Telugu star Mahesh Babu and politician Talasani Srinivas Yadav unveiled the statue of late actor-filmmaker Vijaya Nirmala on her 74th birth anniversary on Thursday. Nirmala was the stepmother of Mahesh Babu.
Nirmala breathed her last in June, 2019 at Continental Hospital in Hyderabad, where she had been undergoing treatment. The veteran actress had starred in over 200 films, besides directing 44 in over three decades.
The actress, who made her debut as a child actor at the age of five, rose to fame when she starred opposite Prem Nazir in the 1964 Malayalam film Bhargavi Nilayam. She again acted opposite Prem Nazir in Udhyogastha in 1967. She made her debut in the Telugu film industry with the film Panduranga Mahatyam at the age of eleven.