Raadhika Sarathkumar Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Husband: R. Sarathkumar
Age: 60 Years

Raadhika Sarathkumar

Other NameRadikaa Sarathkumar [1]Facebook – Radikaa Sarathkumar
Profession(s)Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur, Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Film & TV Career
DebutFilm (Malayalam; As an actor): Swarna Medal (1977) in a supporting role
‘Swarna Medal’ (1977)
Film (Tamil; As an actor): Kizhakke Pogum Rail (1978) as Panchaali
A still of Raadhika Sarathkumar as Panchaali from the 1978 Tamil film 'Kizhakke Pogum Rail'
Film (Hindi; As an actor): Hamaare Tumhare (1979) as Sonia
Hamaare Tumhare
Film (Telugu; As an actor): Nyayam Kavali (1981) as Bharathi Devi
'Nyayam Kavali' (1981)
Film (Kannada; As an actor): Prachanda Kulla (1983) as Pushpa Devi
‘Prachanda Kulla' (1983)
TV (Tamil; As an actor): Penn (1991; DD Madras) as Hema
A still of Raadhika Sarathkumar from the TV serial 'Penn'
TV (Telugu; As an actor): Idhi Katha Kadu (1998; ETV)
‘Idhi Katha Kadu' (1998)
Web Series (Telugu; As an actor): Gaalivaana (2022; ZEE5) as Saraswathi
Gaalivaana web series
Awards, Honours, Achievements National Film Awards
1985: Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film as a Producer for Tamil film Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai
Filmfare Awards South
1981: Best Actress-Telugu for Nyayam Kavali
1986: Best Actress-Tamil for Dharma Devathai
1988: Best Actress-Tamil for Needhikku Thandanai
1991: Best Actress-Tamil for Keladi Kanmani
2014: Lifetime Achievement Award – South for Overall Contribution to Tamil Cinema
Raadhika Sarathkumar with her Filmfare Award
2016: Best Supporting Actress for Tamil film Thanga Magan
Nandi Awards
1987: Best Supporting Actress for Tamil film Karthika Poornima
1999: Best Supporting Actress for Telugu film Prema Kadha
South Indian International Movie Awards
2015: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the Tamil film Thanga Magan
2021: Best Actress in a Supporting Role Tamil film Vaanam Kottattum
Raadhika Sarathkumar with her SIIMA award
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
1995: Special Prize for the Tamil film Pasumponn
1988: Special Prize for the Tamil film Poonthotta Kaavalkkaaran
1989: Best Actress for the Tamil film Ninaivu Chinnam
Cinema Express Awards
1988: Best Actress for Tamil films Paasa Paravaigal & Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran
1993: Best Actress for Tamil film Kizhakku Cheemayile
Sun Kudumbam Viruthugal
2010: Best Overall Performance Award for the Tamil TV serial Arasi
2012: Special Jury Award for Best Actress for the Tamil TV serial Chellamay
2014: Best Actress for the Tamil TV serial Chellamay
Other Awards
2008: Vivel Chinnathirai Award Best Actress for Arasi
2016: Provoke Lifestyle Awards for TV Sensation of the Year
2019: Nadigavel Selvi title Raadhika Sarathkumar receiving Nadigavel Selvi title
2022: Pride of Tamilmani
Raadhika Sarathkumar receiving Pride of Tamilmani

