Roja (actress)

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Member of Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Constituency Nagari
Personal details
Born Latha Nagaraja Reddy
(1972-11-17) November 17, 1972 (age 42)
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) R. K. Selvamani[1]
Children 2
Occupation Politician
Film actress
Religion Hindu

Roja Selvamani (born Latha Reddy; 17 November 1972) is a South Indian actress and politician.[2] She currently aligns with the YSR Congress party and won as MLA from Nagiri in 2014 general elections. [3][4]

Early life[edit]

Roja was born as Sree Latha in 1972 to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. She was the only girl child with two brothers Kumarasamy and Ramaprasad.[5] Later, the family moved to Hyderabad. She did her Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Nagarjuna University. Roja learnt Kuchipudi and was performing dance before she entered films.[6]


Film career[edit]

Roja entered the cinema industry with Telugu films. Her first movie was Prema Thapassu with Rajendra Prasad where the complete movie was shot in Tirupati.

She was introduced to the Tamil film industry by director R.K. Selvamani with Chembaruthi along with actor Prashanth. The movie was a hit and paved way for role in another success, Suriyan with Sarath Kumar. Both the films established her in Tamil cinema.[7] She became popular with songs such as "Veloor Maman" in the film Makkal Aatchi with Mammootty and "Mastana Mastana" in Raasaiyya with Prabhu Deva. Her performance in films with actors such as Rajnikanth in Veera, and Arjun Sarja in Ayudha Poojai were praised. Roja's major career breakthrough was in the film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, directed by Vikraman. Her 100th movie was Pottu Amman. Roja later appeared in supporting roles in films like Arasu (2001), Parijatham (2006), Kaavalan (2011) and Saguni (2012).

Political career[edit]

Roja joined Telugu Desam and was the woman wing president of Telugu Mahila Party.[8] During the 2009 state elections, she was involved in confrontations and political antics with her rival opposition party leaders, which ultimately led to her defeat for the second consecutive time in the AP state Assembly elections. In August 2009, She quit TDP and joined Congress Party.[8] She quit Congress party and is now with YSR Congress Party[9] On 16th May 2014, she won as a MLA from Nagari assembly constituency.


Roja and Meena resembled each other when younger, and Meena acted as Roja’s younger sister in several movies. Roja had a penchant for hairdressing and it was evidently seen as whenever she is in the sets, she’s seen hairdressing her co-heroines like Devayani, Kushboo, Ranjitha and Mumtaz to name a few. According to Ramya Krishnan, her friend and co-star, Roja is one of the few artists who can do their make-up themselves. Actress Mumtaz in an interview praised Roja’s willingness and egoless attitude when she did her hair and make-up during a Singapore Film Show in 2003.[10]

Other work[edit]

She played the role of anchor in a show name 'Modern Mahalakshmi' before getting replaced by Anasuya.This show is telecasted in MAA TV.

She is the judge for one of the best comedy shows named 'Jabardasth'. This show is telecasted in E TV

Personal life[edit]

Roja married popular director R.K. Selvamani who made her debut Tamil film, in August 2002. The couple have one daughter and one son.


