Jaya Prada

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Jaya Prada Nahata
Jaya Prada in 2019
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
13 May 2004[1] – 16 May 2014[2][3]
Preceded byNoor Bano
Succeeded byNaipal Singh
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
10 April 1996 – 9 April 2002
Preceded byR. K. Dhawan
Succeeded byNandi Yellaiah
Constituency Andhra Pradesh
Personal details
Lalita Rani[4]

(1962-04-03) 3 April 1962 (age 62)[5]
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2019–Present)[6]
Other political
Telugu Desam Party (until 2004)
Samajwadi Party (2004–2010)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (2014–2019) [7]
Srikanth Nahata
(m. 1987)
OccupationActress, politician

Jaya Prada Nahata (born Lalitha Rani Rao; 3 April 1962) is an Indian actress and politician known for her works majorly in Telugu cinema in addition to Hindi and Tamil films in late '70s, '80s and early '90s.[8] Jayaprada is the recipient of three Filmfare Awards South and has starred in many Telugu and Hindi films along with several Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, 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, Uttar Pradesh from 2004 to 2014.

Some of her notable films include Anthuleni Katha (1976), Siri Siri Muvva (1976), Sita Kalyanam (1976), Adavi Ramudu (1977), Yamagola (1977), Sanaadi Appanna (1977), 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 and Anthuleni Katha.

She has been considered by many as one of the most beautiful face to have ever graced Indian cinema including Satyajit Ray who called her "the most beautiful face on the Indian screen".[9]

Early life[edit]

Jayaprada was born Lalitha Rani Rao in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh into a Telugu speaking family. Her father, Krishna Rao, was a Telugu film financier. Her mother, Neelavani, was a home-maker. 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 Radhika at 62nd Filmfare Awards South.

When Jayaprada 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 (1974). 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 colour film Siri Siri Muvva (1976) showed her playing a mute girl with excellent dancing skills; and her title role as Sita in the big-budget mythological film Seetha Kalyanam (1976) confirmed her versatility. In 1977, she starred in Adavi Ramudu, which broke box office records and which permanently cemented her star status.[10] The song "Aaresukoboyi Paresukunnanu" performed by Prada and co-star N.T. Rama Rao (NTR) 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 Dr. Rajkumar. The movie is also known to be the only movie to feature shehnai rendition by Ustad Bismillah Khan. She further acted with the Kannada matinee idol in super hits like Kaviratna Kalidasa in 1983 and Shabdavedhi in 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 as NTR, ANR, Krishna, Krishnam Raju and Sobhan Babu throughout the 70s and 80s. She acted in highest number of films with Krishna like Sri Rajeshwari vilas coffee club (1976), Bhale Krishnudu (1980), Ooruki Monagadu (1981), Mundadugu (1983), Prajarajyam (1983) and Singhasan (1986),. 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.[11]

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. After she took Hindi lessons, director K. Vishwanath relaunched her in Hindi films, with Kaamchor where she spoke Hindi fluently for the first time.[12] Saagara Sangamam directed by K. Vishwanath, starring Kamal Haasan proved to be a milestone in her career, winning her many accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu in 1983. 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 (1985).

Jayaprada 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 Jayaprada 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 Kadha 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.[13] 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).[14]

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

Jayaprada 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 on call by her co-star NTR.

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. Rajkumar in Shabdavedi. In 2002, she stepped into the Marathi film industry by being a guest in the movie Aadhaar.[15] 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 started playing mature roles.

She also owns the Jayaprada Theater in Chennai.[16]

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.[17] Her 2012 Kannada film Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna that saw her donning the historical role of courageous Kittur Chennamma, completed 100 days at the box office.

Personal life[edit]

On 22 February 1986, she married producer Srikanth Nahata, who was already married to Chandra and had two children.[18] This marriage stirred a lot of controversy, especially since Nahata did not divorce his wife and had a child with his first wife after marrying Jayaprada.[18]

Political career[edit]

Jayaprada 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.[19] When Rao became the Chief minister in 1994, he appointed one of his sons-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the Revenue Minister. After Lakshmi Parvati, wife of NTR started interfering in politics several tdp leaders revolted against NTR. When all TDP leaders have met in Viceroy hotel, NTR went to convince them along with Lakshmi Parvati, which ended up tdp leaders throwing slippers on Lakshmi Parvati and NTR went between, followed by Avisvasa terminal NTR was thrown out of power. 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 side. During this period, Prada too joined the Chandrababu Naidu party. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha representing Andhra Pradesh in 1996. She also held the post of Telugu Mahila President.

