Jaya Prada

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Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada graces Perfect Pati TV serial launch (03) (cropped).jpg
Jaya in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Rampur
In office
13 May 2004[1] – 16 May 2014[2][3]
Preceded byNoor Bano
Succeeded byNaipal Singh
Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha
In office
10 April 1996 – 9 April 2002
ConstituencyAndhra Pradesh
Personal details
Lalita Rani[4]

(1962-04-03) 3 April 1962 (age 58)[5]
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyTelugu Desam Party (until 2004)
Samajwadi Party (2004—2010)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (2014—2019)


Bharatiya Janata Party (2019 - Present)[7]
OccupationActress, politician

Jaya Prada (born Lalitha Rani; 3 April 1962) is an Indian film actress and politician.[8]

She is considered to be one of the best actresses in Hindi cinema and was one of the most iconic and influential actresses in both Telugu and Hindi film industries in late 70's, 80's and early 90's.[9] 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), 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), Devadoothan (2000), Pranayam (2011), 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".[10]

Early life[edit]

Jaya Prada was born as Lalita Rani in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. 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[edit]

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)[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]


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.[14] 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.[15] 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).[16]

1990s and later[edit]

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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] 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[edit]

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

In 1986, she married producer Srikanth Nahata, who was already married to Chandra and had 3 children. 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[edit]

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
Filmfare Awards South
Other awards
  • Kalashree award
  • Kala Saraswati Award
  • Kinnera Savitri Award
  • Rajiv Gandhi Award
  • Nargis Dutt Gold Medal
  • Shakuntala Kala Rathnam Award
  • Uttam Kumar Award[39]
  • Ever Green Beauty of India at 14th Santosham Film Awards in 2016.
  • ANR Achievement Award (2008)[40]
  • Venus of Indian Cinema Award from TSR TV9 Film Awards (2011)[41]
  • Nana Film Award for Best Actress – Pranayam
  • Ujala Asianet Film Awards 2012 – Special Jury Award for Pranayam
  • Amrita Film Awards 2012 – Best Actress Award for Pranayam
  • Mathrubhumi Kalyan Silks film awards 2012 – Best Character Actress Award for Pranayam
  • Kerala Film Producers Association – Surya TV Film Awards 2012 – Outstanding Performance Award for Pranayam
  • Asiavision Movie Awards 2011 – Outstanding Performance Award for Pranayam


