Veteran Telugu actress and director Vijaya Nirmala passed away at a hospital in Hyderabad this morning and her son actor Naresh announced the sad news via his Twitter account earlier today. The veteran who was 75 years old, had been reportedly sick and died after having been hospitalised. Her son informed his followers on Twitter that the last rites would be held tomorrow and that whoever wanted to pay a tribute to the actress could visit the family residence in Hyderabad.
Here are the tweets by Vijaya Nirmala's son Naresh:
After this announcement, other South actors were quick to send their condolensces to the actress' family by taking to their own Twitter accounts. Have a look at the messages by actors Jr NTR, Sudheer Babu, writer BVS Ravi and others:
The actress is survived by husband Krishna, son actor Naresh and step-children. Actor Mahesh Babu is one of her step-children. She was initially married to Krishna Murthy. Besides that, actor Sudheer Babu, who has expressed his sadness on Twitter, is married to Vijaya's step-daughter Priyadarshini. He wrote, "A terrible day for my family. A pioneer, a legend and most importantly my mother-like personality Vijaya Nirmala garu made her way to God."
Vijaya Nirmala has to her credit more than 200 Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films, and has been the director for 44 films in Telugu. The veteran started acting as a child artist in Telugu movies and later even made films in Tamil and Malayalam. Some of her well known films as an actress are Rangula Ratnam, Bhargavi Nilayam and Saakshi. She is also a Guinness World Record holder as the most prolific female director and is said to be one of the only two female filmmakers to have directed Sivaji Ganesan. Vijaya Nirmala also had her own production house and was responsible for managing the family-owned Padmalaya Studios, Hyderabad.
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