Vijaya Nirmala made it to the film industry as the young age of seven with the Tamil movie, Matsyarekha. She went on to star in over 200 Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. She has also made it to the Guinness Book Of World Records for being the only woman to direct over 44 films. However, she became popular as a character actor after being a child artist. She met superstar Krishna on the sets of their Telugu film Sakshi and it was then that the couple fell in love and got married. This was the second marriage for actor Krishna, but his first wife was in agreement to this marriage. As a director she worked with South megastars such as Rajinikanth and even NTR. She directed the Telugu remake of the hit Bollywood classic, Amar Akbar Anthony, which starred her husband Krishna in the lead role. Her other popular directorial projects include Rowdy Rangamma, Sirimalle Navvindi, Bezawada Bebbuli and Collector Vijaya, among others.
Actor Niithin said her death was a huge loss to the film industry. Actor Sudheer Babu called her a ‘mother like personality’.
— Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) June 27, 2019
Actor Allari Naresh said that Vijaya was a pillar in the film industry.
Samanth Ruth Prabhu also tweeted her condolences to the late actress and said how she paved way for women in the industry.
Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Vijaya Nirmala garu an iconic force in TFI who laid the path for women technicians in the industry . As an actor /producer /director she will remain a true inspiration . Strength to the family. RIP
Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Vijaya Nirmala garu an iconic force in TFI who laid the path for women technicians in the industry . As an actor /producer /director she will remain a true inspiration . Strength to the family. RIP— Baby Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) June 27, 2019
Kajal Aggarwal also offered her heartfelt condolences to Vijaya.
Actors such as Mahesh Babu and Pawan Kalyan reached the residence of the late actress to pay their final respects.