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.[20] On 11 May 2009, Jayaprada alleged that senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was distributing nude pictures of her.[21] She was re-elected with a margin of more than 30,000 votes.[citation needed]

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.[22] Amar Singh, along with Jayaprada 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[23] and after that she got the ticket to contest from the Bijnor seat in the 2014 general elections.[24][25] She, however, lost the election.[26][27]

She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of National General Secretary Bhupender Yadav on 26 March 2019.[6]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Jaya Prada in 2015

Jayaprada is regarded as one of the greatest and most beautiful actors of Indian cinema.[28] In 2022, she was placed in Outlook India's "75 Best Bollywood Actresses" list.[29] One of the highest paid actress of 1980s and 1990s, both in Hindi and Telugu films, Jayaprada appeared in Box Office India's "Top Actresses" list in 1984to 1991.[30]

Writing for Filmfare, Devesh Sharma termed her as one of the "top commercial actresses" of her era.[31] On her Hindi debut he added, "Jaya Prada became an overnight sensation after the release of Sargam. Her classical beauty got compared to Ajanta statues. She bedazzled the Hindi film audience with her classical-based dances."[32] Neeraja Murthy of The Hindu noted, "For over four decades, Jaya Prada has been the quintessential glamourous [sic] star setting hearts aflutter on screen."[33] Nibandh Vinod of News18 noted, "Jaya Prada, ruled the industry with her charm, graceful dance skills and nuanced acting chops."[34] Filmmaker Satyajit Ray called Jayaprada as "the most beautiful face on the Indian screen".[9] In the 2019 biopic film NTR: Kathanayakudu, actress Hansika Motwani portrayed Jaya Prada onscreen.[35]


