Veteran film actor, producer and director Vijaya Nirmala known for her works predominantly in Telugu cinema has passed away. Her son, Naresh announced the news on Twitter.

He wrote, “I regret to inform you that my mother, senior artiste, prominent producer and director Dr.A G Vijaya Nirmala passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75, her body will be kept at our residence from 11 a.m. Final rites will be held tomorrow (Friday).”

Vijaya Nirmala began her career as a child artist and made her debut with the 1950 Tamil film Machcha Rekkai and four years after that moved on to Telugu cinema.

The veteran was not just an accomplished actor but also a prolific director. In 2002, she entered the Guinness Book of Records as the female director of most films.

In 2008, she also received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contributions to Telugu cinema apart from many other accolades.

The internet is flooded with fans and members of the Southern film industry paying heartfelt tributes to the legend who began her career 70 years ago in the film industry and inspired several women to follow suit.

Anil Ravipudi, Kalyanram Nandamuri, Vishnu Manchu, S. Radha Krishna, Kajal Aggarwal and Sudheer Babu among others wrote  messages for the legend.