Vijaya Nirmala

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Vijaya Nirmala
Born (1946-02-20) 20 February 1946 (age 71)
Spouse(s) Late K. S. Murthy (ex husband)
Krishna (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, and In 2002, entered the Guinness Book of Records as the female director to direct the highest number of films.[1] In 2008, she received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contributions to Telugu cinema.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Vijaya Nirmala was born in Tamil Nadu to a Telugu family from Andhra. Her father has worked in film production. She has a son Naresh who is also an actor, from her first marriage, after divorcing with her first husband, she started living together with actor Krishna who was already married and got married to him. .[3]

Career[edit]

Vijaya Nirmala entered cinema at the age of eleven, as a child artist with Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957). In 1964, she starred opposite Prem Nazir and rose to stardom with Malayalam hit Bhargavi Nilayam.[4] And in 1967, she starred again opposite Prem Nazir in Udhyogastha by P. Venu. She debuted in Telugu industry through the film Rangula Ratnam.[5]

Her debut film in Tamil was Engaveettu Penn,[1] 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.[1] To date, she has acted in over 200 films with 25 each in Malayalam and Tamil, and the remaining in Telugu.[1]

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).[1] Currently the actress-director is based in Hyderabad and is managing Padmalaya Studios and Padmalaya Telefilms Ltd.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam Bala Krishnudu
1958 Bhookailas Goddess Seetha
1965 Manchi Kutumbam
1966 Rangula Ratnam
1967 Poola Rangadu Padma
1967 Saakshii
1968 Asadhyudu Radha
1968 Bangaru Gaajulu Radha
1969 Aatmiyulu Saroja
1970 Akka Chellelu Lawyer Vijaya
1971 Bomma Borusa
1971 Mosagallaku Mosagadu Radha
1972 Tata Manavadu Rani
1972 Pandanti Kapuram
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu
1973 Sahasame naa Oopiri
1973 Pinni
1973 Buddhimantudu
1973 Patnavasam
1973 Marina Manishi
1973 Meena Meena
1974 Alluri Seetarama Raju Seeta
1974 Bantrotu Bharya
1976 Paadipantalu
1977 Kurukshetram Subhadra
1979 Hema Hemeelu Vijaya
1989 Pinni Lakshmi

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role
1964 Bhargavi Nilayam
1965 Rosie
1965 Kalyanarathriyil
1966 Poochakkanni
1967 Pooja
1967 Udhyogastha
1967 Anweshichu Kandethiyilla
1968 Karutha Pournami
1970 Nishagandhi
1970 Vivaham Swargathil
1971 Aana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude Makan
1972 Kalippava
1972 Pulliman
1972 Postmane Kananilla Nalini
1973 Thenaruvi Sudha
1973 Kattuvithachavan
1973 Ponnapuram Kotta
1973 Kavitha
1974 Durga Thulasi
1976 Kenalum Collectorum

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role
1965 Enga Veetu Penn
1966 Chitthi Saroja
1967 Pandhayam
1968 Neelagiri Express Geetha
1968 Panama Pasama
1968 Siritha Mugam
1968 Sathiyam Thavaradhey
1968 Soaappu Seeppu Kannadi Latha
1968 Uyira Manama
1969 Anbalippu Meena
1970 En Annan Thangam
1971 Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan
1972 Gnana Oli
1972 Vazhaiyadi Vazhai
1974 Puthiya Manithan
1984 Sumangali Kolam

Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1971 Meena Based on the novel Meena by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani which was later adapted into 2016 movie A Aa[7]
1973 Kavitha Malayalam
1974 Devadasu
1976 Devude Gelichadu Remake of Malayalam film Yakshagaanam
1977 Panchaithi
1979 Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu
1979 Hema Hemeelu
1980 Ram Robert Rahim Remake of Hindi film Amar Akbar Anthony
1980 Kiladi Krishnudu
1980 Sirimalle Navvindi
1981 Bhogi Mantalu
1981 Antham Kadidi Aarambam Remake of Kannada film Antha
1982 Doctor Cine Actor
1983 Bezawada Bebbuli
1984 Mukhyamantri Remake of Kannada film Chakravyuha
1985 Lankabiddelu
1989 Sahasame Naa Oopiri
1990 Prajala Manishi
1994 Yes Nenante Nene
1996 Puttinti Gowravam
2009 Neramu Siksha

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