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Roja
Born Latha Nagaraja Reddy
(1972-11-17) November 17, 1972 (age 41)
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Film actress
Politician
Years active 1992-present
Spouse(s) R. K. Selvamani[1]
Children 2

Roja Selvamani (born Latha Reddy; 17 November 1972) is a South Indian actress and politician.[2] She currently aligns with the YSR Congress party.[3]

Early life[edit]

Roja was born as Sree Latha in 1972 to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. She was the only girl child with two brothers Kumarasamy and Ramaprasad.[4] Later, the family moved to Hyderabad. She did her Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Nagarjuna University. Roja learnt Kuchipudi and was performing dance before she entered films.[5]

Career[edit]

Film career[edit]

Roja entered the cinema 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.[6] She became popular with songs such as "Veloor 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. Her 100th movie was Pottu Amman. Roja later appeared in supporting roles in films like Arasu (2001), Parijatham (2006), Kaavalan (2011) and Saguni (2012).

Political career[edit]

Roja joined Telugu Desam and was the woman wing president of Telugu Mahila Party.[7] 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 Congress Party.[7] She quit Congress party and is now with Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy's political party i.e., Y.S.R Congress.[8]

Trivia[edit]

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’s seen hairdressing her co-heroines like Devayani, Kushboo, Ranjitha and Mumtaz to name a few. According to Ramya Krishnan, her friend and co-star, Roja is one of the few artists who can do their make-up 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.[9]

Other work[edit]

She plays role of anchor in a show name 'Modern Mahalakshmi'.This show is telecasted in MAA TV

She is the judge for one of the best comedy shows named 'Jabardasth'. This show is telecasted in E TV

Personal life[edit]

Roja married popular director R.K. Selvamani who made her debut Tamil film, in August 2002. The couple have one daughter and one son.

Filmography[edit]

Tamil Cinema[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1992 Chembaruthi Chembaruthi Tamil
1992 Suriyan Tamil
1993 Uzhaippali Tamil
1994 Athiradi Padai Tamil
1994 Indhu Indhu Tamil
1994 Veera Rooba Tamil
1994 Sari Gama Pada Ni Tamil
1995 Engirundho Vandhan Tamil
1995 Raja Muthirai Tamil
1995 Asuran Tamil
1995 Raasaiyya Anita Tamil
1995 Makkal Aatchi Tamil
1995 Ayudha Poojai Sindhamani Tamil
1996 Parambarai Paruvatham Tamil
1996 Rajali Tamil
1996 Tamizh Selvan Tamil
1997 Vallal Tamil
1997 Adimai Changili Tamil
1997 Paasamulla Pandiyare Tamil
1997 Kadavul Parvathi Tamil
1998 Arasiyal Supriya Tamil
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Radha Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1998 En Aasai Rasave Tamil
1998 Veeram Velanja Mannu Tamil
1998 Pudhumai Pithan Shenbagam Tamil
1998 Kadhal Kavithai Herself Tamil Special appearance
1999 Housefull Tamil
1999 Chinna Raja Radha Tamil
1999 Nenjinile Herself Tamil Special appearance
1999 Chinna Durai Pushpavalli Tamil
1999 Suyamvaram Easwari Tamil
1999 Mugam Malini Tamil
1999 Ooty Charu Tamil
1999 Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Ragini Tamil
1999 Azhagarsamy Suja Tamil
2000 Thirunelveli Tamil
2000 Eazhaiyin Sirippil Saroja Tamil
2000 Sandhitha Velai Thilaka Tamil
2000 Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela Rupini Tamil
2000 Koodi Vazhndhal Kodi Nanmai Tamilselvi Tamil
2000 Puratchikkaaran Kanimozhi Tamil
2000 Independence Day Tamil
2000 Pottu Amman Durga Tamil
2001 Looty Geetha Tamil
2001 Nila Kaalam Tamil
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kathala Roja Tamil
2001 Super Kudumbam Raakku Tamil
2001 Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Meena Tamil
2001 Maayan Azhagamma Tamil
2001 Veettoda Mappillai Meena Tamil
2001 Mitta Miraasu Meenakshi Tamil
2001 Kottai Mariamman Tamil
2002 Angala Parameswari Parvati Tamil
2002 Shakalaka Baby Tamil
2002 Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam Parvathy Malayalam Dubbed in Tamil as Gounder Veetu Mapillai
2003 Arasu Tamil
2003 Success Tamil
2004 Maurya Kannada
2005 Maayavi Herself Tamil Special appearance
2005 Karagattakkari Tamil
2006 Pasa Kiligal Angayarkanni Tamil
2006 Parijatham Tamil
2006 Kurukshetram Vaishnavi Tamil
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Geetha Tamil
2007 Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen Vikranth's mother Tamil
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal Tamil
2011 Kaavalan Devika Tamil
2012 Saguni Sreedevi's Mother Tamil
2013 Masani Tamil
2013 Apple Penne Hamsavalli Tamil
2013 Killadi Tamil Completed

