Roja (actress)

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Roja Rani
Chairman - Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation
Assumed office
2019
Member of Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh
Assumed office
8 June 2014
Preceded byGali Muddu Krishnama Naidu
ConstituencyNagari
President of YSRC Women Wing
Assumed office
2015
President of Telugu Mahila(TDP)
In office
1999–2009
Personal details
Born
Sri Latha Reddy[citation needed]

(1972-11-17) 17 November 1972 (age 47)
Bhakarapeta,Tirupati, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s)R. K. Selvamani[1]
Children2
Occupation
  • Actress
  • Politician
  • Producer
  • Television host
AwardsNandi awards (1991),(1994),(1998)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Awards for Tamil (Kollywood) films.

Roja Selvamani is an Indian politician and film actress. She was a leading actress from 1991 to 2002. She was the leading actress in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. 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. She was elected as an MLA from Nagari in Andhra Pradesh in 2014. Now she is working as YSRCP state Women President.She had contested once again from Nagari assembly constituency in 2019 election and won. She was later appointed as Chairman of APIIC.

Early life[edit]

Roja was born as Sree Latha in 17 November 1972 to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Tirupati, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. She was the only girl child with two brothers Kumaraswamy Reddy and Ramaprasad Reddy.[3] 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 a leading actress in south Indian cinema from 1991 to 2002 and most popular actress in Tamil and Telugu industry.

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.[4] 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, Arjun Sarja in Ayudha Poojai and Prabhu in Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa 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 has acted with Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Balakrishnan, Dr. Vishnuvardan, Ravichandran, Krishna, Mammootty, Sarathkumar,Akkineni Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Vijayakanth,Murali, Ajithkumar, Sathyaraj, Prabu, Karthik, Prabhudeva, Napoleon, Prasanth, Jayaram, Suresh goli, Venkatesh.

Political career[edit]

Roja joined Telugu Desam in 1999 and was the president of the Telugu Mahila wing of the Party.[5] She lost the 2009 AP State Elections. In August 2009, she quit TDP and joined YSR Congress party when the party was established. In 2014 general elections, she won as an MLA from Nagari assembly constituency. She contested once again from Nagari assembly constituency in 2019 election. The results are announced and she won the seat again. She was appointed as Chairman APIIC.

Trivia[edit]

Roja had a penchant for hairdressing and it was evident as whenever she was on the sets she was seen hairdressing her peers like Devayani, Kushboo, Ranjitha and Mumtaz to name a few.[citation needed] According to Ramya Krishna, her friend and co-star, Roja is one of the few artists who can do their makeup themselves.[citation needed] 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.[6]

Political controversies[edit]

Despite R.K. Roja being an active speaker among women MLA's she was suspended from attending the legislative assembly for one year.[7][8][9] The decision was taken by majority in the legislative house, on 18 December 2015, and by the approval of the Speaker.[7][8][9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

Other work[edit]

Roja played the role of anchor in a show named Modern Mahalakshmi before getting replaced by Anasuya. This show was telecasted on MAA TV.[13] She is the judge for a comedy show named Jabardasth. This show is telecasted on E TV.[14] She hosted one show for Zee Tamizh called lucka kicka which was a huge hit in Tamil Nadu.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Roja married Tamil film director R.K. Selvamani on 10 August 2002. The couple have a daughter and a son.[16]

Filmography[edit]

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 Fathima
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[17][18]
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

Telugu cinema[edit]

