Vijaya Nirmala

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Vijaya Nirmala
Born (1946-02-20) 20 February 1946 (age 72)
Spouse(s) Late. Krishna 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 of the most 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 to Krishna Murthy. After divorcing her first husband, she married actor Krishna.[3]

Career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[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]

Telugu[edit]

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

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Malayalam[edit]

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

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role
1950 Machcha Rekhai Young Mahalingam
1965 Enga Veetu Penn
1966 Chitthi Saroja
1967 Pandhayam
1968 Neelagiri Express Geetha
Panama Pasama
Siritha Mugam
Sathiyam Thavaradhey
Soaappu Seeppu Kannadi Latha
Uyira Manama
1969 Anbalippu Meena
1970 En Annan Thangam
1971 Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan
1972 Gnana Oli
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: IV SASI directed for her
1974 Devadasu
1976 Devude Gelichadu Remake of Malayalam film Yakshagaanam
1977 Panchaithi
1979 Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu
Hema Hemeelu
1980 Ram Robert Rahim Remake of Hindi film Amar Akbar Anthony
Kiladi Krishnudu
Sirimalle Navvindi
1981 Bhogi Mantalu
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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