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Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi (born 29 July 1952) popularly known as Radha Ravi is an Indian film and television actor[2] 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. His first movie was Rahasya Rathri.It is a Kannada movie.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.[3] He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Saidapet in 2001 as a member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

Radha Ravi
Radha Ravi at Jil Jung Juk Press Meet.jpg
Radha Ravi in 2016
Born
Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi

(1952-07-29) 29 July 1952 (age 67)[1]
Alma materThe New College, Chennai
OccupationActor
Years active1976 – present
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Political partyAIADMK
Parent(s)M. R. Radha
Dhanalakshmiammal
RelativesVasu Vikram (nephew)
FamilyM. R. R. Vasu (brother)
Rathikala (sister)
Raadhika (half-sister)
Nirosha (half-sister)
Raju Radha (half-brother)
Mohan Radha (half-brother)
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
In office
2001–2006
Preceded byV. Perumal
Succeeded byG. Senthamizhan
ConstituencySaidapet

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CareerEdit

Radha Ravi was born on 29 July 1952 to the well-known actor M. R. Radha and Dhanalakshmiammal.[4] 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.

ControversiesEdit

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[5] 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".[6]

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".[7]

Between 1987 and 2015, Radha Ravi was heavily involved in the Nadigar Sangam.[8] 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.[9] In 2015, Ravi and Sarathkumar were defeated in 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.[10]

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 harassmentEdit

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.[11] 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.[12][13]

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Tamil FilmsEdit

Year Title Role
1976 Manmadha Leelai
1978 Veettukaari
Rudra Thaandavam
Thirukkalyanam
1980 Bombay Mail 109
Tharaiyil Vaazhum Meengal
1981 Thanneer Thanneer Alagiri
1982 Kaadhal Oviyam
1983 Uyirullavarai Usha
Sivappu Sooriyan Ravi
Soorakottai Singakutti
Raagangal Maaruvathillai
Thambadigal
Poikaal Kuthirai
1984 Madurai Sooran
Vaai Pandhal
Theerppu En Kaiyil
Kalyaana Kanavugal
Achamillai Achamillai Henchman
Thangakkoppai
Thenkoodu
Poovilangu
Simma Soppanam
Iru Medhaigal
Rajathanthiram
Sattathai Thiruttungal
Thiruttu Rajakkal
Vaidehi Kathirunthal Vellikizhamai Ramasamy
1985 Chain Jayapal
Urimai
Andhasthu
Annai Bhoomi 3D Somu
Uyarndha Ullam Selvam
Kutravaaligal
Deiva Piravi
Anthasthu
1986 Dharma Pathini
Selvaakku
Thiramai
Natpu
Amman Kovil Kizhakale
Sarvam Sakthimayam Alavanda
Kovil Yaanai
Vasantha Raagam
Ragasiyam
Odangal
Melmaruvathur Arpudhangal
1987 Ivargal Indhiyargal
Solvathellam Unmai
Ayyappaswamy
Thalayaatti Bommaigal
Thulasi
Vaazhga valarga
Paadu Nilave
Cooliekkaran
Veeran Veluthambi Veeran Veluthambi
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Bairava
Naagam
Ore Ratham
Idhu Engal Needhi
Ellaikodu
Uzhavan Magan
1988 Ennai Vittu Pogaathe
Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Vasudevan
Guru Sishyan Muthuraja
Ullathil Nalla Ullam Peter
Raasave Unnai Nambi
En Uyir Kannamma
Kazhugu Malaikkallan
Kalyana Paravaigal
Thambi Thanga Kambi
Uzhaithu Vaazha Vendum Arun
1989 Pongi Varum Kaveri
Rajadhi Raja Aadimoolam
Siva
Rettaikuzhal Thuppaakki
Solaikuyil
Paalaivanathil Pattaampoochi
Kovilmani Osai
Thendral Sudum
Annanukku Jai
Vetri Vizha
Rajanadai Chakravarthy
1990 Panakkaran
Manaivi Oru Manickam
Pudhu Padagan Doctor
Pulan Visaranai R. R.
Unnai Solli Kutramillai Veerapandian
Seetha Chakravarthy
Chilambu
Adhisaya Manithan Guest Appearance
Enkitta Mothathe
Thai Maasam Poovaasam
1991 Vaa Arugil Vaa Nalla Thambi
Vanakkam Vathiyare Malaichami
Chithirai Pookkal Lollai Kaadu
Vetri Karangal
Chinna Thambi Eldest brother of Nandhini
Idhu Namma Bhoomi Rathnavel
Vigneshwar Amir Nath
Oyilaattam
Kurumbukkaaran
Rasathi Varum Naal Gowri
1992 Amaran Aandava Perumal
Rickshaw Mama
Sugamana Sumaigal Thangaraj
Chembaruthi Paandi
Idhu Namma Bhoomi Rathnavel
Annamalai Gangadharan
Naalaiya Theerpu Arun Mehta
1993 Chinna Mappillai Aalavanthan / PeriyaPannai
Pandithurai Malaisamy
Chinna Thayee Inspector Sankarapandian
Uthama Raasa Parama Thevar
Vedan Megharajan
Chellakannu Dhandapani
Namma Annachi Vadivelu
Uzhaippali Ragupathy
Kattalai
Rojavai Killathe Ayyanar
Enga Muthalali Seetharaman Reddy
1994 Vaanga Partner Vaanga Ponnappan
Chinna Muthu Chinnamuthu
Oru Vasantha Geetham
Priyanka
Sadhu
En Aasai Machan Police officer
Ilaignar Ani Rajarajan
1995 Indira Kotamarayar
Lucky Man "Cheating" Sivaraman
Makkal Aatchi Chief minister Vaduganathan
Kizhakkumalai
Marumagan Mayilsamy Gounder
Asuran Rajasekhar
Coolie Loganathan
Neela Kuyil Raja
Muthu Ambalathar
1996 Katta Panchayathu Kathirvel
Vishwanath Rajkumar
Poovarasan Senadapathi
Kizhakku Mugam Village president and Poongodi's father
Vetri Vinayagar Kaja Mukasooran
1997 Vaimaye Vellum Rajendran
Vasuki Pakkiri
Thadayam Jothi's father
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai James
1998 Ulavuthurai Home Minister Jaidev
Veera Thalattu
Thalaimurai
Veeram Vilanja Mannu M.L.A Sundarapandi
1999 Suriya Paarvai Sundaramoorthy
Ponnu Veetukkaran Gangadaran
Endrendrum Kadhal Krishna
Poo Vaasam
Padayappa Neelambari's father
Poomagal Oorvalam Chidambaram
Kannupada Poguthaiya Angaala Thevar
Pooveli Chidambaram Pillai
Azhagarsamy Landlord
2000 Simmasanam Sakthivel's cousin
Vanna Thamizh Pattu Muthumanikkam
2001 Friends Abhirami's father
Narasimha Manimaran
2002 Raja Kathiresan
Karmegham Karmegham's father
Baba Minister of Tourism
Kadhal Azhivathillai Charmi's father
2003 Kadhaludan Durai's father
Dum
Lesa Lesa Chandru's grandfather
Kaalaatpadai
2004 Janaa Veerapandi
Oru Murai Sollividu
Gajendra Shawkat Ali
2005 Unarchigal Seshadri
2006 Saravana Saravana's father
Kusthi Chieftain
Chennai Kadhal Sakthivel
Adaikalam Somasundaram
2007 Kalakkura Chandru
Thirumagan Sivalingam
Maya Kannadi
Kannamoochi Yenada Maheswaran Iyer
2008 Alibhabha MLA friend of Thilakan
Nayagan
2009 Indira Vizha Judge Sattanathan
1977
Ainthaam Padai Minister
Madurai Sambavam Aalamaram
Suriyan Satta Kalloori College Principal
2010 Kutty Devanayagam,
Thairiyam
Sura Church father
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Dada Thulakanam
Singam Soundara Pandi
Pen Singam Singaperumal
Thillalangadi Health Minister/Home Minister
Naane Ennul Illai
365 Kadhal Kadithangal
2011 Sattapadi Kutram Rathnavelu
Kumara
Vaanam Police Inspector
2012 Sattam Oru Iruttarai
2013 Thirumathi Tamizh
Singam 2 Soundara Pandi
Soodhu Kavvum Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
2014 Tenaliraman Vassal-King Parasbaram
Ramanujan Prof. Singaravelu Mudaliar
Jamai
Lingaa Kavi Bharathi
Pisasu Bhavani's father
2015 Sandamarutham Rangarajan
Sakalakala Vallavan Kathiresan
2016 Karai Oram
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
Narathan Anbazhagan
Manithan Judge
Marudhu Payilwan
Iraivi Jagan's father
Thodari Rengarajan
Achamindri Education minister Karikalan
2017 Si3 Soundara Pandi
Ennodu Vilayadu Nagulan
Yaakkai Krishnamurthy
Enkitta Mothathe Mandhramoorthy
Shivalinga Krishnamoorthy
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Sangili Aandhavan
Veera Vamsam
Annadurai Mahalingam
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Police inspector
Veera Sketch Sekhar
Junga Sopraj
Maniyar Kudumbam
Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marmam Enna
Annanukku Jai Parasuraman
Ratsasan Rajamanickkam
Aan Devathai Bullet Rowther
Vada Chennai Muthu
Sarkar Rendu
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Pandithurai
100 Pistol Perumal
Ayogya Judge
Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja Jeepakaran
Dharmaprabhu Yaman
Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari
Gorilla Assistant comissioner
Sixer

