Jaya Prada

Jaya Prada

Jaya Prada in 2012
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Rampur
In office
13 May 2004[1]  16 May 2014[2][3]
Preceded by Noor Bano
Succeeded by Kunwar Bhartendra
Constituency Rampur
Personal details
Born Lalita Rani
(1962-04-03) 3 April 1962
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political party Rashtriya Lok Dal, Uttar Pradesh[4]
Occupation Actress, politician
Religion Hinduism

Jaya Prada (born 3 April 1962)[5] is an Indian film actress and politician.[6] She has starred in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi films. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Rampur from 2004 to 2014.

Early life

Jaya Prada was born as Lalita Rani in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Her father, Krishna Rao, was a Telugu film financier. Her mother, Neelaveni, was a home-maker and a very pious lady. The young Lalitha attended a Telugu-medium school in Rajahmundry and was also enrolled in dance and music classes at an early age.

Film career

When Jaya Prada was 14 years old, 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. 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 color film Siri Siri Muvva (1976)[7] showed her playing a mute with excellent dancing skills; and her title role as Sita in the big-budget mythological film Seetha Kalyanam confirmed her versatility. In 1977, she starred in Adavi Ramudu, which broke box office records and which permanently cemented her star status.[8] The song "Aaresukoboyi Paresukunnanu" performed by Prada and co-star N.T. Rama Rao 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 Sanadi Appanna alongside Kannada matinee idol Raj Kumar. The movie is also known to be the only movie to feature shehnai rendition by Ustad Bismillah Khan. Jaya Prada repeated her successful pairing with Raj Kumar in films like Huliya Halina Mevu (1979), Kaviratna Kalidasa (1983) and Shabdavedhi (2000). In 1979, K. Balachander repeated her in 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 NTR, ANR, Krishna, Krishnam Raju and Sobhan Babu throughout the 70s and 80s. 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.[9]


In 1981, she starred in the critically acclaimed Tamil film 47 Natkal for 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 the hit film Kaamchor where she spoke Hindi fluently for the first time.[10] 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. Saagara Sangamam directed by K. Vishwanath, starring Kamal Hassan proved to be a milestone in her career, winning her lot of accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu in 1983.

Jaya 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 Jaya Prada 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 Malayalam film Iniyum Katha Thudarum directed by Joshiy starring Mammootty, Baby Shalini and Ambika. The film portrayed her playing wife of Mammootty, leading to a tragic end of mother and daughter, film ends Mammootty taking revenge on his family's death.

Indian director Satyajit Ray described her as was one of the prettiest women in the world.[11] 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).[12]

1990s and later

Jayaprada had a pairing with Aditya Pancholi in Zakhmi Zameen (1990). As she became involved in her political career since 1994, at the age of 32, her involvement with films reduced.

In 2000, She acted in a 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. This movie had evergreen hit songs. In 2004,She acted in Ee Snehatheerathu Malayalam film as Kunchacko Boban's mother.

In 2002, she stepped into the Marathi film industry by being a guest in the movie Aadhaar.[13] Thus far, she acted in eight languages and has completed 300 films during a 30-year film career. She started playing mature roles in 2004.

She also owns the Jaya Prada Theater in Chennai.[14]

In 2011, she returned to Malayalam screens with a strong role in Pranayam, alongside Mohanlal and Anupam Kher. She played the role of 'Grace' in this film which won her critical acclaim and several awards. Her 2012 Kannada film Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (Sangolli Rayanna) that saw her donning the historical role of courageous Kittur Chennamma, completed 100 days at the box office.

Personal life

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

In 1986, she married producer Srikanth Nahata, who was already married to Chandra and had 3 children. This marriage stirred a lot of controversy, especially since Nahata did not divorce his current wife and had children with his first wife after marrying Jaya Prada.[15] Jaya Prada and Srikanth have no children together, although she had at one time expressed desire to have children.

Political career

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.[16] When Rao became the Chief minister in 1994, he appointed one of his sons-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the Revenue Minister. Soon after the formation of the government, Rao's health started deteriorating, and in response to the growing influence of his wife, Lakshmi Parvati, on the political decisions of NTR, Chandrababu Naidu convinced a majority of the TDP MLAs to elect him as the chief minister. 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 faction. During this period, Prada too joined the Chandrababu Naidu faction of the 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.[17] On 11 May 2009, Jaya Prada alleged that senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was distributing nude pictures of her.[18] She was re-elected with a margin of more than 30,000 votes.[19]

After she came out in open support of the former General Secretary of Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh, Prada was expelled from the party on 2 February 2010 for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities and damaging party's secular image.[20] Amar Singh, along with Jaya Prada 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 election. Later she, along with Amar Singh joined RLD on 10 March 2014[21] and then after that she got the ticket to contest from Bijnor seat in 2014 general elections.[22][23] She however lost the election.[24][25]later on joined Congress party.


