Roja Selvamani, known mononyously as Roja, is an Indian politician and film actress. She was a leading actress in Tamil and Telugu films from 1991 to 2002. She has also acted in a few Kannada and Malayalam-language films. In 1999 she entered into politics and currently aligns with the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party. She was elected as an MLA from Nagari in Andhra Pradesh in 2014. She is currently working as Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party state Women President. She again contested from Nagari assembly constituency in the 2019 election and won. She was later appointed as Chairman of APIIC.
|Chairman - Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation|
|Assumed office |
|Member of Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh|
|Assumed office |
19 June 2014
|Preceded by||Gali Muddu Krishnama Naidu|
|President of YSRCP Women Wing|
|Assumed office |
|President of Telugu Mahila|
Sri Latha Reddy
17 November 1972
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Spouse(s)||R. K. Selvamani |
|Occupation||Actress, politician, producer, television host|
|Awards||Nandi awards (1991), (1994), (1998)|
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Awards for Tamil (Kollywood) films.
Roja was born as Sri Latha Reddy on 17 November 1972 to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Tirupati, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. She was the only girl with two brothers Kumaraswamy Reddy and Ramaprasad Reddy. Later, the family moved to Hyderabad. She got her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Sri Padmavathi Women's University, Tirupathi. Roja learnt Kuchipudi and was performing in dance before she entered films.
Roja entered the Industry with Telugu films. Her first movie was Prema Thapassu with Rajendra Prasad where the complete movie was shot in Tirupati. She was a leading actress in south Indian cinema from 1991 to 2002 and most popular actress in Tamil and Telugu industry.
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. She became popular with songs such as "Meloor 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, Arjun Sarja in Ayudha Poojai and Prabhu in Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa were praised. Roja's major career breakthrough was in the film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, directed by Vikraman. she appeared in successful movies like Mutha Mestri, Mugguru Monagallu, Bhairava Dweepam, Bobbili Simham, Annamayya, Anna, Peddannayya, Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi, Shubhalagnam, Shri Krishnarjuna Vijayam and Kalavida, Her 100th movie was Pottu Amman. Roja later appeared in supporting roles in films like Arasu (2003), Parijatham (2006), Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010), Golimar (2010), Mogudu (2011), Kodipunju (2011), Veera (2011), Kaavalan (2011) and Saguni (2012). "The Gentleman " Hindi(1994)
Roja joined Telugu Desam in 1999 and was the president of the Telugu Mahila wing of the Party. She lost the 2009 AP State Elections. In August 2009, she quit TDP and joined YSR Congress party when the party was established. In 2014 general elections, she won as an MLA from Nagari assembly constituency. She contested once again from Nagari assembly constituency in 2019 election. The results are announced and she won the seat again. She was appointed as Chairman APIIC in 2020.
Despite R.K. Roja being an active speaker among women MLA's she was suspended from attending the legislative assembly for one year. The decision was taken by majority in the legislative house, on 18 December 2015, and by the approval of the Speaker. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, leader of the opposition, opposed the suspension. There were several concerns on the procedure followed while suspending Roja. Such doubts made the opposition to move no-trust motion against the speaker. An issue was raised by the opposition party on how the media clipping, property of the house, released and published on social media without the speaker's approval and the speaker also noted their concern and set up an inquiry to probe the issue further and submit a report by next meeting.
On 11 February 2017, Roja was arrested in Vijayawada for attempting to attend the National Women's Parliament (NWP) in the city, which she was not allowed to attend although she was registered, invited, and was on the NWP's welcoming committee.
Roja played anchor in a show named Modern Mahalakshmi before getting replaced by Anasuya. This show was telecasted on MAA TV. She is the judge for a comedy show named Jabardasth. This show is telecasted on E TV. She hosted one show for Zee Tamizh called lucka kicka which was a huge hit in Tamil Nadu.
Roja had a penchant for hairdressing and it was evident as whenever she was on the sets she was seen hairdressing her peers like Devayani, Kushboo, Ranjitha and Mumtaz to name a few. According to Ramya Krishna, her friend and co-star, Roja is one of the few artists who can do their makeup 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.
