Born Udaya Chandrika
October 3, 1965 (1965-10-03) (age 44)
India Kerala, India
Spouse(s) Rajasekaran Nair

Radha (Malayalam: രാധ) (born 1965) is an Indian actress popular in the 80s and early 90s. She was popular in the both Tamil and Telugu film industry for more than a decade. She has acted in numerous movies with top actors of the South Indian cinema heroes from Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Vijayakanth to Chiranjeevi, Karthik, Suresh, Mohan, Mohanlal, Krishna, Venkatesh etc. She has acted in over 200 movies in 5 Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi).

Personal life

Radha hails from Kallara in Trivandrum District Kerala. She is married to a successful hotelier Rajasekaran Nair and has three daughters and one son. Since her marriage she has settled in Mumbai and is into restaurant business with her husband. She pursues her undying passion for the Arts by continuing classical dance lessons alongside her eldest daughter. She has also recently performed at the famous Chidambaram Natarajar temple which she claims was her dream. Her sister Ambika is also a famous actress. Her daughter Karthika Nair started her career as an actress with Josh movie starring opposite to Naga Chaitanya and doing Malyalam film called Makaramanju and KO tamil film with Ayan director Anand.


Radha was spotted by director Bharathiraja and was cast as a young teenager, and cast in Alaigal Oivathillai in 1981 opposite then newcomer Karthik and named her Radha. The young heroine took everyone in her very first movie. Soon Radha became a hit started acting alongside heroes like Karthik, Mohan and Suresh.

Dubbed as the Saroja Devi of the 80's, between Payum Puli and Rajathi Raja, Radha was the uncrowned Queen of Kollywood. And by the end of eighties, Radha had almost completed a decade of complete dominance in the South. But still, the tag of a great actress still evaded her and though she came up with some spirited performances in movies like Amman Kovil Kizhakale, the label of a glamour doll stuck with her. Her long hair and big eyes were a great plus to her acting abilities.

Tamil cinema career

After a string of movies where she co-starred with the second line heroes of Tamil movie industry, she was starting to get noticed. Gopurangal Saivathillai proved her acting talents. She played a powerful role as a second wife of Mohan and matched the national award winner Suhasini (who played the first wife) in this movie. Radha played a small role in Tik Tik Tik, a Kamal Haasan starrer, big budget movie. Tik Tik Tik, though was a small role, did Radha some good by taking her into big budget movies and played a significant role in her career. She then starred in a number of Kamal movies like Oru Kaithiyin Diary, Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey, Kathal Parisu, Jappanil Kalyanaraman and many of them were super duper hits. Her close friend and mentor actress Suhasini Maniratnam helped her in improving her make-up and took special care by voluntarily opting to hairdress Radha whenever they acted together in many telugu/tamil films.[1].

Her major break came from her mentor Bharathiraja. Radha was cast in the movie opposite the legendary Sivaji Ganesan. Muthal Mariyathai released in the year 1985. Radha’s striking performance matching Sivaji was a pleasant surprise of the movie. And needless to say, Radha pulled in the crowds and Muthal Mariyathai remains till date as one of the greatest late-pickup super hits in Tamil industry. After Muthal Mariyathai she got a number of challenging roles including movies like Nyaya Tharasu.

[edit] Tollywood career

She acted in her first Telugu film with sobhan babu in Mr.vijay and from there She worked hard to climb the ladder and maintain success in Tollywood film cinema. She acted more movies in Tollywood. Radha costarred almost all the leading stars of Telugu in that period including Chiranjeevi, [|Balakrishna]], Krishna, Nagarjuna and Venkatesh. Noted films were Yamudiki Mogudu, State Rowdy etc. In Telugu And Sridevi too dropped down once in a while from Mumbai to steal a hit or two. Despite this , Radha managed to act in the most number of movies opposite big heroes amongst the three. She was the only competitor for Chiranjeevi in dance those days. Recently her daughter also started career in Tollywood, movie name is Josh (it is her daughter first film).

Sandalwood career

Radha has also done quite a number of kannada films as well. She acted with veteran kannada actor Vishnuvardhan and actress Lakshmi in Bhagyadha Lakshmi Baarramma which is a remake of the hindi film Mang Baro Sajna in which Radha enacted the role of actress Rekha. This film in turn is a remake of a telugu movie. She has even done films with Ravichandran as well. In 1991, she did a kannada movie Ranachandi in which was the main lead with co-actors Sharat Babu, Ramesh Bhatt, Mukhyamantri Chandru, Sudhir and others. She acted as a police cop in this film with Sharat Babu as her husband and Mukhyamantri Chandru as the main villain. She had many stunts and fight sequences in the film. It is best remembered by kannada movie goers till to date. This film was a big hit in kannada industry.

