Radha Usman Syed: The Life of Being Rekha’s Sister

As one of Bollywood’s most beloved actresses, Rekha’s life and career have been closely followed by millions of fans across the world. However, many people are unaware of her sister Radha Usman Syed, who has played an important role in Rekha’s life. In this article, we will explore the life of Radha Usman Syed, her relationship with her sister, and her own achievements.

Radha Usman Syed: The Life of Being Rekha's Sister
Radha Usman Syed: The Life of Being Rekha’s Sister

Who is Radha Usman Syed?

Radha Usman Syed is the elder sister of Rekha, who was born in Chennai in the year 1949. Radha Usman Syed has always stayed away from the limelight and has never been a part of the entertainment industry. However, she has been an important figure in Rekha’s life and has supported her sister through all her struggles and triumphs.

Early Life and Education

Radha Usman Syed was born to a Tamil father and a Telugu mother. She was raised in Chennai along with her siblings, which included her famous younger sister, Rekha. Not much is known about her education, but it is known that she completed her studies in Chennai.

Relationship with Rekha

Radha Usman Syed and Rekha have always shared a close bond. In several interviews, Rekha has spoken about her sister and the important role she has played in her life. Radha Usman Syed has always been there for her sister, providing her with love, support, and guidance.

Relationship with Rekha

Personal Life and Family

Radha Usman Syed is married to Usman Syed, and the couple has two children, a son, and a daughter. The family currently resides in Chennai.


Although Radha Usman Syed has never been a part of the entertainment industry, she has achieved a lot in her life. She has been actively involved in social work and has worked towards the betterment of the underprivileged sections of society. She has also been a part of several charitable organizations.

Radha Usman Syed: The Life of Being Rekha’s Sister (Video of both sisters)

Radha Usman Syed wiki, age, husband, son, siblings, family

NameRadha Usman Syed (राधा उस्मान सईद)
Name (After Marriage)Rabia Syed
Birth NameRadha Ganesan
ProfessionFormer model
Famous forBeing Rekha’s sister
Date of Birth1955
Age (In 2022)67 Years
Birth PlaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
ReligionHindu (Converted to Islam)
Mother TongueTamil

Radha Usman Syed Physical Stats

Heightin centimeters- 160 cm
in meters- 1.60 m
in Feet Inches- 5ft 3in
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack

Radha Usman Syed Marriage & Children

Marital StatusMarried
Husband/SpouseUsman Syed
Marriage Date1981
Radha usman syed son’sNaveed Syed
Aman Syed
Radha usman syed FatherGemini Ganesan (Actor)
I V Rangachari (Lawyer, step-father)
K. Prakash (Cinematographer, step-father)
Radha usman syed MotherPushpavalli (Actress)
T. R. Aramelu (step-mother)
Savitri Ganesan (step-mother)
Juliana Andrew (step-mother)
Radha usman syed siblingsDr. Revathi Swaminathan (Oncologist, half-sister)
Dr. Kamala Selvaraj (Gynecologist, half-sister)
Dr. Jaya Shreedhar (Doctor, half-sister)
Narayani Ganesh (Journalist, half-sister)
Vijaya Chamundeswari (Physiotherapist, half-sister)
Dhanalakshmi Sapru (half-sister)
Rama Rangachari (half-sister)
Radha usman syed Brother(s)Sathish Kumar Ganesan (half-brother)
Seshgiri (Sheshu) (half-brother)
Babuji Rangachari (half-brother)
Radha usman syed CousinShubha (Actress)

Some More Information About Radha Usman Syed

Radha Usman Syed (born 1955) is the younger sister of bollywood actress Rekha & the daughter of tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and actress Pushpavalli.

Radha got married to her childhood lover Usman Syed in 1981 and settled in the United States. Usman is the son of director S.M. Abbas known for Shriman Satyawadi (1960), Hungama (1971), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968) and Ek Bechara (1971).

After her marriage with Usman Syed, she converted to islam and became Rabia. She is now a famous artiste.

