3 JUN 1965 RADHA (TAMIL ACTOR)

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
3 June 1965 (age 50)
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Years active 1981 – 1991
Spouse(s) Rajasekaran Nair
Children Karthika Nair, Vignesh, Thulasi Nair
Parent(s) Azhakathu E Rama Kurup, Mouttathu K Janaki
Relatives Ambika (sister)
Awards Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics

Udaya Chandrika, better known by her screen name Radha (Malayalam: രാധ; born 3 June 1965)[1] is an Indian actress[2] popular in the 80s and early 90s. She has acted in numerous movies with top actors of the South Indian cinema such as Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Ravichandran, Chiranjeevi, Kamal Haasan, Sivaji Ganesan, Balakrishna, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Venkatesh, Prabhu, Vijayakanth, Karthik Muthuraman, Karthik, Krishna and Sathyaraj. She has acted in over 200 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. Not only that, She is currently a Judge in 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.

Radha Nair and her husband Rajasekaran Nair, son Vignesh Nair, daughters Karthika Nair and Thulasi Nair have settled in Mumbai. For the past 20 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 sister Ambika is also an actress. Her daughter Karthika Nair started her career as an actress with the Telugu film Josh. Her another 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 Ooivathilai alongside debutant Karthik. 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. They shared screen space in films like 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 Sobhan Babu in Mr. Vijay . Her notable films in Telugu include Yamudiki Mogudu, State Rowdy, Raamudu Bheemudu, and Agni Parvatam. She has acted in around 16 films with Chiranjeevi, three 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.

Kannada cinema[edit]

Radha has done many 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]

Radha acted only in a few 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 played significant roles in Sathyan Anthikad‘s Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986) and P. G. Viswambaran‘s Innathe Programme (1991).

Selected filmography[edit]

Telugu films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Notes
1990 Kodama Simham Chiranjeevi, Sonam, Mohan babu K.Muralimohana Rao
Kondaveeti Donga Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Amrish Puri Kondanda Rami Reddy.A.
Qaidi Dada Brahmanandam, Suman T.L.V.Prasad
1989 Lankeshwarudu Chiranjeevi, Mohan babu Narayana Rao Dasari
Rudranetra Chiranjeevi, Nutan Prasad K.Raghavendra Rao
State Rowdy Chiranjeevi, Banupriya, Satyanarayana Kaikala Gopal.B.
Ramudu Bhimudu BalaKrishna
Manchi Kutumbam Krishna Ghattamaneni, Sharada G.Rammohan Rao
Two Town Rowdy Venkatesh, Naresh Narayana Rao Dasari
1988 Marana Mrudangam Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Brahmanandam A.Kondandarami Reddy
Yamudiki Mogudu Chiranjeevi, Vijayasanthi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Ravi Raja Pinisetty
Donga Ramudu Mohan babu, Allu Ramalingaiah K.Raghavendra Rao
Jamadagni Krishna Bharathiraja
1987 Jebu Donga Chiranjeevi, Bhanupriya A.Kondandarami Reddy
1986 Raakshasudu Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Nagendra Babu Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
Kondaveeti Raja Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala K.Raghavendra Rao
Muddula Krishnaiah Balakrishna, Vijayasanthi, Sharada Kodi Ramakrishna
Ravana Brahma Krishnamraju, Sathyanarayana Kaikala K.Raghavendra Rao
1985 Adavi Donga Chiranjeevi, Sharada K.Raghavendra Rao
Raktha Sindooram Chiranjeevi, Nuthan Prasad Kondaandarama Reddy.A.
Puli Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Raj Bharath
Vinitha Mogudu Mohan babu T.L.VPrasad
Donga Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
Agni Parvatam Krishna, Sharada, Vijayashanti K.Raghavendra Rao
1984 Naagu Chiranjeevi, Raogopal Rao Prasad Thathineni
Goonda Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
1983 Chanda Sasanudu N.T.Ramarao, Sharada N.T.Ramarao

