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3 June 1965
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Rajasekaran Nair |
Karthika Nair (b.1992) |
Vignesh (b. 1995)
Thulasi Nair (b.1997)
|Parent(s)||Kunjan Nair, Sarasamma|
|Awards||Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics|
Udaya Chandrika, better known by her screen name Radha (born 3 June 1965), is an Indian film actress known mostly for her work in Tamil and Telugu films, though she also acted in Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.
Radha is arguably the most successful of the "Kallara Sisters", the three sisters (Radha, Ambika, Mallika) in the art scene hailing from Kallara in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala. Ambika was also a highly successful actress in Tamil and Malayalam. Ambika and Radha acted together in a number of films, during the peak of their careers. They also co-owned a movie studio called "ARS Studios", which was later (2013) converted into the Jolly Jimkana hotel complex. She currently appears on television as one of the judges in the STAR Vijay Jodi Number One Season 6 Reality Dance program.
Radha hails from Kallara Village near Kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. Her mother Kallara Sarasamma was Mahila Congress leader during 2014. She has two elder sisters, Ambika and Mallika, and two younger brothers, Arjun and Suresh.
Radha married Rajasekaran Nair on 10 September 1991. The couple has one boy and two girls: Vignesh Nair, Karthika Nair and Thulasi Nair; both the girls have started their career as actors. For the past 25, years the family has owned a chain of restaurants in Mumbai and Kovalam at Kerala, which have won the best coastal beach resort award. Radha's sister Ambika is also a famous actress. Karthika Nair started her career as an actress with the Telugu film Josh. Her other daughter Thulasi Nair started her career as an actress with the Maniratnam film Kadal (2012 film).
Radha started her career in 1981 starring as the protagonist in director Bharathiraja's Alaigal Oivathillai alongside debutant Karthik. The movie was a runaway hit and is regarded as a cult classic. The on-screen chemistry that she shared with Karthik was highly successful and led to many movies such as 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 such as Oru Kaidhiyin Diary, Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey, Kadhal Parisu and Jappanil Kalyanaraman.
Ambika and Radha shared screen space in films such as Enkeyo Ketta Kural, Kadhal Parisu, Anna Nagar Mudhal Theru, Idhaya Kovil and Vellai Roja. 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.
She acted in her first Telugu film with Shoban Babu in Mr. Vijay . Her notable films in Telugu include Yamudiki Mogudu, State Rowdy, Raamudu Bheemudu and Agni Parvatam. She has acted in about 16 films with Chiranjeevi, 6 films with Balakrishna and worked with all major heroes such as NTR, ANR, Krishna, Shoban Babu and many more. Her glamour roles were brought out by K. Raghavendra Rao and A. Kodandarami Reddy.
Radha has done 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 has done films 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.
Though hailing from Kerala, Radha did not enjoy success in Malayalam, unlike Ambika, who had an equally successful career in both Tamil and Malayalam. Radha acted only in six Malayalam films. Her most notable role was in K. G. George's state award-winning film Irakal (1986); her portrayal of the character Nirmala is widely regarded as the best in her career. Her other significant roles was in Sathyan Anthikad's Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986), where her costars were Gopi, Mohanlal and Menaka. She also produced a film Ayitham (1987), in which she played one of the lead characters, along with Ambika, Sukumaran, and Mohanlal.
Her other Malayalam movies went unnoticed: Mortuary (1983), Umanilayam (1984), and Innathe Programme (1991).
