Radha (actress)

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Radha
Born Udaya Chandrika
(1965-06-03) 3 June 1965 (age 53)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Spouse(s) Rajasekaran Nair
(m.1991-present)
Children 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),[1][2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Radha hails from Kallara Village near Kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. Her mother Kallara Sarasamma was Mahila Congress leader during 2014.[3] She has two elder sisters, Ambika and Mallika, and two younger brothers, Arjun and Suresh.[4][5]

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).

Career[edit]

Radha was spotted by director Bharathiraja and was cast as a teenager in Alaigal Oivathillai in 1981 opposite newcomer Karthik.

Tamil cinema[edit]

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.

Telugu cinema[edit]

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.

Kannada cinema[edit]

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.

Malayalam cinema[edit]

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).

Selected filmography[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Role
1991 Shanti Enathu Shanti T. Rajendar T. Rajendar
Marupakkam Sivakumar, Jayabharathi
Sigaram S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rekha, Ramya Krishnan, Anand Babu Ananthu Priya
1990 Jagathalaprathapan Mohan Shankar Ganesh Guest Appearance
Manaivi Oru Manickam Arjun, Mukesh
Manaivi Vantha Neram Rahman, Sithara
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Raja
1989 Rajadhi Raja Rajinikanth, Nathiya R. Sundarrajan Senkamalam
Pick Pocket Sathyaraj, Silk Smitha G.M. Kumar
Nyaya Tharasu Nizhalgal Ravi
Chinnappadass Sathyaraj C.V. Rajendran
Oru Ponnu Nenacha Mohan
Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Vijayakanth K. Shankar
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam Vijayakanth
En Uyir Kannamma Prabhu
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Sathyaraj, Ambika Balu Anand
1987 Anand Prabhu, Jayasri C.V. Rajendran
Jallikattu Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj Manivannan
Kadhal Parisu Kamal Haasan, Ambika A. Jahannathan Chitra
Uzhavan Magan Vijayakanth, Radhika R. Aravindraj
Enga Chinna Rasa K. Bhagyaraj K. Bhagyaraj
Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Vijayakanth
Thambathyam Sivaji Ganesan, Ambika
Vairakkiyam Prabhu
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam Sivakumar
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Vijayakanth R. Sundarrajan Kanmani
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Vijayakanth, Rekha, Srividya, Goundamani
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Mohan, Amala R. Sundarrajan Tulasi
Manakanakku Vijayakanth
1985 Idaya Kovil Mohan, Ambika Mani Ratnam Suriya
Muthal Mariyathai Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj, Ranjani, Vadivukarasi P. Bharathiraja Kuyili
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Kamal Haasan, Revathi P. Bharathiraja Rosy
Nalla Thambi Karthik S.P. Muthuraman
Japanil Kalyanaraman Kamal Haasan S.P. Muthuraman Radha
Neethiyin Nizhal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu
1984 Naan Mahaan Alla Rajinikanth
Dhavani Kanavugal K. Bhagyaraj,Radhika, Elavarasi K. Bhagyaraj
Simma Soppanam Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, K. R. Vijaya, Saritha
Sarithira Nayagan Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Sharada
Iru Medhaigal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Saritha
Kairasikkaran Prabhu
Ninaivugal Karthik
Vengaiyin Mainthan Mohan
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Mohan, Ambika, Urvashi
1983 Paayum Puli Rajinikanth, Manorama S.P. Muthuraman Revathy
Vairagyam Prabhu
Sivappu Sooriyan Rajinikanth, Manorama, Saritha V.Srinivasan Chithra
Dhampathyam Sivaji Ganesan
Thudikkum Karangal Rajinikanth
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey Kamal Haasan, Sulochana, Jamuna S.P. Muthuraman Padmini
Aboorva Sagodarigal Karthik, Suresh, Suhasini, Urvashi
Sandhippu Prabhu, Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha, Sridevi
Muthu Engal Sothu Prabhu
Vellai Roja Prabhu, Sivaji Ganesan, Suresh, Ambika, Jayachandran
Nenjamellam Neeye Mohan, Poornima Bhagyaraj
Oru Kai Pappom Karthik
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Rajinikanth, Ambika S.P. Muthuraman Kamatchi
Kaadhal Oviyam Kannan,Janagaraj P. Bharathiraja
Gopurangal Saivathillai Mohan, Suhasini Manivannan Julie
Ilanjodigal Karthik Rama Narayanan
Katrukenna Veli Mohan, Geetha K. N. Subbu
Kanne Radha Karthik
Valibamey Vaa Vaa Karthik P. Bharathiraja
Pakkathu Veetu Roja Karthik
Neram Vandhachu Karthik
Thunai Sivaji Ganesan, Saritha, Suresh
Anandha Ragam Sivakumar
Ayiram Muthangal Sivakumar
Kadhalithu Paar Mohan, Geetha
Adhisayappiravigal Prabhu
1981 Tik Tik Tik Kamal Haasan, Madhavi, Swapna, Radha P. Bharathiraja Radha
Alaigal Oivathillai Karthik, Silk Smitha, Thiyagarajan P. Bharathiraja Mary

Telugu films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Role
1991 Pandirimancham Jagapathi Babu Omkaar Madhuravani
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.
Ramudu Bheemudu Balakrishna Hamsalekha
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
Jamadagni Krishna Bharathiraja
Doragarintlo Dongudu Sobhan Babu Jodi Ramakrishna
Bharya Bhartalu Sobhan Babu K. Murali Mohan Rao
Rowdy No.1 Krishna S.S.Ravichandra
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.
Adarshavanthudu ANR Kodi Ramakrishna Lakshmi
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

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
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

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Role
1991 Ranachandi Sharath Babu
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-03/news-interviews/39713742_1_karthika-nair-actress-sivaji-ganesan
  2. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 394. 
  3. ^ "Will Solve Issues Between Government, Party: Rahul". newindianexpress.com. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2015. [not in citation given]
  4. ^ Ambika – Profile and Biography Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Veethi. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 

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