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Jaya Prada
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Jaya Prada in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Rampur
In office
13 May 2004 [1]  16 May 2014 [2] [3]
Preceded by Noor Bano
Succeeded by Naipal Singh
Constituency Rampur
Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha
In office
10 April 1996 9 April 2002
Constituency Andhra Pradesh
Personal details
Lalita Rani [4]

(1962-04-03) 3 April 1962 (age 59) [5]
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political party Telugu Desam Party (until 2004)
Samajwadi Party (2004–2010)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (2014–2019) [6] Bharatiya Janata Party (2019–Present) [7]
Srikanth Nahata
(m. 1989)
Children2 son (adopted)
OccupationActress, politician

Jaya Prada (born Lalita Rani; 3 April 1962) is a Indian film actress and politician. She hailed as one of the most iconic, influential and highest paid actresses in both Telugu and Hindi film industries in late 70's, 80's and early 90's. [8] Jaya Prada is the recipient of three Filmfare Awards South and has starred in many Telugu and Hindi films along with several Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Marathi films. She left the film industry at the peak of her career, as she joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 and entered politics. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Rampur from 2004 to 2014.


Some of her memorable films include Anthuleni Katha (1976), Seeta Kalyanam (1976), Adavi Ramudu (1977), Yamagola (1977), Sanaadi Appanna (1977), Siri Siri Muvva (1978), Huliya Haalina Mevu (1979), Sargam (1979), Ooriki Monagadu (1981), Kaamchor (1982), Kaviratna Kalidasa (1983), Sagara Sangamam (1983), Tohfa (1984), Sharaabi (1984), Maqsad (1984), Sanjog (1985), Aakhree Raasta (1986), Simhasanam (1986), Sindoor (1987), Samsaram (1988), Elaan-E-Jung (1989), Aaj Ka Arjun (1990), Thanedaar (1990), Maa (1991), Habba (1999), Shabdavedhi (2000), Devadoothan (2000), Pranayam (2011), Ee Bandhana (2007) and Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (2012). She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for her performance in Sagara Sangamam . She has also been awarded Filmfare Special Award for her performance in Siri Siri Muvva & Anthuleni Katha (1976).

She has been considered by many as the most beautiful face to grace Indian cinema, courtesy the reticent cinematic maestro Satyajit Ray who called her "the most beautiful face on the Indian screen". [9]

Early life

Jaya Prada was born as Lalita Rani in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh Rajaka family. Her father, Krishna Rao, was a Telugu film financier. Her mother, Neelaveni, was a home-maker. The young Lalitha attended a Telugu medium school in Rajahmundry and was also enrolled in dance and music classes at an early age.

Film career

Jayaprada with actress Raadhika at 62nd Filmfare Awards South. Raadhika and Jayaprada 62nd FF.jpg
Jayaprada with actress Raadhika at 62nd Filmfare Awards South.

When Jaya Prada was a teenager, she performed a dance at her school's annual function. A film director in the audience offered her a three-minute dance number in the Telugu film Bhoomi Kosam . She was hesitant, but her family encouraged her to accept it. She was paid only 10 rupees for her work in the film, but the rushes of those three minutes of film were shown to the major figures of the Telugu film industry. Major filmmakers offered her starring roles in quality films, and she accepted them. She became a huge star in 1976 with major hit films. Director K. Balachander's black-and-white film Anthuleni Katha (1976) showcased her dramatic skills; K. Viswanath's color film Siri Siri Muvva (1976) [10] showed her playing a mute girl with excellent dancing skills; and her title role as Sita in the big-budget mythological film Seetha Kalyanam confirmed her versatility. In 1977, she starred in Adavi Ramudu , which broke box office records and which permanently cemented her star status. [11] The song "Aaresukoboyi Paresukunnanu" performed by Prada and co-star N.T. Rama Rao became a mass hit. Important filmmakers were casting her and repeating her in their films. Filmmaker Vijay introduced her to Kannada cinema in his 1977 super-hit movie Sanaadi Appanna alongside Kannada matinee idol Raj Kumar. The movie is also known to be the only movie to feature shehnai rendition by Ustad Bismillah Khan. Jaya Prada repeated her successful pairing with Rajkumar in films such as Huliya Haalina Mevu (1979), Kaviratna Kalidasa (1983) and Shabdavedhi (2000).

