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A day of mourning for Tollywood

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The Guinness Book of Records holder (the first female director), Vijaya Nirmala, has departed for heavenly abode at the age of 74 yesterday. Her death news has left the entire film industry mourning. The grief and shock gripped her fans, outpouring disbelief and condolences over the unexpected death of the legendary actress.

Besides an iconic actress, Vijaya Nirmala is also a director, who made 44 films in Telugu. This led to achieving the most prestigious place in the Guinness Book of Records as she is the first female director ever to do films. She was also honoured with Raghupati Venkaiah Award in 2008 for her marvellous contribution to Indian cinemas. The late Mahanati Savitri and Vijaya Nirmala were the only two female directors to direct the late legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.

Born in Tamil Nadu, Vijaya Nirmala married late Krishna Murthy and has a son with him, Naresh, who is also an actor. Later, on the sets of Sakshi film, directed by Bapu, she fell in love with actor Krishna and married him in the year 1969. As she breathed her last yesterday at Continental hospitals in Gachibowli, her contribution to films have been largely recalled by media and fans, ever since her entry into the industry at the age of seven as a child artist.

Her popular movies in Telugu are Panduranga Mahatyam (debut), Bhookailas, Manchi Kutumbam, Rangula Ratnam, Pandanti Kapuram, Devudu Chesina Manushulu, Alluri Seeta Rama Raju and Buddimantudu. She also acted in 20 Malayalam films and 17 Tamil films and could garner fans from all over the South states. In Malayalam, her iconic film Bhargavu Niayalam(1964) has went on to give her instant stardom, which is a horror drama.

Actors like Jr NTR, Manchu Manoj, producer BA Raju, and Telangana CM KCR has tweeted their heartfelt condolences to the late Vijaya Nirmala. The whole Tollywood industry owns a deep debt of gratitude to Vijaya Nirmala and she is known for being grounded and kind at heart. It will definitely take a while to believe that she is no more. RIP, Vijaya Nirmala!




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