Tamil Cinema[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1992 Chembaruthi Chembaruthi Tamil
1992 Suriyan Tamil
1993 Uzhaippali Tamil
1994 Athiradi Padai Tamil
1994 Indhu Indhu Tamil
1994 Veera Rooba Tamil
1994 Sari Gama Pada Ni Tamil
1995 Engirundho Vandhan Tamil
1995 Raja Muthirai Tamil
1995 Asuran Tamil
1995 Raasaiyya Anita Tamil
1995 Makkal Aatchi Tamil
1995 Ayudha Poojai Sindhamani Tamil
1996 Parambarai Paruvatham Tamil
1996 Rajali Tamil
1996 Tamizh Selvan Tamil
1997 Vallal Tamil
1997 Adimai Changili Tamil
1997 Paasamulla Pandiyare Tamil
1997 Kadavul Parvathi Tamil
1998 Arasiyal Supriya Tamil
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Radha Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1998 En Aasai Rasave Tamil
1998 Veeram Velanja Mannu Tamil
1998 Pudhumai Pithan Shenbagam Tamil
1998 Kadhal Kavithai Herself Tamil Special appearance
1999 Housefull Tamil
1999 Chinna Raja Radha Tamil
1999 Nenjinile Herself Tamil Special appearance
1999 Chinna Durai Pushpavalli Tamil
1999 Suyamvaram Easwari Tamil
1999 Mugam Malini Tamil
1999 Ooty Charu Tamil
1999 Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Ragini Tamil
1999 Azhagarsamy Suja Tamil
2000 Thirunelveli Tamil
2000 Eazhaiyin Sirippil Saroja Tamil
2000 Sandhitha Velai Thilaka Tamil
2000 Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela Rupini Tamil
2000 Koodi Vazhndhal Kodi Nanmai Tamilselvi Tamil
2000 Puratchikkaaran Kanimozhi Tamil
2000 Independence Day Tamil
2000 Pottu Amman Durga Tamil
2001 Looty Geetha Tamil
2001 Nila Kaalam Tamil
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kathala Roja Tamil
2001 Super Kudumbam Raakku Tamil
2001 Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Meena Tamil
2001 Maayan Azhagamma Tamil
2001 Veettoda Mappillai Meena Tamil
2001 Mitta Miraasu Meenakshi Tamil
2001 Kottai Mariamman Tamil
2002 Angala Parameswari Parvati Tamil
2002 Shakalaka Baby Tamil
2002 Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam Parvathy Malayalam Dubbed in Tamil as Gounder Veetu Mapillai
2003 Arasu Tamil
2003 Success Tamil
2004 Maurya Kannada
2005 Maayavi Herself Tamil Special appearance
2005 Karagattakkari Tamil
2006 Pasa Kiligal Angayarkanni Tamil
2006 Parijatham Tamil
2006 Kurukshetram Vaishnavi Tamil
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Geetha Tamil
2007 Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen Vikranth's mother Tamil
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal Tamil
2011 Kaavalan Devika Tamil
2012 Saguni Sreedevi's Mother Tamil
2013 Masani Tamil
2013 Apple Penne Hamsavalli Tamil
2013 Killadi Tamil Completed

Telugu cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-Star Language Role Notes
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi Telugu
1993 Muta Mesthri Chiranjeevi Telugu
1995 Big Boss Chiranjeevi Telugu
1997 Peddannayya Balakrishna Telugu
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Balakrishna Telugu Princess padmavathi
1995 Maatho Pettukoku Balakrishna Telugu
1999 Sulthan Balakrishna Telugu
1994 Gaandeevam Balakrishna Telugu
1997 Adavilo Anna Mohan babu Telugu
1997 Annamayya Mohan babu Telugu
1998 Swarnakk] Telugu
2008 Sammakka Saarakka Telugu
1994 Bobbili Simham Balakrishna Telugu
1995 Pokiri Raaja Venkatesh Telugu
1996 Vajram Nagarjuna Telugu
1994 Anna Rajasekhar Telugu
2000 Kshemangaa Velli Labhamgaa Randi Srikanth Telugu
2000 Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa Srikanth Telugu
2001 Family Circus Jagapathi babu Telugu
1994 Subha lagnam Jagapathi babu Telugu
1995 Ghatothkachudu Ali Telugu
1993 Rakshana Nagarjuna Telugu
2001 Durga Venu Telugu
1993 Atta Sommu Alludi Daanam Vinod Kumar Telugu
1992 Seetharatnam Gaari Abbayi Vinod Kumar Telugu
1992 Ataaku Koduku Mamaku Alludu Vinod Kumar Telugu
1993 Mogudugaru Vinod Kumar Telugu
1994 Police Brothers Vinod Kumar Telugu
1991 Prema Tapassu Rajendra Prasad Telugu
1995 Illu Pelli Naresh Telugu
1991 Sarpayagam Sreenivasa Varma Telugu
1995 Teluguveeralevaraa Krishna Telugu
1997 Kalavidha Ravichandran Kannada
1995 Illu Pelli Naresh Telugu
1994 Samaram Suman,Raghu Telugu
1995 Dasari's Mayabazar Akkineni Nageswara rao Telugu
2002 Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam Jayaram Malayalam
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Raviteja Telugu Home Minister
2010 Golimaar Gopichand Telugu Arundathi
2011 Parama Veera Chakra Balakrishna Telugu Movie artist
2011 Mogudu Gopichand Telugu Politician Chamundeshwari
2011 Veera Ravi Teja Telugu Ravi Teja's Stepmother
2011 Sri Rama Rajyam Nandamuri Balakrishna Telugu / Tamil Bhudevi
2012 Lucky Srikanth Telugu
2013 Pavitra[11] Telugu
2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara Upendra Telugu
2013 Kamina Srihari Telugu
2013 Doosukeltha Vishnu Manchu Telugu

Kannada Cinema[edit]


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