Radhika Madan Biography – an Indian Actress AKA Ishaani Joshi

Radhika Madan is an Indian actress who works predominantly in Hindi films. After graduating from the Jesus and Mary College, she began her acting career with the television soap opera Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi.

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Real Name: Radhika Madan
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Boyfriend: Ishan Arya
Age: 28

Radhika Madan (born 1 May 1995) is an Indian actress who works predominantly in Hindi films. After graduating from Jesus and Mary College, she began her acting career with the television soap opera Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi (2014–2016). Madan made her film debut with Vishal Bhardwaj’s comedy Pataakha in 2018, for which she won the Screen Award for Best Female Debut.

Madan has since starred in the films Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2018), Angrezi Medium (2020), Shiddat (2021), the anthology series Ray (2021), and Kuttey (2023).

Radhika Madan Biography
Radhika Madan Biography
Radhika Madan Biography
Born 1 May 1995 (age 28)

Delhi, India
Alma mater Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present

Early Life and Education

Radhika Madan was born on 1 May 1995 in Delhi, India. Her father, Sujit Madan is a businessman, and her mother, Neeru Madan is a painter. She is one of two siblings. She has a brother, Arjun Madan.

Madan completed her schooling at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi, and did her graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi.

Career (Radhika Madan Biography)

Television career (2014–2017)

Hailing from Delhi, Madan started her career by making her acting debut in the daily soap opera TV series Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi on Colors TV. She played the female lead Ishaani Vaghela opposite Shakti Arora, which earned her massive popularity. The series became one of the most famous shows on Colors TV, airing for over 400 episodes from June 2014 to February 2016.

While busy shooting for Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi, Madan also simultaneously participated in Colors TV‘s dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 in 2015.

Radhika Madan Biography
Radhika Madan Biography

Film career (2018–present)

Madan quit television to make her feature film debut in Vishal Bhardwaj‘s drama Pataakha (2018) alongside Sanya Malhotra. Based on the short story Do Behnen by Charan Singh Pathik, which revolved around two sisters in Rajasthan who are always in conflict. The story was based on the wives of Pathik’s brothers, and for preparation, both Madan and Malhotra met the real women for the dialect and the character’s nuances. For the preparation, both Malhotra and Madan stayed in Ronsi village near Jaipur and learned the Rajasthani dialect; they also got accustomed to milking buffaloes, thatching roofs, plastering the walls with dung, and walking for long distances while balancing matkas full of water on their head and one around their waist. They also had to put on 10 kg (22 lb) of weight. Raja Sen wrote in his review, “Radhika Madan positively shines in this bossy role, unwavering in dialect and determination.”

In 2019, Madan was cast in Vasan Bala’s action comedy Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota with newcomer Abhimanyu Dassani. It premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award: Midnight Madness. The film was also screened at the 2018 MAMI Film Festival. Madan mentioned that she was auditioning for Laila Majnu (2018) when got to know about Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and chose the latter film because of its “uniqueness”. She performed all the stunts herself and watched several classic action films for days to familiarise herself with the genre. She was also injured while the physical training. Pradeep Menon of Firstpost called her a “delight as Supri” and noted that Madan “manages to make it work by sheer will and talent” despite the character having an “inconsistent treatment”. He further said that she “sparkles in the action sequences.”

In 2020, Madan appeared in Homi Adajania’s comedy-drama Angrezi Medium with Irrfan Khan and Kareena Kapoor, which was Khan’s last film before his death in April 2020. Anupama Chopra called her an “absolute natural” in the role. Writes that she “captures the unforced innocence of a 17-year-old, desperate to get out of her small town and see the world.”

In 2021, Madan did a variety of four projects. She made her entry into the web series with her performances as Divya Didi in Ray and Avani Rajvansh in Feels Like Ishq, both of which earned critical praise. She also worked in the music video Ni Jaana, a single by Jasleen Royal. Her only film in 2021 was released on Disney+ Hotstar. It was Kunal Deshmukh‘s romance film Shiddat with Sunny Kaushal.

In 2022, she was seen in a guest appearance in Netflix‘s neo-noir crime comedy thriller film Monica, O My Darling. In 2023, her first release came with Vishal Bhardwaj’s production and his son Aasmaan’s directorial debut crime thriller film Kuttey which was released theatrically with mixed to positive reviews from critics. Sukanya Verma of Rediff wrote, “Radhika’s candor stays true to Kuttey’s unhinged ways”.

Upcoming projects

Madan has the next four projects lined up and will next appear in Kacchey Limbu with Rajat Barmecha and Ayush Mehra. She has completed the shoot for Adajania’s untitled web series. She plays the titular character in Sudhanshu Saria‘s Sanaa. The film will have its world premiere at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in November 2022. She completed shooting for the untitled remake of the Tamil film Soorarai Pottru alongside Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal, it will be released on 1 September 2023. Madan also started filming for Dinesh Vijan’s social thriller film Happy Teacher’s Day with Nimrat Kaur in September 2022.

Radhika Madan with Ishan Arya
Radhika Madan with Ishan Arya

Filmography (Radhika Madan Biography)


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Pataakha Champa Kumari
2019 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Supriya “Supri” Bhatnagar
2020 Angrezi Medium Tarika “Taaru” Bansal
2021 Shiddat Kartika Bhosle
2022 Monica, O My Darling Supri Cameo appearance
2023 Kuttey Lovely Khobre
Sanaa Not yet released Sanaa Saraf Filming
Untitled; remake of Soorarai Pottru Not yet released TBA Releasing on 1 September 2023
Happy Teacher’s Day Not yet released Filming
TBA Kacchey Limbu Not yet released Completed

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Ray Divya Didi Segment: “Spotlight”
Feels Like Ishq Avani Rajvansh Episode: “Save The Da(y)te”
2023 Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo Not yet released TBA Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2014–2016 Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi Ishaani Joshi Vaghela Debut
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Contestant 14th place

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s)
2021 Ni Jana Jasleen Royal, Alibi Rafeon


Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Zee Gold Awards Best Debut Actress Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi Won
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Newcomer (Female) Won
Indian Telly Awards Fresh New Face (Female) Won
Best Jodi on TV Nominated
2018 Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer (Female) Pataakha Won
2019 Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
64th Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Nominated
2020 65th Filmfare Awards Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Nominated
2021 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Web Original Film Ray Won
2022 IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress Angrezi Medium Nominated
Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Super Stylish Maverick Star Won
2023 Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish Breakthrough Talent (Female) Won

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