A young starlet made a statement with just three minutes space on the screen. The fourteen-year-old dancer was called the next big thing. Jaya Prada has such a captivating aura that even with just her dance performance in the movie, Bhoomi Kosam, she made Bollywood producers line up to sign her.
Jaya Prada is considered as one of the most beautiful actresses that the industry has ever been blessed with. Despite being so beautiful and talented, Jaya had a rather difficult life. You must have appreciated her performance but there is a lot about this actress that is not known.
Jaya Prada whose original name was Lalita Rani was born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Her mother always encouraged her to participate in extra-curricular activities. She started learning classical dance at a tender age and before she was even 15, she was quite a maestro. It was during one of her school performances that Lalita was spotted by a director. The young teenager got her break and that is how Jaya Prada was born. Since that 3 minutes long dance performance, Jaya has starred in more than 50 films in 5 different languages.
Jaya Prada, following her looks and excellent talent, became every producer and director’s first choice. The year 1985 was the peak time of her career and she became the highest paid actress of Bollywood. It was during this time when she came under the radar of the Income Tax department. She had a rough time with the Income Tax department which left her emotionally drained. Her career saw a dip as well. This is the time when she became friends with the film producer, Srikanth Nahata. The producer came forward to help the actress. He was there for her as her knight in shining armour.
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Srikanth and Jaya became friends and the actress started to lean on the producer for emotional support. The romantic feelings soon knocked on their doors, but the problem was that Srikanth was already a married man and had three kids with his wife.
Jaya was madly in love with Srikanth. It was so blinding that she had no issues with the fact that he was already married with kids. Soon the gossip of their affair got into the grapevine of the industry but neither Jaya nor Srikanth backed down from the relationship and it continued for a while before the couple took a step which was highly unexpected.
Jaya and Srikanth decided to get married. In 1986, the couple took the vows in a private ceremony. While second marriages are not uncommon but what Srikanth and Jaya did was shocking. Srikanth married Jaya without divorcing his first wife. Another strange thing happened was that the first wife was never heard talking about the injustice happened to her.
Jaya and Srikanth were madly in love once, but their love story had a tragic and predictable ending. Though Jaya continued working in the films after getting married, she was soon side-lined following her decision of marrying a married man. This led to the end of her career. She couldn’t live with Srikanth at his residence because of his wife which led to the end of her personal life as well. In the end, she became the second wife who got nothing from her husband.
She never got a child from Srikanth. So, to nurture her maternal feelings, she adopted her sister’s son and looked after him as her own. Jaya might still be married but she will always be remembered as the ‘other woman’.
When strong personalities like Jaya Prada fall prey for such bad decisions, it makes you wonder whether they are any different from regular people or not. Jaya Prada had some difficulties in her life and we hope that she finds happiness because she truly deserves it.