TAMIL NADU

Radha is back in the limelight

Actor Radha

Actor Radha  



S.R. Ashok Kumar

Today, I am a happy housewife living with my husband and three children

CHENNAI: As a teenager, she began her film career with Alaigal Oivadillai.

From then on, Radha went on to work in all the south Indian languages.

But soon she faded away from public memory after her wedding.

Now, back in focus for a dance performance, Radha looks back on her career and the future.

My actual name is Uday Chandrika. My guru, Bharathiraja, changed it to Radha.

I started learning Bharatnatyam from standard IV under Bharatha Noor Sasi. Then, I did not have much time to practice.

After my entry into the film field I had to dance in films in different styles.

But, after marriage and children I wanted to take up practising dance from where I left off. So, I asked my dance master Naresh Kumar Pillai to help me.

He did it meticulously, forced me to work hard and today I am going to perform at the Chidambaram `Natyanjali' Dance Festival.

My daughter, Krithika, and master Naresh Kumar Pillai are dancing with me.

Today, I am a happy housewife living in Mumbai with my husband Rajasekaran Nair and three children: Krithika studying in standard VIII, Vignesh, and the youngest Thulasi.

Already, people want to know if I will allow my elder daughter to act in films.

If she is interested, I have no objections. Perhaps a few years later...

I have acted in more than 200 films in all the four south Indian languages.

If I remember right, nearly 100 movies each in both Tamil and Telugu.

Four films in Malayalam and three in Kannada.

And with top heroes such as Kamal Haasan, Rajnikant, Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj, Karthik, N.T. Rama Rao, Sobhan Babu, Chiranjeevi and Venkatesh.

But, no... I have no favourites among the stars. I like all of them.

But, I would like to say that there is too much violence in today's films.

As my children have grown up now I have time to think about acting among other things.

Only now have I started my dance practice.

When my daughter is practising dance I like to join her.

If a challenging film role is given I may do it.

I am also planning to start a dance school soon in Mumbai and perhaps make it an acting institute later.

My five best films are ... Alaigal Oivadhilai [the first is always the best], Kadal Oviyum, Mudhal Mariyadai [with Sivaji Ganesan], Ninaive Oru Sangeetham, and Amman Koil Kizhakkale.

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