Jaya Prada's journey so far

Updated: February 03, 2010 17:35 IST

Bollywood's veteran actor Jaya Prada was expelled from Samajwadi Party by chief Mulayam Singh. Jaya is the party's Member of Parliament from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.

We take a look at her journey so far.

Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Bollywood's veteran actor Jaya Prada was expelled from Samajwadi Party by chief Mulayam Singh. Jaya is the party's Member of Parliament from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.

We take a look at her journey so far.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Jaya Prada was born as Lalita Rani in a middle-class home in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Her father Krishna was a Telugu film financier and her mother Neelavani enrolled her in dance and music classes at an early age.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
When she was 14-years-old, she performed a dance at her school's annual function. A film director was in the audience, and he offered her a three-minute dance number in the Telugu film Bhoomikosam. She was hesitant, but her family encouraged her to accept it. She was paid only Rs 10 for her work in the film, but she also received much greater opportunities, as the rushes of those three minutes of film was shown to the major figures of the Telugu film industry, and the floodgates opened.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Major filmmakers offered her starring roles in quality films, and she accepted them.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
She became a major star in 1976 with a trio of hits: K. Balachander's Anthuleni Katha showcased her dramatic skills; K. Viswanath's Siri Siri Muvva 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.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
In 1986, she married producer Srikanth Nahata, who was already married to Chandra and had three children.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Needless to say, 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.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Jayaprada and Srikanth have no children together, but she expressed desire to have children. Both Jaya Prada and her husband's first wife have cordially agreed to share a husband.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
In 1977, she starred in Adavi Ramudu, which broke box office records and which permanently cemented her star status. The song Aaresukoboyi Paresukunnanu picturised on her and co-star NT Rama Rao became a mass hit.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
She branched out to star in Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada films, and had hit films in all of them.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
K. Viswanath remade Siri Siri Muvva (1976) into the Hindi film Sargam and introduced Jaya Prada to Bollywood in 1979. The film became a huge hit and she became an overnight star there as well.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
She earned her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress but couldn't capitalise on her success since she couldn't speak Hindi.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
It took three more years before director K Vishwanath relaunched her again in Hindi films, with the hit film Kaamchor (1982) where she spoke Hindi fluently for the first time.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
She was now able to consistently work in Hindi films and earn 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 (1985).
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Along with her Bollywood film career, she continued to star in acclaimed films in the South, such as K Vishwanath's Telugu hit film Sagara Sangamam (1983).
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
She earned fans, not just with the masses, but also with the great Indian director Satyajit Ray, who has said she was one of the prettiest women in the world.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
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.)
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
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.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Sridevi and Jaya's hit Telugu film Devata (1982) where they played sisters who made big sacrifices for each other, was remade into the hit Hindi film Tohfaa(1984). These films endeared Jaya Prada to the traditional conservative section of filmgoers. It was an image that would serve her well when she started a new career as a politician.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
In 2002, she stepped into the Marathi film industry by being a guest in the movie Aadhaar
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Thus far, she acted in seven languages and has completed 300 films during a 30-year film career. She started playing mature roles in 2004.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
She also owns the Jaya Prada Theatre in Chennai.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Jaya Prada was initiated into the Telugu Desam Party by her former co-star N.T.Rama Rao in 1994. She later broke away from him and joined the Chandrababu Naidu faction of the party. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha representing Andhra Pradesh in 1996.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
Following differences with party Supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, she left TDP to join Samajwadi Party and contested from Rampur parliamentary Constituency in UP during the last General election in 2004 and got elected.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
During her campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, 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.
Jaya Prada\'s journey so far
On 11 May 2009, Jaya Prada alleged that senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was distributing nude pictures of her. She was re-elected with a margin of more than 30,000 votes.

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