She was one of the most popular actresses in South India and number one actress in Telugu film industry in 1970s. She had starred alongside most of the veteran actors in South India. She fell in love with noted Tamil actor Vijayakumar and married him. We are talking about none other than legendary actress Manjula Vijayakumar, who died in Chennai on Tuesday, following a brief illness.
Manjula Vijayakumar made her debut as a child actor in Tamil film Shanthi Nilayam in 1969. She entered Telugu film industry with the movie Jai Jawan in 1970. Later, she acted in more than 30 Telugu movies. She had worked with legendary Telugu actors like Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Shobhan Babu. Alluri Seetarama Raju, Manchi Manasulu, Mahakavi Kshetrayya, Magadu, Monagadu and Manushulu Chesina Dongalu are some of her memorable movies in Tollywood.
Manjula enjoyed huge success as heroine in 1970s, but in the 1980s, she began appearing in supporting roles like mother and sister. In the 1990's the number of films came down. Recently, she was diagnosed with jaundice and was undergoing treatment for it. She was admitted to Sri Ramchandra Medical College (SRMC) in Chennai a week ago after she suffered a severe fall in her house. She breathed her last this morning (July 23).
We bring you rare pictures of Manjula Vijayakumar and some interesting facts about her Telugu movies. Continue to see them in the slideshow.