Indian film actress-cum-director Vijaya Nirmala passes away

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Actor-cum-director Vijaya Nirmala, 73, passed away early hours on Thursday, following a brief hospitalization. Actor HE Dr Naresh VK confirmed her mother passing on social media.

She was admitted to Continental Hospitals, Gachibowli on June 26, after became sick following a treatment session. She was on a ventilator, according to hospital sources.

Born on February 20, 1946, in Tamil Nadu, Vijaya Nirmala made her screen debut with Machcha Rekhai (1950) where she has starred as a child artist. She was seven. She forayed into the Telugu film industry with Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957). Before becoming the producer, she set up a production banner Vijaya Krishna Movies and bankrolled 15 films. Afterwards, she made her directorial debut in Telugu with 1971 film Meena, which was a super hit. She has helmed 44 films in a career span of forty years.

Vijaya Nirmala has directed several memorable films including Meena, Kavitha, Rowdy Rangamma, Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu, Hema Hemeelu, Bhogi Mantalu, Collector Vijaya, Sahasame Naa Oopiri and many more to her credit. The Guinness World Record Holder, also best known for films such as Bhookailas, Manchi Kutumbam, Rangula Ratnam, Poola Rangadu, Asadhyudu, Saakshii, Bomma Borusa, Mosagallaku Mosagadu and so on, was one of the most acclaimed female directors of the country. She has also won the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contribution to the Telugu cinema.

Vijaya Nirmala is survived by his son Naresh and husband, Ghattamaneni Krishna. Her family will lay Vijaya Nirmala’s remains at his home from 11 am today where the public can pay their respects. The film fraternity will shift it to the film chamber on Friday, and they will hold the funeral on the same day.

Tributes poured in for the legend on social media.

Puri Jagan

Lakshmi Manchu

Harish Shankar

Sreenu Vaitla


Eesha Rebba

Manchu Manoj


Anil Ravipudi

Allari Naresh

Gopichand Malineni

Tanish Alladi

Gopi Mohan

Mohan Krishna Indraganti

Nandini Reddy



Raashi Khanna

Ram Achanta

Sampath Nandi


Vennela Kishore

Srinivasa Reddy

Sampoornesh Babu

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