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Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Ravi (born 29 July 1952) popularly known as Radha Ravi is an Indian film and television actor[2] who played supporting roles throughout his career. He is the son of yesteryear actor M. R. Radha
M. R. Radha
and the uncle of Vasu Vikram and half-brother of Raadhika Sarathkumar. He is a former chief member of the South Indian Film
Film
Artistes' Association. He is known for his roles as antagonists in Tamil films and a he acted in the serial Chellamae. He is also known for his controversial criticism of other film personalities.[3] He was awarded with 'Dato-ship' in Malaysia.[4]

Contents

1 Career 2 Controversies 3 Filmography

3.1 Films 3.2 Television 3.3 Dubbing artist

4 References

Career[edit] Radha Ravi was born on 29 July 1952 to the well-known actor M. R. Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu) and Dhanalakshmiammal.[5] He has one brother, M. R. R. Vasu, and three sisters, Rashya, Rani and Rathikala. Having started his career as a theatre artiste, he still associates himself with plays. He is a man with diverse interests. He played the role of Julius Caesar in a Tamil drama when he was in the ninth standard. During his New College days, both his friends, Jailani and Rafee helped him to pursue his passion for theatre. He performed for V. K. Ramasamy troupe, M. R. R. Vasu troupe, T. K. Chandran troupe and the UAA troupe. In 1980, he started his own troupe Nadikavel Theatres. His first time before the camera was for a Kannada
Kannada
film Ragasiya Rathiri, produced by actor Bharathi's father for BNK Pictures in 1975. His first Tamil film was Manmathalelai, after Kamal Haasan recommended his name to K. Balachandar. Director Ramanarayanan gave his career a boost, while T. Rajender was instrumental in casting him as a villain in Uyurullavarai Usha. But it was actor S. S. Chandran who made him speak like his father in that film and made the world sit up and take notice. He later modified himself into one of the most versatile character-actors the Tamil industry has ever produced. He made notable performances in films such as Vaidegi Kaathirunthal, Uyarntha Ullam, Chinna Thambi, Poo Veli, Uzhaipalli, Guru Sishyan, etc. He has acted in about 280 films in all the South Indian languages – four in Telugu, three in Kannada, three in Malayalam and others in Tamil. He tried his hand in production with films such as Thai Maasam Poo Vasam, Idhu Namma Bhoomi, Chinnamuthu, Ilaignar Ani and Ruthrathandavam. Apart from being a renowned actor, he is an eminent leader and a great personality in society. He heads the Lions Club of Chennai and holds the post of secretary in Nadigar Sangam, which he headed efficiently a few years ago. Years of working towards perfection in acting and being at the helm of everything due to his sense of responsibility has instilled much creativity and leadership qualities in him. He has worked in all the four South Indian languages and is still going strong with his versatile performance. Controversies[edit] Radha Ravi became known for his vocal criticism of the actions of other film personalities. On a few occasions, he has spoken out against the actions of several artists. He has also spoken out against larger organizations, such as the Film
Film
Employees Federation of South India. His comments were widely reported in the media and became controversial. He criticised Asin
Asin
on her visit to Sri Lanka, where the heavily-opposed civil war took place, in 2010 for the filming of Ready. He was quoted as saying: "Sangam won't spare actress Asin's recent visit to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
to take part in the shooting of her upcoming Hindi film Ready opposite Salman Khan". However, Sarathkumar, president of the Nadigar Sangam, stated that "it's the prerogative of the artiste to go to whichever country they wanted".[6] He faced controversy over his criticism against Academy Award-winner A. R. Rahman for being involved in more Bollywood productions and composing film scores in foreign studios, rather than in Tamil Nadu, saying: "I would like to make it clear that Rahman's debut was Roja and not Slumdog Millionaire. He was introduced by Kavithalaya Productions, a Tamil film production company. But today, he has declined to acknowledge it by giving priorities merely to Hindi films".[7] Between 1987 and 2015, Radha Ravi was heavily involved in the Nadigar Sangam.[8] He served as President until 2002, when he was criticized for mismanagement and replaced by Vijayakanth. In 2006, he was appointed as the association's General Secretary, while his brother-in-law R. Sarathkumar
Sarathkumar
became President.[9] In 2015, Ravi and Sarathkumar
Sarathkumar
were defeated in a historic election by Vishal and Nassar respectively after both were accused for being involved in a conflict of interest in the Nadigar Sangam building controversy. Radha Ravi was commonly accused of using unparliamentary language against actors.[10] In March 2017, Radha Ravi was involved in an controversy where he mocked the DMK's political rivals MDMK's Vaiko and PMK's S Ramadoss and compared them to differently-abled children. Kanimozhi accused him for his insensitive speech.[11] Filmography[edit] Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes

