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Kaka Radhakrishnan (c. 1925 – 14 June 2012) was an Indian film actor who acted in Tamil language films from the 1940s. He is also notable for having introduced his childhood friend, Sivaji Ganesan, into films.[1][2]

Kaka Radhakrishnan

c. 1925
Died14 June 2012 (aged 86)
Years active1948–2011



Radhakrishnan had the prefix "kaka" (crow) attached to his name after a role he played as a young boy, in a film made in his debut film Mangayarkarasi (1949). In the film, he literally climbed a tree to catch a crow and since has been associated with the crow, earning him the nickname.[3]

Radhakrishnan acted in over 400 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. After performing a variety of roles with several top actors of yesteryear Tamil cinema, he had a remarkable second innings, thanks to actor Kamal Hassan who believed newer audiences should not miss watching such talent.[4]

Family and deathEdit

Radhakrishnan was survived by two wives, three sons and five daughters. He died on 14 June 2012 following a brief illness.[5]

Notable filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Rangarajan, Mathi (19 January 2007). "Into realms of the past". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  2. ^ Rangarajan, Mathi (26 January 2007). "Contented with her lot". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  3. ^ Guy, Randor (4 April 2008). "Mangayarkarasi 1949". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Comedian 'Kaka' Radhakrishnan passes away at 86". The Hindu. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Veteran actor Kaka Radhakrishnan passes away". The Times of India. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.

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