From the gorgeous Jaya Prada to the vivacious Sridevi, South Indian actresses have dominated Bollywood as they are a perfect amalgamation of exceptional beauty and talent. Jeetendra, Jaya prada & Sridevi, their trio was considered to the guaranteed formula for a blockbuster. Jaya prada & Sridevi’s disliking towards each other was very evident. Although they used to work together in film but their interaction was almost negligible. Alas, one day Jeetendra tried to establish peace between the two actresses but fell prey to their rivalry.
It was Sridevi who entered Bollywood before Jaya prada. Sridevi made her debut in Bollywood with SOLVA SAWAN (1978), a remake of Tamil hit 16 VAYATHINILE, opposite Amol Palekar. However the movie failed to click at the box office . A year later Jaya Prada made her debut with SARGAM (1979), a remake of Telugu hit SIRI SIRI MUVVA, opposite Rishi Kapoor. The movie proved super hit and Jaya Prada became a star overnight. Jaya Prada’s instant success made Sridevi anxious & insecure. The success of Jaya Prada and failure of Sridevi in Bollywood kick started a literal war between the two. Sridevi thus became desperate to make her mark in Bollywood which she ultimately did with HIMMATWALA opposite Jeetendra. Now it was Jaya Prada’s turn to get jealous. Miffed at Sridevi’s success with HIMMATWALA, it’s reported that Jaya Prada in an interview criticized Sridevi’s new stunning look in the movie & blamed her nose surgery the reason behind her success. That time Sridevi had gone under the knife to her nose fixed through plastic surgery. Taunting Sridevi, Jaya Prada said ”I am beautiful by birth while Sridevi has made her look beautiful through cosmetic surgery!”. The spoof that Jaya Prada made on Sridevi’s nose surgery hurt the latter so intensely that after that she never spoke to Jaya Prada.
Jeetendra was one such actor who was loved by both Sridevi & Jaya Prada. That’s why whenever both the actresses used to get an opportunity to work with him, they used to grab it with both their hands. In 1984, director Kovelamudi Bapayya cased Jeetendra, Jaya Prada & Sridevi in his film ” Maqsad“. During the shooting of the film Jeetendra was fed up of Jaya Prada & Sridevi rivalry. In order to eliminate their friction, Jeetendra came up with a plan & locked both of them in a room. He thought that both the actresses will sit & resolve their issues & bury the hatchets which will improve the atmosphere on the sets & reduce the stress & negativity but it didn’t happen. An hour later when Jeetendra entered the room, the two actresses were still sitting in separate directions and had not spoken a word. Both Jaya Prada & Sridevi who were fuming in anger left the room with an angry gaze at Jeetendra. Their active opposition or hostility was so rigid that even Jaya’s Prada & Sridevi’s common best friend Amar Singh’s constant attempts to develop peace between them failed.
A few years ago, Amar Singh had organized a birthday bash on the occasion of Sridevi’s birthday but Jaya Prada gave it a miss & didn’t attend the party. Jaya Prada’s absence from the party was itself a very big news.