Radhika Kumaraswamy

Radhika Kumaraswamy (Born 1 November 1986[2][3]), credited as Radhika, is an Indian film actress and producer. She was born to a tulu speaking Billava (poojary) family in Mangalore.She has primarily appeared in Kannada films and was considered a lead actress in the Kannada film industry in the early 2000s[4].

Radhika Gowda
Born (1986-11-01) 1 November 1986
OccupationActress, Film Producer
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Ratan Kumar (m.2000–2002; his death)[1]
H.D.Kumaraswamy (m.2006)


Radhika started her acting career with the Kannada film Neela Megha Shama (2002) when she had just completed her ninth class.[2] Her first release was Ninagagi, opposite Vijay Raghavendra, which was followed by Tavarige Baa Tangi, starring Shivrajkumar; both films were highly successful ventures.[2] In 2003, she appeared in five Kannada films, including Hemanth Hegde's directorial debut Ooh La La;[5] Hudugigaagi, alongside S. P. B. Charan; Yograj Bhat's maiden feature film Mani, in which she played the daughter of a prostitute;[2] Mane Magalu and Tayi Illada Tabbali, all of which were commercial failures.[6] In spite of the film's poor box office returns, Radhika's performance as Gowri in Tayi Illada Tabbali won her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.[7][8]

Due to the successive failures of her Kannada films, Radhika subsequently began to work in Tamil cinema, acting in five Tamil films in quick succession.[9] Her debut Tamil film was S. P. Jananathan's award-winning debut directorial Iyarkai (2003). The Hindu in its review noted that Kutty Radhika as the "impulsive, immature and obdurate Nancy looks just right for the role".[10] Three of her four releases in 2005—Rishi, Masala and Auto Shankar—featured her alongside another lead female character.[11] Her final release of 2005 saw her collaborating with the Tavarige Baa Tangi team, with Shivrajkumar and Radhika again playing the elder brother and younger sister, respectively.[12]

The following year, she was again seen in five Kannada films and one Tamil film Ulla Kadathal, that remains her last Tamil release. On her performance in Hatavadi, Rediff.com's critic R. G. Vijayasarathy wrote: "Though this is essentially a Ravichandran film, it is to Radhika's credit that she stands up to a superb performance. Her emotions are perfect and she is presented very well on screen".[13] After the long-delayed devotional film Navashakthi Vaibhava (2008), that featured her as a goddess alongside eight other lead actresses she went on a 5-year hiatus.

Radhika has also worked as a film distributor and producer. She has acquired the distribution rights of her own film Anatharu (2007), co-starring Upendra and Darshan.[14] In 2008, she bought the rights of her film Ishwar, which was launched in 2007 as Narasimha,[15] and revived it,[15][16] although she was unsuccessful in releasing it.[17] She later established a production studio named Shamika Enterprises, named after her daughter, and produced the film Lucky, starring Ramya.

In 2013, she made a comeback to acting with Sweety Nanna Jodi which she also produced.[18] With regards to her performance, Sify stated: "Radhika...is a treat to watch and has given a brilliant performance"[19] while Rediff wrote: "Radhika looks ravishing and comes as a surprise for those who have watched her earlier films".[20] Her Telugu mythological film Avataram, by Kodi Ramakrishna released in 2014.[21]

Personal life

Radhika reportedly married Ratan Kumar at the Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Kateel on 26 November 2000.[22] In April 2002, Ratan Kumar filed a complaint, alleging that Radhika's father Devraj had abducted her as he feared that news of her marriage may "jeopardise her career".[23][24] Only a few days later, Radhika's mother wanted the marriage to be annulled as Radhika was just 14 years old and said that Ratan Kumar had forcibly married her.[25] Devraj further claimed that Ratan had tried to burn Radhika alive.[25] Ratan Kumar died in August 2002, following a heart attack.[22]

In November 2010, Radhika revealed that she was married to H. D. Kumaraswamy, former Chief Minister of Karnataka.[26][4] According to Radhika, they married in 2006[27][28] and have a daughter named Shamika.[29][30]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2002NinagagiMadhuKannadaNominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Udaya Film Award for Best Actress

Nominated - Udaya Film Award for Best Debutant - Female

Neela Megha ShyamaNeelamegha Kannada
Thavarige Baa ThangiLakshmi KannadaNominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Karnataka Vanijya Mandali Award for Best Actress

Nominated - Udaya Film Award for Best Actress

Prema QaidiNandini Kannada
Romeo JulietJuliet Kannada
2003Ooh La La Kannada
Mani Mani Kannada
Mane MagaluJanaki Kannada
Tayi Illada TabbaliGowri KannadaKarnataka State Film Award for Best Actress

Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated- Udaya Film Award for Best Actress

IyarkaiNancy Tamil
Bhadradri RamuduSeethaTelugu
Meesai MadhavanRaniTamil
Masala Suma Kannada
Auto ShankarGowri Kannada Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Udaya Film Award for Best Supporting Actress

Anna ThangiLakshmi Kannada Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Udaya Film Award for Best Actress

2006MandyaGanga KannadaNominated- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Udaya FIlm Awards For Best Supporting Actress

Nominated - Udaya Film Awards for Best Comedian

Hettavara Kanasu Kannada
HatavadiAmisha Kannada Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Udaya Film Award for Best Actress

Ulla KadathalRamya Tamil
Good LuckMandakini Kannada
Odahuttidavalu Kannada
2007AnatharuManju Kannada Nominated - Filmfare Award For Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated - Udaya FIlm Awards for Best Actress

Nominated - Suvarna Film Award for Best Actress

JanapadaRagha Kannada
Amrutha VaaniSumathi,
Amrutha Vaani
2008Navashakthi VaibhavaKateel Durga Parmeshwari Kannada
2013Sweety Nanna JodiPriya Kannada
2014AvatharamRajeshwari Telugu
2015Rudra TandavaJhanavi Kannada[31]
2019 Damayanthi Damayanti Kannada
KontractTBA Kannada Post -Production[32]
2020 Rajendra Ponappa TBA Kannada Filming
Bhaira Devi Bhaira Devi/ Aghori Kannada Post -Production


  • 2017 - Dance Dance Juniors - Judge - Star Suvarna
As producer
2012LuckyKannadaYash, Ramya
2013Sweety Nanna JodiKannadaAditya, Radhika


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  2. "Big time for li'l girl". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 5 August 2005.
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  17. "I miss facing the arclights: Radhika Kumaraswamy". The Times of India. 31 December 2011.
  18. "Radhika Kumaraswamy isn't scared of competition". News18. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  19. "Review : Sweety- Nanna Jodi". Sify. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  20. "Review: Sweety is a total family entertainer". Rediff. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  21. "Avatharam Movie Review - Avatharam Telugu Movie Review - 123telugu.com". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  22. "Actress Radhika's 'husband' dies of heart attack". The Times of India. 27 August 2002.
  23. "Court warrant to trace Kannada actress Radhika". The Times of India. 18 April 2002.
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  25. "Husband's story flops, 'abducted'". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
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  27. "I'm Mrs Kumaraswamy: Radhika". The Times of India. 21 November 2010.
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  29. Gowda, Aravind. "Kumaraswamy in trouble". India Today. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
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  31. "Radhika Kumarswamy to play Lakshmi Menon in Rudratandava". The Times of India. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  32. "Kontract revived with many surprises". The New Indian Express. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
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