In 1979, K. Balachander repeated her in the Tamil film Ninaithale Inikkum opposite Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in which she played a terminally-ill patient. She continued to act in more films in Telugu opposite actors such NTR, ANR, Krishna, Krishnam Raju and Sobhan Babu throughout the 70s and 80s. She acted in highest number of films with Krishna like Ooriki monagadu, Singhasan (1986 film) , Mundadugu, Bhale krishnudu , Sri Rajeshwari vilas coffee club , Prajarajyam. K. Viswanath remade Siri Siri Muvva (1976) in Hindi as Sargam , introducing Jayaprada to Bollywood in 1979. The film was successful and she became a star there as well. She earned her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress but couldn't capitalize on her success since she couldn't speak Hindi. [12]


In 1981, she starred in the critically acclaimed Tamil film 47 Natkal and simultaneously made Telugu film "47 Rojulu" by filmmaker K. Balachander in which Chiranjeevi played her villainous, bigamist husband. Saagara Sangamam directed by K. Vishwanath, starring Kamal Hassan proved to be a milestone in her career, winning her many accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu in 1983. The same year, after she took Hindi lessons, director K. Vishwanath relaunched her in Hindi films, with Kaamchor where she spoke Hindi fluently for the first time. [13] She was now able to consistently work in Hindi films, and earned two more Filmfare nominations as Best Actress for playing Amitabh Bachchan's endearing girlfriend in Prakash Mehra's Sharaabi (1984) and for her challenging double role in K. Vishwanath's Sanjog .

Jaya Prada made a successful team not just with Amitabh Bachchan and Jeetendra, but also with her immediate screen rival Sridevi, with whom she has acted in about a dozen films. Their hit Telugu film Devatha (1982), where they played sisters who made huge sacrifices for each other, was remade into the hit Hindi film Tohfa (1984). These films endeared Jaya Prada to the traditional conservative section of film goers and she amassed a huge female fan following as well. It was an image that would serve her well when she started a new career as a politician. In 1985, she acted in the Malayalam film Iniyum Katha Thudarum directed by Joshiy starring Mammootty, Baby Shalini and Ambika.

Indian director Satyajit Ray described her as one of the prettiest women in the world. [14] Although she has acted in Bengali films, she has never worked for Ray. (She claimed that Ray had her in mind for a film, but his illness and subsequent death prevented their collaboration). [15]

1990s and later

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Jaya Prada at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine 'Blockbuster'

Jaya Prada continued to act as a heroine mainly opposite Amitabh and Jeetendra during the early 1990s. She also acted in some significant Kannada films as the heroine. From 1994 onwards, she cut back on film assignments and got more involved with a political career.

In 2000, she acted in the Malayalam film Devadoothan , starring Mohanlal, directed by Sibi Malayil. The film garnered immensely popular reviews from the critics but failed at the box office. But it met with great appreciation from the audience when released in Home Media and when aired on television. his movie had evergreen hit songs. She also starred for the last time, opposite Kannada super star Dr. Raj Kumar in Shabdavedi. In 2002, she stepped into the Marathi film industry by being a guest in the movie Aadhaar. [16] Thus far, she has acted in eight languages and has completed 300 films during a 30-year film career. In 2004, she acted in Ee Snehatheerathu , a Malayalam film as Kunchacko Boban's mother.

