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R. Sarathkumar Height, Weight, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Biography & More

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Age: 68 Years
Wife: Raadhika Sarathkumar
Hometown: Thalakavur, Sivaganga, Chennai

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Full nameRamanathan Sarathkumar
Names earned• Supreme Star
• Super Hero
• Puratchi Thilagam
Profession• Actor
• Politician
• Journalist
• Producer
• Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 177 cm
in meters- 1.77 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 42 Inches
- Waist: 34 Inches
- Biceps: 16 Inches
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Film Career
DebutFilm (Telugu): Samajamlo (1986)
R. Sarathkumar in a still from the 1986 film 'Samajamlo Sthree'
Film (Tamil): Kan Simittum Neram (1988)
R. Sarathkumar in a still from the 1988 film 'Kan Simittum Neram'
Film (Malayalam): Pazhassi Raja (2009)
R. Sarathkumar in a still from the 2009 film 'Pazhassi Raja'
Film (Kannada): Saarathi (2012)
R. Sarathkumar in a still from the 2012 film 'Saarathi'
Producer: Kan Simittum Neram (1988)
TV: Kodeeswaran (host) (2000)
R. Sarathkumar hosting Sun TV's Tamil show 'Kodeeswaran'
Singer: Orunnu Onnu from the film 'Aai' (2004)
Awards & Honours• Honoured with Kalaimamani Award in 1994
• 2 time winner of Tamil Nadu State Film Award For The Best Actor
• 3 time winner of South Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor
• 3 time winner of Cinema Express Award for Best Actor
• Cinema Express Award For The Best Villain in 1990
• Jai Hind Patriotic Pride Award in 2009
• Mathrubhumi Amrita Special Jury Award in 2009
• SIIMA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2011
• Rainbow Ambassador Award in 2013
• Norway Tamil Film Festival Icon of Tamil Cinema Award in 2013
• Incisive Charisma award by WE Magazine in 2016
R. Sarathkumar received Incisive Charisma Award by WE Magazine in 2016
• SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Telugu) for 'Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India' in 2019
Political Career
Party• Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) (1996-2006)
• All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) (2006)
• Founded his own political party All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) on 31 August 2007
All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) flag
Political Journey1998: Contested the Lok Sabha elections from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu
2001: Became a Rajya Sabha member
2011: Won 14th Legislative Assembly Elections from Tenkasi constituency
2016: Contested in the Assembly elections
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 July 1954
Age (as of 2022)68 Years
BirthplaceNew Delhi, India
Zodiac signCancer
NationalityIndian
HometownThalakavur, Sivaganga, Chennai
School• Raja Muthiah High School, Chennai
• Central School, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
• St. Patrick's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai
College• Loyola College, Chennai
• The New College, Chennai
Educational QualificationBachelor of Science (Mathematics) (1976) [1]MyNeta
ReligionHinduism
CasteNadar [2]YouTube- Nakkheeran TV
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
R. Sarathkumar with his wife Raadhika carving turkey on the occasion of thanksgiving
AddressKalyani Nagar, Kottivakkam, Chennai- 600 041
Hobbies• Reading books
• Working out
• Playing Football
Controversies‘Nattamai’ film leaked
According to sources, during the initial days of Sarathkumar's acting, he was close to politician Jayalalithaa. In 1994, when his film 'Nattamai' was released, he gave the videotape of the film to Jayalalithaa for her personal viewing, which was reportedly used by Jayalalithaa's television channel JJ TV for airing the film, while the movie was still running in theatres. R. B. Choudary, producer of the film, threatened Sarathkumar for misusing the tape; since, the tape that he gave to Jayalalithaa was given to him for his personal viewing. He sought an apology and explanation from both Jayalalitha and JJ TV, but no one apologised. [3]India Today
Cases where Cognizance Taken
• 1 charge related to Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC Section-171H)
• 2 charges related to Punishment for Being a member of an unlawful assembly (IPC Section-143)
• 2 charges related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant (IPC Section-188) [4]MyNeta
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNagma (Politician, Actress) (mid-1990s) [5]The Times of India
Sarath Kumar's Ex-Girlfriend Nagma
Marriage Date First Marriage- 1984 (year)
Second Marriage- 2001 (year)
Family
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife- Chaya Devi (m. 1984, div. 2000) [6]Pelli Petakulu
R. Sarathkumar's wife, Chaya Devi
Second Wife- Raadhika Sarathkumar (m. 2001)
A photo of R. Sarathkumar with wife Radhikaa
ChildrenSon- Rahul (from Raadhika)
R. Sarathkumar with his wife and son, Rahul
Daughter- Varalaxmi (from Chaya), Pooja (from Chaya)
Sarath Kumar With His Daughters
StepDaughter- Rayanne Hardy (from Raadhika)
R. Sarathkumar with his stepdaughter, Rayanne
ParentsFather- M. Ramanathan (All India Radio, Press Information Bureau of India)
R. Sarathkumar's father, M. Ramanathan
Mother- Pushpaleela (also known as Leelavathy) (died on 26 October 2013) [7]The Hindu
R. Sarathkumar with his mother, Pushpaleela
SiblingsBrother- Late. Sudarshan Ramanathan (elder)
Sister- Mallika Kandaswamy (elder)
R. Sarathkumar with his sister, Mallika
Favourites
ActorM. G. Ramachandran
ActressSavitri, Namita
PoliticianK. Kamaraj
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Premiere Padmini (TN 04 A 9999) (1990)
• Honda (TN01 M009) (1992)
• Bajaj Auto (TN07 AJ6116) (2006)
• Scorpio (TN07 AL 0014) (2006)
• Tempo Traveller (TN07 AP 0014) (2007)
• Toyota Fortuner (TN07 BX0009) (2011)
• Volvo (TN07 BX0009) (2011)
• Audi (TN07 BT0014) (2012)
• Ford Endeavor (TN07 BU1499) (2014)
• Pajero Sport (TN07 CD0014) (2014) [8]MyNeta
• Mercedes-Benz C-Class
R. Sarathkumar walking past by his Mercedes-Benz C-Class car
Money Factor
Assets/PropertiesMovable Assets
• Cash: Rs. 30,56,000
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 43,136
• Bonds/Shares: Rs. 8,20,178
• LIC/Other Insurance Policies: Rs. 10,86,000
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 1,81,31,683
• Jewellery: Rs. 29,07,383

