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Actor-director Vijaya Nirmala passes away

Vijaya Nirmala dies at 75: Vijaya Nirmala starred in over 200 films in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. She also helmed over 40 films.

By: Entertainment Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 27, 2019 9:33:54 am
Vijaya Nirmala death Vijaya Nirmala was 75.

Veteran actor-filmmaker Vijaya Nirmala passed away during the wee hours of Thursday while she was under medical care at the Continental Hospital in Hyderabad. She was 75.

Her son Naresh confirmed the news on his Twitter page on Thursday morning. “I regret to inform you that my Mother, senior Artiste, prominent Producer & Director, Dr. G Vijayanirmala Garu passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75.(sic),” the actor tweeted.

He also informed that her body will be kept at her residence in Nanakramguda from 11 am today, for the public to pay their respects. Her last rites will be held on Friday.

Vijaya Nirmala is one of the most accomplished women in the south Indian film industry. She was only seven when she made her screen debut with Tamil movie Mathsya Rekha (1950) and she continued work in a slew of Tamil films like Enga Veetu Penn (1965), Chitthi (1996), Neelagiri Express (1967) and En Annan (1970) among more.

She acted in more than 200 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. She was just 11 when she acted in her first Telugu film Panduranga Mahathyam, which had legendary actors like NT Rama Rao and Anjali Devi in the lead roles.

She caught her first break as a lead actor with Malayalam horror film Bhargavi Nilayam. She played the titular character starring alongside late matinee idol Prem Nazir.

In Telugu, she has acted in nearly 48 movies with yesteryear superstar Krishna, who later would become her husband.

Vijaya Nirmala married Krishna after divorcing her first husband Krishna Murthy. Naresh is her son from the first marriage. However, she did not have children with Krishna.

Vijaya was also a successful director and producer. She made directorial debut with Meena (1973) and went on to wield the megaphone for more than 44 films. Her last directorial outing was Neramu Siksha, which came out in 2009. She even earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first and only woman to have directed 42 films.

She bankrolled about 17 films under her home production banner Vijaya Krishna Movies. Until she was alive, Vijaya also managed Padmalaya Studios and Padmalaya Tele Films.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu issued a message of condolence on his Twitter page. Naidu said that he was sad after learning about the demise of Vijay Nirmala. “She reached great heights in Telugu cinema by her sheer hard work. She won several awards including prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award,” he noted.

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He also suggested that she championed the cause of women in the film industry with her rich body of work.

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