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Jaya Prada is an Indian politician and film actress. Apart from being starred in many Bollywood and South Indian films, she is also a renowned politician. She was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 on the ticket of Samajwadi Party and remained a Member of Parliament until 2014.


Lalita Rani Ravanam or Jaya Prada was born on¬†3 April 1962 (Age: 61 years old, as of 2023) in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh,¬†India. Her father, Krishna Rao, was a Telugu film financier. She attended a Telugu medium school in her hometown,¬†Rajahmundry and¬†enrolled in dance and music classes. When Jaya was only 13 years old,¬†she performed a dance at her school’s annual function.¬†A film director in the audience offered her a dance role for three minutes in the¬†Telugu¬†film “Bhoomi Kosam” and she accepted it. She was paid ‚āĻ10 for her role in the film.

Childhood photo of Jaya Prada

Childhood photo of Jaya Prada

Physical Appearance

  • Height:¬†5′ 1″
  • Weight: 65 kg
  • Eye Colour: Dark Brown
  • Hair Colour: Black

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Jaya Prada was born to Krishna Rao (Telugu Film Financier) and Neelaveni (Home-maker). She has a brother named Raja who also worked as her manager.

Jaya Prada with her mother Neelaveni

Jaya Prada with her mother Neelaveni

She married a film producer, Shrikant Nahata in 1986. At that time, Shrikant Nahata was already married and had three children.

Shrikant Nahata, husband of Jaya Prada

Shrikant Nahata, husband of Jaya Prada

She has three stepsons; one of them is Siddhu.

Jaya Prada With Her Step-Son Siddhu

Jaya Prada With Her Step-Son Siddhu

Film Career

She started her career as an actress. She made her Telugu debut from the film Bhoomi Kosam (1974). She appeared in the Kannada film industry for the first time in Sanaadi Appanna (1977).Sanaadi Appanna was the first Kannada film of Jaya Prada

Sargam (1979) was her first Hindi film. She made her Tamil debut through Ninaithale Inikkum (1979). Iniyum Katha Thudarum (1985) was her first Malayalam film. Apart from it, Jaya Prada also acted in Marathi and Bengali film. Jaya Prada was among the best dancers of her time. She was nominated for the Filmfare Awards thrice for the Best Actress for the films; Sargam (1979), Sharaabi (1984), and Sanjog (1985).

She was at the peak of her career during the 1980s. Around 1985, she was the most expensive actress in Bollywood. In her entire career, she worked in more than 150 films.

Political Career

In 1994, she became a politician after joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 at the invitation of its founder,  N. T. Rama Rao. In 1996, She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha representing Andhra Pradesh. Jaya Prada also handled the post of Telugu Mahila President. Due to the differences with party Supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu, she left the TDP and joined Samajwadi Party. In the 2004 General Election, she contested from Rampur and defeated Begum Noor Bano Alias Mehtab Zamani Begum of the Indian National Congress with the margin of 85,000 votes. In the 2009 General Election, she was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. When she started supporting the former General Secretary of Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh, Jaya was expelled from the party on 2 February 2010.

Jaya Prada with Amar Singh

Jaya Prada with Amar Singh

On 10 March 2014, she joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal with Amar Singh. Jaya contested the 2014 General Election from Bijnor district, however, she lost the election. On 26 March 2019, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of National General Secretary, Bhupender Yadav. She contested the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections against Azam Khan from Rampur but lost.


Filmfare Award South

  • Special Awards for the films;¬†Siri Siri Muvva¬†&¬†Anthuleni Katha¬†(1976)
  • Best Actress Award for the Telugu film,¬†Saagara Sangamam (1983)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)

Nandi Award

  • Best Actress Award for the film¬†Anthuleni Katha¬†(1976).


  • Her marriage with Srikanth Nahata was controversial. Srikanth was already married and had 3 children already. Srikanth did not divorce his first wife.
  • In 2009, Jaya was issued a notice by the Election Commission for distributing bindis among the women of Rampur’s Swar locality. [1]SIFY
  • On 11 May 2009, she alleged that Samajwadi Party leader¬†Azam Khan¬†was involved in the distribution of her nude pictures. [2]News18
  • Jaya Prada found herself clouded in a controversy when a case was registered against her at the Suar Police Station (also spelt as Swar Police Station) in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. The charges arose from her act of violation of the Model Code of Conduct during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, where she inaugurated a road. Later, an MP-MLA court in Uttar Pradesh issued a non-bailable warrant against Jaya Prada. In November 2023, the court extended the warrant for the fourth time as she did not appear before the court. [3]ThePrint On 27 February 2024, she was declared absconded by a court in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. The court also instructed the UP Police to arrest her and bring her before the court on March 6. [4]Mint
  • On 11 August 2023, the Egmore Magistrate Court in Chennai sentenced her to six months in prison and imposed a fine of Rs. 5,000 for not paying ESI to the employees of a movie theatre that she owned in Chennai. According to sources, after the movie theatre shut down, the Labour Government Insurance Corporation filed a complaint against her for deducting the ESI amount from the salaries of the workers but not paying it to them. Jayaprada admitted to the accusations and expressed intentions to settle the outstanding payments while also attempting to have the case dismissed. However, the court rejected her appeal and imposed both a fine and a prison term. [5]Hindustan Times

Favourite Things

  • Food:¬†Pulihora
  • Film(s): 3 Idiots (Bollywood), Pulp Fiction (Hollywood)
  • TV Show(s):¬†Kaun Banega Crorepati (Indian), Westworld (American)
  • Colour: Golden

Assets/Net Worth

As per her affidavit filed during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, her estimated net worth was found to be Rs. 27.92 Crore (approx.)


  • Jaya was dropped out of B.com 1st year from Rajlakshmi Women College, Rajmandri, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Initially, she had difficulty in speaking Hindi, she started taking Hindi lessons to take the good hold on the language.
  • She was re-launched by director K. Vishwanath in 1982 in the Hindi films with ‚ÄúKaamchor,‚ÄĚ where she fluently spoke Hindi for the first time.Jaya Prada starred in Kaamchor film
  • In 1994, an actor and her good friend¬†N .T. Rama Rao¬†suggested her to enter the politics, on this account, she joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
  • In 2011, after separating from¬†the Samajwadi Party, Jaya along with Amar Singh founded her own party, Rashtriya Lok Manch and fielded¬†360 candidates out of the 403 assembly seats in the 2012 Assembly Elections. However, her party could not win the single seat in that election.
  • She is the owner of Jaya Prada Theatre in Chennai.

    Jaya Prada Theatre

    Jaya Prada Theatre, Chennai

  • The famous Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray called her “the most beautiful face on the Indian screen.” [6]The Hindu


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