Prominent Telugu filmmaker, veteran actor, Vijaya Nirmala (73), has passed away in the wee hours of Thursday, at Continental Hospital, Gachibowli, Hyderabad. She is wife of veteran actor Krishna and her son Naresh is also a prominent Telugu actor. She acted in more than 200 films, of which over 40 films with her husband Krishna.
The only woman in the world to have directed over 40 films, Nirmala was awarded Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 2008 for her contribution to the Telugu film industry. It is the highest award given to people for lifetime achievement in Telugu cinema.
She braved into the industry as a child artist in Tamil movie Matsyarekhai (1950) and then debuted in Telugu film at the young age of 11. The film went on to run for a hundred days in Vijayawada and Guntur.
In 1964, she played the lead role in one of the biggest hits in Malayalam film industry, ‘Bhargavi Nilayam’ opposite Prem Nazir. Following which, she acted in a number of Tamil and Telugu films – Enga Veettu Penn (1965), Rangula Ratnam (1966), Saakshi (1967), Alluri SeetaramaRaju (1974) and Sri Sri (2016), to name a few.
She later launched her own production house under the name ‘Vijaya Krishna Movies’ which went on to make 15 films.