Roja (actress)

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Roja Selvamani
Member of Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
June 2014
Constituency Nagari
Personal details
Born Sri Latha Reddy
(1972-11-17) 17 November 1972 (age 45)
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) R. K. Selvamani[1]
Children 2
Occupation Actress
Politician
Producer
Television host
Awards Nandi awards (1991),(1994),(1998)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Awards for Tamil (Kollywood) films.

Roja Selvamani (born Sri Latha Reddy; 17 November 1972) is a South Indian actress and politician. She was only the actress who acted in 100 films within 10 years in the 1990's. She won three Nandi awards for Best Actress and Tamil Nadu State Award for best actress.[2] In 1999 she entered into politics and currently aligns with the YSR Congress party winning as MLA from Nagari in the 2014 general elections. Now she is working as YSRCP state Women President. In 2018 she won the "Evergreen Heroine" Award in ZEE Telugu Apsara Awards[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Roja was born as Sree Latha in 1972 to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Tirupathi, Chitthoor district, Andhra Pradesh. She was the only girl child with two brothers Kumaraswamy Reddy and Ramaprasad Reddy.[5] Later, the family moved to Hyderabad. She got her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Sri Padmavathi Women's University, Tirupathi. Roja learnt Kuchipudi and was performing in dance before she entered films.

Career[edit]

Film career[edit]

Roja entered the 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.[6] She became popular with songs such as "meloor 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.she appeared in successful movies like Mutha Mestri , Mugguru Monagallu , Bhairava Dweepam , Bobbili Simham, Annamayya , Anna , Peddannayya, Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi , Shubhalagnam, Shri Krishnarjuna Vijayam , kalavida , Her 100th movie was Pottu Amman. Roja later appeared in supporting roles in films like Arasu (2003), Parijatham (2006), Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010), Golimar (2010), Mogudu (2011), Kodipunju (2011), Veera (2011), Kaavalan (2011) and Saguni (2012).

She is top actress in Tamil and Telugu Languages in 1990's Generation. she acted with almost all top actors like Akkineni nageswar rao,Rajinikanth, Krishna, Shobhan babu, Mohan babu, Sathyaraj, chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, jagapatibabu, rajendraprasad, Vinodh kumar, Mammotty, Sreekanth, Karthik, Vijay, Ajith, Prashanth, Prabhudeva,Rajasekhar, Suman, Pruthvi, Naresh, Karthik.

Political career[edit]

Roja joined Telugu Desam in 1999 and was the president of the Telugu Mahila wing of the Party.[7] 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 YSR Congress party. In 2014 general elections, she won as an MLA from Nagari assembly constituency.

Trivia[edit]

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 is seen hairdressing her peers like Devayani, Kushboo, Ranjitha and Mumtaz to name a few. According to Ramya Krishna, her friend and co-star, Roja is one of the few artists who can do their makeup 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.[8]

Political controversies[edit]

Despite R.K. Roja being an active speaker among women MLA's she has been suspended from attending the legislative assembly for one year.[9][10][11] The decision was taken by majority in the legislative house, on 18 December 2015, and by the approval of the Speaker.[9][10][11] Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, leader of the opposition, opposed the suspension. There were several concerns on the procedure followed while suspending Roja. Such doubts made the opposition to move no-trust motion against the speaker.[12] An issue was raised by the opposition party on how the media clipping, property of the house, released and published on social media without the speaker's approval and the speaker also noted their concern and set up an inquiry to probe the issue further and submit a report by next meeting.[13]

On 11 February 2017, Roja was arrested in Vijayawada for attempting to attend the National Women's Parliament (NWP) in the city, which she was not allowed to attend although she was registered, invited, and was on the NWP's welcoming committee.[14]

Other work[edit]

Roja played the role of anchor in a show named Modern Mahalakshmi before getting replaced by Anasuya. This show is telecasted on MAA TV.[15] She is the judge for a comedy show named Jabardasth. This show is telecasted on E TV.[16] she hosted one show for Zee Tamizh called lucka kicka.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Roja married Tamil film director R.K. Selvamani on 10 August 2002. The couple have one daughter and one son.[18]

