The Veteran Telugu Actress G Vijaya Nirmala Passed Away on Thursday. The actor was admitted at the Continental Hospital, Gachibowli, where Vijaya Nirmala breathed her last. Though introduced as an actor, she later took many roles in her career as producer and director. She had directed 44 films in Telugu. In 2002, she entered the Guinness Book of Records as the female director of the most number of films. In 2008, Actor Vijaya Nirmala received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contributions to Telugu cinema. She and fellow Telugu actor Savitri are credited as the only female directors to have directed the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.
Vijaya Nirmala was born in Tamil Nadu. Her father had worked in film production. She made her debut at the age of seven as a child artiste with a Tamil movie Machcha Rekhai (1950). She debuted in the Telugu industry through the film Rangula Ratnam. In 1964, she starred opposite Prem Nazir and rose to stardom with Malayalam hit Bhargavi Nilayam. Also, in 1967, she starred again opposite Prem Nazir in Udhyogastha directed by P. Venu.
Vijaya Nirmala 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. In her career, she acted in over 200 films with 25 each in Malayalam and Tamil, and the remaining in Telugu. Vijaya Nirmala’s first son was Naresh, an actor too. In her second marriage with Krishna, she had a daughter, Manjula, and son, Mahesh Babu.
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