Name Roja Roja
|Spouse(s) R. K. Selvamani|
|Full Name Latha Nagaraja Reddy|
Born November 17, 1972 (age 43) Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India (1972-11-17)
Occupation Politician Film actress
Roja Selvamani (born Latha Reddy; 17 November 1972) is a South Indian actress and politician. She currently aligns with the YSR Congress party and won as MLA from Nagiri in 2014 general elections.
Roja was born as Sree Latha in 1972 to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Valaspali near Madanapalle, Chithoor district, Andhra Pradesh. She was the only girl child with two brothers Kumarasamy and Ramaprasad. Later, the family moved to Hyderabad. She did her Bachelor Degree in Political Science from sri padmavathi university. Roja learnt Kuchipudi and was performing dance before she entered films.
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. 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).
Roja joined Telugu Desam and was the woman wing president of Telugu Mahila Party. 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. She quit Congress party and is now with YSR Congress Party On 16 May 2014, she won as a MLA from Nagari assembly constituency.
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.
She played the role of anchor in a show name 'Modern Mahalakshmi' before getting replaced by Anasuya.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. she hosted one show for Zee Tamizh called lucka kicka.
Roja married popular director R.K. Selvamani on 10 August 2002. The couple have one daughter and one son.
(Successful Movies in Bold)