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Vijaya Nirmala is a famous 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.

[edit] Career

Vijaya Nirmala's entry into the film industry was as a child artiste in Panduranga Mahatmiyam at the age of 11. She became a heroine through the Telugu film Rangula Raatnam. Her debut film in Tamil was Engaveettu Penn, which was followed by memorable movies like Panama Paasama, En Annan with MGR, Gnanaoli with Sivaji and Uyira Maanama with Jaisanker, among others. She met her second husband Superstar Krishna on Saakshi (1967), and they would star together in 47 films. She was instrumental in launching her niece the popular actress Jayasudha, and also Vijayashanti on the silver screen. 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 directorial debut with Meena(1971) and would direct more than 40 films in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. Currently the actress-director is based in Hyderabad and is managing Padmalaya Studios and a Telefilms Unit, belonging to her actor-husband Superstar Krishna.

[edit] Personal life

She was married twice. From her first marriage, she has her only child, son Naresh. In 1969, she married her second husband Superstar Krishna, even though he is married to his first wife Indira and with whom he would have five children. He has continued to be married to both women

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