Radha Ravi was born on 29 July 1952. He is an Indian film and television actor, who played supporting roles throughout his career. He is the son of yesteryear actor, M. R. Radha and the uncle of Vasu Vikram and half-brother of Raadhika Sarathkumar and three sisters Rashya, Rani and Rathikala. He is a former chief member of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association. He is a Dubbing artist. He is known for his roles as an antagonist in Tamil films and a he acted in Chellamae serial. His first time before the camera was for a 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.
He later modified himself into one of the versatile character-actors Tamil industry has ever produced. He made notable performances in films like 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 the others in Tamil. 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.
He has also spoken out against larger organizations, such as the Film Employees Federation of South India. He criticised Asin Thottumkal on her visit to the war-ravaged island nation of Sri Lanka in 2010 for the filming of Ready. He was quoted as saying, "Sangam won’t spare actress Asin's recent visit to 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".
Between 1987 and 2015, Radha Ravi was heavily involved in the Nadigar Sangam. 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 became President. In 2015, Ravi and 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.
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