Jaya Prada’s birth name is Lalita Rani. She was born into a middle-class family in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Jaya’s father Krishna Rao was a Telugu film financier
She has acted in films of various languages - Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi
After tasting success down south, Jaya took Bollywood by storm with 'Sargam' in 1979, in which she played a mute dancer. The film was a remake of the Telugu film 'Siri Siri Muvva', in which Jaya had played the same role
Since Jaya couldn't speak Hindi, she failed to capitalise on her initial success in Bollywood
It was in the 1982 hit film ‘Kaamchor’ opposite Rakesh Roshan that she spoke fluent Hindi for the first time
Jaya was highly appreciated for her performance of a dancer in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer super hit 'Sharaabi'
Her challenging double role in ‘Sanjog’ – that of a mother and daughter – is rated amongst her finest performances
‘Tohfa’, which also starred Jeetendra and Sridevi, was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1984
Legendary director Satyajit Rai had once referred to Jaya as one of the prettiest Indian actresses
In 1986, Jaya controversially tied the knot with a producer named Srikant Nahata, who was already married and had children as well
Jaya joined politics in 1994, at the age of 32. She was earlier with the TDP, but later shifted loyalties to the Samajwadi Party, from which she was expelled in 2010
in 2002, she debuted in Marathi films, making an appearance in the movie ‘Aadhaar’
The actress owns the Jaya Prada theatre in Chennai
Actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada celebrates her 56th birthday today. On the occasion, check out a collection of some of her rare pictures
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