Friday, February 3, 2012


Vyjayanthimala  is an Indian actress who earned name and fame in diversified fields like acting,Classical Dance,
Canrnatic Music,Successful Business woman,Politician,Ex.M.P.,Golf Player etc.She is the daughter of M.D.Raman and Tamil Actress Vasundhara Devi  and was born on 13th August 1936 at Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
Her Bharatanatyam Guru was Vazhvoor Ramaiah Pillai and Carnatic music Guru was Sivaraja Iyer.
At the age of four she got the opportunity to present her classical dance before Pope Pius XII.
In 1949 her classical dance performance was impressed by Film Director M.V.Raman who was looking for a new face who could dance well and he requested Vyjayanthimala's grandmother 'Yadugiri Devi' to give consent to her and  to signup for the film.That film
in Tamil by name 'Vazhkai' was a huge success which was made by eminent production Company 'AVM Productions'.They
determined to take it in Telugu also in the name 'Jeevitham'.In that film also Vyjayanthimala handled the same role as in the Tamil film Vazhkai.For the Telugu film she dubbed by herself even though she was not knowing Telugu.
AVM Productions were amazed by the success of the Telugu film also and they decided  to take it in Hindi.
It was their maiden venture in Hindi and named the film as 'Baahar' in which again Vyjayanthimala's role in
Vazhkai was handled by her in Hindi version also.She studied Hindi language to an extent and dubbed by herself  for the film.The Hindi film was also a roaring success and the dance sequences of Vyjayanthimala was very much
liked by the North Indian audience.
AVM productions then produced another Tamil film 'Penn' in which Gemini Ganesan was the hero and Vyjanthimala was the heroine.That film was also a box office hit and they remade it in Telugu as 'Sangham' in
which N.T.Rama Rao was the hero and Vyjayanthimala heroine.The success repeated and so it was made in
Hindi also in which Vyjayanthimala acted as the heroine and the name of the film was 'Ladki' in which several
dance sequences of Vyjayanthimala was purposely included to attract the audience.
Vyjanthimala is also mainly responsible for introducing semi classical dance in Hindi films.Classical dance and
semi classical dance became an essential part of Hindi cinema.Vyjayanthimala paved way for other south
Indian Artists who knew classical dance like Hema Malini,Rekha,Sridevi,Madhuri Dixit,Meenakshi Seshadri Hindi films.
After the success of 'Ladki' she became a star and was cast in several big projects and with the Superstars
of those period.She used to act mainly in Hindi films after that but she had some films in Tamil, and Telugu also.
Many of her films like 'Devdas' 'Madhumati'  'Sangam'  'Sadhna' 'Ganga Jamuna'  'Naya Daur' etc were well noted and award winner films.'Vanjikottai Valiban'  'Athisaya penn' 'Marma Veeran' etc in Tamil were blockbuster movies.
She married Raj Kapoor's personal physician Dr.Chamanlal Bali and retired from films She settled in Chennai and entered in to some businesses like shrimp farming etc and also conducted dance classes.
She was impressed by the leadership of Indira Gandhi and was a member of Indian National Congress.She
was elected as Member of  Parliament (Loksabha) from Chennai south constituency from 1984 to 1989
and again from 89 to 91.Later she was nominated as a member of Parliament(Rajya Sabha)  from 1993 to
1999.She resigned from Congress party and joined Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) in 1999.
She is winner of several awards from large number of organisations in National and International level.
She is recipient of five filmfare awards including Lifetime Achievement Award.Tamil Nadu Government
gave her 'Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award,  'Kalaimamani' Award etc.
In 1995 she was given Honorary Doctorate from Annamalai University of Tamil Nadu.
India Government Awarded her 'Padma Shri' in 1968.
Some of her Films
Naya Daur
Vanchikottai Valiban
Marma Veeran
Athisaya Penn
Baghdad Thirudan

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