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Vijayalakshmi acted with the leading actors of the day, including MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, N.T.R,A.N.R,Prem Nazir, Jaishankar and Muthuraman. She acted with Jaishankar in many films. According to her, Nagesh is the best dancer the industry has produced, and she had the opportunity to dance with him in ‘Kaakkum Karangal’. L. Vijayalakshmi now lives with her husband and son in the United States.
For her performance, Viji, as the leading lady of yesteryear is popularly known, was hailed as the dancing genius. The heroine of more than 100 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi is today a merry-tempered chartered accountant working as Budgeting Officer of Virginia Polytechnic University in the United States. Dance has been a passion for L. Vijayalakshmi. And, that was why her family shifted from Pune to Chennai in search of a Bharathanatyam guru for her. She was a quick learner and acclaimed dancer Kumari Kamala, who was her inspiration, presided over her ‘arangetram’.
Critics and magazines had then praised her as a new find - a combination of Kamala and Vyjayanthimala. She used dance as a ladder to films, fame and fortune.

Film directors and producers took a fancy to her dancing skills; they sensed that a dance sequence by Viji in their film could be useful. The first offer was a Telugu movie. It was a dream come true for her. Telugu industry was fond of classical dance, and almost all films in Telugu opted for Viji’s dance sequence.

“It was then that Tamil industry opened its doors for me,” says Viji. ‘Bhavani’ was my first Tamil film. Modern Theatres’ ‘Edhirigal Jakkirathai’, ‘Iru Vallavargal’, ‘Vallavan Oruvan’, ‘Kaakkum Karangal’, ‘Ayirathil Oruvan’; Sridhar’s ‘Sumai Thangi’ and ‘Panchavarnakili’ made me a big star.”

“Jayakanthan’s ‘Pathai Theriyudhu Paar’ was produced by Nimai Ghosh in Hindi, and I acted with Meenakumari. Then, I acted with Mehmood in ‘Shabnam’, which gave me recognition in the Hindi belt. And, then I turned to Malayalam. I acted with Prem Nazir in three movies, including ‘Laila Majnu’.

“‘Ooti Varia Uravu’ was my last film [in the late 1960s]. It was during this film that my brother’s friend, Suraj Kumar De Datta, an agricultural scientist working in the Philippines, saw my photograph and fell in love with me. He proposed to me on the sets.”
Tough decision

With a prosperous film career ahead of her, it was not easy to take a decision. But, her parents helped her make the choice by highlighting the significance of getting married at the right time.

After ‘Ooti Varai Uravu’ she bid adieu to the film industry.

A pure vegetarian, Viji found it difficult to take a bite of the fish she was offered as part of the Bengali marriage ritual. In 1969, she settled down in Manila, and with nothing else to do took up higher studies. Agriculture was her chosen subject.

In 1977, when the then Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, visited Manila, the Indian Embassy there asked her to give a dance performance at a function organised in his honour. “Morarji ‘bhai’ called my husband lucky when he saw my Bharatanatyam performance,” Viji said. “I shifted to the U.S. in 1991 and studied CPA (Chartered Public Audit) and got a job as Budgeting Officer in Virginia Polytechnic University.”
Anbu Vazhi (1968)
# Bhama Vijayam (1967)
# Bhavani (1967)
# Ethirigal Jaggirithai (1967)
# Badal (1966)
... aka The Clouds
# Husn Aur Ishq alias Alif Laila (1966)
# Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1966) .... Ranjani
# Babruvahana (1964) .... Subhadra
# Bobbili Yudham (1964)
# Poojaphalam (1964)
# Ramudu Bheemudu (1964)
# Narthanasala (1963) .... Uttara
# Punarjanma (1963) .... (guest role)
# Mahamantri Timmarasu (1962) .... Chinna Devi
# Gundamma Katha (1962) .... Padma
# Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha (1962)
# Jagadeka Veeruni Katha (1961) .... Nagaputrika
# Thayilla Pillai (1961)

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Anonymous said...

I happened to see her dance sequence in Timmarusu(telugu movie) and started wondering how she had disappeared from movie industry. Wanted to find out her where abouts and thanks to your compilation, I came to know about her and that she is well settled in U.S.

Anonymous said...

Can I get her address or phone number please ,I am in USA .I would like to meet her.

sreedhar said...

Lot of fan followers asking her phone number atleast to see her ..we are in USA ,please can you give E-mail or phone to get appointment.

Anonymous said...

She was (is) my best friend when she was living in Davis CA (USA). We used to get together all the time. My son and her son Raja used to play together. I still have her pictures with me. Later I lost the touch.. I wish I can get her phone number..


Anonymous said...

mam please see these comments people are dieing to see you. .. mam please say something.. you stil have that charm.. where ever you are you are the best best best... you are the 8th wonder of india..we will not loose you....take care mam good should give you my age also to you.. so you can live long time...:)

ezra said...

hllo,iam your fan,i am telugu persen.what is ypur mother toungh

Anonymous said...

Respected madam,please let me know that you are alive.My entire family is your devoties including my daughters Vagdevi(11) and vaishnavi (10).M.S.P.Murthy.09347065698.Hyderabad-India

captain k c b dayan said...

a good actress with boundless talents but her contemprary film world failed to utilise her fully but anyhow god had given her a path tosucess in an alternative arena

captain k c b dayan said...

a good actress with boundless talents but her contemprary film world failed to utilise her fully but anyhow god had given her a path tosucess in an alternative arena prof{captain} kcb dayan 09790279755 from chennai


dont worry darling be happy life is with u dear viji.......

srinivasan said...

best dancing actresses in tamil films

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Sekhar said...

Dear Readers, was anyone able to get her contact information? i live in USA, want to meet her if possible. I like old movies & still watch them during weekends...she is a great dancer...you should watch the snake dance in JAGADEKHAVEERUNI KATHA....

Please share her contact

Anonymous said...

Glad to go through this article which brought out the details of the dancing queen of yester years.



Anonymous said...

Is this the same L Vijayalakshmi who was in the Tamil thriller movie Bommai? There is a beautiful dance in that movie for a song set in Sahana Ragam.

Natesan Ramasubramanyan said...

I admire her for her talents as an actress, exemplary dancer. I came to know recently in USA from a friend that Ms. L. Vijayalakshmi is in US as a Financial Analyst with Certified Public Accountant qualification. When I read her profile, I was taken a back. She as a married woman got qualified in Agriculture in Manila and later when her husband moved to US, she got CA qualification also. She is a classic example to develop skills according to changing situations. She is a role model for young Indians that they can excel in any field with perceivarance. I salute you Madam. I don't know if she would see the comment. Regards. Dr. N. Ramasubramanyan

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