Radha (actress)

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Radha
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013 (cropped).jpg
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013
Born (1965-06-03) 3 June 1965 (age 49)
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Years active 1981–1991
Spouse(s) Rajasekaran Nair
(m. 1991–present)
Children Karthika Nair (b. 1992)
Vignesh Nair (b. 1995)
Thulasi Nair (b. 1997)
Parent(s) Azhakathu E Rama Kurup, Mouttathu K Janaki
Family Ambika (sister)
Mallika
Arjun
Suresh
Awards Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics

Udaya Chandrika, known by her stage name Radha, is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Telugu films. She was also starred in few Malayalam and Kannada films. She was one of the mainstream top heroine over for a decade of years from 1981 to 1991. She has acted in 100 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Her elder sister Ambika was also an actress. Both of them acted in a number of south Indian films in 1980s together and during their peak career, they have owned a movie studio called "ARS Studios". Now they have converted ARS Studios in to a new Hotel Complex in 2013. She ventured into Television as a Judge in STAR Vijay's Jodi Number One Season 6, 7 & 8 Reality Dance program.

Personal life[edit]

Radha was born on 3 June 1965 at Kallara village located in Trivandrum district. She has two elder sisters Ambika and Mallika; two younger brothers Arjun and Suresh Nair. Her Sister Ambika was also a leading actress in 1980's.

Radha married a business man, Rajasekaran Nair in 1991 and settled in Mumbai. She has three children: Son Vignesh Nair, Daughters Karthika Nair and Thulasi Nair. For the past 24 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 at age of 17 with the Telugu film Josh in 2009. Her other daughter Thulasi Nair started her acting career at age of 14 as an actress with the Maniratnam film Kadal in 2012.

Career[edit]

Radha started her acting career at the age of 15. 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 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 15 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, 5 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. Radha brought about a major departure in terms of limits heroines with erotic roles that reveal their bodies on screen.[1]

Her last Telugu film was Kodama Simham starring with Chiranjeevi, Sonam, Mohan babu released in 1990.

Kannada cinema[edit]

She 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]

She 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 has acted with eighties Superstar Shankar Pannikar and Bharat Gopi the maximum, in two movies each with both actors. She played significant roles in Sathyan Anthikad's Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986).

Her last Malayalam film by P. G. Viswambaran's Innathe Programme released in 1991.

Selected filmography[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

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Year Film Role Notes
1991 Marupakkam Avayam Guest appearance
Shanti Enathu Shanti Radha
Sigaram Dr. Priya
1990 Manaivi Oru Manickam Gayathri
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Gayathri and Rani
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Meenakshi
Oru Ponnu Nenacha Kavitha
Nyaya Tharasu Bharathi
Rajadhi Raja Sengamalam
Pick Pocket Radha
Chinnappadass Kavitha and Radha
Chinna Mayil Mayil
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam Sheela
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Latha (Puppima)
1987 Anand Rekha
Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Radha
Jallikattu Radha
Kadhal Parisu Chitra
Uzhavan Magan Radha
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Pappa
Enga Chinna Rasa Rukmani
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam Kala
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Kanmani
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Thulasi
Manakanakku
1985 Idaya Kovil Suriya
Muthal Mariyathai Kuyil
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Rosy
Nalla Thambi
Japanil Kalyanaraman Radha
Neethiyin Nizhal
1984 Naan Mahaan Alla
Dhavani Kanavugal Guest Appearance
Simma Soppanam
Charithra Nayagan
Iru Medhaigal
Kairasikkaran
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
1983 Paayum Puli
Thudikkum Karangal
Apoorva Sahodarigal Radha / Vijay
Sandhippu
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey Geetha
Muthu Engal Sothu
Vellai Roja Rosy
Sivappu Sooriyan
Nenjamellam Neeye
Oru Kai Parpom Radha
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Kamatchi
Kaadhal Oviyam Janaki
Gopurangal Saivathillai Julie
Ilanjodigal Radha
Kanne Radha Radha
Valibamey Vaa Vaa
Pakkathu Veetu Roja
Neram Vandhachu Radha
Thunai Radha
Kadhalithu Paar
Adhisaya Piravigal Geetha
Ayiram Muthangal Sakthi
Anandha Ragam
Tik Tik Tik Radha
1981 Alaigal Oivathillai Mary

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Innathe Program Indumathi
1988 Ayitham Chinna
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Susanna
1985 Irakal Nirmala
1984 Umaanilayam Uma
1983 Mortuary Radhadevi

Telugu films[edit]

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Year Film Role Notes
1990 Kodama Simham
Kondaveeti Donga
Qaidi Dada
1989 Lankeshwarudu
Rudranetra
State Rowdy
Ramudu Bhimudu
Manchi Kutumbam
Two Town Rowdy
1988 Marana Mrudangam
Yamudiki Mogudu
Donga Ramudu
Jamadagni
1987 Jebu Donga
1986 Raakshasudu
Kondaveeti Raja
Muddula Krishnaiah
Ravana Brahma
1985 Adavi Donga
Raktha Sindhuram
Puli
Vinitha Mogudu
Agni Parvatam
1984 Naagu
Goonda
1983 Chanda Sasanudu

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Ranachandi Durgadevi
1987 Sowbhagya Lakshmi
1987 Digvijaya Cameo appearance
1985 Savira Sullu Usha

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