Roja (actress)

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Roja
Member of Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
June 2014
Constituency Nagari
Personal details
Born Sri Latha Reddy
(1972-11-17) November 17, 1972 (age 44)
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) R. K. Selvamani[1]
Children 2
Occupation Politician
Film actress
Religion Hindu

Roja Selvamani (born Sri 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 near Bhakarapeta, Chithoor district, 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 sri padmavathi university. Roja learnt Kuchipudi and was performing dance before she entered films.[6]

Career[edit]

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 (2003), Parijatham (2006), Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010), Golimar (2010), Mogudu (2011), Kodipunju (2011), Veera (2011), 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 16 May 2014, she won as a 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’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]

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.[11][12][13] The decision was taken by majority in the legislative house, on 18 December 2015, and by the approval of the Speaker.[11][12][13] Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Honorable leader of the opposition, opposed the suspension . There were several concerns on the procedure followed while suspending R.K Roja. Such doubts made the opposition to move no-trust motion against the speaker.[14] An issue was raised by the opposition party on how the media clipping, property of the house, released / published on social media without the speaker's approval and the speaker also noted their concern and setup an inquiry to probe the issue further and submit a report by next meeting.[15]

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.[16]

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 a comedy show named 'Jabardasth'. This show is telecasted in E TV. she hosted one show for Zee Tamizh called lucka kicka.

Personal life[edit]

Roja married a Tamil director R.K. Selvamani on 10 August 2002. The couple have one daughter and one son.

Filmography[edit]

Telugu cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-Star Role Notes
1991 Sarpayagam Sreenivasa Varma
1991 Prema Thapassu Rajendra Prasad Mutyalu
1992 Seetharatnam Gaari Abbayi Vinod Kumar Manga
1992 Ataaku Koduku Mamaku Alludu Vinod Kumar Roja
1993 Rakshana Nagarjuna Special appearance
1993 Muta Mesthri Chiranjeevi Kalpana
1993 Atta Sommu Alludi Daanam Vinod Kumar Baby
1993 Mogudugaru Vinod Kumar Roja
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi Seeta
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 Dasari's Mayabazar 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[17] Sai Kumar
2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara Goddess Lakshmi
2013 Kamina Srihari
2013 D/O Ram Gopal Varma

Tamil Cinema[edit]

(Successful Movies in Bold)

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
1998 Arasiyal Supriya
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Radha Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
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
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

Television[edit]

Year Serial / Show Role Language Channel Notes
2002–2003 Nathi Enge Pogirathu Sindhu Tamil Star Vijay TV Serial
2004 Uttarayana Kannada Udaya TV
2010–2013 Modern Mahalakshmi Show Host Telugu MAA TV
2013–Present Jabardasth Judge Telugu E TV Weekly
2014–Present Extra Jabardasth Judge Telugu E TV Weekly
2014–Present Luckka Kikka "Genes" Show Host Tamil Zee Tamil Weekly
2014-2015 Race Show Host Telugu Zee Telugu
2016–Present Rachabanda show host Telugu Gemini TV

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cinema.maalaimalar.com/2013/04/10230039/roja-selvamani-love-13-years-w.html
  2. ^ Pradeep shines among ladies | Deccan Chronicle
  3. ^ http://www.gulte.com/news/27099/Roja-wins-in-Nagari-but-Iron-Leg-tag-intact
  4. ^ Jagan files nominations, declares Rs 365 crore in assets | Deccan Chronicle
  5. ^ http://cinema.maalaimalar.com/2013/04/08230903/srilatha-become-roja-barathira.html
  6. ^ http://www.veethi.com/india-people/roja_selvamani-profile-211-14.htm
  7. ^ "Koffee with Anu". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Roja likely to join Congress". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 31 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Can Chiru pull it off in Congress?". The Times Of India. 8 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "http://www.8pmnews.com/index.php/news/headlines/happy-birthday-to-roja-selvamani"
  11. ^ a b http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/1-yr-suspension-for-MLA-Roja/articleshow/50242256.cms
  12. ^ a b http://www.deccanherald.com/content/518381/actor-roja-suspended-ap-assembly.html
  13. ^ a b http://www.financialprospect.com/politics/ysrcp-mla-roja-suspended-from-assembly-for-one-year-15551.html
  14. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/YSRC-Gives-No-trust-Notice-against-Speaker/2015/12/24/article3193603.ece
  15. ^ http://www.sakshipost.com/index.php/news/politics/70298-speaker-to-probe-into-video-footage-leak.html
  16. ^ http://www.india.com/news/agencies/ysrc-mla-detained-barred-from-attending-womens-conclave-1831143/
  17. ^ "Shriya starrer Pavitra to release in March". 123telugu.com. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 

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