Controversy[edit]

A video was circulated on the internet of roja. Stated that she was acting in a B grade film. Later it was identified that it was not Roja. In an interview she confirmed that it was not her who acted on the film which appeared. And in the later investigations it was confirmed that it was Sheela a B grade actress who acted in that film.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Telugu cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-star Role Notes
1991 Sarpayaagaam Shobhan babu,Sreenivasa Varma anupama special jury-nandi award
1991 Prema Thapassu Rajendra Prasad Mutyalu
1992 Seetharatnam Gaari Abbayi Vinod Kumar Manga
1992 Ataaku Koduku Mamaku Alludu Vinod Kumar Roja
1993 Rakshana Nagarjuna akkineni Special appearance
1993 Atta Sommu Alludi Daanam Vinod Kumar Baby
1993 Mogudugaru Vinod Kumar Roja
1993 Mutha Mestri Roja
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi Seeta geethika
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Balakrishna Princess Padmavathi
1994 Gandeevam Balakrishna Roja
1994 Bobbili Simham Balakrishna Krishnaveni
1994 Anna Rajasekhar Chandi Nandi award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Police Brothers Vinod Kumar Kanaka Durga
1994 Shubhalagnam Jagapathi Babu Lata
1994 Samaram Suman, Raghu Bharathi
1995 Big Boss Chiranjeevi Roja
1995 Illu Pelli Naresh Vani
1995 Maatho Pettukoku Balakrishna Lata
1995 Maya Bazaar Akkineni Nageswara Rao Special appearance
1995 Telugu Veera Levaraa Krishna Talupulamma
1995 Pokiri Raja Venkatesh Chandramukhi
1995 Ghatothkachudu Ali Roja
1996 Topi Raja Sweety Roja Rajendra Prasad Roja
1996 Shri Krishnarjuna Vijayam Balakrishna Draupadi
1996 Vajram Nagarjuna Kuali
1997 Peddannayya Balakrishna Seeta
1997 Adavilo Anna Mohan Babu Rani
1997 Annamayya Mohan Babu Saluva Narasimha Rayalu's wife
1998 Sambhavam Krishna
1998 Swarnakka Pruthvi Swarnakka Nandi award for Best actress
1998 Vaibhavam Krishna
1998 Mee Aayana Jagratha Rajendra Prasad Sundari
1999 Sultan Balakrishna Revathi
2000 Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi Srikanth Geetha
2000 Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa Srikanth Ragini
2001 Family Circus Jagapathi Babu Durga
2001 Durga Venu Durga
2008 Sammakka Saarakka Pruthvi Saarakka
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Home Minister
2010 Golimaar Gopichand Arundathi
2011 Parama Veera Chakra Balakrishna Movie artist
2011 Mogudu Naresh Politician Chamundeshwari
2011 Kodipunju Tanish Sitaratnam, Tanish's Mother
2011 Veera Vijaya Kumar Ravi Teja's Stepmother
2011 Sri Rama Rajyam Nandamuri Balakrishna Bhudevi Telugu-Tamil bilingual film
2012 Lucky Srikanth
2013 Pavitra[20] Sai Kumar
2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara Goddess Lakshmi
2013 Kamina Srihari
2013 D/O Ram Gopal Varma

