Bollywood actress Jaya Prada turns 56 today. The actress who was born on 3 April 1962 has appeared in 200 films. She was one of the most successful actresses of the 1980s, in both Hindi cinema and South Indian films.
She left the film industry at the peak of her career, as she joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 and entered politics. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Rampur from 2004 to 2014.
But if talk about her married life than, Jaya Prada’s married life was not successful. 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. Jaya Prada and Srikanth have no children together, although she had at one time expressed a desire to have children. Despite of being married, Jaya lives alone.
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.
Jaya Prada 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. But following the differences with Rama Rao’s son-in-law N. Chandrababu Naidu, who became the chief minister, Jaya left the TDP to join Samajwadi Party.
She’s popular for films such as Sargam (1979), Sagara, Tohfa(1984), Sharaabi (1984), Sanjog (1985), and Aakhree Raasta (1986). She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for her performance in Sagara Sangamam.
We wish the actress a very happy birthday!