Yesteryear actress Vyjayanthimala turns 84 today. She ruled Bollywood for over two decades. She is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, a singer and a dance choreographer. She charmed us with her fabulous acting and dance performances. Remember, the song ‘Honton Mein Aisi’ from Jewel Thief opposite Dev Anand? Even today, we like to hear her songs and see her dances.
Here are some interesting facts about Yesteryear actress Vyjayanthimala
1. Vyjayanthimala was born in Triplicane near Parthasarathy in Tamil family. Her mother Vasundhara Devi was a leading actress in Tamil Industry in 1940s.
2. Vyjayanthimala attended Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Presentation Convent, Church Park, Chennai.
3. She learnt Bharatnatyam from Guru Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai and Carnatic music from Manakkal Sivaraja Iyer.
4. At the age of seven, Vyjayanthimala was chosen to perform a classical Indian dance in 1940 at Vatican City and at the age of 13 had started performing in Tamil Nadu.
5. Vyjayanthimala was the first South Indian actress to become a national star and made way for other south Indian actresses to foray into Bollywood. After that, she was known for some brilliant performances in films like ‘Madhumati’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Leader’, ‘Jewel Thief’, ‘Sangam’ and many more.
6. Although she worked with all major superstars of her time, including Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand, her on-screen chemistry with legendary actor Dilip Kumar was loved the most.
7. In love with Raj Kapoor? Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala featured in two films, named Nazrana and Sangam. Rishi Kapoor, in an interview with a leading daily, shed light on the relationship his father shared with co-star Vyajanthimala, who had denied having an affair with the actor.
8. Vyjayanthimala inspires Hema – Hema Malini says her inspiration for dance is yesteryear actress Vyjayanthimala. “My all-time favourite is one and only Vyjayanthimala. I really admire her and have always tried to follow her footsteps. She is over 70 but is still perfect and dances so well. She is a great inspiration for me,” Hema Malini said.
9. She moved to Chennai and got married to Chamanlal Bali in 1968. After marriage, she lost interest in films and quit acting. But her love for dance stayed and she continued with her dancing career. She is known for many dance numbers in Bollywood.
10. Later, she published her autobiography, titled ‘Bonding’, with Jyoti Sabarwal as co-writer. Though she doesn’t act in films these days, her contribution to Bollywood industry will always be cherished.