|Born||20 February 1946|
|Spouse(s)||Late. Krishna Murthy (ex husband)|
|Children||Vijaya Naresh (son)|
Vijaya Nirmala is an Indian film actress, producer and director known for her works predominantly in Telugu cinema. She has directed 44 films in Telugu. In 2002, she entered the Guinness Book of Records as the female director of the most films. In 2008, she received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contributions to Telugu cinema. She, and fellow Telugu actress Savitri, are the only female directors to have directed the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.
Vijaya Nirmala was born in Tamil Nadu to a Telugu family from Andhra Pradesh. Her father had worked in film production. She has a son Naresh, who is also an actor, from her first marriage to Krishna Murthy. After divorcing her first husband, she married actor Krishna.
Vijaya Nirmala entered cinema at the age of seven as a child artist with a Tamil movie Machcha Rekhai (1950). At age eleven she debuted in Telugu films with the movie Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957). In 1964, she starred opposite Prem Nazir and rose to stardom with the Malayalam hit Bhargavi Nilayam. Also, in 1967, she starred again opposite Prem Nazir in Udhyogastha, by P. Venu. She debuted in the Telugu industry through the film Rangula Ratnam.
Her debut film in Tamil was Engaveettu Penn, which was followed by movies including Panama Paasama, En Annan, Gnanaoli and Uyira Maanama. She met her second husband Krishna on the sets of Saakshi (1967), her second film in Telugu, and they starred together in 47 films. It was Saakshi that kindled her interest in direction. To date, she has acted in over 200 films with 25 each in Malayalam and Tamil, and the remaining in Telugu.
Her small screen debut came with Balaji Telefilms' Pelli Kanuka. Soon after, she launched her own banner Vijaya Krishna Movies and produced 15 films. She made her directorial debut with a Malayalam film on a budget of 3 lakhs. She made her directorial debut in Telugu with Meena and directed 40 films in Telugu and one film each in Malayalam (directorial debut film) and Tamil (Kungumachimizh). Currently the actress-director is based in Hyderabad and manages Padmalaya Studios and Padmalaya Telefilms Ltd.
|1957||Panduranga Mahatyam||Bala Krishnudu|
|1970||Akka Chellelu||Lawyer Vijaya|
|1973||Devudu Chesina Manushulu|
|Sahasame naa Oopiri|
|Manchi Vallaki Manchivadu||Saakhi|
|1974||Alluri Seetarama Raju||Seeta|
|1971||Aana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude Makan|
|1950||Machcha Rekhai||Young Mahalingam|
|1965||Enga Veetu Penn|
|Soaappu Seeppu Kannadi||Latha|
|1971||Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan|
|1971||Meena||Based on the novel Meena by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani which was later adapted into 2016 movie A Aa|
|1973||Kavitha||Malayalam: IV SASI directed for her|
|1976||Devude Gelichadu||Remake of Malayalam film Yakshagaanam|
|1979||Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu|
|1980||Ram Robert Rahim||Remake of Hindi film Amar Akbar Anthony|
|Antham Kadidi Aarambam||Remake of Kannada film Antha|
|1982||Doctor Cine Actor|
|1984||Mukhyamantri||Remake of Kannada film Chakravyuha|
|1989||Sahasame Naa Oopiri|
|1994||Yes Nenante Nene|
- "Vijayanirmala enters the Guinness". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2002-04-30.
- Ragupathi Venkaiah Award to Vijaya Nirmala[permanent dead link]
- "Bestowed with bliss". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2007-08-04.
- B. Vijayakumar (2009-11-16). "Bhargavi Nilayam 1948". Chennai, India: The Hindu.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)