M. R. Radha

Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan better Known by his stage name M.R Radha (14 April 1907 – 17 September 1979) was an Indian film actor and politician . He was given the title of "Nadigavel" (King of acting / frontrunner /torchbearer) by E.V.R. Periyar in theatre, for his acting prowess. After a successful career on stage in his early years, he acted in films from the 1930s to the 1970s, and then, giving up films, he went back to his first love, the stage.[citation needed]

M. R. Radha
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M.R. Radha in his later years
Born
Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishna Naidu

(1907-04-14)14 April 1907[1]
Died17 September 1979(1979-09-17) (aged 72)
Other namesNadigavel
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)
  • Saraswathi Radha
  • Dhanalakshmi Radha
  • Premavathi Radha
  • Jayamal Radha
  • Geetha Radha
Children
Parent(s)
  • Rajagopalan (Father)
  • Rajammal (Mother)
RelativesVasu Vikram
(Son of M. R. R. Vasu)
FamilyM. R. Radha family

CareerEdit

Radha left his home at an early age due to a quarrel with his mother in which she declined to give an extra piece of fish to eat.[citation needed]

Radha was a popular theatre artiste who performed in more than 5000 stage shows. Starting at the age of 10, he appeared at first in small roles and eventually grew to a level that stories for dramas were custom made for him.[citation needed]

Radha gained popularity with the success of his stage play Ratha Kanneer. His performance in the 1954 film version of the play, directed by Krishnan-Panju, brought wider recognition of his talents and made him a household name in Tamil Nadu.[2]

Radha played both villain roles and comedic roles. In the 1960s, roles were specially written for him, and he often overshadowed actors like MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. He was an active member of the Self-Respect Movement, and was known for his atheistic views.

MGR Shooting incidentEdit

On 12 January 1967, Radha and a producer K.N. Vasu of Muthukumaran Pictures visited the actor and politician M. G. Ramachandran at his home to talk about a future project. During the conversation, Radha suddenly got up from his chair and shot twice at Ramachandran's left ear. Both bullets got lodged in MGR's neck. Radha then turned the gun on himself and tried to shoot himself, but the bullet just scratched his right temple. Radha and MGR were admitted to the Government General Hospital, Chennai, where they survived after proper treatment.[3] The only eye witness for the shooting was producer Vasu.

In the assassination trial, held at Saithapet First Division Magistrate Court under Magistrate S. Kuppusami in May 1967, and later at the Chingleput Sessions Court held under Justice P. Lakshmanan, Radha was represented by eminent criminal attorney N.T. Vanamamalai. The verdict was delivered on 4 November 1967. As majority of the evidences were against Radha, he was sentenced to a seven-year term. At the High Court hearing, considering his age, the sentence was reduced to four years and three months.[4]

DeathEdit

Radha died of jaundice on 17 September 1979 aged 72 at his residence in Thiruchirappalli. His popularity had improved and his funeral procession was one of the largest in South India, as over 200,000 mourners paid their respects.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

M. R. Radhakrishnan married four times, and his marriages were concurrent. The names of his wives were Saraswathi, Dhanalakshmi, Jaya and Geetha.

Radhakrishnan was the father of several children by his four wives. His three sons were M. R. R. Vasu and Radha Ravi (both with Dhanalakshmi) and M.R. Radharajoo. Radhakrishnan also had seven daughters, including Rashya, Rani, Ganavalli, Kasturi, Rajeswari and two daughters (actresses Radhika and Nirosha) born to Geetha.

Vasu was a leading character artist until the mid-1980s. His other son Radha Ravi is also an actor. Radhika is an actress and producer and is married to actor R. Sarathkumar. Nirosha (also known as Niroja) is an actress working mostly in supporting roles; she is married to actor Ramki.

