Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi (born 29 July 1952) popularly known as Radha Ravi is an Indian film and television actor who played supporting roles throughout his career. He is the son of yesteryear actor M. R. Radha and the uncle of Vasu Vikram and half-brother of Raadhika. He is a former chief member of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association. He is known for his roles as antagonists in Tamil films and a he acted in the serial Chellamae. He is also known for his controversial criticism of other film personalities.
Radha Ravi in 2016
Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi
29 July 1952
|Alma mater||The New College, Chennai|
|Years active||1976 – present|
|Parent(s)||M. R. Radha|
|Relatives||Vasu Vikram (nephew)|
|Family||M. R. R. Vasu (brother)|
Raju Radha (half-brother)
Mohan Radha (half-brother)
Radha Ravi was born on 29 July 1952 to the well-known actor M. R. Radha and Dhanalakshmiammal. He has one brother, M. R. R. Vasu, and three sisters, Rashya, Rani and Rathikala. Having started his career as a theatre artiste, he still associates himself with plays. He is a man with diverse interests. He played the role of Julius Caesar in a Tamil drama when he was in the ninth standard. During his New College days, both his friends, Jailani and Rafee helped him to pursue his passion for theatre. He performed for V. K. Ramasamy troupe, M. R. R. Vasu troupe, T. K. Chandran troupe and the UAA troupe. In 1980, he started his own troupe Nadikavel Theatres. His first time before the camera was for a Kannada film Ragasiya Rathiri, produced by actor Bharathi's father for BNK Pictures in 1975. His first Tamil film was Manmathalelai, after Kamal Haasan recommended his name to K. Balachandar.
Director Ramanarayanan gave his career a boost, while T. Rajender was instrumental in casting him as a villain in Uyirullavarai Usha. But it was actor S. S. Chandran who made him speak like his father in that film and made the world sit up and take notice. He later modified himself into one of the most versatile character-actors the Tamil industry has ever produced. He made notable performances in films such as Vaidegi Kaathirunthal, Uyarntha Ullam, Chinna Thambi, Poo Veli, Uzhaipalli, Guru Sishyan, etc. He has acted in about 280 films in all the South Indian languages – four in Telugu, three in Kannada, three in Malayalam and others in Tamil. He tried his hand in production with films such as Thai Maasam Poo Vasam, Idhu Namma Bhoomi, Chinnamuthu, Ilaignar Ani and Ruthrathandavam. Apart from being a renowned actor, he is an eminent leader and a great personality in society. He heads the Lions Club of Chennai and holds the post of secretary in Nadigar Sangam, which he headed efficiently a few years ago. Years of working towards perfection in acting and being at the helm of everything due to his sense of responsibility has instilled much creativity and leadership qualities in him. He has worked in all the four South Indian languages and is still going strong with his versatile performance.
Radha Ravi currently faces multiple accusations at the Dubbing Union and he is accused of falsely claiming Datukship by the Govt of Melaka, Malaysia which the Melakan government has confirmed that they never conferred Datuk title to Mr Radha Ravi. The building of Tamilnadu Film Dubbing Association, of which Mr Radha Ravi is the long time president, is named as "Dato Radha Ravi Complex"
Radha Ravi became known for his vocal criticism of the actions of other film personalities. On a few occasions, he has spoken out against the actions of several artists. He has also spoken out against larger organizations, such as the Film Employees Federation of South India. His comments were widely reported in the media and became controversial.
He criticised Asin on her visit to Sri Lanka, where the heavily-opposed civil war took place, in 2010 for the filming of Ready. He was quoted as saying: "Sangam won't spare actress Asin's recent visit to Sri Lanka to take part in the shooting of her upcoming Hindi film Ready opposite Salman Khan". However, Sarathkumar, president of the Nadigar Sangam, stated that "it's the prerogative of the artiste to go to whichever country they wanted".
He faced controversy over his criticism against Academy Award-winner A. R. Rahman for being involved in more Bollywood productions and composing film scores in foreign studios, rather than in Tamil Nadu, saying: "I would like to make it clear that Rahman's debut was Roja and not Slumdog Millionaire. He was introduced by Kavithalaya Productions, a Tamil film production company. But today, he has declined to acknowledge it by giving priorities merely to Hindi films".