1976 Manmadha Leelai

Debut film

1977 Rahasya Rathri

Kannada

1978 Veettukaari

Rudra Thaandavam

Thirukkalyanam

1980 Bombay Mail 109

Tharaiyil Vaazhum Meengal

1981 Thanneer Thanneer

1982 Kaadhal Oviyam

1983 Uyirullavarai Usha

Sivappu Sooriyan

Soorakottai Singakutti

Raagangal Maaruvathillai

Thambadigal

Poikaal Kuthirai

1984 Madurai Sooran

Vaai Pandhal

Theerppu En Kaiyil

Kalyaana Kanavugal

Achamillai Achamillai

Thangakkoppai

Thenkoodu

Poovilangu

Simma Soppanam

Iru Medhaigal

Rajathanthiram

Sattathai Thiruttungal

Thiruttu Rajakkal

Vaidehi Kathirunthal

1985 Chain Jayapal

Urimai

Andhasthu

Annai Bhoomi 3D

Uyarndha Ullam

Kutravaaligal

Deiva Piravi

1986 Dharma Pathini

Selvaakku

Thiramai

Natpu

Amman Kovil Kizhakale

Sarvam Sakthimayam Alavanda

Kovil Yaanai

Vasantha Raagam

Ragasiyam

Odangal

Melmaruvathur Arpudhangal

1987 Ivargal Indhiyargal

Solvathellam Unmai

Ayyappaswamy

Thalayaatti Bommaigal

Thulasi

Vaazhga valarga

Paadu Nilaave

Cooliekkaran

Veeran Veluthambi

Ninaive Oru Sangeetham

Naagam

Ore Ratham

Idhu Engal Needhi

Ellaikodu

Uzhavan Magan

1988 Guru Sishyan Muthuraja

Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Vasudevan

Vetri Vinayakar

Ullathil Nalla Ullam

En Uyir Kannamma

Kazhugu Malaikkallan

Kalyana Paravaigal

Thambi Thangakambi

Evidence

Malayalam

Uzhaithu Vaazha Vendum

Rasave Unnai Nambi

1989 Pongi Varum Kaveri

Siva

Rajadhi Raja

Rettaikuzhal Thuppaakki

Solaikuyil

Paalaivanathil Pattaampoochi

Kovilmani Osai

Thendral Sudum

Annanukku Jay

Vetri Vizha

Rajanadai

1990 Panakkaran

Pudhu Padagan doctor

Seetha

Kurumbukkaaran

Adhisaya Manithan

Silambu

Unnai Solli Kutramillai Veerapandian

Pulan Visaranai R. R.