|Parama Sivudu||Krishna||Anil Kumar|
|1990||Kodama Simham||Chiranjeevi, Sonam, Mohan Babu||K. Muralimohana Rao||Bijili|
|Kondaveeti Donga||Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Amrish Puri||Kondanda Rami Reddy A.|
|Qaidi Dada||Brahmanandam, Suman||T.L.V. Prasad|
|Aayudham||Krishna||K. Murali Mohan Rao|
|1989||Lankeshwarudu||Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu||Narayana Rao Dasari|
|Soggadi Kaapuram||Sobhan Babu||Kodi Ramakrishna|
|Dorikithe Dongalu||Sobhan Babu||K. Murali Mohan Rao|
|Rudranetra||Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|State Rowdy||Chiranjeevi, Banupriya, Satyanarayana Kaikala||Gopal B.|
|Manchi Kutumbam||Krishna Ghattamaneni, Sharada||G. Rammohan Rao|
|Ajatha Satruvu||Krishna||Viajya Nirmala|
|Sarwabhoumudu||Krishna||S. S. Ravichandra||Rani|
|Two Town Rowdy||Venkatesh, Naresh||Narayana Rao Dasari||Padmini/Puppy|
|Vicky Daada||Nagarjuna, Juhi Chawla||A. Kodandarami Reddy||Revathi|
|1988||Marana Mrudangam||Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Brahmanandam||A. Kondandarami Reddy||Anusha|
|Yamudiki Mogudu||Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanthi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Ravi Raja Pinisetty|
|Donga Ramudu||Balakrishna, Mohan Babu, Allu Ramalingaiah||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Rakthabhishekam||Balakrishna, Sarath Babu, Somayajulu||A. Kodanda Ramireddy|
|Doragarintlo Dongudu||Sobhan Babu||Jodi Ramakrishna|
|Bharya Bhartalu||Sobhan Babu||K. Murali Mohan Rao|
|Mugguru Kodukulu||Krishna, Mahesh Babu||Krishna||Roja|
|Chuttalabbai||Krishna||Kodi Rama Krishna|
|Prana Snehithulu||Krishnam Raju||V. Madhusudan Rao|
|1987||Jebu Donga||Chiranjeevi, Bhanupriya||A. Kondandarami Reddy|
|Tandri Kodukula Challenge||Krishna||M. Mallikarjuna Rao|
|1986||Rakshasudu||Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Nagendra Babu||Kondanadarama Reddy A.|
|Kondaveeti Raja||Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||K. Raghavendra Rao||Padma|
|Adavi Raja||Sobhan Babu|
|Muddula Krishnaiah||Balakrishna, Vijayashanthi, Sharada||Kodi Ramakrishna||Radha|
|Driver Babu||Sobhan Babu||Boina Subbarao|
|Kaliyuga Krishnudu||Balakrishna, Saradha, Rao Gopala Rao||Murali Mohana Rao|
|Nippulanti Manishi||Balakrishna, Sharat Babu, Nuthan Prasad||S.B. Chakravarthy||Radha, Aasha|
|Ravana Brahma||Krishnam Raju, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|1985||Adavi Donga||Chiranjeevi, Sharada||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Rakta Sindhuram||Chiranjeevi, Nuthan Prasad||Kondaandarama Reddy A.|
|Puli||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Raj Bharath|
|Vinitha Mogudu||Mohan Babu||T.L.V. Prasad|
|Donga||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Kondanadarama Reddy A.|
|Agni Parvatam||Krishna, Vijayashanti||K. Raghavendra Rao||Radha/Lulli|
|Palnati Simham||Krishna, Jayasudha||Kondanadarama Reddy A.|
|1984||Naagu||Chiranjeevi, Raogopal Rao||Prasad Thathineni||Rajani|
|Goonda||Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala||Kondanadarama Reddy A.|
|Vasantha Geetam||ANR||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao||Madhavi/Mary|
|Raktha Sambandham||Krishna||Vijaya Nirmala|
|1983||Chanda Sasanudu||N.T. Ramarao, Sharada||N.T. Ramarao|
|Shakthi||Krishna, Jayasudha||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|1982||Mr. Vijay||Sobhan Babu|
|Gopala Krishnudu||ANR, Jayasudha||Kondanadarama Reddy A.||Radha|
|1991||Innathe Programme||Mukesh, Siddique, Zainuddin||P. G. Viswambaran||Indumathi|
|1987||Ayitham||Mohanlal, Ambika||Venu Nagavally|
|1986||Irakal||Gopi, Ashokan||K. G. George||Nirmala|
|Revathikkoru Pavakkutty||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||Usha||Sharath Babu, Mukyamantri Chandru||G.K. Mudduraj||Durgadevi|
|1985||Savira Sullu||V. Ravichandran, Manjula, Lokesh, Balakrishna, Leelavathi||G.K. Mudduraj|
|1984||Digvijaya||Ambarish, Ambika, Srinath, Shivaram||G.K. Mudduraj||Cameo appearance|
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