She also owns the Jaya Prada Theater in Chennai. [17]

In 2011, she returned to Malayalam cinema with a strong role in Pranayam, alongside Mohanlal and Anupam Kher. She played "Grace" in this film, which won her critical acclaim and several awards. [18] Her 2012 Kannada film Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna ( Sangolli Rayanna ) that saw her donning the historical role of courageous Kittur Chennamma, completed 100 days at the box office.

Personal life

On 22 February 1989, she married producer Srikanth Nahata, who was already married to Chandra and had 3 children. [19] This marriage stirred a lot of controversy, especially since Nahata did not divorce his wife and had children with his first wife after marrying Jaya Prada. [20] Jaya Prada and Srikanth have no children together. Jaya Prada went on to adopt her sister's son and raise him as her own.

Political career

Jaya Prada joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 at the invitation of its founder N. T. Rama Rao, on the eve of the assembly elections, and rose quickly through the ranks. At that time there was speculation that she would run for election, but she preferred not to make her electoral debut, although she was offered a seat by Rao.

She campaigned in several constituencies in 1994. [21] When Rao became the Chief minister in 1994, he appointed one of his sons-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the Revenue Minister. Soon after the formation of the government, Chandrababu Naidu convinced a majority of the TDP MLAs to elect him as the chief minister and revolted against his father in law. Since most of the legislators had gone over to his side, the Anti Defection Law did not apply and the Telugu Desam Party label passed on to the Chandrababu Naidu faction. During this period, Prada too joined the Chandrababu Naidu faction of the party. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha representing Andhra Pradesh in 1996. She also held the post of Telugu Mahila President. Jaya Pradha was considered instrumental in Chandrababu Naidu retaining the cycle symbol for his party.

Following differences with party Supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu, she left the TDP to join Samajwadi Party. She contested from Rampur parliamentary Constituency in UP during the 2004 General election and got elected with a margin of more than 85000 votes. During her campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, she was issued a notice by the Election Commission for violating the code of conduct by distributing bindis to women in Rampur's Swar locality. [22] On 11 May 2009, Jaya Prada alleged that senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was distributing nude pictures of her. [23] She was re-elected with a margin of more than 30,000 votes. [24]

After she came out in open support of the former General Secretary of the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh, Prada was expelled from the party on 2 February 2010 for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities and damaging the party's secular image. [25] Amar Singh, along with Jaya Prada floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011, and fielded candidates in 360 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 assembly polls. However, his party did not win a single seat in these elections. Later she, along with Amar Singh joined the RLD on 10 March 2014 [26] and after that she got the ticket to contest from the Bijnor seat in the 2014 general elections. [27] [28] She, however, lost the election. [29] [30]

She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of National General Secretary Bhupender Yadav on 26 March 2019. [31]


Jaya Prada made her debut to the Television with ETV's Talk show Jayapradam, where she was the host of the show and interviewed many of the celebrated actors and technicians including Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, K. Viswanath, ANR, Ram Gopal Varma and many others. The show made her closer to the Telugu audience again. In 2018, she acted in her first daily soap Perfect Pati telecasted in AndTV. She played an endearing mother in law Rajeshwari Rathore. [32] [33] [34]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Awards
1979 Sargam Best Actress HindiNominated
1984 Sharaabi Best Actress HindiNominated
1985 Sanjog Best Actress HindiNominated

Filmfare Awards South

1976 Anthuleni Katha Best Actress TeluguNominated
1976 Siri Siri Muvva Best Actress TeluguNominated
1976 Anthuleni Katha , Siri Siri Muvva Special Jury Award [38] TeluguWon
1979 Ninaithale Inikkum Best Actress TamilNominated
1980 Chandipriya Best Actress TeluguNominated
1981 47 Rojulu Best Actress TeluguNominated
1982 Meghasandesam Best Actress TeluguNominated
1983 Sagara Sangamam Best Actress TeluguWon
1984 Sampoorna Premayanam Best Actress TeluguNominated
2000 Devadoothan Best Actress MalayalamNominated
2007Complete Work in Telugu Film Industry Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award TeluguWon
2011 Pranayam Best Actress MalayalamNominated
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Supporting Actress KannadaNominated
Other awards