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction
1991 Sigaram S.P.B,Rehka,Ramyakrishnan,Aanandbabu Ananthu
1989 Rajadhi Raja Rajinikanth,Nathiya R. Sundarrajan
Pick Pocket Sathyaraj,Silksmitha G.M.Kumar
Chinnappadass Sathyaraj C.V.Rajendran
Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Vijayakanth
Niyaya Tharasu Nizhalgal Ravi
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam Vijayakanth
En Uyir Kannamma Prabhu
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Sathyaraj,Ambika Balu Anand
1987 Anand Prabhu,Jayasri C.V.Rajendran
1986 Jallikattu Sivajiganesan,Sathyaraj manivannan
1984 Kathl parisu kamalhasan,Ambika A.jahannathan
1988 Ulavan mahan Vijayakanth,Radhika
1985 Ninaive oru sangeetham Vijayakanyh,Rehka,Srividya,Govundamani
1988 Enga chinna rasa K. Bhagyaraj K.Bakgyaraj
1983 Vairagyam Prabu
1982 Dhampathyam Sivajiganesan
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam Sivakumar
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Vijayakanth R. Sundarrajan
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Mohan, Amala R. Sundarrajan
Mana Kanakku Vijayakanth
1985 Idaya Kovil Mohan, Ambika Mani Ratnam
Muthal Mariyathai P. Bharathiraja]]
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Kamal Haasan,Revathi P. Bharathiraja
Nalla Thambi Karthik SP. Muthuraman
Japanil Kalyanaraman Kamal Haasan SP. Muthuraman
Neethiyin Nizhal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu
1984 Naan Mahaan Alla Rajinikanth
Dhavani Kanavugal K. Bhagyaraj]]
Simma Soppanam Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Sharada
Charithra Nayagan Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Sharada
Iru Medhaigal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Saritha
Kairasikkaran Prabhu
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Mohan
1983 Paayum Puli Rajinikanth, Manorama SP. Muthuraman
Sivappu Sooriyan Rajinikanth,Manorama,Saritha V.Srinivasan
Thudikkum Karangal Rajinikanth
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey | Kamal Haasan,Sulochana,Jamuna SP. Muthuraman]]
Aboorva Sagodarigal Karthik,Suresh,Suhasini,Urvashi
Sandhippu Prabhu,Sivajiganesan,Sujatha,Sridevi
Muthu Engal Sothu Prabhu
Vellai Roja Prabhu,Sivajiganesan,Suresh,Ambika,Jayachandran
Nenjamellam Neeye Mohan, Poornima Bhagyaraj
Oru Kai Pappom Karthik
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Rajinikanth, Ambika SP. Muthuraman
Kaadhal Oviyam Kannan,Janagaraj P. Bharathiraja
Gopurangal Saivathillai Mohan,Suhasini Manivannan
Ilanjodigal Karthik Rama Narayanan
Kanney Raadha Karthik
Valibamey Vaa Vaa Karthik P. Bharathiraja
Pakkathu Veetu Roja Karthik
Neram Vandhachu Karthik
Thunai Sivaji Ganesan,Saritha,Suresh
Aananda Raagam Sivakumar
Ayiram Muthangal Sivakumar
Kadhalithu Paar Mohan
Adhisaya Piravigal Prabhu
1981 Tik Tik Tik Kamal Haasan,Madhavi,Swapna,Radha P.Bharathiraja
Alaigal Oivathillai Karthik,Silksmitha,Thiyakarajan P.Bharathiraja

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 Bharath Gopi, Ashokan K. G. George Nirmala
Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Menaka Sathyan Anthikkad Susanna
1984 Umanilayam Shanavas, Shankar Panikkar Joshi Uma
1983 Mortuary Prem Nazir, Madhu, Srividya Baby Radhadevi

Hindi films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Role
1989 Trinetra Chiranjeevi, Brahmanandam, Nuthan Prasad K.Raghavendra Rao
Vicky Dada Nagarjuna, Juhi Chawla, Srividhya A.Kondandarami Reddy Savitri
1983 Faoladi Mukka Rajinikanth, Manorama Sp.Muthuraman

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Direction Role
1986 Soubhagya Lakshmi Vishnuvardhan, Lakshmi Bhargava
1986 Sharath Babu,Mukyamantri chandru G.K.Mudduraj Durgadevi
1985 V Ravichandran, Manjula, Lokesh, Balakrishna, Leelavathi G.K.Mudduraj Usha
1984 Ambarish,Ambika, Srinath, Shivaram G.K.Mudduraj Cameo appearance
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