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In this Indian name, the name Madras Rajagopal is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, M. R. Radha.
M. R. Radha
Born (1907-04-14)14 April 1907
Madras, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 17 September 1979(1979-09-17) (aged 72)
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Nadigavel
Occupation Actor

Madras Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu (14 April 1907 – 17 September 1979), popularly known by his stage name, M. R. Radha, was an Indian film actor and politician. He was given the title of "Nadigavel" for his acting prowess. After a successful career on stage in his early years, he acted in films from the 1930s to the 1970s, and then, giving up films, he went back to his first love, the stage.


Radha left his home at an early age due to a quarrel with his mother in which she declined to give an extra piece of fish to eat. Radha was a popular theatre artist who performed in more than 5000 stage shows. Starting at the age of 10, he appeared at first in small roles and eventually grew to a level that stories for dramas were custom made for him.

Radha gained popularity with the success of his stage play Ratha Kanneer. His performance in the 1954 film version of the play, directed by Krishnan-Panju, brought wider recognition of his talents and made him a household name in Tamil Nadu.[1]

Radha played both villain roles and comedic roles. After the 1950s, filmmakers created roles specially for him, and he often overshadowed even main actors like MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. He was an active member of the Self-Respect Movement, and was known for his atheistic views. Towards the end of his career, however, he started acting in Hindu devotional films like Velum Mayilum Thunai but he often used to ridicule theism in these films.

Shooting incident[edit]

Portrait of M. R. Radha

On 12 January 1967, Radha and a producer from Muthukumaran Pictures visited M. G. Ramachandran at his home to talk about a future project. During the conversation, Radha suddenly got up from his chair and shot twice at Ramachandran's left ear.[2] Both bullets lodged in Ramachandran's neck. Radha then turned the gun on himself but it just scratched his right temple.

Radha and Ramachandran were admitted to the same hospital, where Ramachandran spoke with his own voice for the last time prior to surgery.


Radha was imprisoned for the shooting of Ramachandran.

After being released from jail, Radha died of jaundice on 17 September 1979 aged 72 at his residence in Thiruchirappalli. His popularity had improved and his funeral procession was one of the largest in South India, as over 200,000 mourners paid respect.

Personal life[edit]

He was survived by his wives M. R. Saraswathi, M. R. Danalakshmi, and M. R. Jayamamal, and his son M. R. R. Vasu, who was also a leading character artist until the mid-1980s. His other son Radha Ravi is also an actor and his daughter Raadhika Sarathkumar is an actress and producer.



  1. ^ T. Ramakrishnan (22 July 2005). "On Sivaji death anniversary, M. R. Radha, Kannamba remembered". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "The day M. R. Radha shot MGR". The Hindu. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:11:42 -0700

Madras Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu was an Indian film actor and and also a politician. He is popularly known as M.R.Radha. He received the title ” Nadigavel” with his acting powers. He performed the stage shows before entering into the film Industry.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:07:44 -0700

But MGR again said 'Is it not enough that M.R. Radha shot me…why should Anna too shoot at me?' So I pointed the finger upwards,” Mr. Pandu says. Though it is something he is immensely proud of, Mr. Pandu says that back then he was so afraid that he ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:06:21 -0700

The government has also started schemes like Soil Health Cards, National Agri-Market, PM Fasal Beema Yojana, PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana,” said Mr. Radha Mohan, replying to the debate on the drought situation in the country. The Leader of the Opposition ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:19:34 -0700

... a music treat by local artistes who would croon songs rendered by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao and melody queen. “She (Ms. Suseela) may not sing many songs. She may sing just one song or a stanza on public demand,” says Mr. Radha Krishna.

The News Minute

The News Minute
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:43:27 -0700

Actor MR Radha along with producer KK Vasu had gone over to MGR's residence in Madras. There are several theories over what happens next. Actor and film historian Mohan Raman, who was 11-years-old at the time, remembers a blood-soaked Vasu ...

Times of India

Times of India
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

MR Radha needs no introduction. A powerhouse performer, he is known for his well-modulated, commanding voice, and for getting into the shoes of a character flawlessly in films as well as on stage. His younger son, veteran actor and thespian, Radha Ravi ...

Times of India (blog)

Times of India (blog)
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:56:15 -0700

Later the charismatic M R Radha brought an unbridled swagger and incredible gumption to his unconventional performances on stage, fighting pitched battles with the orthodox to mock and deride religious superstition and hypocrisy. In this background, C ...
The Hindu
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:05:01 -0700

“MGR suffered a bullet injury in his neck on January 12, 1967, when fellow actor M.R. Radha shot him. His vocal chords were damaged. Before that his voice was crystal clear. Therefore, it is inappropriate to compare his latter year incoherence with ...

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