Selvi is a Tamil serial aired on Sun TV and was produced by Radaan Media Works. This production unit launched this serial after the success of their two other serials named Chithi and Annamalai. Selvi has about 499 episodes and began on January 24th, 2005. It ended on December 29th, 2006. It was also dubbed in Telugu and telecasted as "Lakshmi" on Gemini TV. Selvi's serial revolves around Selvi and Tamarai as they are very best and close friends. Radhika Sarathkumar plays Selvi's role and Saritha plays Tamarai's role. Selvi is the key character of this serial and is the daughter of a Sri Lanka-based jeweler who is very wealthy. Unfortunately, her father's life and business take a toss when he loses his fortune to his partner and leaves Sri Lanka.
Now Selvi is forced to take care of the entire family that has her stepmom, Thangam, three half-sisters, and two half-brothers. The first few episodes of Selvi were shot in Sri Lanka, and eventually, they moved to Chennai, India. She comes to Chennai with her family and gets in touch with her good friend Tamarai. Tamarai is married to GJ and has two children. GJ is a fraud, and finally, Selvi lands up working in GJ's company. GJ realizes Selvi's ability as a successful businesswoman. Unfortunately, Tamarai meets with an accident and is pushed to the Coma stage.
Meanwhile, her husband GJ plans to marry a wealthy woman called Maya. Later he realizes that Selvi would be a better choice when compared to Maya. Selvi is proposed to by GJ, but she is not willing to marry him. However, GJ, Tamarai's family, and Selvi's family force her, and she marries him. When Selvi wants to get rid of GJ after knowing his character, she becomes pregnant.
Now, Tamarai wakes up from Coma and realizes that Selvi has married GJ. Meanwhile, Selvi gives birth to a daughter. After this, the relationship between Selvi and Tamarai comes to an end. GJ does an illegal business in the name of Tamarai and is caught by Police. Police arrested Tamarai as all documents were in her name. GJ did not attempt to save her, nor did he confess the truth. He later contacts Maya and marries her. Tamarai is sent to jail, and she dies of agony. Selvi grieved that her friend had not understood her, and she died. However, she later gets a letter Tamarai wrote on her deathbed to Selvi to take care of her children. She also apologized sincerely and appreciated her courage. Therefore, Selvi goes to GJ and gets Tamarai's children and her daughter and lives with them happily, leaving GJ in vain. The serial's end disappointed many viewers. Hence the shoot of Arasi began on January 3rd, 2007, and it was a huge success.
Selvi had a lot of twists and turns. It showcased varieties of characters portrayed by talented stars. Although Selvi ended abruptly with an unsatisfied ending, Arase that had Radhika in a dual role, received appreciation from the audience. Selvi has Radhika as the adopted daughter of Yogeshwaran and Thangam. In Arase, her biological mother enters as Arase and Radhika played the elderly role. Selvi is directed by the famous actor cum director, Samuthirakani. The serial has the star cast of Radhika Sarathkumar, Saritha, Venu Arvind, Ravikumar, Latha Sethupathi, Sri Durga, Dhivyadharshini, George Vishnu, Sabitha Anand, MS Bhaskar, Kanya Bharathi, Krishna, Kutty Pooja, Roja Shree, Ajay, Bose Venkat, Afsar, Vichu Viswanath, Dinakar, P. R. Varalakshmi, Kavithalaya Krishnan, Sai Prashanth, Devi Priya, Pooja Lokesh, Pasi Sathya, Kalthoon Thilak, Amitha, LIC Narasimhan and Nandakumar Sathappan. The title song, Natchathiram, is sung by K. S. Chithra.