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Jaya Prada (aka Jaya Pradha or Jayaprada) is an Indian actress and politician.




K. Viswanath remade Siri Siri Muvva (1976) into the Hindi film Sargam and introduced Jayapradha to Bollywood in 1979. The film became a huge hit and she became an overnight star there as well. She earned her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress but couldn’t capitalize on her success as she couldn’t speak Hindi.

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. 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 film) .

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). 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.

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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 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 Devata (film) (1982) where they played sisters who made big sacrifices for each other, was remade into the hit Hindi film Tohfaa (1984). These films endeared Jayapradha 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.

In 2002, she stepped into the Marathi film industry by being a guest in the movie Aadhaar. So far, she acted in seven languages and has completed 300 films during a 30-year film career.

Rerefernce: Jaya Prada @ Wikipedia

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