Vyjayanthimala

Dancer, Politician

1936 –

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Who is Vyjayanthimala?

Vyjayanthimala Bali, also known by the mononym Vyjayanthimala, is an Indian film actress, Bharathanatyam dancer, Carnatic singer, dance choreographer, golfer and Parliamentarian.

Vyjayanthimala was one of the biggest Bollywood stars in a career lasting almost two decades. She was also the first South Indian actress to become a national star and "paved way" for the other South Indian actresses to foray into Bollywood. Vyjayanthimala is also an accomplished dancer and was one of those who introduced semi-classical dance to Bollywood. Her subsequent dance numbers in her films had earned her the title of "twinkle toes". She was also referred to as one of the first female Superstars of Hindi cinema and was known as "Numero Uno actress" along with Hema Malini, Rekha, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit for her "illustrious career in 1950s and 1960s".

Born in an orthodox Tamil Brahmin family, Vyjayanthimala made her screen debut at the age of 13 through the Tamil film Vazhkai and acted in Bollywood films Bahar and Ladki. Following the success of Nagin, Vyjayanthimala established herself as one of the Bollywood's leading actresses and a successful actress of Tamil descent.

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Born
Aug 13, 1936
Triplicane
Also known as
  • Vyjayanthimala Raman
  • Vyjayanti
  • Vyjayathimala
  • Miss Vyjayantimala
  • Vyjayantimala
  • Vyjayanti Mala
  • Vijayanthimala Bali
  • Vijayanthimala
  • Vyjayanthimala Bali
  • Vyjantimala
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Vaishnavism
Ethnicity
  • Tamil
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Lived in
  • Chennai

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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