YearFilm TitleLanguageRoleNotes
1974 Bhoomi Kosam Telugu Debut
1975Naaku Swatantram Vachindi Telugu
1976 Manmatha Leelai Tamil KannagiTamil debut
Anthuleni Katha TeluguSaritaNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Won Special Jury Award
Seeta Kalyanam TeluguSeeta and Goddess Lakshmi
Mangalyaniki MaromudiTelugu
Shri Rajarajeshwari Vilas Coffee ClubTelugu
Adavi Ramudu TeluguPadmaNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Won Special Jury Award
Kurukshetram Telugu Uttara
Eenati Bandham Enatido Telugu
Chanakya Chandragupta Telugu
Yamagola TeluguSavithri
Sanaadi Appanna Kannada BasantiKannada Debut
Eetharam ManishiTelugu
Jeevitha NaukaTelugu
1978 Siri Siri Muvva TeluguHemaNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Athani Kante Ghanudu Telugu
Agent GopiTelugu
Dongala VetaTelugu
Rama Krishnulu TeluguJaya
Devadasu Malli Puttadu TeluguShanthi
Melu Kolupu TeluguSusheela
Rajaputra Rahasyam TeluguPriyadarshini
1979 Sargam Hindi Hema PradhanNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Huliya Haalina Mevu KannadaPoovi
Ninaithale Inikkum TamilSonaBilingual movie
Andamaina Anubhavam TeluguSona
Lok Parlok HindiSavithri
Rangoon Rowdy TeluguIndu/Rajani
Kotta Alludu Telugu
Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam TeluguGoddess Padmavati
Mande GundeloTelugu
1980 Challenge Ramudu TeluguAruna
Superman TeluguJaya
Buchchi Babu TeluguBuchi
Bandodu GundammaTelugu
Takkar HindiGanga
Allari BavaTelugu
Sita Ramulu TeluguSita
Circus Ramudu Telugu
ChandipriyaTeluguChandipriyaNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Chesina BaasaluTelugu
Dharm ChakramTelugu
Sannaayi AppannaTelugu
1981 Srivari Muchatlu TeluguRadha
Taxi DriverTeluguRani
Rahasya GoodachariTelugu
47 Natkal TamilVaishaliBilingual movie
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
47 Rojulu TeluguVaishali
Ooruki Monagadu TeluguRekha
Ragile Jwala TeluguVani
Agni Poolu TeluguRukmini
Prema Mandiram TeluguMadhura Ranjani
Girija KalyanamTeluguGirija
1982 Madhura Swapnam Telugu
Kaamchor HindiGeeta Sanghvi
Talli Kodukula Anubandham Telugu
Pagabattina Simham Telugu
Meghasandesam TeluguPadmaNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Dil-e-Nadaan HindiAsha
Nivuru Gappina Nippu Telugu
Devata TeluguJanaki
1983 Sagara Sangamam TeluguMadhavi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Salangai Oli TamilMadhavi
Qayamat HindiGeeta
Mawaali HindiNisha Verma
Mundadugu TeluguPadma
Kaviratna Kalidasa KannadaVidyadhare and Shakuntala
Adavi Simhalu TeluguLalita
Puli Bebbuli TeluguSita
Siripuram MonagaduTelugu
Amarajeevi TeluguLalita
Main Awara Hoon HindiBela
Praja RajyamTelugu
1984 Tohfa HindiJanki
Tandava Krishnudu TeluguVani
Dharm Aur Qanoon HindiShanta
Yuddham Telugu
Mera Faisla HindiNisha Dhawan
Sharaabi HindiMeenaNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Maqsad HindiRani
Naya Kadam HindiBijlee
Haisiyat HindiSita
Awaaz HindiAnu
Sampoorna Premayanam TeluguPrema
Sangeeta Samrat TeluguRadha
