Vyjayanthimala remains a popular and highly talented actresses in the Indian film industry. Vyjayanthimala is certainly one of the most talented artists in the industry too.
Apart from being a highly-praised film actress, Vyjayanthimala is also a trained Carnatic singer, a popular Bharatnatyam dancer, a talented dance choreographer as well as a former member of parliament too.
Making her first debut in the Tamil film industry and conquering it, Vyjayanthimala soon turned her sights on Bollywood and became one of the most popular actresses of her time.
|Real Name||Vyjayanthimala Bali|
|Date of Birth||3rd August 1936|
|Age (as of September 2018)||82 years|
|Place of Birth||Triplicane (Tamil Nadu)|
|Height||5 ft 5"
(165 cm) approximately
Family & Relationships
|Father||M D Raman|
|Profession||Actress/Carnatic singer/Bharatnatyam dancer/Choreographer/Member of Parliament|
|Net Worth||INR 36,00,00,000
(USD 5 Million)
|Famous for||Vazhkai (1949), Jeevitham (1950), Bahar (1951), Devdas (1955), New Delhi (1956), Naya Daur, Kathputli, Aasha (1957), Sadhna, Madhumati (1958), Paigham (1959), Gunga Jumna (1961), Sangam, Leader (1964), Suraj, Amrapali (1966), Jewel Thief (1967), Sunghursh, Sathi (1968), Prince (1969)|
|First Movie||TAMIL -
|Hobbies||Listening to devotional songs and playing golf|
Vyjayanthimala is a multi-talented artist most renowned as an actress in the Indian film industry, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. Apart from being a hugely talented actress in the movies, Vyjayanthimala is also renowned as a dance choreographer and acclaimed Bhratnatyam dancer and Carnatic singer.
After quitting movies, Vyjayanthimala became active in politics in 1984 and has been elected to both the houses of Indian Parliament – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – as a member of the Indian National Congress party. However, today Vyjayanthimala is a member of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) since 1999.
Vyjayanthimala’s age is 82 years as Vyjayanthimala’s birth date is 13th of August, 1936. Vyjayanthimala was born in Triplicane, a small town in present-day Tamil Nadu. Vyjayanthimala’s height is around 5 ft 5 inches (165 cm), while Vyjayanthimala’s weight is about 62 kg (136 lbs). In her spare time, Vyjayanthimala loves to listen to devotional songs and also plays golf, as her hobbies.
Vyjayanthimala’s father was M D Raman, while her mother was popular Tamil actress, Vasundhara Devi. Although she was linked with veteran actors like Dilip Kumar and later Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala termed these as popularity stunt by the media. Vyjayanthimala’s husband was Chamanlal Bali, a physician by profession. Vyjayanthimala and Chamamlal Bali have a son, Suchindra Bali.
Being one of the most talented and popular actress of her time, Vyjayanthimala has been successful commercially too. Today, Vyjayanthimala’s net worth is estimated to be around INR 36 crores (USD 5 Million).
Thanks to her immense contribution to the art of Bharatnatyam and as a popular and talented film actress in the Indian film industry, Vyjayanthimala has been awarded several high honors. Vyjayanthimala was awarded the Padma Shri award, India’s 4th-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 1968, as well as being awarded the Tamil Nadu State Artist Award and the Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1979.
Having starred in numerous films in the Tamil, Telugu and the Hindi film industries, Vyjayanthimala has been awarded several times, as well as honored with prestigious accolades. Vyjayanthimala has also been nominated numerous times for her impressive acting skills.
Initially, Vyjayanthimala was runner-up to the Film Fans’ Association Awards’ Best Tamil Actress award for her debut in ‘Vazhkai’ (1950).
The list of Vyjayanthimala’s film awards include winning the Filmfare Awards’ Best Supporting Actress award for her role in ‘Devdas’ (1956), apart from winning the Filmfare Awards’ Best Actress award for ‘Sadhna’ (1958), the Filmfare Awards’ Best Actress award for ‘Gunga Jumna’ (1961), the Filmfare Awards’ Best Actress award for ‘Sangam’ (1964) as well as being awarded the 1996 Filmfare Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Apart from this, Vyjayanthimala was also nominated for the Filmfare Awards’ Best Actress award for her performance in ‘Madhumati’ (1958).
Besides these, Vyjayanthimala has also won the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards’ Best Hindi Actress award for her role in ‘Gunga Jumna’ (1961) and also won the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards’ Best Hindi Actress award for ‘Sunghursh’ (1968).
For her immense contribution to the traditional Indian dance-form of Bharatnatyam, Vyjayanthimala has received numerous honors, including being awarded the Arasavai Natya Kalaingnar from the State Government of Tamil Nadu in 1973 and the elite Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1982.
Later, Vyjayanthimala was honored with the TTK Memorial Award from the Madras Music Academy in 1999, the Nrithya Rathnakara Award by the Bhairavi Fine Arts Society during the 2002 Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana (USA), the Sanskriti Kalashree Award from the Sanskriti Organization in 2005, the Yagnaraman Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from Kartik Fine Arts.
Besides the above, Vyjayanthimala has also been awarded several other prestigious awards in recognition for her contribution to Indian cinema and Bharatnatyam. Vyjayanthimala has been awarded with the 2012 Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards’ Special Award, the Akkineni International Foundation Awards’ 2008 ANR National Award, the Bollywood Movie Awards’ 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Living Legend award in 2006, the Kalakar Awards’ 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Stardust Awards’ Pride of Film Industry Award in 2013 and the Tamil State Film Awards’ Thyagaraja Bhagavathar Award in 2001.
Besides being a globally renowned film actress, Vyjayanthimala has also been awarded with the British Asia Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, the Pune International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and also awarded the Bangalore International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Interesting Facts About Vyjayanthimala
- Vyjayanthimala does not smoke nor drink alcohol.
- Vyjayanthimala has won around 18 awards and nominated around 19 times in her movie career as a talented actress in multiple Indian film industries.
- Vyjayanthimala’s mothers, famed Tamil actress, Vasundhara Devi, had her when she was only 16 years old which resulted in Vyjayanthimala calling her mother by her name.
- At just 17 years of age, Vyjayanthimala was fortunate enough to perform an Indian classical dance for the then Pope Pius XII, in 1940. Her mother was a member in the audience when Vyjayanthimala did it.
- Vyjayanthimala trained under legendary masters for her singing and dancing skills. Vyjayanthimala trained under Guru Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai for Bharatnatyam, whereas Manakkal Sivaraj Iyer, was her teacher for learning Carnatic singing.
- Vyjayanthimala’s movie ‘Nagin’ (1954), went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year.