Year Title Role Language
1974 Bhoomi Kosam Chelli Chandramma Telugu
1975 Naaku Swatantram Vachindi Telugu
1976 Manmatha Leelai Kannagi Tamil
Anthuleni Katha Sarita Telugu
Shri Rajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club Rajeshwari Telugu
Siri Siri Muvva Hyma Telugu
Seeta Kalyanam Seeta and Goddess Lakshmi Telugu
Mangalyaniki Maromudi Telugu
1977 Bhadrakali Gayathri Telugu
Adavi Ramudu Padma Telugu
Seetha Rama Vanavasam Sita Telugu
Kurukshetram Uttara Telugu
Andame Aanandam Padma Telugu
Eenati Bandham Enatido Telugu
Chanakya Chandragupta Aasa Telugu
Yamagola Savithri Telugu
Sanaadi Appanna Basanti Kannada
Eetharam Manishi Telugu
Jeevitha Nauka Telugu
Dongalaku Donga Sunitha Telugu
Maa Iddari Katha Seeta Telugu
Chakradhari Manju Telugu
1978 Athani Kante Ghanudu Telugu
Agent Gopi Telugu
Dongala Veta Telugu
Rama Krishnulu Jaya Telugu
Devadasu Malli Puttadu Shanthi Telugu
Melu Kolupu Susheela Telugu
Rajaputra Rahasyam Priyadarshini Telugu
Radhakrishna Radha Telugu
Kumara Raja Telugu
1979 Sargam Hema Pradhan Hindi
Huliya Haalina Mevu Poovi Kannada
Ninaithale Inikkum Sona Tamil
Andamaina Anubhavam Sona Telugu
Lok Parlok Savithri Hindi
Rangoon Rowdy Indu/Rajani Telugu
Dongalaku Saval[36] Rekha Telugu
Kotta Alludu Telugu
Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam Goddess Padmavati Telugu
Mande Gundelo Telugu
1980 Challenge Ramudu Aruna Telugu
Superman Jaya Telugu
Buchchi Babu Buchi Telugu
Bandodu Gundamma Telugu
Takkar Ganga Hindi
Allari Bava Telugu
Sita Ramulu Sita Telugu
Circus Ramudu Telugu
Chandipriya Chandipriya Telugu
Ragile Hrudayalu[37] Seethalu Telugu
Chesina Baasalu Telugu
Dharm Chakram Telugu
Sannaayi Appanna Telugu
1981 Srivari Muchatlu Radha Telugu
Taxi Driver Rani/Jaya Telugu
Rahasya Goodachari Telugu
47 Natkal Vaishali Tamil
47 Rojulu Vaishali Telugu
Ooruki Monagadu Rekha Telugu
Jatagadu Telugu
Ragile Jwala Vani Telugu
Agni Poolu Rukmini Telugu
Prema Mandiram Madhura Ranjani Telugu
Girija Kalyanam Girija Telugu
Deepaaraadhana Telugu
1982 Madhura Swapnam Telugu
Kaamchor Geeta Sanghvi Hindi
Baawri Gayatri Hindi
Talli Kodukula Anubandham Telugu
Pagabattina Simham Telugu
Meghasandesam Padma Telugu
Jagannatha Rathachakralu[38] Radha Telugu
Dil-e-Nadaan Asha Hindi
Swayamvaram Telugu
Nivuru Gappina Nippu Rekha Telugu
Devata Janaki Telugu
Krishnarjunulu Telugu
Pralaya Rudrudu[39] Jaya Telugu
1983 Sagara Sangamam Madhavi Telugu
Nijam Chepithe Nerama Rajani Telugu
Qayamat Geeta Hindi
Mawaali Nisha Verma Hindi
Mundadugu Padma Telugu
Kaviratna Kalidasa Vidyadhare and Shakuntala Kannada
Adavi Simhalu Lalita Telugu
Puli Bebbuli Sita Telugu
Siripuram Monagadu Telugu
Amarajeevi Lalita Telugu
Main Awara Hoon Bela Hindi
Praja Rajyam Telugu
1984 Sardar[40] Vijaya Telugu
Tohfa Janki Hindi
Tandava Krishnudu Vani Telugu
Dharm Aur Qanoon Shanta Hindi
Yuddham Telugu
Mera Faisla Nisha Dhawan Hindi
Sharaabi Meena Hindi
Maqsad Rani Hindi
Naya Kadam Bijlee Hindi
Haisiyat Sita Hindi
Awaaz Anu Hindi
Bangaru Kapuram[41] Jaya Telugu
Sampoorna Premayanam Prema Telugu
Sangeeta Samrat Radha Telugu
Nayakulaku Saval Chaithanya Telugu
1985 Pataal Bhairavi Rajkumari Indumati Singh Hindi
Maha Sangramam Telugu
Maha Manishi Telugu
Surya Chandra Pooja Telugu
Sanjog Yashoda & Asha Hindi
Hoshiyar Radha Hindi
Zabardast Mala Saigal Hindi
Iniyum Katha Thudarum Nimmi Malayalam
Haqeeqat Bharti Hindi
Sur Sangam Hindi
Mera Saathi Raagini Hindi
1986 Krishna Garadi Telugu
Tandra Paparayudu Jyothirmai Telugu
Singhasan Alaknanda Devi Hindi
Simhasanam Alaknanda Devi Telugu
Veta Telugu
Aakhree Raasta Mary D'Costa Hindi
Swarag Se Sunder Laxmi Choudhary Hindi
Muddat Bharti Hindi
Pyaar Ke Do Pal Geeta Hindi
Aisa Pyaar Kahan Sarita Hindi
Ugra Narasimham Jyothi Telugu
1987 Aulad Yashoda Hindi
Majaal Sandhya Hindi
Thene Manasulu Rukmini Telugu
Viswanatha Nayakudu Kalavati Telugu
Insaaf Kaun Karega Sitara Devi Hindi
Sindoor Laxmi Hindi
1988 Mardon Wali Baat Asha Hindi
Samsaram Padmavathi Telugu
Ganga Tere Desh Mein Dr.Asha Hindi
Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati Saraswati Hindi
Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Sita Hindi
Kaliyuga Karnudu Lakshmi Telugu
1989 Jaadugar Meena Hindi
Main Tera Dushman Jaya Hindi
Souten Ki Beti Rukmini Hindi
Elaan-E-Jung Reema Hindi
Atha Mechina Alludu Jaya Telugu
Kanoon Ki Awaaz Janki Rai Hindi
Paraya Ghar Hindi
Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Radha Hindi
Gharana Naina Hindi
Sumangali Telugu
1990 Majboor Sharda Hindi
Zakhmi Zameen Radha Hindi
Aaj Ka Arjun Gauri Hindi
Thanedaar Sudha Hindi
Ekalavya Kannada
Nyay Anyay Rama Khanna Hindi
1991 Indrajeet Shanti Devi Hindi
Veerta Shalu Hindi
Farishtay Hindi
1992 Maa Mamta Hindi
Tyagi Mrs. Parvati Dayal Hindi
Aathma Bandhana Shanti Kannada
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta Hindi
Manikantana Mahime Kamala Kannada
Ezhai Jaathi Tamil
Dhartiputra Hindi
Khal-Naaikaa Jaya Ravi Kapoor Hindi
1994 Insaaniyat Hindi
Jeevitha Khaidi Bhargavi Telugu
Chauraha Pooja Hindi
1995 Himapatha Nayana Kannada
Paappi Devataa Rosie Hindi
1996 Pellala Rajyam Parvati Telugu
1997 Jeevan Yudh Rani Hindi
Prema Geethe Radha Kannada
Lav Kush Seeta Hindi
1998 Aami Sei Meye Bengali
1999 Habba Vishnu's Wife Kannada
2000 Devadoothan Angelina Ignatious / Aleena Malayalam
Aadhar Marathi
Shabdavedhi Vatsala Kannada
2002 Chandravamsam Dharma Raju's wife Telugu
2003 Sri Renukadevi Jogamma Kannada
2004 Khakee Jaya Srivastav Hindi
Ee Snehatheerathu Lakshmi Malayalam
2006 Tathastu Dr. Nita Hindi
2007 Ee Bandhana Nandini Kannada
Maharathi Chamundeshwari Telugu
Deha Sandhya Joshi/Sandhya Desai Hindi
2008 Dasavathaaram Ranjitha Singh Tamil
2009 Sesh Sangat Bengali
Raaj The Showman Kannada
2010 The Desire Gautmi's mother Hindi-English
2011 Pranayam Grace Malayalam
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Kittur Chennamma Kannada
2013 Rajjo Janki Devi Hindi
2018 Kinar Indira Malayalam
Keni Tamil
Sarabha Parvathamma Telugu
2019 Suvarna Sundari Telugu
2023 Ramachandra Boss & Co Salma Ram Malayalam


