Mirjapuram Raja was born on 11 Nov, 1896 at Nuzvid, Krishna District. Meka Venkatramaiah Appa Rao Bahadur was his original name.
He established a film studio called Jaya Films at Alwarpet, Chennai.
'Jarasandha' was his first movie as a producer, directed by Chitrapu Narasimha Rao and starred by Vemuri Gaggaiah and MV Rajamma.
Actress C Krishnaveni was his second wife while Anuradha Devi, a producer, is their daughter.
Later Jaya Films turned as Sobhanachala Pictures. 'Bhatka Prahlada' was the first film on this new banner.
Raja turned as a director with the film 'Keelu Gurram', an ANR starred.
He introduced some great personlities to the film industry like Anjali Devi (Gollabhama), Chadalawada Narayana Rao (Jeevana Jyothi), NT Rama Rao (Manadesam), Ghantasala (Lakshmamma), Kamala Kotnis, Ramesh Naidu (Dampatyam), Tripuraneni Gopichand (Lakshamma), Jr. Sriranjani (Bheeshma), P. Leela (Manadesam) and Jikki.
His 'Keelu Gurram' created records at box-office as collected Rs. 40 Lakhs, which was a huge amount at that time. This was the first film dubbed into Tamil.
Raja died on 4 May, 1974.
FilmographyFilms made on Jaya Films:1. Jarasandha (1938)
2. Mahananda (1939)
3. Bhoja Kalidasa (1940)
4. Jeevana Jyothi (1940)
5. Daksha Yagnam (1941)
6. Samsara Narada (1942)
Films made on Sobhanachala Pictures:1. Bhakta Prahlada (1942)
2. Chenchu Lakshmi (1943)
3. Bheeshma (1944)
4. Gollabhama (1947)
5. Madalasa (1948)
6. Keelu Gurram (1949)
7. Lakshmamma (1950)
8. Tilottama (1951)
9. Prajaseva (1952)
10. Sahasam (1952)