Jayaprada made her debut to small screen with Local TV's show Jayapradam where she was the host of the show and interviewed many of the celebrated actors, technicians including Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi, K. Viswanath, ANR, Ram Gopal Varma and many others. The show made her closer to the Telugu audience again.[26][27]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Other awards


Year Film Title Language Notes
1974 Bhoomi Kosam Telugu
1976 Manmatha Leelai Tamil
1976 Anthuleni Katha Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
1976 Seeta Kalyanam Telugu
1976 Mangalyaniki Maromudi Telugu
1976 Shri Rajarajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club Telugu
1977 Bhadrakali Telugu Ilaiyaraaja First Telugu Music Film
1977 Adavi Ramudu Telugu
1977 Kurukshetram Telugu Uttara
1977 Eenati Bandham Enatido Telugu
1977 Chanakya Chandragupta Telugu
1977 Yamagola Telugu
1977 Sanaadi Appanna Kannada
1978 Siri Siri Muvva Telugu
1978 Atanikante Ghanudu Telugu
1978 Agent Gopi Telugu
1979 Sargam Hindi Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1979 Huliya Haalina Mevu Kannada
1979 Ninaithale Inikkum Tamil
1979 Andamaina Anubhavam Telugu
1979 Lok Parlok Hindi
1980 Buchchi Babu Telugu
1980 Bandodu Gundamma Telugu
1980 Takkar Hindi
1981 Taxi Driver Telugu
1981 Rahasya Goodachari Telugu
1981 47 Natkal Tamil
1981 47 Rojulu Telugu
1982 Kaamchor Hindi
1982 Dil-e-Nadaan Hindi
1983 Sagara Sangamam Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
1983 Qayamat Hindi
1983 Mawaali Hindi
1983 Meghasandesam Telugu
1983 Mundadugu Telugu
1983 Kaviratna Kalidasa Kannada
1984 Tohfa Hindi
1984 Sharaabi Hindi Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1984 Maqsad Hindi
1985 Maha Sangramam Telugu
1985 Sanjog Hindi Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1985 Hoshiyar Hindi
1985 Zabardast Hindi
1985 Iniyum Katha Thudarum Malayalam Nimmi
1986 Tandra Paparayudu Telugu
1986 Simhasanam Telugu
1986 Prajarajyam Telugu
1986 Veta Telugu
1986 Aakhree Raasta Hindi
1986 Swarag Se Sunder Hindi
1986 Muddat Hindi
1987 Aulad Hindi
1987 Majaal Hindi
1988 Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati Hindi
1989 Jaadugar Hindi
1989 Main Tera Dushman Hindi
1989 Elaan-E-Jung Hindi
1990 Aaj Ka Arjun Hindi
1990 Thanedaar Hindi
1990 Ekalavya Kannada
1991 Indrajeet Hindi
1991 Veerta Hindi
1991 Farishtay Hindi
1992 Maa Hindi
1992 Aathma Bandhana Kannada
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta Hindi
1993 Manikantana Mahime Kannada
1993 Ezhai Jaathi Tamil
1993 Dhartiputra Hindi
1994 Insaaniyat Hindi
1994 Naya Kadam Hindi
1995 Himapatha Kannada
1995 Paappi Devataa Hindi
1997 Jeevan Yudh Hindi
1997 Prema Geethe Kannada
1998 Aami Sei Meye Bengali
1999 Habba Kannada
2000 Devadoothan Malayalam
2000 Aadhar Marathi
2000 Shabdavedhi Kannada
2003 Sri Renukadevi Kannada
2004 Khakee Hindi
2004 Ee SnehatheerathuMalayalam Lakshmi
2006 Tathastu Hindi
2007 Ee Bandhana Kannada Nandini
2007 Maharathi Telugu
2007 Dasavatharam Tamil
2009 Sesh Sangat Bengali
2009 Raaj The Showman Kannada Special appearance
2010 The Desire Hindi/English/Chinese
2011 Pranayam Malayalam Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam
Asianet Special jury award
Various other Awards
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Kannada Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada
2013 Rajjo Hindi


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