Udaya Chandrika, better known by her screen name Radha (born 3 June 1965) is a former Indian actress,[1][2] who predominantly appeared in Tamil and Telugu films in addition to a few Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. She was one of the top heroines in the film industry for about a decade, from 1981 to 1991, dominating the 1980s era.

Radha
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards Event in 2013
Born
Udaya Chandrika

(1965-06-03) 3 June 1965 (age 58)
Years active1981–1991
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse
Rajasekaran Nair
(m. 1991)
Children3; including Karthika and Thulasi
RelativesAmbika (sister)

Her elder sister Ambika, was also an actress. 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. She appeared on television as one of the judges in the STAR Vijay Jodi Number One Season 7 and Season 8 Reality Dance programs.

Personal life edit

Radha hails from Kallara Village near Kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. She was born as Udaya Chandrika on 3 June 1965[3] and is the third daughter of Kallara Kunjan Nair and Sarassama. Her siblings are Ambika, Mallika, Suresh and Arjun.[4] Her elder sister Ambika is also a popular actor. Radha married hotelier Rajasekaran Nair on 10 September 1991. The couple has two daughters Karthika Nair, and Thulasi Nair and one son Vignesh Nair. After her marriage in 1991, Radha chose to completely step away from the limelight.

In 2021, Radha and her husband Rajasekaran Nair joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.[5] Rajasekaran Nair is the party's candidate from the Neyyatinkara constituency for the 2021 Kerala Legislative Assembly election.[6]

Career edit

Tamil cinema edit

Radha started her career in 1981 starring as the protagonist in director Bharathiraja's Tamil film Alaigal Oivathillai alongside debutant Karthik.[7] 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 Ilanjodigal, Pakkathu Veetu Roja, Valibamey Vaa Vaa and Nalla Thambi. Radha played a small role in the movie Tik Tik Tik, which also starred Kamal Haasan.[8] Later, she starred alongside Haasan in many movies such as Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey (1983), Oru Kaidhiyin Diary (1985), Japanil Kalyanaraman (1985) and Kadhal Parisu (1987).

She received a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for Muthal Mariyathai in 1985.[9] The film was screened at the Indian Panorama section of the 1985 International Film Festival of India.[10]

Ambika and Radha shared screen space in films such as Enkeyo Ketta Kural (1982), Vellai Roja (1983), Idaya Kovil (1985), Manakanakku (1986), Kadhal Parisu (1987) and Annanagar Mudhal Theru (1988).

She also had commercial successes such as Amman Kovil Kizhakale (1986), Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu (1986), Ninaive Oru Sangeetham (1987), Jallikattu (1987), Sattam Oru Vilayaattu (1987), Uzhavan Magan (1987) and Rajadhi Raja (1989). In Kollywood, she has performed alongside actors such as Sivaji Ganeshan, Sivakumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, K. Bhagyaraj, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Mohan, Prabhu, Karthik, T. Rajendar and Arjun.[11]

Telugu cinema edit

Her notable films in Telugu include Shakthi (1983), Iddaru Dongalu (1984), Agni Parvatam (1985), Palnati Simham (1985), Ravana Brahma (1986), Simhasanam (1986), Yamudiki Mogudu (1988), Ramudu Bheemudu (1988) and State Rowdy (1989). She acted in 19 films alongside superstar Krishna, 16 films with Chiranjeevi, 6 films with Balakrishna and worked with all major Telugu heroes such as NTR, ANR, Krishnam Raju, Sobhan Babu and many more. Currently working Telugu television shows as judge.

Kannada cinema edit

She has acted in 6 Kannada films. She acted alongside veteran Vishnuvardhan and actress Lakshmi in Sowbhagya Lakshmi (1986), a remake of the Hindi film Maang Bharo Sajana, which in turn was a remake of the Telugu movie Kartika Deepam. She has done films with Ravichandran. In 1991, she did the action movie Ranachandi (1991) in which she played a cop with Sarath Babu as her husband and Mukhyamantri Chandru as the villain.

Malayalam cinema edit

Her most notable role was in K. G. George's state award-winning film Irakal in 1985; her portrayal of the character Nirmala is widely regarded as the best in her career. Her other significant role was in Sathyan Anthikad's Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986), where her costars were Bharat Gopy, Mohanlal and Menaka. She also produced the film Ayitham (1987), in which she played one of the lead characters, alongside Ambika, Sukumaran and Mohanlal. Innathe Program (1991) was her last movie in Malayalam.