Telugu cinema[edit]

Film Co-Star Language Role Notes
Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi Telugu
Muta Mesthri Chiranjeevi Telugu
Big Boss Chiranjeevi Telugu
Peddannayya Balakrishna Telugu
Bhairava Dweepam Balakrishna Telugu Princess padmavathi
Maathopettukoku Balakrishna Telugu
Sulthan Balakrishna Telugu
Gaandeevam Balakrishna Telugu
Adavilo Anna Mohan babu Telugu
Annamayya Mohan babu Telugu
Swarnakka Telugu
Sammakka Saarakka Telugu
Bobbili Simham Balakrishna Telugu
Pokiri Raaja Venkatesh Telugu
Vajram Nagarjuna Telugu
Anna Rajasekhar Telugu
Kshemangaa Velli Labhamgaa Randi Srikanth Telugu
Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa Srikanth Telugu
Family Circus Jagapathi babu Telugu
Subha lagnam Jagapathi babu Telugu
Ghatothkachudu Ali Telugu
Rakshana Nagarjuna Telugu
Durga Venu Telugu
Atta sommu alludi daanam Vinod Kumar Telugu
Seetharatnam gaari abbayi Vinod Kumar Telugu
Ataaku koduku mamaku alludu Vinod Kumar Telugu
Mogudugaru Vinod Kumar Telugu
Police Brothers Vinod Kumar Telugu
Prema Tapassu Rajendra Prasad Telugu
Illu Pelli Naresh Telugu
Sarpayagam Sreenivasa Varma Telugu
Teluguveeralevaraa Krishna Telugu
Kalavidha Ravichandran Kannada
Illu Pelli Naresh Telugu
Samaram Suman,Raghu Telugu
Dasari's Mayabazar Akkineni Nageswara rao Telugu
Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam Jayaram
& Prabhu
Malayalam
Shambo Shiva Shambo Raviteja
Priyamani
Telugu Home Minister
Golimaar Gopichand
Priyamani
Telugu Arundathi
Parama Veera Chakra Balakrishna
Amisha Patel, Neha Dhupia, Sheela
Telugu Movie artist
Mogudu Gopichand
Taapsee Pannu
Telugu Politician Chamundeshwari
Veera Ravi Teja
Taapsee Pannu, Kajal Agarwal
Telugu Ravi Teja's Stepmother
Sri Rama Rajyam Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nayantara
Telugu / Tamil Bhudevi
Lucky Srikanth
Meghana Raj,
Telugu
Pavitra[10] Telugu
Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara Upendra
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Telugu
Kamina Srihari
Brahmaji
Subbaraju
Lekha Washington
Telugu
Doosukeltha Vishnu Manchu
Lavanya Tripathi
Telugu

Kannada Cinema[edit]

  • 1993 - Gadibidi Ganda
  • 1997 - Kalavida
  • 1999 - Premotsava
  • 2000 - Independence Day
  • 2001 - Grama Devathe
  • 2001 - Sundara Kanda
  • 2002 - Parva
  • 2004 - Maurya
  • 2012 - Sri Chowdeshwari Devi Mahime

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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