Year Film Title Language Role Notes
1974 Bhoomi Kosam Telugu Debut
1976 Manmatha Leelai Tamil Kannagi Tamil debut
1976 Anthuleni Katha Telugu Sarita Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Won Special Jury Award
1976 Seeta Kalyanam Telugu Seeta and Goddess Lakshmi
1976 Mangalyaniki Maromudi Telugu
1976 Shri Rajarajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club Telugu
1977 Bhadrakali Telugu Gayathri
1977 Adavi Ramudu Telugu Padma Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Won Special Jury Award
1977 Kurukshetram Telugu Uttara
1977 Eenati Bandham Enatido Telugu
1977 Chanakya Chandragupta Telugu
1977 Yamagola Telugu Savithri
1977 Sanaadi Appanna Kannada Basanti Kannada Debut
1977 Eetharam Manishi Telugu
1977 Jeevitha Nauka Telugu
1978 Siri Siri Muvva Telugu Hema Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1978 Athani Kante Ghanudu Telugu
1978 Agent Gopi Telugu
1978 Dongala Veta Telugu
1978 Rama Krishnulu Telugu Jaya
1978 Devadasu Malli Puttadu Telugu Shanthi
1978 Melu Kolupu Telugu Susheela
1978 Rajaputra Rahasyam Telugu Priyadarshini
1978 Radhakrishna Telugu Radha
1979 Sargam Hindi Hema Pradhan Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1979 Huliya Haalina Mevu Kannada Poovi
1979 Ninaithale Inikkum Tamil Sona Bilingual movie
1979 Andamaina Anubhavam Telugu Sona
1979 Lok Parlok Hindi Savithri
1979 Rangoon Rowdy Telugu Indu/Rajani
1979 Kotta Alludu Telugu
1979 Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam Telugu Goddess Padmavati
1979 Mande Gundelo Telugu
1980 Challenge Ramudu Telugu Aruna
1980 Superman Telugu Jaya
1980 Buchchi Babu Telugu Buchi
1980 Bandodu Gundamma Telugu
1980 Takkar Hindi Ganga
1980 Allari Bava Telugu
1980 Sita Ramulu Telugu Sita
1980 Circus Ramudu Telugu
1980 Chandipriya Telugu Chandipriya
1980 Chesina Baasalu Telugu
1980 Dharm Chakram Telugu
1980 Sannaayi Appanna Telugu
1981 Srivari Muchatlu Telugu Radha
1981 Taxi Driver Telugu Rani
1981 Rahasya Goodachari Telugu
1981 47 Natkal Tamil Vaishali Bilingual movie
1981 47 Rojulu Telugu Vaishali
1981 Ooruki Monagadu Telugu Rekha
1981 Jatagadu Telugu
1981 Ragile Jwala Telugu Vani
1981 Agni Poolu Telugu Rukmini
1981 Prema Mandiram Telugu Madhura Ranjani
1981 Girija Kalyanam Telugu Girija
1981 Deepaaraadhana Telugu
1982 Madhura Swapnam Telugu
1982 Kaamchor Hindi Geeta Sanghvi
1982 Talli Kodukula Anubandham Telugu
1982 Pagabattina Simham Telugu
1982 Meghasandesam Telugu Padma
1982 Dil-e-Nadaan Hindi Asha
1982 Swayamvaram Telugu
1982 Nivuru Gappina Nippu Telugu
1982 Devata Telugu Janaki
1982 Krishnarjunulu Telugu
1983 Sagara Sangamam Telugu Madhavi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1983 Salangai Oli Tamil Madhavi
1983 Qayamat Hindi Geeta
1983 Mawaali Hindi Nisha Verma
1983 Mundadugu Telugu Padma
1983 Kaviratna Kalidasa Kannada Vidyadhare and Shakuntala
1983 Adavi Simhalu Telugu Lalita
1983 Puli Bebbuli Telugu Sita
1983 Siripuram Monagadu Telugu
1983 Amarajeevi Telugu Lalita
1983 Main Awara Hoon Hindi Bela
1983 Praja Rajyam Telugu
1984 Tohfa Hindi Janki
1984 Tandava Krishnudu Telugu Vani
1984 Dharm Aur Qanoon Hindi Shanta
1984 Yuddham Telugu
1984 Mera Faisla Hindi Nisha Dhawan
1984 Sharaabi Hindi Meena Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1984 Maqsad Hindi Rani
1984 Naya Kadam Hindi Bijlee
1984 Haisiyat Hindi Sita
1984 Awaaz Hindi Anu
1984 Sampoorna Premayanam Telugu Prema
1984 Sangeeta Samrat Telugu Radha
1985 Pataal Bhairavi Hindi Rajkumari Indumati Singh