Immovable Assets
• Non-Agricultural Land: Rs. 75,00,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 19,00,00,000 [9]MyNeta
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 16 crores (as of 2016) [10]MyNeta

Some Lesser Known Facts About R. Sarathkumar

  • He was born into a Tamil family in New Delhi, India. Later, his family moved to Chennai from Delhi.

    A childhood photo of R. Sarathkumar with his siblings (From left- Mallika, R. Sarathkumar, and Sudarshan)

    A childhood photo of R. Sarathkumar with his siblings (From left- Mallika, R. Sarathkumar, and Sudarshan)

  • He was an Air Wing Cadet in National Cadet Corps (NCC) and marched in the 1970 parade of Republic Day.
  • After completion of his graduation, he contested a bodybuilding competition and won the Mr Madras University title in 1974.

    Sarathkumar as Mr Madras in 1974

    Sarathkumar as Mr Madras in 1974

  • He moved to Bengaluru after winning the title of Mr Madras, where he worked as a cycle boy distributing newspapers for the Tamil newspaper Dinakaran. Later, he was promoted to manage newspaper circulation, and then he became a reporter for the same newspaper. He handled the newspaper’s business in Bengaluru, and later in Chennai. He opened his own travel agency in Chennai. [11]The Times of India
  • He is the owner and editor of the ‘Media Voice’ weekly magazine which publishes in South India.

    Sarath Kumar as the founder of Media Voice magazine

    Sarath Kumar as the founder of Media Voice magazine

  • In 1990, he played the role of SP Raju in the Telugu film ‘Magaadu.’ He had a guest appearance in the 2005 film ‘Bunny.’ In the 2018 film ‘Bharat Ane Nenu,’ he was cast as a special appearance. In ZEE5’s drama films ‘Meka Suri’ and ‘Meka Suri 2.’ he played the role of Appal Naidu.
  • In 2014, he played the role of Sengodagan in the Tamil-language 3D animated action film ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ starring superstar Rajinikanth and actress Deepika Padukone.
  • After debuting in the Tamil film industry in 1988, he was cast in the 1990 film ‘Sirayil Sila Raagangal’ to play the role of Antony. In the 1991 film ‘Vaidehi Kalyanam,’ he played the role of Rajamanickam, alongside actress Rekha. He played a cameo role as himself in the 1994 film ‘Killadi Mappillai.’ In 1996, he worked in the film ‘Mahaprabhu,’ which is considered one of his best Tamil films. He played the lead role in the 2020 drama film ‘Vaanam Kottatum’ alongside his real-life second wife Raadhika Sarathkumar.

    R. Sarathumar on the poster of the 2020 film 'Vaanam Kottattum' with his wife Raadhika

    R. Sarathumar on the poster of the 2020 film ‘Vaanam Kottattum’ with his wife Raadhika

  • In 2015, he produced and wrote the Tamil- language film ‘Sandamarutham.’
  • In 2010, he acted in his second Malayalam film ‘Oridathoru Postman’ in which he played the role of Yasin Mubarak. In the 2011 historical film ‘Veeraputhran,’ he portrayed the character of Vimal Menon. He played the role of ASP Anwar Ali in the 2014 film ‘Asha Black.’

