|Member of Legislative Assembly|
Assumed office |
Sri Latha Reddy|
17 November 1972
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Spouse(s)||R. K. Selvamani|
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 is the only actress, who acted in 100 films within 10 years in the 1990s. She won three Nandi awards for Best Actress and Tamil Nadu State Award for best actress. 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
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. 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.
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. 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 the top actress in the Tamil and Telugu Languages in the 1990s 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.
Roja joined Telugu Desam in 1999 and was the president of the Telugu Mahila wing of the Party. 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.
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.
Despite R.K. Roja being an active speaker among women MLA's she has been suspended from attending the legislative assembly for one year. The decision was taken by majority in the legislative house, on 18 December 2015, and by the approval of the Speaker. 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. 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.
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.
Roja played the role of anchor in a show named Modern Mahalakshmi before getting replaced by Anasuya. This show is telecasted on MAA TV. She is the judge for a comedy show named Jabardasth. This show is telecasted on E TV. she hosted one show for Zee Tamizh called lucka kicka.
An actress Sheela, video was circulated on the internet, stated that Roja has acted 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, later in the investigations it was confirmed that it was Sheela a B grade actress who acted in that film.
|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|
|1994||Bhairava Dweepam||Balakrishna||Princess Padmavathi|
|1994||Anna||Rajasekhar||Chandi||Nandi award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1994||Police Brothers||Vinod Kumar||Kanaka Durga|
|1995||Maya Bazaar||Akkineni Nageswara Rao||Special appearance|
|1995||Telugu Veera Levaraa||Krishna||Talupulamma|
|1996||Topi Raja Sweety Roja||Rajendra Prasad||Roja|
|1996||Shri Krishnarjuna Vijayam||Balakrishna||Draupadi|
|1997||Adavilo Anna||Mohan Babu||Rani|
|1997||Annamayya||Mohan Babu||Saluva Narasimha Rayalu's wife|
|1998||Swarnakka||Pruthvi||Swarnakka||Nandi award for Best actress|
|1998||Mee Aayana Jagratha||Rajendra Prasad||Sundari|
|2000||Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi||Srikanth||Geetha|
|2000||Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa||Srikanth||Ragini|
|2001||Family Circus||Jagapathi Babu||Durga|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Home Minister|
|2011||Parama Veera Chakra||Balakrishna||Movie artist|
|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|
|2013||Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara||Goddess Lakshmi|
|2013||D/O Ram Gopal Varma|
|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||Kadhal Kavithai||Herself||Special appearance|
|1999||Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa||Ragini|
|2000||Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela||Rupini|
|2000||Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai||Tamizhselvi|
|2001||Nila Kaalam||Nila's Mother|
|2001||Sonnal Thaan Kathala||Roja|
|2001||Kottai Mariamman||Kottai Mariamman|
|2007||Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen||Vikranth's mother|
|2008||Ellam Avan Seyal|
|2011||Kaavalan||Devika Muthu Ramalingam|
|2015||Pulan Visaranai 2|
|2015||En Vazhi Thani Vazhi|
|2002||Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam||Parvathy|
|2012||Sri Chowdeshwari Devi Mahime|
|2016||Sri Omkara Ayyappane|
- 1991 – Nandi Special Jury Award – Sarpayagam
- 1994 – Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress – Anna
- 1998 – Nandi Award for Best Actress – Swarnakka
- 1998 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
- 1998 – Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil – Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
- 2013 – MAA TEA Award for Best Anchor – Modern Mahalakshmi(TV Show)
- 2018 – ZEE Telugu Apsara AWard for EVERGREEN HEROIN – EVERGREEN HEROIN
|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|
|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|
|2018||Rangasthalam||Judge||Telugu||Gemini TV||TV Dance Show|
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