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Jaya Prada Nahata (born Lalitha Rani Rao; 3 April 1962) is an Indian actress and politician. She is hailed as one of the most iconic and influential actresses in both Telugu and Hindi film industries in late '70s, '80s and early '90s. Jayaprada is the recipient of three Filmfare Awards South and has starred in many Telugu and Hindi films along with several Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi 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, Uttar Pradesh from 2004 to 2014.
Jaya Prada Nahata
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
13 May 2004 – 16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Noor Bano|
|Succeeded by||Naipal Singh|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
10 April 1996 – 9 April 2002
(1962-04-03) 3 April 1962 (age 61)
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party (2019–Present)|
|Telugu Desam Party (until 2004)|
Samajwadi Party (2004–2010)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (2014–2019)
Some of her notable films include Anthuleni Katha (1976), Siri Siri Muvva (1976), Sita Kalyanam (1976), Adavi Ramudu (1977), Yamagola (1977), Sanaadi Appanna (1977), Huliya Haalina Mevu (1979), Sargam (1979), Ooriki Monagadu (1981), Kaamchor (1982), Kaviratna Kalidasa (1983), Sagara Sangamam (1983), Tohfa (1984), Sharaabi (1984), Maqsad (1984), Sanjog (1985), Aakhree Raasta (1986), Simhasanam (1986), Sindoor (1987), Samsaram (1988), Elaan-E-Jung (1989), Aaj Ka Arjun (1990), Thanedaar (1990), Maa (1991), Habba (1999), Shabdavedhi (2000), Devadoothan (2000), Pranayam (2011), Ee Bandhana (2007) and Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (2012). She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for her performance in Sagara Sangamam. She has also been awarded Filmfare Special Award for her performance in Siri Siri Muvva and Anthuleni Katha.
She has been considered by many as one of the most beautiful face to have ever graced Indian cinema including Satyajit Ray who called her "the most beautiful face on the Indian screen".