    R. Sarathkumar on the poster of the 2014 film 'Asha Black'

    R. Sarathkumar on the poster of the 2014 film ‘Asha Black’

  • After debuting in the Kannada film industry in 2013, he worked in his second Kannada film titled ‘Myna,’ in which he played the role of ACP B. B. Ashok Kumar. In the 2016 Kannada-language biopic-drama film ‘Santheyalli Nintha Kabira,’ based on the Hindi play ‘Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein’ by Bhisham Sahni, Sarath portrayed the character of Sikandar Lodi, a Pashtun Sultan of the Delhi Sultanate. He was cast in the 2022 film ‘James’ in which he played the role of a supporting character.
  • He has worked in many hit films including ‘Pulan Visaranai’ (1990), ‘Surieyan’ (1992), ‘Nattamai’ (1994), ‘Suryavamsam’ (1997), ‘Natpukkaga’ (1998), and more.
  • In 2014, he made a guest appearance on the Tamil language talk show ‘Ninaithale Inikkum.’ On the 2020 Tamil quiz show ‘Kodeeswari,’ he appeared with her daughter Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. He hosted the show ‘Madras Maamis’ in 2020. In 2022, he appeared as a special host on the Tamil version of the reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss’ season 5. In the same year, he appeared as a guest on the Tamil-language live morning talk show ‘Vanakkam Tamizha.’
  • Sarath has also worked in many web series. In the 2021 Disney+ Hotstar’s Telugu web series ‘Parampara,’ he was cast to play the role of Nagendra Naidu. He played the role of Robert Vasudevan in the 2022 Tamil web series ‘Irai.’ In the same year, he worked in the second season of the web series ‘Parampara.’

    R. Sarathkumar on the poster of the 2022 web series 'Parampara' season 2

    R. Sarathkumar on the poster of the 2022 web series ‘Parampara’ season 2

  • In the Tamil film epic period drama film ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I,’ directed by Mani Ratnam, he portrayed the character of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, a minor king who ruled with Paluvur.

    R. Sarathkumar on the poster of the 2022 film 'Ponniyin Selvan 1'

    R. Sarathkumar on the poster of the 2022 film ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’

  • He is a South Indian actor who has worked in more than 130 films for Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam film industries.
  • ‘Thalaimagan’ (2006) was his 100th film in which he worked as an actor, and also as a director.
  • He earned the title ‘Super Hero’ after working in the 1992 Tamil film ‘Natchathira Nayagangot.’
  • His consistent performance in Tamil films rewarded him with the title of ‘Supreme Star’ in Tamil Cinema.
  • After acting in the 2011 Tamil film ‘Muni 2: Kanchana,’ he earned the title of  ‘Puratchi Thilagam.’
  • He can speak several Indian languages and dialects including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. He is quite fluent in Russian, too.
  • He has been the President of the South Indian Film Artists’ Association (SIAA) from 2006 to 2015.

    Sarath Kumar as the President of South Indian Film Artists' Association (SIAA)

    Sarath Kumar as the President of the South Indian Film Artists’ Association (SIAA)

  • Earlier, Sarath Kumar used to work as a newspaper boy and distributed newspapers door to door for the Tamil Newspaper Dinakaran. Later, he became a reporter for the same media house.
  • As a politician, he contested three times in Indian General Election and TN Assembly Election but only managed to win one time in TN Assembly Election in 2006 with the help of an alliance.
  • He is the founder of the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi political party.

    Sarath Kumar, founder of All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi Party, in a promotion rally for elections

    Sarath Kumar, founder of All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi Party, in a promotion rally for elections

  • In an interview, while talking about the growth and enhancement of his political party All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK), he revealed his desire to be a Chief Minister candidate, he said,

    For the last 10 years, I have been closely associated with AIADMK. In fact, I have even been identified as the party’s propaganda secretary. Though I don’t regret this identification, my party couldn’t grow. Now, I want to focus on my party and be seen as a possible Chief Minister candidate.” [12]The Hindu

  • Apart from being a good actor, he is a good singer, producer, director and screenwriter. He has recorded a few music tracks for his movies and produced a number of films such as Thalaimagan (2006), Jaggubhai (2010), Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), and more.

    R. Sarathkumar recording the song 'Mutham Idave Yennai Marandhen' in 2014

    R. Sarathkumar recording the song ‘Mutham Idave Yennai Marandhen’ in 2014

  • He has been a sports enthusiast in his childhood and was very good at Football, Cricket and other games.

    Sarath Kumar as a sports enthusiast

    Sarath Kumar as a sports enthusiast