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s).
Jayapradam Host
2018 Perfect Pati Rajyashri Rathore [42]
2021 The Kapil Sharma Show season 2 Herself as guest along with Raj Babbar and team for Punjabi movie promotion [43]
2021 Indian Idol Herself [44]
2022 Sasural Simar Ka 2 Herself Cameo appearance [45]
Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan Guest appearance
2023 Drama Juniors 4 Telugu Herself as judge [46]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Awards
Year Artist/Work Category Language Outcome
1979 Sargam Best Actress Hindi Nominated
1984 Sharaabi Nominated
1985 Sanjog Nominated

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Year Artist/Work Category Language Outcome
1976 Anthuleni Katha Best Actress Telugu Nominated
Siri Siri Muvva Nominated
Anthuleni Katha,Siri Siri Muvva Special Jury Award[47] Won
1979 Ninaithale Inikkum Best Actress Tamil Nominated
1980 Chandipriya Best Actress Telugu Nominated
1981 47 Rojulu Nominated
1982 Meghasandesam Nominated
1983 Sagara Sangamam Won
1984 Sampoorna Premayanam Nominated
2000 Devadoothan Best Actress Malayalam Nominated
2007 Overall Contribution to Telugu Film Industry Lifetime Achievement Award Telugu Won
2011 Pranayam Best Actress Malayalam Nominated
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Supporting Actress Kannada Nominated
Other awards
  • Uttam Kumar Award[49]
  • ANR Achievement Award (2008)[50]
  • Venus of Indian Cinema Award from TSR TV9 Film Awards (2011)[51]


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Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Rampur

Succeeded by
Rajya Sabha
Preceded by
Member of Parliament
for Rajya Sabha Andhra Pradesh

Succeeded by