Radha was born to Kunjan Nair and Kallara Sarasamma Nair. She has two elder sisters, Ambika and Mallika as well as two younger brothers, Arjun and Suresh. Radha married a business man, Hotelier Rajashekharan Nair in 1991 and settled in Mumbai. She has three children Vignesh Nair, Karthika Nair and Thulasi Nair. Radha started her acting career at the age of 15. She was spotted by director Bharathiraja and was cast as a teenager in Alaigal Oivathillai in 1981 opposite newcomer Karthik. The movie was a runaway hit and is regarded as a cult classic by many. They both together acted in many movies like Pakkathu Veetu Roja, Valibamey Vaa Vaa and Ilanjodigal. Later she starred alongside Kamal Hassan in movies like Oru Kaithiyin Diary, Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey, Kadhal Parisu and Jappanil Kalyanaraman. Ambika and Radha acted together in films like Enkeyo Ketta Kural, Vellai Roja, Idhaya Kovil, Kadhal Parisu and Anna Nagar Mudhal Theru. She acted in her first Telugu film with Sobhan Babu in Mr. Vijay in 1983. Her notable films in Telugu include Yamudiki Mogudu, State Rowdy, Lankeswarudu, Raamudu Bheemudu, and Agni Parvatam. She has acted in around 16 films with Chiranjeevi, 6 films with Balakrishna and worked with all major heroes like NTR, ANR, Krishna, and many more. She has done only 4 Kannada films. She acted with veteran Vishnuvardhan and actress Lakshmi in Soubhagya Lakshmi. In 1991, she did the movie Ranachandi with actors Sharat Babu, Ramesh Bhat, Mukhyamantri Chandru and Sudhir. It was a big hit in Kannada and is still remembered by Kannada movie-goers. She acted in six Malayalam films, the most notable being K. G. George's state award-winning film Irakal. She produced the Malayalam film Ayitham in which she played the lead role. For the past 24 years they have owned a chain of restaurants in Mumbai. They have two hotels called UDS in Kovalam, Kerala, which have won the best coastal beach resort award.
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