Tamil cinema[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Chembaruthi Chembaruthi
1992 Suriyan
1993 Uzhaippali Vimala
1994 Athiradi Padai
1994 Indhu Indhu
1994 Veera Rooba
1994 Sarigamapadani Archana
1995 Engirundho Vandhan Radha
1995 Raja Muthirai
1995 Asuran
1995 Raasaiyya Anita
1995 Makkal Aatchi Sarasu
1995 Ayudha Poojai Sindhamani
1996 Parambarai Paruvatham
1996 Rajali
1996 Tamizh Selvan
1997 Vallal Roja
1997 Adimai Changili
1997 Pasamulla Pandiyare
1997 Kadavul Parvathi
1997 Arasiyal Supriya
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Radha Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress[21][22]
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1998 En Aasai Rasave
1998 Veeram Velanja Mannu
1998 Pudhumai Pithan Shenbagam
1998 Kadhal Kavithai Herself Special appearance
1999 Housefull
1999 Chinna Raja Radha
1999 Nenjinile Herself Special appearance
1999 Chinna Durai Pushpavalli
1999 Suyamvaram Easwari
1999 Mugam Malini
1999 Ooty Charu
1999 Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Ragini
1999 Azhagarsamy Suja
2000 Thirunelveli
2000 Eazhaiyin Sirippil Saroja
2000 Sandhitha Velai Thilaka
2000 Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela Rupini
2000 Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai Tamizhselvi
2000 Puratchikkaaran Kanimozhi
2000 Independence Day
2000 Pottu Amman Durga
2001 Looty Geetha
2001 Nila Kaalam Nila's Mother
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kathala Roja
2001 Super Kudumbam Raakku
2001 Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Meena
2001 Maayan Azhagamma
2001 Veettoda Mappillai Meena
2001 Mitta Miraasu Meenakshi
2001 Kottai Mariamman Kottai Mariamman
2002 Angala Parameswari Parvati
2002 Shakalaka Baby
2003 Arasu Sivahaamy
2003 Success Raadhika
2005 Maayavi Herself Special appearance
2005 Karagattakkari
2006 Pasa Kiligal Angayarkanni
2006 Parijatham Sridhar's Mother
2006 Kurukshetram Vaishnavi
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Geetha
2007 Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen Vikranth's mother
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal
2011 Kaavalan Devika Muthu Ramalingam
2012 Saguni Sreedevi's Mother
2013 Masani Rajeshwari
2014 Apple Penne Hamsavalli
2015 Killadi Angayarkanni
2015 Pulan Visaranai 2
2015 En Vazhi Thani Vazhi

Malayalam cinema[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1997 Gangothri Nandana Menon
2002 Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam Parvathy
2015 Jamna Pyari Neelambari

Kannada cinema[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Gadibidi Ganda Neelambari
1997 Kalavida Kavana
1999 Premotsava
2000 Independence Day
2001 Grama Devathe Parvati
2001 Sundara Kanda
2002 Parva Sudha
2004 Maurya
2012 Sri Chowdeshwari Devi Mahime
2016 Sri Omkara Ayyappane

Awards[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Serial or show Role Language Channel Notes
2002–2003 Nathi Enge Pogirathu Sindhu Tamil Star Vijay TV serial
2004 Uttarayana Jaya gouri Kannada Udaya TV TV serial
2010–2013 Modern Mahalakshmi Show Host Telugu MAA TV TV show
2013–present Jabardasth Judge Telugu E TV Weekly
2014–Present Extra Jabardasth Judge Telugu E TV Weekly
2014–2015 Race Show Host Telugu Zee Telugu TV show
2015 Luckka Kikka : Genes " Show Host Tamil Zee Tamil Weekly
2015 Ragada the ultimate Dance show Judge Telugu Tollywood Tv Telugu TV show
2015–2016 Jabardast 31 December celebrations Judge Telugu ETV Telugu TV programme
2015-Present Genes (season 2) Show Host Tamil Zee Tamil Weekly
2016–2017 Racchabanda show host Telugu Gemini TV TV show
2018 Bathuku Jatkabandi show host Telugu Zee Telugu TV Show
2016 Dasara mahostavam Judge Telugu ETV Telugu TV programme
2017 pandem kollu Judge Telugu ETV Telugu TV programme
2017 Ugadi 369 Programme Judge Telugu ETV Telugu TV Programme
2017–present Junior Super Stars (season 2) Judge Tamil Zee Tamil TV show
2017 Weekend star Guest Tamil Zee Tamil TV show
2017 konchem Touch lo unte cheyta Season 3 Guest Telugu Zee Telugu TV show
2018 Aha na pellanta Judge Telugu Etv Telugu TV Programme

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