Radha (actress)

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Radha
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013 (cropped).jpg
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013
Born
Udaya Chandrika

(1965-06-03) 3 June 1965 (age 55)
Years active1981—1991
Spouse(s)Rajasekaran Nair
(m.1991-present)
ChildrenKarthika Nair (b.1992)
Vignesh Nair (b.1995)
Thulasi Nair(b.1997)
Parent(s)Kunjan Nair, Sarasamma
RelativesAmbika (sister)
AwardsKalaimaamani, 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. She has also acted in few Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She was one of the top south Indian heroine for a decade from 1981 to 1991. Her elder sister Ambika, was also an actress. Radha is arguably the most successful among the "Kallara Sisters", the three sisters (Ambika, Mallika, Radha) 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" in 1986. Later they converted the studio into the Jolly Jimkana hotel complex in 2013. She appeared on television as one of the judges in the STAR Vijay Jodi Number One Season 6 Reality Dance program.

She is known for her dance sequences in the South Indian film industry, alongside star actors like Chiranjeevi and Kamal Haasan. She received a Filmfare award for best actress Tamil for her exceptional performance as a low caste, fearless, compassionate boat woman who starts a platonic relationship with the middle aged village head in Muthal mariyathai. For the same role she was nominated for National award for best actress.

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 two daughters and one son: Karthika Nair and Vignesh Nair, Thulasi Nair; both daughters have started their career as actors. For the past 29 years the family has owned a chain of restaurants in Mumbai and Kovalam at Kerala, which have won the best coastal beach resort award.

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 Haasan 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 Manakanakku 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 Simhasanam, Shakti, Iddaru Dongalu, Yamudiki Mogudu, State Rowdy, Palnati Simham, Raamudu Bheemudu and Agni Parvatam. She has acted in highest number of movies (19 films) with Super Star Krishna, 16 films with Chiranjeevi, 6 films with Balakrishna and worked with all major heroes such as NTR, ANR, 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 hit Malayalam movie was Innathe Programme (1991) which was her last movie in malayalam.

Selected filmography[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Shanti Enathu Shanti
Marupakkam Avayam
Sigaram Priya
1990 Jagathalaprathapan Guest Appearance
Manaivi Oru Manickam Gayathri
Manaivi Vantha Neram
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Devi Meenakshi
Oru Ponnu Nenacha
Chinnappadass Radha / Dr. Kavitha
Nyaya Tharasu Bharathi
Pick Pocket Rajalakshmi
Rajadhi Raja Senkamalam
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam Sheela
En Uyir Kannamma Kannamma
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Karthika
1987 Thambathyam
Anand Latha
Uzhavan Magan Nirmala
Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Veni
Jallikattu Radha
Vairakkiyam
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Pandimeena
Enga Chinna Rasa Rukmini
Kadhal Parisu Chitra
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Tulasi
Manakanakku Lakshmi
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Kanmani
1985 Japanil Kalyanaraman Radha
Idaya Kovil Suriya
Muthal Mariyathai Kuyili
Needhiyin Nizhal Swapna
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Rosy
Nalla Thambi Chitra
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal Special Appearance
Simma Soppanam
Sarithira Nayagan
Iru Medhaigal
Kairasikkaran
Ninaivugal
Vengaiyin Mainthan
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
Naan Mahaan Alla Geetha
1983 Paayum Puli Revathy
Vairagyam
Sivappu Sooriyan Chithra
Dhampathyam
Thudikkum Karangal Radha
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey Padmini
Aboorva Sagodarigal
Sandhippu Chitra
Muthu Engal Sothu
Vellai Roja Merry Savari Muthu
Nenjamellam Neeye
Oru Kai Pappom
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Kamatchi
Kaadhal Oviyam Ponni
Gopurangal Saivathillai Julie
Ilanjodigal Seetha
Katrukenna Veli
Kanne Radha Radha
Valibamey Vaa Vaa
Pakkathu Veetu Roja
Neram Vandhachu
Thunai Radha
Anandha Ragam
Ayiram Muthangal Shakthi
Kadhalithu Paar
Adhisayappiravigal Shanthi
1981 Tik Tik Tik Radha
Alaigal Oivathillai Mary

Telugu films[edit]

