Vijaya Nirmala was a film actress, producer and Indian director, known for her work mainly at the Telugu cinema. She has made 44 films in Telugu. In 2002, she entered the Guinness Book of Records as the director of the greatest number of films. In 2008, she received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contributions to Telugu Cinema. She and her fellow actress Savitri, are the only directors to have directed the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.
Vijaya Nirmala enters the cinema at the age of seven as a child artist with a Tamil film Machcha Rekhai (1950). At the age of eleven, she made her debut in Telugu films with the film Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957). In 1964, she played against Prem Nazir and became known with the hit malayalam Bhargavi Nilayam. Moreover, in 1967, she plays again before Prem Nazir in Udhyogastha, of P.Venu. She debuted in the Telugu industry through the film Rangula Ratnam.