1985 Maha Sangramam Telugu
1985 Maha Manishi Telugu
1985 Surya Chandra Telugu
1985 Sanjog Hindi Yashoda & Asha Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1985 Hoshiyar Hindi Radha
1985 Zabardast Hindi Mala Saigal
1985 Iniyum Katha Thudarum Malayalam Nimmi Malayalam Debut
1985 Haqeeqat Hindi Bharti
1985 Sur Sangam Hindi
1985 Mera Saathi Hindi Raagini
1986 Krishna Garadi Telugu
1986 Tandra Paparayudu Telugu Jyothirmai
1986 Singhasan Hindi Alaknanda
1986 Simhasanam Telugu Alaknanda Devi
1986 Veta Telugu
1986 Aakhree Raasta Hindi Mary D'Costa
1986 Swarag Se Sunder Hindi Laxmi Choudhary
1986 Muddat Hindi Bharti
1986 Pyaar Ke Do Pal Hindi Geeta
1986 Aisa Pyaar Kahan Hindi Sarita
1986 Ugra Narasimham Telugu
1987 Aulad Hindi Yashoda
1987 Majaal Hindi Sandhya
1987 Tene Manasulu Telugu
1987 Viswanatha Nayakudu Telugu Kalavati
1987 Insaaf Kaun Karega Hindi Sitara Devi
1987 Sindoor Hindi Laxmi
1988 Mardon Wali Baat Hindi
1988 Samsaram Telugu Padmavathi
1988 Ganga Tere Desh Mein Hindi Dr.Asha
1988 Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati Hindi Saraswati
1988 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Hindi Sita
1988 Kaliyuga Karnudu Telugu
1989 Jaadugar Hindi Meena
1989 Main Tera Dushman Hindi Jaya
1989 Souten Ki Beti Hindi Rukmini
1989 Elaan-E-Jung Hindi Reema
1989 Atha Mechina Alludu Telugu
1989 Kanoon Ki Awaaz Hindi
1989 Paraya Ghar Hindi
1989 Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Hindi
1989 Gharana Hindi Naina
1989 Sumangali Telugu
1990 Majboor Hindi Sharda
1990 Zakhmi Zameen Hindi Radha
1990 Aaj Ka Arjun Hindi Gauri
1990 Thanedaar Hindi Sudha
1990 Ekalavya Kannada
1990 Nyay Anyay Hindi Rama Khanna
1991 Indrajeet Hindi Shanti Devi
1991 Veerta Hindi
1991 Farishtay Hindi
1992 Maa Hindi Mamta
1992 Aathma Bandhana Kannada Shanti
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta Hindi
1993 Manikantana Mahime Kannada Kamala Looks alike twin
1993 Ezhai Jaathi Tamil
1993 Dhartiputra Hindi
1993 Khal-Naaikaa Hindi Jaya Varsha
1994 Insaaniyat Hindi
1994 Jeevitha Khaidi Telugu
1994 Chauraha Hindi Pooja
1995 Himapatha Kannada Naina
1995 Paappi Devataa Hindi Rosie
1997 Jeevan Yudh Hindi Rani
1997 Prema Geethe Kannada Radha
1997 Lav Kush Hindi Seeta
1998 Aami Sei Meye Bengali Bengali debut
1999 Habba Kannada Vishnu's Wife
2000 Devadoothan Malayalam Angelina Ignatious / Aleena Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2000 Aadhar Marathi
2000 Shabdavedhi Kannada Vatsala
2003 Sri Renukadevi Kannada Jogamma
2004 Khakee Hindi Jaya Srivastav
2004 Ee Snehatheerathu Malayalam Lakshmi
2006 Tathastu Hindi Dr. Nita
2007 Ee Bandhana Kannada Nandini
2007 Maharathi Telugu Chamundeshwari
2007 Dasavathaaram Tamil Ranjitha Singh
2007 Deha Hindi
2009 Sesh Sangat Bengali
2009 Raaj The Showman Kannada Special appearance
2010 The Desire Hindi
Gautmi's mother Multilingual movie
2011 Pranayam Malayalam Grace Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Kannada Kittur Chennamma Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2013 Rajjo Hindi Janki Devi
2018 Kinar Malayalam Indira
Keni Tamil
Sarabha Telugu Parvathamma
Suvarna Sundari Telugu


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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Noor Bano
Member of Parliament
for Rampur

2004 – 2014
Succeeded by
Dr. Nepal Singh
Rajya Sabha
Preceded by
Member of Parliament
for Rajya Sabha Andhra Pradesh

1996 – 2002
Succeeded by