Selected filmography

Tamil films

Year Film Cast Direction Role
1990 Sigaram S.P.Balasubrahmanyam

1990 Manaivi Oru Manickam Arjun

1989 Raajadhi Raaja Rajinikanth, Nadiya Moidu R.Sundarajan
1987 Aanand Prabhu C.V.Rajendran
1987 Jallikkattu Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj

1987 Kaadhal Parisu Kamal Haasan, Ambika A.Jagannathan
1987 Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Vijaykanth

1986 Raatshashan Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Nagendra Babu Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
1986 Amman Koil Kizhakkaalae Vijayakanth R.Sundarajan
1986 Mela Thiranthathu Kadhavu Amala, Mohan R.Sundarajan
1985 Idaya Kovil Mohan, Ambika Mani Ratnam
1985 Muthal Mariyathai Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj Bharathi Raja
1985 Nalla Thambi Karthik Sp.Muthuraman
1984 Naan Mahaan Alla Rajinikanth

1984 Oru Kaidiyin Diary Kamal Haasan, Revathy Bharahti Raja
1983 Paayum Puli Rajinikanth, Manorama Sp.Muthuraman
1983 Sivappu Sooriyan Rajinikanth, Manorama, Saritha V.Srinivasan
1983 Thoongathey Thambi Thoogathey Kamal Haasan Sp.Muthuraman
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Rajinikanth, Ambika Sp.Muthuraman
1982 Kadhal Oviyam Kannan Bharathi Raja
1982 Gopurngal Sayvathillai Suhasini, Mohan Manivannan
1982 Ilanjodigal Karthik Muthuraman Ramanarayan
1982 Kanney Raadha Karthik Muthuraman

1982 Valibamey Vaa Vaa Karthik Muthuraman Bharathi Raja
1981 Alaigal Ooivathilai Karthik Muthuraman Bharathi Raja
1981 Tik Tik Tik Kamal Haasan, Madhavi Bharathi Raja

Telugu films

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1990 Kodama Simham Chiranjeevi, Sonam, Mohanbabu K.Muralimohana Rao
1990 Kondaveeti Donga Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Amrish Puri Kondanda Rami Reddy.A. Srikanya
1990 Qaidi Dada Brahmanandam, Suman T.L.V.Prasad
1989 Lankeshwarudu Chiranjeevi, Mohan babu Narayana Rao Dasari
1989 Rudranetra Chiranjeevi, Nutan Prasad K.Raghavendra Rao
1989 State Rowdy Chiranjeevi, Banupriya, Satyanarayana Kaikala Gopal.B.
1988 Ramudu Bhimudu BalaKrishna

1989 Manchi Kutumbam Krishna Ghattamaneni, Sharada G.Rammohan Rao
1989 Two Town Rowdy Venkatesh, Naresh Narayana Rao Dasari
1988 Marana Mrudangam Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Brahmanandam A.Kondandarami Reddy
1988 Yamudiki Mogudu Chiranjeevi, Vijayasanthi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Ravi Raja Pinisetty
1988 Donga Ramudu Mohanbabu, Allu Ramalingaiah K.Raghavendra Rao
1988 Jamadagni Krishna Bharathiraja
1987 Jebu Donga Chiranjeevi, Bhanupriya A.Kondandarami Reddy
1986 Raakshasudu Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Nagendra Babu Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
1986 Kondaveeti Raja Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala K.Raghavendra Rao
1986 Muddula Krishnaiah Balakrishna, Vijayasanthi, Sharada Kodi Ramakrishna
1986 Ravana Brahma Krishnamraju, Sathyanarayana Kaikala K.Raghavendra Rao
1985 Adavi Donga Chiranjeevi, Sharada K.Raghavendra Rao
1985 Raktha Sindooram Chiranjeevi, Nuthan Prasad Kondaandarama Reddy.A.
1985 Puli Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Raj Bharath
1985 Vinitha Mogudu Mohanbabu T.L.VPrasad
1985 Donga Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
1985 Agni Parvatham Krishna, Sharada, Vijayashanti K.Raghavendra Rao
1984 Naagu Chiranjeevi, Raogopal Rao Prasad Thathineni
1984 Goonda Chiranjeevi, Sathyanarayana Kaikala Kondanadarama Reddy.A.
1983 Chanda Sasanudu Ramarao, Sharada Ramarao

Malayalam films

Year Film Cast Direction Role
1991 Innathe Programme Mukesh, Siddique, Zainuddin P. G. Viswambaran Indumathi
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakutty Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Menaka Sathyan Anthikkad Susanna
1987 Ayitham Mohanlal, Ambika Venu Nagavlli
1983 Mortuary Prem Nazir, Madhu, Srividya Baby Radhadevi

Hindi films

Year Film Cast Direction Role
1995 Bewafa Sanam Krishnakumar, Shilpa Shirodkar Gulshan Kumar
1989 Trinetra Chiranjeevi, Brahmanandam, Nuthan Prasad K.Raghavendra Rao
1989 Vicky Dada Nagarjuna, Juhi Chawla, Srividhya A.Kondandarami Reddy Savitri
1983 Faoladi Mukka Rajinikanth, Manorama Sp.Muthuraman
1966 Phool Aur Patthar Meena Kumari, Dharmendra O.P.Ralhan Radhadevi

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