Naveed Syed and Aman Syed are Radha’s 2 sons with Usman Syed.

Her son, Naveed Syed (Ozman) tried to become an actor in bollywood in 2008 but he packed his back and went back to San Francisco, California after a year because he was not able to sign any films. In an interview with Hindustan Times in September 2009, Naveed told that his superstar aunt, Rekha was of no help. He said,
My maasi (Rekha) was not very helpful (in meeting filmmakers). I had been there (in Mumbai) for too long and I just needed a film to prove myself. Without my family backing me, it was tough to meet any filmmakers regarding work.
He further added,
My maasi was kind enough to take me to a few events with her when she did make a ‘cameo’ and for that I am thankful, but the industry is a relationship business. It comes with give and take. I think I have had enough of the industry. I am too seedha to be an actor and I just want simple things in life. From what I saw of ‘those people close to me’, I never wanted to be anything like them… and I lost that desire. Unfortunately, I wasn’t willing to keep struggling and wasting my whole life away.

Naveed Syed is married to Sehar Khan, daughter of actor Sameer Khan and Iram Khan. Sameer Khan is the brother of Feroz Khan and Sanjay Khan. Naveed and Sehar are now the parents of twin boys, Yaniv Syed and Ilan Syed.

Her other son, Aman Syed is married to Roopa Rajagopalan and their son, Aydin Rajan Syed was born on 2nd August 2019.

Radha has acted in a few Tamil films and modeled for several magazines in the 1970s. Filmmaker Raj Kapoor had offered her the leading role in his film Bobby (1973) but she declined as she did not wanted to act and was more interested in modeling.

Actress Rekha is her only biological sibling but she has 7 half-sisters and 3 half-brother.

Dr. Revathi Swaminathan, Dr. Kamala Selvaraj, Dr. Jaya Shreedhar and Narayani Ganesh are Gemini Ganesan’s children from his marriage to T. R. Aramelu.

Sathish Ganesan and Vijaya Chamundeswari, a physiotherapist are Gemini Ganesan’s children from his marriage to Savitri Ganesan. Actor Abhinay Vaddi is the son of Vijaya Chamundeswari and her husband Govinda Rao.

Babuji Rangachari and Rama Rangachari are Pushpavalli’s children from her first marriage to lawyer I. V. Rangachari.

Dhanalakshmi Sapru and Seshu (Seshgiri) are Pushpavalli’s children from her third marriage to cinematographer K. Prakash.

Illinois-based radiation oncologist Dr. Revathi Swaminathan is her half-sister. She has a son Raj Swaminathan, who is also a doctor.

Half-sister Dr. Kamala Selvaraj is a gynecologist. She is married to Dr. SFV Selvaraj and they are running GG Super Speciality Hospital with their children Dr. Deepu Rajkamal Selvaraj & Dr. Priya Selvaraj in Chennai. Dr. Kamala Selvaraj had commissioned the First Test Tube Baby of South India in August 1990.

Half-sister Dr. Jaya Shreedhar is a doctor and has also starred in a tamil film Ninaivellam Nithiya (1982). She used her nickname “Gigi” as her screen name.

Journalist Narayani Ganesh is her half-sister and she is working as an Associate Editor at The Times Of India, New Delhi.

Half-sister Dhanalakshmi has acted in one tamil film, Oru Thayin Sabhatham (1987). She is married to actor Tej Sapru and is the mother of twin daughters, Rene Sapru and Riya Sapru.

Half-brother Sheshu (Seshgiri) passed away on 21st May 1991. He battled with drug addiction for years.

Her half-sister Rama Rangachari is mentally challenged. She was married for a year and has a son Dabloo. They lived with Rekha in the the 1980’s.

Radha Usman Syed was seen after a long time with her elder sister Rekha at Armaan Jain’s wedding bash in February 2020.


Radha Usman Syed may not be a familiar name to many people, but her contribution to society and her support for her sister Rekha have been noteworthy. She has been an inspiration to many people and has shown that one can achieve success in life through hard work and dedication.

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