Over the years, we have seen children of prominent members of the film fraternity carry forth their legacy of acting, directing and producing, with practiced grace and charm. But of all, there was one such actor who did not want to foray into this surreal realm as she was in a world of her own. A self-confessed bookworm, she relates her life to a story written by Hans Christian Andersen, ‘The Ugly Duckling’. In a tête-à- tête with Radikaa Sarathkumar, we discover that she is more than just an accidental actor.
“I was an accidental actor”
Her father (the late M. R. Radha), was the famed villain of the cinema industry and her siblings had ventured into films as well; yet, Raadikaa was not interested in acting. “I used to go to the sets with my father and see him perform, but never gave it much thought. I used to sit in a corner and read books, I was in my own world,” she says. Nobody knew that she was the daughter of the legendary actor, not even the director who had cast her in her debut. She says, “Bharathiraja sir saw my picture at one of my neighbour’s house and wanted to cast me, but he didn’t know who I was. He asked me to act and I refused. My only thought was, “Who would see my film?” as I did not consider myself good-looking; but my mother convinced me. She said if I didn’t like it, I could always quit.” Only a few weeks into the shoot did Director Bharathiraja get to know who her father was, and was surprised that she hadn’t inherited any of his talent or knowledge of Tamil Cinema. “I didn’t know anything back then. But why would I? I had not planned on entering films. I was an accidental actor,” she smiles.