Radha Ravi

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Radha Ravi
Born (1952-07-29) 29 July 1952 (age 64)[1]
Alma mater The New College, Chennai
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975 – present
Parent(s) M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu)
Dhanalakshmiammal
Relatives Vasu Vikram (nephew)
Family M. R. R. Vasu (brother)
Rashya (sister)
Rani (sister)
Rathikala (sister)
Raadhika Sarathkumar (half-sister)
Nirosha (half-sister)
Raju Radha (half-brother)
Mohan Radha (half-brother)

Radha Ravi (born 29 July 1952) is an Indian film and television actor,[2] who played supporting roles throughout his career. He is the son of yesteryear actor M. R. Radha and the uncle of Vasu Vikram and half-brother of Raadhika Sarathkumar. He is a former chief member of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association. He is known for his roles as an antagonist in Tamil films and a he acted in Chellamae serial. He is also known for his controversial criticism of other film personalities.[3]

Career[edit]

Radha Ravi was born on 29 July 1952 to the well-known actor M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu) and Dhanalakshmiammal.[4] He has one brother, M. R. R. Vasu, and three sisters: Rashya, Rani and Rathikala. Having started his career as a theatre artiste, he still associates himself with plays. He is a man with diverse interests. He played the role of Julius Caesar in a Tamil drama when he was in the ninth standard. During his New College days, both his friends, Jailani and Rafee helped him to pursue his passion for theatre. He performed for actor V. K. Ramasamy troupe, M. R. R. Vasu troupe, T. K. Chandran troupe and the UAA troupe. In 1980, he started his own troupe Nadikavel Theatres. His first time before the camera was for a Kannada film, Ragasiya Rathiri, produced by actor Bharathi's father for BNK Pictures in 1975. His first Tamil film was Manmathalelai, after Kamal Haasan recommended his name to K. Balachandar.

Director Ramanarayanan gave his career a boost while T. Rajender was instrumental in casting him as a villain in Uyurullavarai Usha. But it was actor S. S. Chandran who made him speak like his father in that film and made the world sit up and take notice. He later modified himself into one of the versatile character-actors Tamil industry has ever produced. He made notable performances in films like Vaidegi Kaathirunthal, Uyarntha Ullam, Chinna Thambi, Poo Veli, Uzhaipalli, Guru Sishyan, etc. He has acted in about 280 films in all the South Indian languages – four in Telugu, three in Kannada, three in Malayalam and the others in Tamil. He tried his hands in production with films like Thai Maasam Poo Vasam, Idhu Namma Bhoomi, Chinnamuthu and Ilaignar Ani and Ruthrathandavam. Apart from being a renowned actor, he is an eminent leader and a great personality in society. He heads the Lions Club of Chennai and holds the post of secretary in Nadigar Sangam, which he headed efficiently a few years ago. Years of working towards perfection in acting and being at the helm of everything due to his sense of responsibility has instilled tons of creativity and leadership qualities in him. He has worked in all the four South Indian languages and is still going strong with his versatile performance.

Controversies[edit]

Radha Ravi became known for his vocal criticism of the actions of other film personalities. On a few occasions, he has spoken out against the actions of several artistes. He has also spoken out against larger organizations, such as the Film Employees Federation of South India. His comments were widely reported in the media and became controversial.

He criticised Asin Thottumkal on her visit to the war-ravaged island nation of Sri Lanka in 2010 for the filming of Ready. He was quoted as saying, "Sangam won’t spare actress Asin's recent visit to Sri Lanka to take part in the shooting of her upcoming Hindi film Ready opposite Salman Khan". However, Sarathkumar, president of the Nadigar Sangam, stated that "it’s the prerogative of the artiste to go to whichever country they wanted".[5]