Note: She has many more accolades to her name.
Political Career
Political Party• AIADMK (May 2006-October 2006)
• All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (2007-Present)
All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) flag
Political Journey May 2006: Joined AIADMK along with her husband
18 October 2006: Expelled from AIADMK for anti-party activities
2007: Joined All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi as Vice President
Personal Life
Date of Birth21 August 1963 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2023)60 Years
BirthplaceColombo, Sri Lanka
Zodiac signLeo
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
SchoolGood Shepherd Convent, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
EthnicityTamilian [2]The News Minute
Food HabitNon-vegetarian [3]Instagram – Raadhika Sarathkumar
AddressR. Sarathkumar, Kalyani Nagar, Kottivakkam, Chennai- 600 041
ControversiesSentenced to Jail in Cheque Bounce Case
In 2018, a real estate company named The Radiant Group filed a cheque bounce case on Raadhika and her husband R. Sarathkumar. Earlier, in 2015, Raadhika and her husband took a loan of Rs 50 Lakh from The Radiant Group and issued 5 undated cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to the company. However, the cheques got bounced. The couple even plead to the Madras High Court to cancel the criminal proceedings against them, but in 2019, the court denied the plea and directed a fast-track court in Saidapet, Chennai, to complete the proceedings of the case within 6 months. In 2021, the couple was sentenced to jail for one year and a fine of Rs 5 crore. [4]The Times of India
Criticised for Negatively Portraying #metoo Movement Victim
In 2013, in one of the episodes of her TV series ‘Vani Rani,’ her character in the series was seen using the #MeToo movement as a blackmailing tactic. In October 2018, amid the rage of the #metoo Movement, she was criticised by the netizens for playing such a role. In one of her tweets, she gave clarification to it. [5]The Times of India She tweeted,
"I have been in this industry for a long time and stood up for everyone’s rights, specially when it concerned women, which everyone in the industry know. If you have any clarification’s on the content of above mentioned serial, pls feel free to meet me in my office.”
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateFirst Marriage- m. 1985-div. 1986
Second Marriage- m. 1990-div. 1992
Third Marriage- m. 2001-present
Husband/SpouseFirst Husband- Pratap Pothen (actor, director, scriptwriter, producer, and filmmaker)
Raadhika Sarathkumar with her ex-husband Pratap Pothen
Second Husband- Richard Hardy
Third Husband- R. Sarathkumar (actor and politician)
Raadhika Sarathkumar with her husband R. Sarathkumar
ChildrenSon- Rahul Sarathkumar (from R. Sarathkumar)
Raadhika Sarathkumar with her husband R. Sarathkumar, daughter Rayanne Hardy, and son Rahul<br />
Daughter- Rayanne Hardy (from Richard Hardy; married to Indian cricketer Abhimanyu Mithun)
Stepdaughter- Varalaxmi (actor) and Pooja (from R. Sarathkumar and his first wife Chaya)
Raadhika Sarathkumar's husband and her stepdaughters
ParentsFather- Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan (actor and politician)
Raadhika Sarathkumar's father
Mother- Geetha (a Sri Lankan; fifth wife of her father Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan)
Raadhika Sarathkumar with her mother and sister
Stepmother(s)- Saraswathi, Dhanalakshmi, Premavathi, and Jayammal
SiblingsBrother(s)- M. R. Radha Rajoo and M. R. Radha Mohan (both younger)
Half-Brother(s)- M. R. R. Vasu (actor; from stepmother
Saraswathi) and Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi (politician and actor; from stepmother Dhanalakshmi)
Raadhika Sarathkumar's half brother Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi

Raadhika Sarathkumar's half brother M. R. R. Vasu
Sister- Nirosha aka Niroja (film & TV actress; image in parents' section)
Half-Sister(s)- Rathikala, Rashya, & Rani (from stepmother Dhanalakshmi and Ganavalli, Kasturi, and Rajeswari (from stepmother Jaya)

Raadhika Sarathkumar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Raadhika Sarathkumar

  • Raadhika Sarathkumar is an Indian actress, producer, entrepreneur, and politician. She mainly works in South Indian films. She is known for being the founder of one of the popular South Indian film production companies named Radaan Mediaworks in Chennai.
  • She is the daughter of the veteran South Indian actor Madras Rajagopalan who misfired a gunshot on the Indian actor and politician MG Ramachandran in 1967. In an interview, Raadhika shared that after the incident, her father was imprisoned due to which
  • her family faced many problems. She said,

    My mother did not want me to be exposed to what was happening here. I was studying in Chennai initially, but when my father was having his problems, we went to Colombo and I was studying there. I went to London when I was 14. I wanted to do a course there, but I was travelling back and forth between London and India.”

    Raadhika Sarathkumar's childhood picture with her mother

    Raadhika Sarathkumar’s childhood picture with her mother

  • In 1977, the Indian film director Bharathiraja saw some of her photos and offered a role in his next film. In an interview, she said that she never wanted to become an actor.
  • She started a proprietary business Radaan Mediaworks in 1998 which was converted into a corporate entity in 1999 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Some of her other Tamil films from 1981 to 1985 are ‘Kannitheevu’ (1981), ‘Eera Vizhi Kaaviyangal’ (1982), ‘Raja Rishi’ (1985), ‘Theri’ (2016), ‘Vaanam Kottatum’ (2020), ‘Jail’ (2021), and ‘Pattathu Arasan’ (2022).

    'Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri' (1985)

    ‘Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri’ (1985)

  • Raadhika has also acted in Telugu films. She appeared in more than 120 Telugu films from 1981 to 1989. Some of her popular Telugu films are ‘Bezawada Bebbuli’ (1983), ‘Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu’ (1982), ‘Raja the Great’ (2017), and ‘Krishna Vrinda Vihari’ (2022).
  • She has also dubbed many Tamil films including ‘Mudhal Mariyathai’ (1985), ‘Kadalora Kavithaigal’ (1986), ‘Inaindha Kaigal’ (1990), and ‘Karuthamma’ (1994).
  • Raadhika has appeared in Kannada films like ‘Jeevana Chakra’ (1985), ‘Sathyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1987), and ‘Nagini’ (1991).