KannadaEdit

MalayalamEdit

TeluguEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Channel
2008 Thiruvilayadal Sun TV
2009–2013 Chellamay Kadarkaraiyaan
2013–2014 Ranga Vilas Jaya TV

Dubbing artistEdit

Year Film Actor Dubbed name Notes
1999 Samarasimha Reddy Jayaprakash Reddy Shanmuga Pandian
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Irrfan Khan Naanum Kodeeswaran
2011 Aadukalam V. I. S. Jayapalan

ProducerEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "AIADMK fields Radha Ravi in Saidapet". Indiatimes. 2 May 2002. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ The man who brought dignity and grace to villainy – TAMIL NADU. The Hindu. Retrieved on 30 December 2016.
  4. ^ Refrains, old and new. The Hindu. Retrieved on 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ Palansamy, Yiswaree. "South Indian actor Radha Ravi's 'datukship' not from Melaka govt, official says | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Asin complains..." Behindwoods. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Radharavi takes on A R Rahman". Chennaionline.com. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
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  9. ^ "Sarath Kumar elected unopposed to top post". The Hindu. 31 July 2006. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
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  11. ^ "Here is the list of south film industry stars who have spoken out on MeToo". The News Minute. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  12. ^ Vasudevan, Lokpria (25 March 2019). "DMK suspends Radha Ravi for his misogynistic remarks against actress Nayanthara". India Today. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/radha-ravi-is-a-repeat-offender-says-actor-vishal/article26644092.ece