He faced controversy over his criticism against Academy Award-winner A. R. Rahman for being involved in more Bollywood productions and composing film scores in foreign studios, rather than in Tamil Nadu, saying, "I would like to make it clear that Rahman's debut was Roja and not Slumdog Millionaire. He was introduced by Kavithalaya Productions, a Tamil film production company. But today, he has declined to acknowledge it by giving priorities merely to Hindi films".[6]

Between 1987 and 2015, Radha Ravi was heavily involved in the Nadigar Sangam.[7] He served as President until 2002, when he was criticized for mismanagement and replaced by Vijayakanth. In 2006, he was appointed as the association's General Secretary, while his brother-in-law R. Sarathkumar became President.[8] In 2015, Ravi and Sarathkumar were defeated in a historic election by Vishal and Nassar respectively after both were accused for being involved in a conflict of interest in the Nadigar Sangam building controversy. Radha Ravi was commonly accused of using unparliamentary language against actors.[9]

In March 2017, Radha Ravi was involved in an controversy where he mocked the DMK's political rivals MDMK's Vaiko and PMK's S Ramadoss and compared them to differently-abled children. Kanimozhi accused him for his insensitive speech.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1976 Manmadha Leelai Debut film
1977 Rahasya Rathri Kannada
1978 Veettukaari
Rudra Thaandavam
Thirukkalyanam
1980 Bombay Mail 109
Tharaiyil Vaazhum Meengal
1981 Thanneer Thanneer
1982 Kaadhal Oviyam
1983 Uyirullavarai Usha
Sivappu Sooriyan
Soorakkottai Singakutty
Raagangal Maaruvathillai
Thambadigal
Poikaal Kuthirai
1984 Iru Methaigal
Madurai Sooran
Vaai Pandhal
Theerppu En Kaiyil
Kalyaana Kanavugal
Achamillai Achamillai
Thangakkoppai
Thenkoodu
Poovilangu
Simma Soppanam
Rajathanthiram
Sattathai Thiruttungal
Thiruttu Rajakkal
Vaidehi Kathirunthal
1985 Chain Jayapal
Urimai
Andhasthu
Annai Bhoomi 3D
Uyarndha Ullam
Kutravaaligal
Deiva Piravi
1986 Dharma Pathini
Selvaakku
Thiramai
Amman Kovil Kizhakale
Sarvam Sakthimayam Alavanda
Kovil Yaanai
Vasantha Raagam
Ragasiyam
Odangal
Melmaruvathur Arpudhangal
1987 Ivargal Indhiyargal
Ayyappaswamy
Thalayaatti Bommaigal
Thulasi
Vaazhga valarga
Paadu Nilaave
Cooliekkaran
Veeran Veluthambi
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham
Naagam
Solvadhellam Unmai
Ore Ratham
Idhu Engal Needhi
Ellaikodu
Natpu
Uzhavan Magan
1988 Guru Sishyan Muthuraja
Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Vasudevan
Vetri Vinayakar
En Uyir Kannamma
Kazhugu Malaikkallan
Uzhaithu Vaazha Vendum
Kalyana Paravaigal
Ullathil Nalla Ullam
Evidence Malayalam
Rasave Unnai Nambi
1989 Pongi Varum Kaveri
Siva
Rajadhi Raja
Rettaikuzhal Thuppaakki
Solaikuyil
Thambi Thangakambi
Paalaivanathil Pattaampoochi
Kovilmani Osai
Thendral Sudum
Annanukku Jay
Vetri Vizha
Rajanadai
1990 Panakkaran
Pudhu Padagan doctor
Seetha
Kurumbukkaaran
Adhisaya Manithan
Silambu
Unnai Solli Kutramillai Veerapandian
Pulan Visaranai R. R.