    'Jeevana Chakra’ (1985)

    ‘Jeevana Chakra’ (1985)

  • She has also appeared in a few Hindi films such as ‘Naseeb Apna Apna’ (1986), ‘Aaj Ka Arjun’ (1990), ‘Himmatwala’ (1998), and ‘Lal Baadshah’ (1999).

    Naseeb Apna Apna film poster

    Naseeb Apna Apna film poster

  • Some of her Malayalam films are ‘Justice Raja’ (1983), ‘Makan Ente Makan’ (1985), ‘Arthana’ (1993), ‘Ramaleela’ (2017), and ‘Ittymaani: Made in China’ (2019).

    ‘Ramaleela’ (2017)

    ‘Ramaleela’ (2017)

  • Apart from acting in films, she has also directed a few Tamil TV serials and Telefilms. In 1997, she worked as a director and screenwriter in the Tamil TV serial ‘Naalavathu Mudichu,’ which aired on DD.
  • In 1999, she worked as a director and actor in the Tamil telefilm ‘Siragugal,’ which aired on Sun TV.
  • Raadhika has also appeared in Tamil TV serials. Some of her Tamil TV serials are ‘Naalavathu Mudichu’ (1997; DD Madras), ‘Annamalai’ (2002; Sun TV), ‘Chellamay’ (2009; Sun TV), ‘Vaani Rani’ (2013; Sun TV), and ‘Ponni C/O Rani’ (2022; Kalaignar TV).

    ‘Annamalai’ (2002)

    ‘Annamalai’ (2002)

  • On 18 October 2006, she was expelled from the political party AIADMK for her anti-party activities. In an interview, Raadhika talked about it. She said,

    I am surprised that I have been expelled from the party. In reality, I am not even a member of the AIADMK. I was actually shocked when she (Ms Jayalalithaa) gave the card to me. However, out of respect for my husband and Jayalalithaa, I accepted it. But I am not a member of the AIADMK or any party for that matter. I am not into politics.”

    In another interview, she said that in the 1989 elections, she campaigned for the DMK. She said,

    Knowing the family, they requested me to campaign for the party and I did that. But other than that, I was not actively involved in politics.”

  • In 2007, in an interview, she talked about joining her husband’s party, she said,

    I will be doing more greater things through it. Politics is an extension of social service. I want to give back a little of the love you have been showering me with all these years. I am sure of doing it. I will surely be working for you.”

  • In the same year, she worked as a host in the Telugu TV show ‘Bangaram Mee Kosam,’ which was aired on Gemini TV.

    ‘Bangaram Mee Kosam' (2007)

    ‘Bangaram Mee Kosam’ (2007)

  • Some of her Telugu TV serials as an actor are ‘Ammayi Kaapuram’ (2007; Gemini TV) and ‘No. 23 Mahalakshmi Nivasam’ (2010; Gemini TV).

    ‘Ammayi Kaapuram’ (2007)

    ‘Ammayi Kaapuram’ (2007)

  • She has been invited as a guest in various Telugu TV shows like ‘Alitho Saradaga’ (2020; aired on ETV) and ‘Unstoppable With NBK Season 2’ (2022; aired on Aha Telugu).

    ‘Unstoppable With NBK Season 2’ (2022)

    ‘Unstoppable With NBK Season 2’ (2022)

  • She has also hosted a few Tamil TV shows like ‘Thangavettai’ (2007; Sun TV) and ‘Kodeeswari’ (2019; Colors Tamil).

    ‘Kodeeswari' (2019)

    ‘Kodeeswari’ (2019)

  • In her leisure time, she loves to cook food and travel with her family.
  • Raadhika regularly practices yoga.
  • Her favourite quote is Laugh While you can, No Pain No Gain.
  • She has a Land Rover car. [6]My Neta
  • In an interview, she talked about marrying R. Sarathkumar. She said,

    Sarath and I have been friends for a really long time. I used to be his agony aunt. We used to talk a lot, share stories. We used to go out and we became close. My mother said marrying him was a good idea, and that it will provide security to Rayane too. At some point, it worked out such that I was thinking, why not?”

  • Raadhika has appeared on the cover of the magazine Just For Women.

    Raadhika Sarathkumar featured on a magazine cover

    Raadhika Sarathkumar featured on a magazine cover

  • She has also been featured in TV commercials for brands like Pranav Jewelers, Chennai Silks, and Manna Health Mix.