FilmographyEdit

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1930sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1937 Rajasekaran Emantha Sonagiri Debut Movie
1939 Santhana Devan

1940sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1940 Sathiyavaani

1950sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1954 Ratha Kanneer Mohan
1958 Nalla Idathu Sambandham Muthu
1959 Ulagam Sirikkirathu Jagadeesan
1959 Thamarai Kulam
1959 Bhaaga Pirivinai Singapor Singaram

1960sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1960 Aadavantha Deivam Malaiyappan
1960 Kairasi
1960 Kavalai Illaadha Manithan Manickam
1960 Ondrupattal Undu Vazhvu
1960 Kadavulin Kuzhandhai
1960 Rathinapuri Ilavarasi
1961 Kongunattu Thangam
1961 Sengamala Theevu
1961 Paava Mannippu Aalavandhar
1961 Sabaash Mapillai
1961 Pangaaligal
1961 Paalum Pazhamum
1961 Kumudham
1961 Nallavan Vazhvan Nalasivam
1961 Panam Panthiyile
1961 Thaai Sollai Thattadhe
1962 Bale Pandiya Kabali and Amirthalingam Pillai
1962 Sarada
1962 Thayai Katha Thanayan
1962 Paadha Kaanikkai
1962 Naagamalai Azhagi
1962 Maadappura
1962 Kannadi Maaligai
1962 Kavitha
1962 Thendral Veesum
1962 Ethaiyum Thangum Ithaiyam
1962 Muthu Mandapam
1962 Indira En Selvam
1962 Kathiruntha Kangal
1962 Ellorum Vazhavendum
1962 Kudumba Thalaivan Velayudam Pilai
1962 Padithal Mattum Podhuma Kailasam
1962 Valar Pirai
1962 Paasam
1962 Pattinathar
1962 Aalayamani Aatkondan Pillai
1962 Thendral Veesum
1963 Iruvar Ullam Gnana Sigamani
1963 Mani Osai
1963 Lava Kusa
1963 Needhikkuppin Paasam
1963 Dharmam Thalai Kaakkum Sadanandam
1963 Naanum Oru Penn
1963 Kaanchi Thalaivan
1963 Idhayathil Nee
1963 Anandha Jodhi Punniya Kodi
1963 Koduthu Vaithaval
1963 Kalyaniyin Kanavan
1963 Kadavulai Kanden
1963 Aasai Alaigal
1963 Periya Idathu Penn Kailasam Pillai
1963 Karpagam
1963 Kattu Roja
1964 Vettaikkaran Sundaram
1964 Pachai Vilakku Rajabaadhar
1964 Aayiram Roobai
1964 Thozhilali Vijaya's father
1964 Ullasa Payanam
1964 Vazhi Piranthadu
1964 Thaayin Madiyil
1964 Pasamum Nesamum
1964 Puthiya Paravai Rangan
1964 En Kadamai Tharumalingam
1964 Magazhe Un Samathu
1964 Arunagirinathar
1964 Kai Koduttha Dheivam
1965 Pazhani Kalyanam
1965 Enga Veetu Penn
1965 Shanti
1965 Anandhi
1965 Hello Mister Zamindar
1966 Chitthi
1966 Chandhrodhayam
1966 Thattungal Thirakkappadum
1966 Petralthan Pillaiya Kabali

1970sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1976 Dasavatharam Iranya Kashubu
1978 Mela Thalangal
1978 Panchamirtham
1978 Vandikaran Magan
1979 Velum Mayilum Thunai Velayudham/Thanikachalam
1978 Taxi Driver

1980sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Saranam Ayyappa
1980 Naan Potta Savaal Arthanari Last movie

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.pressreader.com/india/the-hindu/20140727/282381217678728/TextView
  2. ^ T. Ramakrishnan (22 July 2005). "On Sivaji death anniversary, M. R. Radha, Kannamba remembered". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "The day M.R. Radha shot MGR". The Hindu. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Radha pleaded innocence; was found guilty". The Hindu. 24 December 2012.

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