C.V.Rajendran
Jallikattu Sivajiganesan,Sathyaraj Manivannan
Kadhal parisu Kamal Haasan,Ambika A.jahannathan
Ulavan mahan Vijayakanth,Radhika
Ninaive oru sangeetham Vijayakanyh,Rehka,Srividya,Govundamani
Enga chinna rasa K. Bhagyaraj K.Bhagayaraj
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam Sivakumar
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Vijayakanth R. Sundarrajan
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Mohan, Amala R. Sundarrajan
Mana Kanakku Vijayakanth
1985 Idaya Kovil Mohan, Ambika Mani Ratnam
Muthal Mariyathai Sivaji Ganesan,Sathyaraj,Ranjani,Vadivukarasi P. Bharathiraja
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Kamal Haasan,Revathi P. Bharathiraja
Nalla Thambi Karthik SP. Muthuraman
Japanil Kalyanaraman Kamal Haasan SP. Muthuraman
Neethiyin Nizhal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu
1984 Naan Mahaan Alla Rajinikanth
Dhavani Kanavugal K. Bhagyaraj, Radhika, Ilavarasi
Simma Soppanam Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Sharada
Charithra Nayagan Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Sharada
Iru Medhaigal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Saritha
Kairasikkaran Prabhu
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Mohan
1983 Paayum Puli Rajinikanth, Manorama SP. Muthuraman
Thudikkum Karangal Rajinikanth
Aboorva Sagodarigal Karthik,Suresh,Suhasini,Urvashi
Sandhippu Prabhu,Sivajiganesan,Sujatha,Sridevi
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey Kamalhassan Nenjamellam Neeye Mohan
Muthu Engal Sothu Prabhu
Vellai Roja Prabhu,Sivajiganesan,Suresh,Ambika,Jayachandran Sivappu Sooriyan Rajinikanth,Saritha,Dehli Ganesh,Y.G Mahendran,Manorama,Radha Ravi,Silk Smitha Nenjamellam Neeye Mohan, Poornima Bhagyaraj Oru Kai Parpom Karthik
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Rajinikanth, Ambika
Kaadhal Oviyam Kannan,Janagaraj P. Bharathiraja
Gopurangal Saivathillai Mohan,Suhasini Manivannan
Ilanjodigal Karthik Rama Narayanan
Kanney Raadha Karthik
Valibamey Vaa Vaa Karthik
Pakkathu Veetu Roja Karthik
Neram Vandhachu Karthik
Thunai Sivaji Ganesan,Saritha,Suresh
Kadhalithu Paar Mohan
Adhisaya Piravigal Prabhu
Ayiram Muthangal Sivakumar 1982 Aananda Raagam Sivakumar
1982 Kadavulukku Oor Kadidham Mohan
1981 Tik Tik Tik Kamal Haasan, Madhavi, Swapna
Alaigal Oivathillai Karthik, Silk smitha, Thiyakarajan

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Role
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

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction
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

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