Enkitta Modaathe

1991 Chinna Thambi

Idhu Namma Bhoomi

Chithirai Pookkal

Vaa Arugil Vaa

Vetrikarangal

Oyilaattam

Vigneshwar

Vanakkam Vathiyare Malaichami

Uthamaraasa

Rasathi Varum Naal Gowri

1992 Annamalai

Amaran Aandava Perumal

Rickshaw Mama

Chinnavar Kumar

Deiva Kuzhanthai

Udan Pirappu

Deiva Vaakku Veeraiyan

Sugamana Sumaigal Thangaraj

Naalaiya Theerpu Arun Mehta

1993 Uzhaippaali

Chembaruthi

Vedan Megharajan

Chinna Thayee

Chellakannu

Kattalai

Chinna Mappillai

Pandithurai Malaisamy

Rojavai Killathe

Namma Annachi

Kulapathi

Malayalam

Customs Diary Kaaliyappan Malayalam

1994 Priyanka

Ilavarasi

Sadhu

Chinnamuthu

Vaanga Partner Vaanga

En Aasai Machan Police officer

Oru Vasantha Geetham

Dadha Maruthupandi Thevar Malayalam

1995 Muthu

Lucky Man

Makkal Aatchi Chief minister Vaduganathan

Kizhakkumalai

Marumagan

Asuran

Coolie

Neela Kuyil

1996 Indira

Katta Panchayathu

Vishwanath Rajkumar

Poovarasan Senadapathi

Kizhakku Mugam Village president and Poongodi's father

Vetri Vinayagar Kaja Mukasooran

1997 Vaimaye Vellum Rajendran

Vasuki Pakkiri

Kadhalukku Mariyadhai James

1998 Veera Thalattu

Thalaimurai

1999 Suriya Paarvai Sundaramoorthy

Ponnu Veetukkaran Gangadaran

Endrendrum Kadhal Krishna

Poo Vaasam

Padayappa Neelambari's father

Poomagal Oorvalam Chidambaram

Kannupada Poguthaiya

Pooveli Chidambaram Pillai

2000 Simmasanam Sakthivel's cousin

Vanna Thamizh Pattu Muthumanikkam

Azhagarsamy

2001 Friends Abhirami's father

Narasimha Manimaran

2002 Parva

Kannada

Karmegham Karmegham's father

Baba Minister of Tourism

Kadhal Azhivathillai Charmi's father

2003 Kadhaludan Durai's father

Dum

Lesa Lesa

Kaalaatpadai

2004 Janaa Veerapandi

Vettam Inspector Malayalam

Oru Murai Sollividu

Winner, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film
Film
Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)

Gajendra Shawkat Ali

2006 Saravana Saravana's father

Kusthi

Chennai Kadhal Sakthivel

2007 Kalakkura Chandru

Thirumagan

Maya Kannadi

Kannamoochi Yenada Maheswaran Iyer

2008 Alibhabha MLA friend of Thilakan

Nayagan

2009 Indira Vizha Judge Sattanathan

1977

Ainthaam Padai Minister

Madurai Sambavam Aalamaram

Suriyan Satta Kalloori

2010 Kutty

Thairiyam

Sura Church father

Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Dada Thulakanam

Singam Soundara Pandi

Pen Singam Singaperumal

Thillalangadi Health Minister/Home Minister

Naane Ennul Illai

365 Kadhal Kadithangal

2011 Sattapadi Kutram Rathnavelu

Kumara

Vaanam Police Inspector

2012 Sattam Oru Iruttarai

2013 Thirumathi Tamizh

Singam
Singam
2 Soundara Pandi

Soodhu Kavvum Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

2014 Tenaliraman Vassal-King Parasbaram

Ramanujan Prof. Singaravelu Mudaliar

Jamai

Lingaa Kavi Bharathi

Pisasu Bhavani's father

2015 Sandamarutham Rangarajan

Sakalakala Vallavan Kathiresan

2016 Karai Oram

Aranmanai 2 Maya's father

Irudhi Suttru TN Boxing chairman Muralikrishnan

Jil Jung Juk Rolex Rawther

Aarathu Sinam Joint commissioner of madurai police

Mapla Singam Township president Sevagapandian

Narathan Anbazhagan

Manithan Judge

Marudhu Payilwan

Iraivi Jagan's father

Winner, Edison Award for Best Character role (Male)

Thodari Rengarajan

Achamindri Education minister Karikalan

2017 Si3 Soundara Pandi

Ennodu Vilayadu Nagulan

Yaakkai Krishnamurthy

Enkitta Mothathe Mandhramoorthy

Shivalinga Krishnamoorthy

Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Sangili Aandhavan

Veera Vamsam

Annadurai Mahalingam

2018 Kalakalappu 2 Police inspector

Veera Sketch Sekhar

Television[edit]

Thiruvilayadal Chellame Ranga Vilas (Jaya TV)

Dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film Actor Dubbed name Notes

1999 Samarasimha Reddy Jayaprakash Reddy Shanmuga Pandian

2008 Slumdog Millionaire Irrfan Khan Naanum Kodeeswaran

2011 Aadukalam V. I. S. Jayapalan

References[edit]

^ Profile of Actor
Actor
Radha Ravi – Tamil Movie Data Base of. Tamilstar.com (29 July 1952). Retrieved on 2016-12-30. ^ "AIADMK fields Radha Ravi in Saidapet". Indiatimes. 2 May 2002. Retrieved 8 August 2011.  ^ The man who brought dignity and grace to villainy – TAMIL NADU. The Hindu. Retrieved on 30 December 2016. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/The-man-who-brought-dignity-and-grace-to-villainy/article12554700.ece ^ Refrains, old and new. The Hindu. Retrieved on 30 December 2016. ^ " Asin
Asin
complains..." Behindwoods. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013.  ^ "Radharavi takes on A R Rahman". Chennaionline.com. Retrieved 10 May 2013.  ^ http://www.indolink.com/tamil/cinema/News/97/Oct/strike.htm ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/sarath-kumar-elected-unopposed-to-top-post/article3113088.ece ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/battle-for-kollywood-nadigar-sangam-elections/article7668627.ece ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/veteran-actor-radharavi-in-trouble/articl

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