Year Film Role(Dubbed Voice) Co-star Notes
1991 Sarpayaagaam anupama Shobhan babu,Sreenivasa Varma special jury-nandi award
1991 Prema Thapassu Mutyalu Rajendra Prasad
1992 Seetharatnam Gaari Abbayi Manga(Roja Ramani) Vinod Kumar
1992 Ataaku Koduku Mamaku Alludu Roja Vinod Kumar
1992 Prema Vijetha Harish Kumar
1993 Rakshana Special appearance Nagarjuna akkineni
1993 Atta Sommu Alludi Daanam Baby Vinod Kumar
1993 Mogudugaru Roja Vinod Kumar
1993 Mutha Mestri Chiranjeevi
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Seeta Chiranjeevi geethika
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Princess Padmavathi Balakrishna
1994 Gandeevam Roja Balakrishna
1994 Bobbili Simham Krishnaveni(Saritha) Balakrishna
1994 Anna Chandi Rajasekhar Nandi award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Police Brothers Kanaka Durga Vinod Kumar
1994 Shubhalagnam Lata(Roja Ramani) Jagapathi Babu
1994 Roja Bharathi Suman, Raghu
1995 Big Boss Roja(Roja Ramani) Chiranjeevi
1995 Illu Pelli Vani Naresh
1995 Maatho Pettukoku Lata Balakrishna
1995 Maya Bazaar Special appearance Akkineni Nageswara Rao
1995 Telugu Veera Levaraa Talupulamma Krishna
1995 Pokiri Raja Chandramukhi Venkatesh
1995 Ghatothkachudu Roja Ali
1996 Topi Raja Sweety Roja Roja Rajendra Prasad
1996 Shri Krishnarjuna Vijayam Draupadi Balakrishna
1996 Vajram Kuali Nagarjuna
1997 Peddannayya Seeta Balakrishna
1997 Adavilo Anna Rani Mohan Babu
1997 Annamayya Saluva Narasimha Rayalu's wife Mohan Babu
1998 Sambhavam Krishna
1998 Swarnakka Swarnakka Pruthvi Nandi award for Best actress
1998 Vaibhavam Krishna
1998 Mee Aayana Jagratha Sundari Rajendra Prasad
1999 Sultan Revathi Balakrishna
2000 Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi Geetha(Saritha) Srikanth
2000 Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa Ragini(Shilpa) Srikanth
2001 Family Circus Durga Jagapathi Babu
2001 Durga Durga Venu
2008 Sammakka Saarakka Saarakka Pruthvi
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Home Minister
2010 Golimaar Arundathi Gopichand , Priyamani
2011 Parama Veera Chakra Movie artist Balakrishna
2011 Mogudu Politician Chamundeshwari Naresh
2011 Kodipunju Sitaratnam, Tanish's Mother Tanish
2011 Veera Ravi Teja's Stepmother Vijaya Kumar
2011 Sri Rama Rajyam Bhudevi Nayantara Telugu-Tamil bilingual film
2012 Lucky Srikanth
2013 Pavitra[19] Sai Kumar
2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara Goddess Lakshmi
2013 Kamina Srihari
2013 D/O Ram Gopal Varma

Malayalam cinema[edit]

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

Kannada cinema[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Role Serial or show Language Channel Notes
2002–2003 Sindhu Nathi Enge Pogirathu Tamil Star Vijay TV serial
2004 Jaya gouri Uttarayana Kannada Udaya TV TV serial
2010–2013 Show Host Modern Mahalakshmi Telugu MAA TV TV show
2011 Judge Nachore Telugu Zee Telugu TV show
2013–present Judge Jabardasth Telugu E TV Weekly
2014–Present Judge Extra Jabardasth Telugu E TV Weekly
2014–2015 Show Host Race Telugu Zee Telugu TV show
2015 Show Host Luckka Kikka : Genes " Tamil Zee Tamil Weekly
2015 Judge Ragada the ultimate Dance show Telugu Tollywood TV Telugu TV show
2015–2016 Judge Jabardast 31 December celebrations Telugu ETV Telugu TV programme
2016 Show Host Genes (season 2) Tamil Zee Tamil Weekly
2016–2017 show host Racchabanda Telugu Gemini TV TV show
2018 show host Bathuku Jatkabandi Telugu Zee Telugu TV Show
2016 Judge Dasara mahostavam Telugu ETV Telugu TV programme
2017 Judge pandem kollu Telugu ETV Telugu TV programme
2017 Programme Judge Ugadi 369 Telugu ETV Telugu TV Programme
2017 Judge Junior Super Stars (season 2) Tamil Zee Tamizh TV show
2017 Guest Weekend star Tamil Zee Tamil TV show
2017 Guest konchem Touch lo unte cheyta Season 3 Telugu Zee Telugu TV show
2018 Judge Aha na pellanta Telugu ETV Telugu TV Programme
2018 Judge Rangasthalam Telugu Gemini TV TV Dance Show
2019–Present Show host Tasmath Jagratha Telugu Gemini TV crime patrol
2019 Host Lollupa Tamil Sun TV TV Programme

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