Radha (actress)

Udaya Chandrika, better known by her screen/stage name Radha (born 3 June 1965),[1][2] is an Indian actress, who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films in addition to a few Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. She was one of the top heroine in the film industry for about a decade; from 1981 to 1991 (dominating the 80s era).

Radha
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013 (cropped).jpg
Radha at 60th South Filmfare Awards Event in 2013
Born
Udaya Chandrika

(1965-06-03) 3 June 1965 (age 57)
Kallara, Kerala, India
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 8 Reality Dance program.

Personal lifeEdit

Radha hails from Kallara Village near Kilimanoor in a at Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. She was born as Udaya Chandrika on 3 June 1965 and is the third daughter of Karunakaran Nair and Sarassama. Her siblings are Ambika, Mallika, Suresh and Arjun.[3][4] Her elder sister Ambika is also a popular actor of the Indian Silver Screen. The two sisters dominated the '80s and were an unavoidable factor in the South Indian film industry at the time.

Radha married hotelier Rajasekaran Nair on 10 September 1991. The couple has two daughters Karthika Nair, Thulasi Nair and one son Vignesh Nair. After her marriage in 1991, Radha chose to completely step away from the limelight of acting as she had already established herself as a superstar throughout the 80s era through her abundant work displayed in just a short span. Radha introduced her daughters Karthika Nair and Thulasi Nair. But both of them didn't have much interest in acting. When many fans requested Radha to do movies, she stated that she didn't have time to play in the movies further as Radha had been managing her business in Chennai, Kerala & Mumbai.

In 2021, Radha along with husband Rajasekaran Nair joined Bharatiya Janata Party.[5] Rajasekaran Nair is the party's candidate from Neyyatinkara constituency for the 2021 Kerala Legislative Assembly election.[6] Radha is otherwise active on social media, such as IG (Instagram) and others. She has also been involved with T.V shows as a judge for the following:

CareerEdit

Tamil cinemaEdit

Radha started her career in 1981 starring as the protagonist in director Bharathiraja's Tamil film Alaigal Oivathillai alongside debutant Karthik. 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 legendary Tamil actor Kamal Haasan. Tik Tik Tik played a significant role in her career. 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 in Muthal Mariyathai in 1985 [7].At the 33rd National Film Awards, Radha was a strong contender for the Best Actress category, but was disqualified since her voice was dubbed by a different actress.[8] The film was screened at the Indian Panorama section of the 1985 International Film Festival of India.[9]

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). 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 considerable 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.

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 several top heroes such as Sivaji Ganeshan, Sivakumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, K. Bhagyaraj, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Mohan, Prabhu, Karthik, T. Rajendar and Arjun.

Telugu cinemaEdit

Her first Telugu film was with Shoban Babu in Mr. Vijay (1986). Her notable films in Telugu include Shakthi (1983), Iddaru Dongalu (1984), Agni Parvatam (1985), Palnati Simham (1985), 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, Shoban Babu and many more. Her glamour roles and hot navel scenes were brought out by K. Raghavendra Rao and A. Kodandarami Reddy.

Kannada cinemaEdit

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 a 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. A massive hit in Kannada, it is still remembered by Kannada movie-goers.

Malayalam cinemaEdit

Though hailing from Kerala, she did not enjoy much success in Malayalam, unlike her sister Ambika (who had an equally successful career in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam language films). She has acted only in six Malayalam films. 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 a film Ayitham (1987), in which she played one of the lead characters, alongside Ambika (actress), Sukumaran and Mohanlal. Innathe Program (1991) was her last movie in Malayalam, which was also a hit.

FilmographyEdit

Tamil filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Shanti Enathu Shanti
Marupakkam Avayam
Sigaram Priya
1990 Jagathalaprathapan Guest Appearance
Manaivi Oru Manickam Gayathri
Manaivi Vantha Neram
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram
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
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Pandimeena
Enga Chinna Rasa Rukmini
Kadhal Parisu Chitra
1986 Manithanin Marupakkam Kala
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Tulasi
Manakanakku Lakshmi
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Kanmani
1985 Japanil Kalyanaraman Radha
Idaya Kovil Suriya
Muthal Mariyathai Kuyil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil[10]
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
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
Naan Mahaan Alla Geetha
1983 Paayum Puli Revathy
Sivappu Sooriyan Chithra
Dhampathyam
Thudikkum Karangal Radha
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey Padmini
Apoorva Sahodarigal
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 filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Pandirimancham Madhuravani
Samasara Veena
Parama Sivudu Gowri
1990 Kodama Simham Bijili
Kondaveeti Donga Sri Kanya
Qaidi Dada
Aayudham
1989 Lankeshwarudu
Soggadi Kaapuram
Parthudu
Dorikithe Dongalu Radha
Rudranetra Hamsalekha
State Rowdy Radha
Ramudu Bheemudu Ganga
Manchi Kutumbam
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
Rowdy No.1
Mugguru Kodukulu Roja
Chuttalabbayi
Prana Snehithulu
1987 Jebu Donga
Thandri Kodukula Challenge Gowri
Dongodochadu
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
Vintha Mogudu
Donga Manjulatha
Agni Parvatam Radha / Lulli
Palnati Simham
1984 Naagu Rajani
Goonda
Adarshavanthudu Lakshmi
Vasantha Geetam Madhavi / Mary
Dongalu Baboi Dongalu Satya
Raktha Sambandham
Iddaru Dongalu
1983 Chanda Sasanudu Rani
Shakthi
1982 Mr. Vijay
Gopala Krishnudu Radha
Prema Moortulu

Malayalam filmsEdit

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

Kannada filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Premaraya
Ranachandi
1986 Sowbhagya Lakshmi Lakshmi
Usha Durgadevi
1985 Savira Sullu Radha
1984 Digvijaya Cameo appearance

Hindi filmsEdit

Year Film Role Note
1984 Kaamyab Radha
1986 Singhasan Jaswanti

TelevisionEdit

As Judge

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wish Radha Nair on her birthday - Times of India". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  2. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 394.
  3. ^ "Ambika – Profile and Biography". Veethi. 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  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. ^ "Collections". 1991.
  8. ^ "Gossip". Dinakaran. 5 May 1999. Archived from the original on 5 May 1999. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Collections". 1991.

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