Raadhika Sarathkumar is a Tamil television and film actress, successful entrepreneur and producer. She is the founder of Radaan Mediaworks, which has produced the successful serials Chithi, Annamalai, Selvi, Arasi, and Idi Katha Kadu (Telugu) she is currently acting a new serial Chellamay for Sun TV. She is also a judge on Vijay TVs Jodi Number One.
Raadhika is the daughter of the late Tamil actor and comedian, M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Mudaliyar). Her mother is a Sri Lanka Sinhala. She has a younger sister named Nirosha (Niroja), who is also an actress. Actor and politician R. Radharavi is Radhikas elder half-brother.
She is currently married to actor Sarath Kumar, with whom she has a son named Rahul. This is the third marriage for Raadhika. She has a daughter named Rayanne Hardy from her second marriage to Richard Hardy who is a British national.
Suhasini Maniratnam is a close friend of Radhika, who has been with her during her hard times and lent a shoulder. Radhika and Suhasini hit it off during their first meeting for a film shoot and went on to become thick friends. Though Radhika was very good at acting, her makeup and hairstyles were wanting. Suhasini Maniratnam, at her peak being a serious competitor for Radhika, has been Radhikas helping hand in redefining her looks and life. Suhasini in fact got an approval from director Vasanth, of Keladi Kanmani, a comeback movie for Radhika, to be with Radhika on the set and be her hairdresser and makeup artist. Both of them have gone on to different work paths after their peak stardom. Some of her other good friends in the film industry are Ramya Krishnan and Saritha..
She has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi as well as Malayalam films.
After becoming successful in cinema, Radhika wanted to do something different and decided to take on the small screen. In 1994 she set out to produce her own TV software under the Radaan TV banner. That was in 1994. After some initial hiccups, the company re-emerged successfully as Radaan Mediaworks (I) Ltd in 1999, and by 2008, has an annual turnover exceeding Rs 10 crore. In 2004, the company ventured into film production in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi markets. Radaan has plans to enter into Hindi television market.
In recent years she has acted as the title character in several hit megaserials produced by her company, Radaan Mediaworks. Her first hit drama was Chitti, a 488-episode serial in which she portrayed the main character, Saradha. The serial was widely watched and praised throughout the Tamil-speaking world. Fresh off the success of Chitthi, Radhika went on to produce another, longer Tamil serial, the 757-episode Annamalai, in which she once again played the main role. Her co-star in both these first two serials was the veteran actor Sivakumar, with whom she was often paired in films as well. However, in Annamalai, he played her eldest brother. She recently played a dual role in the teleserial Arasi, the sequel to the teleserial Selvi. Arasi has also recently been completed and is followed by yet another serial featuring herself called Chellamey.
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