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 150th Film
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram 125th Film
Seetha Geetha Seetha
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Goddess 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 Latha
Anand Latha
Uzhavan Magan Nirmala
Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Veni
Jallikattu Radha
Vairakkiyam 100th Film
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Pandimeena
Enga Chinna Rasa Rukmini
Kadhal Parisu Chitra
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam Kala
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Tulasi
Manakanakku Lakshmi 75th Film
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Kanmani
1985 Japanil Kalyanaraman Radha
Idaya Kovil Suriya
Muthal Mariyathai Kuyil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Needhiyin Nizhal Swapna
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Rosy
Nalla Thambi Chitra
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal Special Appearance
Simma Soppanam
Sarithira Nayagan
Iru Medhaigal Radha
Kairasikkaran
Ninaivugal
Vengaiyin Mainthan Radha 50th Film
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
Naan Mahaan Alla Geetha
1983 Paayum Puli Revathy
Sivappu Sooriyan Chithra
Dhampathyam
Thudikkum Karangal Radha
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey Padmini
Apoorva Sahodarigal 25th Film
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 Roja
Neram Vandhachu Radha
Thunai Radha
Anandha Ragam
Ayiram Muthangal Shakthi
Kadhalithu Paar
Adhisayappiravigal Shanthi
1981 Tik Tik Tik Radha
Alaigal Oivathillai Mary

Telugu films edit

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Pandirimancham Madhuravani
Samasara Veena
Parama Sivudu Gowri
Ramudu Kadhu Rakshasudu Renuka
1990 Kodama Simham Bijili
Kondaveeti Donga Sri Kanya
Qaidi Dada
Rama Dharmaraju
Aayudham
1989 Lankeshwarudu
Soggadi Kaapuram
Parthudu
Dorikithe Dongalu Radha
Rudranetra Hamsalekha
State Rowdy Radha
Ramudu Bheemudu Ganga
Manchi Kutumbam Tara
Ajatha Satruvu
Rikshawala
Sarwabhoumudu Rani
Two Town Rowdy DPadmini / Puppy
Vicky Daada Revathi
1988 Marana Mrudangam Anusha
Yamudiki Mogudu Radha
Donga Ramudu Ganga
Raktabhishekam Aparna
Jamadagni
Doragarintlo Dongudu
Bharya Bhartalu Shanti
Rowdy No.1
Mugguru Kodukulu Roja
Chuttalabbayi
Prana Snehithulu
1987 Jebu Donga
Thandri Kodukula Challenge Gowri
Dongodochadu Radha
Muddayi
1986 Rakshasudu Shailaja / Shailu
Kondaveeti Raja Padma
Simhasanam Jaswanthi
Krishna Paramatma
Adavi Raja
Muddula Krishnaiah Radha
Driver Babu Gowri
Kaliyuga Krishnudu Anuradha
Nippulanti Manishi Radha / Aasha
Ravana Brahma Radha
1985 Adavi Donga Saroja
Rakta Sindhuram Rekha
Puli Radha
Maa Inti Mahalakshmi[12] Nagalakshmi
Vintha Mogudu
Donga Manjulatha
Agni Parvatam Radha / Lulli
Palnati Simham Bhavani
1984 Rowdy[13] Rekha
Naagu Rajani
Goonda Jayanti aka Jaya
Adarshavanthudu Lakshmi
Vasantha Geetam Madhavi / Mary
Dongalu Baboi Dongalu Satya
Raktha Sambandham
Iddaru Dongalu
1983 Chanda Sasanudu Rani
Shakthi
1982 Iddaru Kodukulu Rani
Mr. Vijay
Gopala Krishnudu Radha
Prema Moortulu

Malayalam films edit

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Innathe Programme Indumathi
1987 Ayitham Chinnaponnu
1986 Irakal Nirmala
Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Susanna
1984 Umanilayam Uma
1983 Morutary Radhadevi

Kannada films edit

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Prema Rajya Nirmala
Ranachandi Susanna
1987 Sowbhagya Lakshmi Lakshmi
1987 Digvijaya Cameo
1985 Savira Sullu Radha

Hindi films edit

Year Film Role Notes
1984 Kaamyab Radha
1986 Singhasan Jaswanti

Television edit

Year Name of Television Show Role Network
2024 Super Singer Season 10 Guest Star Vijay
Jodi Number One season 6 Judge
Jodi Number One season 7
Jodi Number One season 8
Jodi Number One season 9
Kalakka Povathu Yaru Season 8
Kodeeswari Guest Colors Tamil
Super Queen Guest
BB Jodi Guest Star Maa

References edit

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  2. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 394.
  3. ^ "Wish Radha Nair on her birthday". The Times of India. 15 January 2017. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  4. ^ "Ambika: Profile". Kerala9. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  5. ^ Daily, Keralakaumudi. "Development based on caste and religion will be ended: K Surendran". Keralakaumudi Daily. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Kerala Assembly Election 2021: Full list of BJP candidates". The Financial Express. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Radha and Karthik made their debut in the same film". The Times of India. 15 June 2018. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  8. ^ "Radha Nair reminisces sporting a bikini in Kamal Haasan's 'Tik Tik Tik'". The Times of India. 21 March 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Collections". 1991.
  10. ^ Nair, P. K.; Mullick, Swapan, eds. (1986). "Indian Cinema" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Radha Nair remembers Jayalalitha on her 75th birth anniversary". The Times of India. 24 February 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Maa Inti Mahalakshmi (1985)". Indiancine.ma. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  13. ^ Rowdy Telugu Full Length Movie | Krishnam Raju | Radha | Bhanupriya | Sharada | V9 Videos, retrieved 18 September 2023

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