Actress-Director Vijaya Nirmala Dies At 75; Jr NTR And Others Post Tributes

On Twitter, Vijaya Nirmala is being remembered with respect by Jr NTR, Sudheer Babu and others from the South film fraternity

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Actress-Director Vijaya Nirmala Dies At 75; Jr NTR And Others Post Tributes

Vijaya Nirmala's son Naresh tweeted this photo. (Courtesy: ItsActorNaresh )


New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Vijaya Nirmala has died in Hyderabad
  2. Vijaya Nirmala began as a child artiste in Telugu movies
  3. Vijaya Nirmala appeared in over 200 films in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam

Veteran actress and director Vijaya Nirmala died in a Hyderabad hospital early this morning. She was 75. Her son, actor Naresh, announced her death on Twitter and revealed that the last rites will be held tomorrow. Those wanting to pay Vijaya Nirmala their last respects can do so at the family residence in Hyderabad. No cause of death was given; Naresh wrote simply that Vijaya Nirmala died of 'sickness.'

Vijaya Nirmala appeared in over 200 films in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, and directed 44 Telugu films. Vijaya Nirmala is survived by her husband Krishna, son Naresh and step-children, one of whom is actor Mahesh Babu. On Twitter, actor Sudheer Babu, who is married to Vijaya Nirmala's step-daughter Priyadarshini, wrote: "A terrible day for my family. A pioneer, a legend and most importantly my mother-like personality Vijaya Nirmala garu made her way to God."

Sudheer Babu also tweeted: "In a typical largely male occupied movie world, she paved a way for women. She will remain an inspiration and a symbol of women's empowerment."

On Twitter, Vijaya Nirmala is being remembered with respect by actor Jr NTR, politician Jay Galla, writer BVS Ravi and others from the South film fraternity.

Vijaya Nirmala began as a child artiste in Telugu movies and later made films in Tamil and Malayalam as well. Her credits as an actress include Rangula Ratnam, Bhargavi Nilayam and Saakshi.

Vijaya Nirmala later moved to directing and holds a Guinness World Record as the most prolific female director; she was believed to have been one of only two female filmmakers to have directed Sivaji Ganesan, the other being actress-filmmaker Savitri. Vijaya Nirmala also produced films under her own banner and managed the family-owned Padmalaya Studios in Hyderabad.

Vijaya Nirmala was married twice, first to Krishna Murthy and then actor Krishna.



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