Shot at fellow actor M.G. Ramachandran in 1967 and spent several years in jail for it.
He was given the title of "Nadigavel" for his acting prowess. At first he was a stage performer and once did a play called "Raththa Kanneer". When this play was planned to be made into a movie, the role was offered to Shivaji Ganesan. However, he kindly refused to do the role suggesting only M.R.Radha can do justice to it.