Veteran actress Vijaya Nirmala, passed away today at the age of 73 at a hospital in Hyderabad due to heart attack. Vijaya Nirmala had worked in Telugu cinema though she was born in Tamil Nadu. She has directed 44 films in Telugu. In 2002, she entered the Guinness Book of Records as the female director of the most films. Vijaya Nirmala entered cinema at the age of seven as a child artist with a Tamil movie Machcha Rekhai (1950). At age eleven she debuted in Telugu films with the movie Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957).

In 1964, she starred opposite Prem Nazir and rose to stardom with the Malayalam hit Bhargavi Nilayam. She and her husband Krishna have starred together in 47 films. Apart from directing 44 films, she has acted in over 200 films with 25 each in Malayalam and Tamil, and the remaining in Telugu. She has a son Naresh, who is also an actor, from her first marriage to Krishna Murthy. After divorcing her first husband, she married actor Krishna. It must be noted that Mahesh Babu is step son of Vijaya Niramala. Because of her sudden demise, the 50th day success meet of Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi has been postponed.

We express our deepest condolence to the family of the departed soul