Enkitta Modaathe
1991 Chinna Thambi
Idhu Namma Bhoomi
Chithirai Pookkal
Vaa Arugil Vaa
Vetrikarangal
Oyilaattam
Vigneshwar
Vanakkam Vathiyare Malaichami
Uthamaraasa
Rasathi Varum Naal Gowri
1992 Annamalai
Amaran Aandava Perumal
Rickshaw Mama
Chinnavar Kumar
Deiva Kuzhanthai
Udan Pirappu
Deiva Vaakku Veeraiyan
Sugamana Sumaigal Thangaraj
Naalaiya Theerpu Arun Mehta
1993 Uzhaippaali
Chembaruthi
Vedan Megharajan
Chinna Thayee
Chellakannu
Kattalai
Chinna Mappillai
Pandithurai Malaisamy
Rojavai Killathe
Namma Annachi
Kulapathi Malayalam
Customs Diary Kaaliyappan Malayalam
1994 Priyanka
Ilavarasi
Sadhu
Chinnamuthu
Vaanga Partner Vaanga
En Aasai Machan Police officer
Oru Vasantha Geetham
1995 Muthu
Lucky Man
Makkal Aatchi
Kizhakkumalai
Marumagan
Asuran
Coolie
Neela Kuyil
1996 Indira
Katta Panchayathu
Vishwanath Rajkumar
Poovarasan Senadapathi
Kizhakku Mugam Village president and Poongodi's father
Vetri Vinayagar Kaja Mukasooran
1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Vaimaye Vellum Rajendran
Vasuki
1998 Thalaimurai
Veera Thalattu
1999 Padayappa
Suriya Paarvai
Pooveli
Poomagal Oorvalam
Ponnu Veetukkaran
Kannupada Poguthaiya
Endrendrum Kadhal
Poo Vaasam
2000 Vanna Thamizh Paattu
Azhagarsamy
Simmasanam
2001 Friends
Narasimha Manimaran
2002 Parva Kannada
Baba
Karmegham Karmegham's father
Kadhal Azhivathillai
2003 Lesa Lesa
Dhum
Kadhaludan Durai's father
Kaalaatpadai
2004 Gajendra Shawkat Ali
Vettam Inspector Malayalam
Oru Murai Sollividu Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)
Janaa
2006 Chennai Kadhal
Kusthi
Saravana
2007 Kannamoochi Yenada
Mayakannadi
Thirumagan
Kalakkura Chandru
2008 Alibhabha
Nayagan
2009 Indira Vizha Judge Sattanathan
1977
Ainthaam Padai Minister
Madurai Sambavam Aalamaram
Suriyan Satta Kalloori
2010 Kutty
Thairiyam
Sura Church father
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Dada Thulakanam
Singam Duraisingam's father
Pen Singam Singaperumal
Thillalangadi Health Minister/Home Minister
Naane Ennul Illai
365 Kadhal Kadithangal
2011 Sattapadi Kutram Rathnavelu
Kumara
Vaanam Police Officer
2012 Sattam Oru Iruttarai
2013 Thirumathi Tamizh
Singam 2 Duraisingam's father
Soodhu Kavvum Chief Minister
2014 Tenaliraman King Parasbaram
Ramanujan Prof. Singaravelu Mudaliar
Jamai
Lingaa Kavi Bharathi
Pisasu Bhavani's father
2015 Sandamarutham Rangarajan
Sakalakala Vallavan Kathiresan
2016 Karai Oram
Aranmanai 2 Maya's father
Irudhi Suttru Muralikrishnan
Jil Jung Juk Rolex Rawther
Aarathu Sinam Joint commissioner
Mapla Singam Sevagapandian
Narathan Anbazhagan
Manithan Judge
Marudhu Payilwan
Iraivi Jagan's father
Thodari Rengarajan
Achamindri Karikalan
2017 Si3 Soundara Pandi
Ennodu Vilayadu Nagulan
Yaakkai Krishnamurthy

Television[edit]

Dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film Actor Dubbed name Notes
1999 Samarasimha Reddy Jayaprakash Reddy Shanmuga Pandian
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Irrfan Khan Naanum Kodeeswaran
2011 Aadukalam V. I. S. Jayapalan

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