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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, MR Radha.
Madras Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu
Born (1907-04-14)April 14, 1907
Madras, Madras State, British India
Died September 17, 1979(1979-09-17) (aged 72)
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Nadigavel
Occupation Actor

Madras Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu (b. 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 - Stage.


Radha left his home at an early age due to a quarrel with his mother that she refused to give an extra piece of fish to eat. Radha was a popular theater artist who made more than 5000 stage shows. Starting at the age of 10, he appeared in small roles, 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. When he acted in the film version of the play,which also showed the versatility of the famous directors Krishnan-Panju, he quickly gained his star status. Rattha Kanneer gave Radha an international recognition and an award.

With his versatile acting, Radha played both villain and comedian roles. After the 1950s, film-makers 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 movies like Velum Mayilum Thunai. He often used to ridicule atheism in these movies and was a follower of Thanthai Periyar, the rationalist.

Shooting incident[edit]

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. 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 own voice for the last time prior to surgery. Radha lost support when they came to know that he had hurt one of their heroes.

Portrait of M. R. Radha.


Radha was imprisoned for the shooting of Ramachandran. His son, M. R. R. Vaasu, avoided visiting him in the fear of losing movie chances.

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. He was survived by his wives late M. R.Prema, M. R. Saraswathi ,M. R. Dhanalakshmi,M.R.Jayamal,M.R.Babyamal.M.R.Prema has the privilege of having the tallest samadhi in the whole Coimbatore district which still maintained and worshipped by the whole family.It was built by M.R.radha himself personally.

Personal life[edit]

He was survived by his M.R.R.Saraswathi ahd his son M.R.R. Vasu who was also a leading character artiste till mid 80's.


External links[edit]

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:38:40 -0700

Veteran film and drama actor M.R.Radha was fondly addressed as 'Radha Anna' by MGR and Sivaji Ganesan the stalwarts of the black and white era. Radha was known for his satirical approach on social issues and politics and most of his dramas were ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:35:34 -0700

Actor Aari will be playing the modern-day version of legendary actor MR Radha in a play written by Nedunchaalai director Krishna. This play will be part of a tribute show being organized tomorrow in the city by actress Radikaa to mark her father's ...

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:32:17 -0700

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Punjab News Express (press release)

Punjab News Express (press release)
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:33:45 -0700

PATIALA: The statement of Union agriculture minister Mr. Radha Mohan predicating the causes of the farmers' suicides, such as “failed love affairs, impotency and dowry” is highly preposterous. The statement is not only derogatory in spirit it lacks ...

The Statesman (press release)

The Statesman (press release)
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:07:30 -0700

“These are insensitive, ignorant and unfortunate statements. Mr Radha Mohan Singh has failed as a minister. PM should seek his explanation. This betrays the BJP's mindset. A Haryana minister had earlier described the farmers resorting to taking their ...
Business Standard
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:21:49 -0700

... Mr Radha Mohan Singh said at an ASSOCHAM event. Our only aim is to provide irrigation facility to all farms across India and in order to reach that goal, the Cabinet had passed the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana yesterday, Rs 50,000 crore ...
The Hindu
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:52:30 -0700

Union Agriculture Secretary Siraj Hussain also joined them in clearing the doubts regarding the system. Mr. Radha Mohan Singh sought to know whether the delay in payment to farmers could be addressed through the new system. Another Minister wanted to ...
Punjab News Express (press release)
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:03:45 -0700

Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry Minister in a communiqué to Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Radha Mohan Singh brought his attention to the fact that despite a major stratum of farming community opting for livestock sector as a part of ...

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