Year Film Direction Role Notes
1991 Pandirimancham Omkaar Madhuravani
Parama Sivudu Anil Kumar
1990 Kodama Simham K. Muralimohana Rao Bijili
Kondaveeti Donga Kondanda Rami Reddy A. Sri Kanya
Qaidi Dada T.L.V. Prasad
Aayudham K. Murali Mohan Rao
1989 Lankeshwarudu Narayana Rao Dasari
Soggadi Kaapuram Kodi Ramakrishna
Parthudu K. S. R. Das
Dorikithe Dongalu K. Murali Mohan Rao
Rudranetra K. Raghavendra Rao Hamsalekha
State Rowdy Gopal B. Radha
Ramudu Bheemudu Ganga
Manchi Kutumbam G. Rammohan Rao
Ajatha Satruvu Viajya Nirmala
Rikshawala Krishna
Sarwabhoumudu S. S. Ravichandra Rani
Two Town Rowdy Dasari Narayana Rao Padmini/Puppy
Vicky Daada A. Kodandarami Reddy Revathi
1988 Marana Mrudangam A. Kondandarami Reddy Anusha
Yamudiki Mogudu Ravi Raja Pinisetty Radha
Donga Ramudu K. Raghavendra Rao Ganga
Rakthabhishekam A. Kodanda Ramireddy
Jamadagni Bharathiraja
Doragarintlo Dongudu Jodi Ramakrishna
Bharya Bhartalu K. Murali Mohan Rao
Rowdy No.1 S.S.Ravichandra
Mugguru Kodukulu Krishna Roja
Chuttalabbayi Kodi Rama Krishna
Prana Snehithulu V. Madhusudan Rao
1987 Jebu Donga A. Kondandarami Reddy
Thandri Kodukula Challenge M. Mallikarjuna Rao
Dongodochadu Kodi Ramakrishna
Muddayi K. S. R. Das
1986 Rakshasudu Kondanadarama Reddy A. Shailaja / Shailu
Kondaveeti Raja K. Raghavendra Rao Padma
Simhasanam
Krishna Paramatma
Adavi Raja
Muddula Krishnaiah Kodi Ramakrishna Radha
Driver Babu Boina Subbarao
Kaliyuga Krishnudu Murali Mohana Rao
Nippulanti Manishi S.B. Chakravarthy Radha, Aasha
Ravana Brahma K. Raghavendra Rao
1985 Adavi Donga K. Raghavendra Rao Saroja
Rakta Sindhuram Kondaandarama Reddy A. Rekha
Puli Raj Bharath Radha
Vintha Mogudu T.L.V. Prasad
Donga Kondanadarama Reddy A.
Agni Parvatam K. Raghavendra Rao Radha/Lulli
Palnati Simham Kondanadarama Reddy A.
1984 Naagu Prasad Thathineni Rajani
Goonda Kondanadarama Reddy A.
Adarshavanthudu Kodi Ramakrishna Lakshmi
Vasantha Geetam Singeetham Srinivasa Rao Madhavi/Mary
Dongalu Baboi Dongalu
Raktha Sambandham Vijaya Nirmala
Iddaru Dongalu K. Raghavendra Rao
1983 Chanda Sasanudu N.T. Ramarao Rani
Shakthi K. Raghavendra Rao
1982 Mr. Vijay
Gopala Krishnudu Kondanadarama Reddy A. Radha
Prema Moortulu Kondanadarama Reddy A.

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Direction Role Notes
1991 Innathe Programme P. G. Viswambaran Indumathi
1987 Ayitham Venu Nagavally Chinnaponnu
1986 Irakal K. G. George Nirmala
Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Sathyan Anthikkad Susanna
1984 Umanilayam Joshi Uma
1983 Mortuary Baby Radhadevi
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal Child artist

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Direction Role
1991 Ranachandi
1986 Soubhagya Lakshmi Bhargava
1986 Usha G.K. Mudduraj Durgadevi
1985 Savira Sullu G.K. Mudduraj
1984 Digvijaya G.K. Mudduraj Cameo appearance

Television[edit]

As Judge

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.[failed verification]
  4. ^ "Ambika – Profile and Biography". Veethi. 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Ambika: Profile". Kerala9. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-11-16.

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