1985 Pataal Bhairavi HindiRajkumari Indumati Singh
Maha SangramamTelugu
Maha Manishi Telugu
Surya ChandraTelugu
Sanjog HindiYashoda & AshaNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Hoshiyar HindiRadha
Zabardast HindiMala Saigal
Iniyum Katha Thudarum Malayalam NimmiMalayalam Debut
Haqeeqat HindiBharti
Sur SangamHindi
Mera Saathi HindiRaagini
1986 Krishna Garadi Telugu
Tandra Paparayudu TeluguJyothirmai
Simhasanam TeluguAlaknanda Devi
Veta Telugu
Aakhree Raasta HindiMary D'Costa
Swarag Se Sunder HindiLaxmi Choudhary
Muddat HindiBharti
Pyaar Ke Do Pal HindiGeeta
Aisa Pyaar Kahan HindiSarita
Ugra Narasimham Telugu
1987 Aulad HindiYashoda
Majaal HindiSandhya
Tene ManasuluTelugu
Viswanatha Nayakudu TeluguKalavati
Insaaf Kaun Karega HindiSitara Devi
Sindoor HindiLaxmi
1988 Mardon Wali Baat Hindi
Samsaram TeluguPadmavathi
Ganga Tere Desh Mein HindiDr.Asha
Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati HindiSaraswati
Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani HindiSita
Kaliyuga KarnuduTelugu
1989 Jaadugar HindiMeena
Main Tera Dushman HindiJaya
Souten Ki Beti HindiRukmini
Elaan-E-Jung HindiReema
Atha Mechina AlluduTelugu
Kanoon Ki Awaaz Hindi
Paraya Ghar Hindi
Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Hindi
Gharana HindiNaina
1990 Majboor HindiSharda
Zakhmi ZameenHindiRadha
Aaj Ka Arjun HindiGauri
Thanedaar HindiSudha
Nyay Anyay HindiRama Khanna
1991 Indrajeet HindiShanti Devi
Veerta Hindi
Farishtay Hindi
1992 Maa HindiMamta
Tyagi HindiMrs. Parvati Dayal
Aathma Bandhana KannadaShanti
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta Hindi
Manikantana Mahime KannadaKamalaidentical twin
Ezhai Jaathi Tamil
Dhartiputra Hindi
Khal-Naaikaa HindiJaya Varsha
1994 Insaaniyat Hindi
Jeevitha KhaidiTelugu
Chauraha HindiPooja
1995 Himapatha KannadaNaina
Paappi Devataa HindiRosie
1997 Jeevan Yudh HindiRani
Prema GeetheKannadaRadha
Lav Kush HindiSeeta
1998 Aami Sei Meye Bengali Bengali debut
1999 Habba KannadaVishnu's Wife
2000 Devadoothan MalayalamAngelina Ignatious / AleenaNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Aadhar Marathi
Shabdavedhi KannadaVatsala
2003Sri RenukadeviKannadaJogamma
2004 Khakee HindiJaya Srivastav
Ee Snehatheerathu MalayalamLakshmi
2006 Tathastu HindiDr. Nita
2007 Ee Bandhana KannadaNandini
Maharathi TeluguChamundeshwari
2008 Dasavathaaram TamilRanjitha Singh
2009Sesh SangatBengali
Raaj The Showman KannadaSpecial appearance
2010 The Desire Hindi
Gautmi's motherMultilingual movie
2011 Pranayam MalayalamGraceNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Kannada Kittur Chennamma Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2013 Rajjo HindiJanki Devi
2018 Kinar MalayalamIndira
Keni Tamil
Suvarna SundariTelugu

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Noor Bano
Member of Parliament
for Rampur

Succeeded by
Dr. Nepal Singh
Rajya Sabha
Preceded by
Member of Parliament
for Rajya Sabha Andhra Pradesh

Succeeded by