Between 1987 and 2015, Radha Ravi was heavily involved in the Nadigar Sangam. He served as President until 2002, when he was criticized for mismanagement and replaced by Vijayakanth. In 2006, he was appointed as the association's General Secretary, while his brother-in-law R. Sarathkumar became President. In 2015, Ravi and Sarathkumar were defeated in a historic election by Vishal and Nassar respectively after both were accused for being involved in a conflict of interest in the Nadigar Sangam building controversy. Radha Ravi was commonly accused of using unparliamentary language against actors.
In March 2017, Radha Ravi was involved in a controversy where he mocked the DMK's political rivals MDMK's Vaiko and PMK's S Ramadoss and compared them to differently-abled children. Kanimozhi accused him for his insensitive speech.
Allegations of sexual harrasmentEdit
As part of the #MeToo movement in the Indian Tamil industry, in 2018, allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour have been made against Radha Ravi, in addition to others such as Tamil actor TM Karthik, Vairamuthu and others. In March 2019, during a trailer release function for Kolaiyuthir Kaalam, he made misogynistic comments towards the film's lead actress Nayanthara, leading to his suspension from the DMK.
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male) – Oru Murai Sollividu (2004)
|1980||Bombay Mail 109|
|Tharaiyil Vaazhum Meengal|
|Theerppu En Kaiyil|
|Annai Bhoomi 3D||Somu|
|Amman Kovil Kizhakale|
|Veeran Veluthambi||Veeran Veluthambi|
|Ninaive Oru Sangeetham||Bairava|
|Idhu Engal Needhi|
|1988||Ennai Vittu Pogaathe|
|Solla Thudikuthu Manasu||Vasudevan|
|Ullathil Nalla Ullam|
|En Uyir Kannamma|
|Thambi Thanga Kambi|
|Uzhaithu Vaazha Vendum|
|Raasave Unnai Nambi|
|1989||Pongi Varum Kaveri|
|Pulan Visaranai||R. R.|
|Unnai Solli Kutramillai||Veerapandian|
|Thai Maasam Poovaasam|
|1991||Vaa Arugil Vaa||Nalla Thambi|
|Chithirai Pookkal||Lollai Kaadu|
|Chinna Thambi||Eldest brother of Nandhini|
|Idhu Namma Bhoomi||Rathnavel|
|Rasathi Varum Naal||Gowri|
|Idhu Namma Bhoomi||Rathnavel|
|Naalaiya Theerpu||Arun Mehta|
|Chinna Thayee||Inspector Sankarapandian|
|Uthama Raasa||Parama Thevar|
|Vaanga Partner Vaanga|
|En Aasai Machan||Police officer|
|Oru Vasantha Geetham|
|Makkal Aatchi||Chief minister Vaduganathan|
|Kizhakku Mugam||Village president and Poongodi's father|
|Vetri Vinayagar||Kaja Mukasooran|
|Veeram Vilanja Mannu||M.L.A Sundarapandi|
|Vanna Thamizh Pattu||Muthumanikkam|
|Baba||Minister of Tourism|
|Kadhal Azhivathillai||Charmi's father|
|Oru Murai Sollividu|
|Kannamoochi Yenada||Maheswaran Iyer|
|2008||Alibhabha||MLA friend of Thilakan|
|2009||Indira Vizha||Judge Sattanathan|
|Suriyan Satta Kalloori||College Principal|
|Kola Kolaya Mundhirika||Dada Thulakanam|
|Thillalangadi||Health Minister/Home Minister|
|Naane Ennul Illai|
|365 Kadhal Kadithangal|
|2012||Sattam Oru Iruttarai|
|Singam 2||Soundara Pandi|
|Soodhu Kavvum||Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu|
|Ramanujan||Prof. Singaravelu Mudaliar|
|Aranmanai 2||Maya's father|
|Irudhi Suttru||TN Boxing chairman Muralikrishnan|
|Jil Jung Juk||Rolex Rawther|
|Aarathu Sinam||Joint commissioner of madurai police|
|Mapla Singam||Township president Sevagapandian|
|Achamindri||Education minister Karikalan|
|Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae||Sangili Aandhavan|
|2018||Kalakalappu 2||Police inspector|
|Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marmam Enna|
|2019||Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven||Pandithurai|
- Evidence (1988)
- Kulapathi (1993)
- Customs Diary (1993)
- Dadha (1994)
- Sundarimare Sookshikkuka(1995)
- Vettam (2004)
- Aswamedham (1992)
|1999||Samarasimha Reddy||Jayaprakash Reddy||Shanmuga Pandian|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Irrfan Khan||Naanum Kodeeswaran|
|2011||Aadukalam||V. I. S. Jayapalan|
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