|1998||Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen||Radha||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress|
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|1998||En Aasai Rasave|
|1998||Veeram Velanja Mannu||Village Girl|
|1998||Kadhal Kavithai||Herself||Special appearance|
|1999||Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa||Ragini|
|2000||Thirunelveli||Thulasi's former lover|
|2000||Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela||Rupini|
|2000||Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai||Tamizhselvi|
|2001||Sonnal Thaan Kathala||Roja|
|2001||Kottai Mariamman||Kottai Mariamman|
|2002||Shakalaka Baby||Shenbagam (Shakalaka Baby)|
|2007||Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen||Vikranth's mother|
|2008||Ellam Avan Seyal||Jaggubai|
|2011||Kaavalan||Devika Muthu Ramalingam|
|2015||Pulan Visaranai 2||Saranya|
|2015||En Vazhi Thani Vazhi||Renuka Devi|
|Year||Film||Role (Dubbed Voice)||Notes|
|1991||Sarpayaagaam||Anupama||special jury-nandi award|
|1992||Seetharatnam Gari Abbayi||Manga (Roja Ramani)|
|1992||Ataaku Koduku Mamaku Alludu||Roja|
|1993||Atta Sommu Alludi Daanam||Baby|
|1994||Bhairava Dweepam||Princess Padmavathi|
|1994||Bobbili Simham||Krishnaveni (Saritha)|
|1994||Anna||Chandi||Nandi award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1994||Police Brothers||Kanaka Durga|
|1994||Shubhalagnam||Lata (Roja Ramani)|
|1995||Big Boss||Roja (Roja Ramani)|
|1995||Maya Bazaar||Special appearance|
|1995||Telugu Veera Levaraa||Talupulamma|
|1996||Topi Raja Sweety Roja||Roja|
|1996||Shri Krishnarjuna Vijayam||Draupadi|
|1997||Annamayya||Saluva Narasimha Rayalu's wife|
|1998||Swarnakka||Swarnakka||Nandi award for Best actress|
|1998||Mee Aayana Jagratha||Sundari|
|2000||Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi||Geetha (Saritha)|
|2000||Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa||Ragini (Shilpa)|
|2002||Police Sisters||ACP Jhansi|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Home Minister|
|2011||Parama Veera Chakra||Movie artist|
|2011||Kodipunju||Sitaratnam, Tanish's Mother|
|2011||Sri Rama Rajyam||Bhudevi|
|2013||Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara||Goddess Lakshmi|
|2013||D/O Ram Gopal Varma|
|2002||Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam||Parvathy|
- 1991 – Nandi Special Jury Award – Sarpayagam
- 1994 – Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress – Anna
- 1998 – Nandi Award for Best Actress – Swarnakka
- 1998 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
- 1998 – Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil – Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
- 2013 – MAA TEA Award for Best Anchor – Modern Mahalakshmi (TV Show)
- 2018 – ZEE Telugu Apsara AWard for EVERGREEN HEROIN – EVERGREEN HEROIN
|Year||Serial or show||Role||Language||Channel||Notes|
|2002–2003||Nathi Enge Pogirathu||Sindhu||Tamil||Star Vijay||TV Serial|
|2004||Uttarayana||Jaya Gouri||Kannada||Udaya TV||TV Serial|
|2010–2013||Modern Mahalakshmi||Show Host||Telugu||MAA TV||TV Show|
|2011||Nachore||Judge||Zee Telugu||TV Show|
|2014–2015||Race||Show Host||Zee Telugu||TV Show|
|2015||Luckka Kikka : Genes||Show Host||Tamil||Zee Tamil||Weekly|
|2015||Ragada : The Ultimate Dance Show||Judge||Telugu||Tollywood TV Telugu||TV Show|
|2015–2016||Jabardast 31 December celebrations||Judge||ETV Telugu||TV Programme|
|2016||Genes (Season 2)||Show Host||Tamil||Zee Tamil||Weekly|
|2016–2017||Racchabanda||Show Host||Telugu||Gemini TV||TV Show|
|2016||Dasara Mahostavam||Judge||ETV Telugu||TV Programme|
|2017||Pandem Kollu||Judge||TV Programme|
|2017||Ugadi 369||Judge||TV Programme|
|2017||Junior Super Stars (Season 2)||Judge||Tamil||Zee Tamizh||TV Show|
|2017||Weekend with Stars||Guest||Zee Tamil||Talk Show|
|2017||Konchem Touch Lo Unte Cheyta (Season 3)||Guest||Telugu||Zee Telugu||TV Show|
|2018||Bathuku Jatka Bandi||Show Host||TV Show|
|2018||Aha Na Pellanta||Judge||ETV Telugu||TV Programme|
|2018||Rangasthalam||Gemini TV||TV Dance Show|
|2019||Lollupa||Show Host||Tamil||Sun TV||TV Programme|
|2019||Tasmath Jagratha||Telugu||Gemini TV||Crime Patrol|
|2020–present||Amma Sarileru Nikevvaru||TV Programme|
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