Vijaya Nirmala

Actress, Director
Vijaya Nirmala
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Vijaya Nirmala is a South Indian actress and director. In 2002, the Guinness Book of Records named her the most prolific female director for having directed 42 feature films. Vijaya Nirmala's entry into the film industry was as a child artiste in Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957) at the age of 7. She starred in the Malayalam movie 'Bhargavi Nilayam'. She debuted in Telugu industry through the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam. Her debut film in Tamil was Engaveettu Penn, which was followed by movies including Panama Paasama, En Annan, Gnanaoli, and Uyira Maanama. She met her second husband Krishna on Saakshi (1967), and they starred together in 47 films. To date, she has acted in over 250 films in the three South Indian languages. 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 directional debut with a malayalam movie with a budget of 3lakhs. She made her directorial debut in Telugu with Meena and directed more than 40 films in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. Currently the actress-director is based in Hyderabad and is managing Padmalaya Studios and Padmalaya Telefilms Ltd.

Vijaya Nirmala from her first marriage has one son, actor Naresh. In 1969, she married actor Krishna. She has indicated that she has an amiable relationship with her husband's first wife Indira and her children. Vijaya Nirmala received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for 2008 regarding her contributions to Telugu film industry