Female Director with Maximum Films, Vijaya Nirmala Passes Away at 75
Veteran Telugu actor-filmmaker G. Vijaya Nirmala died on Thursday, her son Naresh has confirmed.
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Veteran Telugu actor-filmmaker G. Vijaya Nirmala died on Thursday, her son Naresh has confirmed. She was 75. Naresh, who is also a popular Telugu actor, took to Twitter to announce the death of his mother.
"I regret to inform you that my mother, senior artiste, prominent producer and director Dr.A G Vijaya Nirmala passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75," Naresh tweeted.
"Her body will be kept at our residence from 11 a.m. Final rites will be held tomorrow (Friday)," he informed in another tweet.
Her body will be kept at our residence ( Nanakramguda) today from 11am Her final rites will be held tomorrow, that is, 28.6.2019. Further information will be updated .🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/MorRuNOXCM— H.E Dr Naresh VK actor (@ItsActorNaresh) June 27, 2019
Vijaya Nirmala started her career as a child actor. At the age of five, she made her acting debut in 1950 Tamil film "Machcha Rekkai" and four years later she forayed into Telugu cinema with the film Panduranga Mahatyam.
It was through 1964 Malayalam film Bhargavi Nilayam, she rose to stardom and got noticed. She went on to work with Prem Nazir again in Udhyogastha.
As a leading lady, she made her Telugu debut with Rangula Ratnam alongside Vanisri and Anjali Devi. In 1967, she starred in Telugu film Sakshi and it's on the sets of this film she met actor Krishna with whom she worked in 47 films and eventually ended up marrying. However, it was her second marriage.
Vijay Nirmala, who has directed 44 films, was a visionary filmmaker and she made her directorial debut via 1971 Telugu film Meena, which was based on the eponymous popular novel written by Eddanapudi Sulochana Rani. Two year later, she directed her first Malayalam film Kavitha.
As a filmmaker, she had the privilege of directing major stars like Sivaji Ganesan and Rajinikanth. She directed the latter in the Telugu remake of Amar Akbar Anthony, which also starred her husband Krishna.
Her other popular directorial projects include Rowdy Rangamma, Sirimalle Navvindi, Bezawada Bebbuli and Collector Vijaya, among others.
She holds a Guinness Record for most number of films directed by a female filmmaker. In 2008, the Andhra Pradesh government conferred her with Raghupathi Venkaiah award for her contribution to Telugu cinema.
Members of Telugu film fraternity took to twitter to remember the veteran. Actor Jr. NTR wrote she was a "pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many".
Actor Nithiin said her demise was a "huge loss" to Telugu industry.
Actor Sudheer Babu described Vijaya Nirmala as "mother like personality".
In a typical largely male occupied movie world, she paved a way for women. She will remain an inspiration and a symbol of women empowerment. If a Guinness record could only explain the beacon she is for women in TFI. #RIPVijayaNirmalaGaru— Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) June 27, 2019
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