Indian Actress + Politician & Dancer
Born Aug 13, 1936
Age 79
Hometown India
Other Names Bali, Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala Bali, also known by the mononym Vyjayanthimala, is an Indian film actress, Bharathanatyam dancer, Carnatic singer, dance choreographer, golfer and a Parliamentarian. Vyjayanthimala was one 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.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on August 13, 1936.
1938 1 Year Old In 1938, her grandfather Gopalacharya, the late Mandayam Dhati, started a nursing home on Narayan Shastri Road, Mysore.
1940 3 Years Old At the age of five, Vyjayanthimala was chosen to perform a classical Indian dance for Pope Pius XII while her mother was an audience in 1940 at Vatican City. … Read More


1949 12 Years Old …  She made her debut in the Tamil language film Vazhkai in 1949 and in the Telugu film Jeevitham in 1950. … Read More
1950 13 Years Old 1 More Event
Vyjayanthimala made her screen debut at the age of 13 through the Tamil film Vazhkai (1949) and Telugu film Jeevitham in 1950 and acted in Bollywood movies Bahar and Ladki. … Read More
1951 - 1954 3 More Events
Her performance as the Nagi tribe's chief, Mala got her favourable reviews from the critics, where in 1955 a critic from Filmfare magazine had said that "Vyjayanthimala in the title role puts over a commendable performance besides looking ravishingly beautiful as the belle of the hills. … Read More
1956 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After being recognised as a capable actress with Devdas, Vyjayanthimala acted in movies in 1956, namely Taj, Patrani and Anjaan: Somewhere in Dehli with Pradeep Kumar and Kismet Ka Khel with Sunil Dutt. … Read More


1957 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Following that, Vyjayanthimala almost signed for the lead role in Filmistan's Tumsa Nahin Dekha opposite Dev Anand in 1957, but due to the producer Sashadhar Mukherjee's promise to actor Shammi Kapoor, he replaced Dev Anand with Shammi Kapoor. … Read More
…  The film was well received by critics and audience where it became highest grossing Bollywood film of 1958 and was labelled as blockbuster at box office and ended up as fifth highest grossing film of the decade with its adjusted inflation net gross to about 586.4 million. … Read More
1959 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Vyjayanthimala reunited with Dilip Kumar for the fourth time in bilingual Paigham. … Read More
1960 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Vyjayanthimala mostly concentrated on Tamil films to keep in touch with the industry.
1961 24 Years Old …  Despite some mixed reviews, the film was labelled as hit at box office and was declared as the fourth highest grossing film of 1961 where it had a silver jubilee run at the theatres.
…  Beginning from 1962, most of her films performed either averagely or poorly at the box office. … Read More
1964 - 1965 2 More Events
1966 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Vyjayanthimala starred in Do Dilon Ki Dastaan which failed at the box office. … Read More


1967 30 Years Old After Amrapali which was the biggest flop in her career and some personal issues with co-stars, Vyjayanthimala lost interest in films. In 1967, she was signed in Tapi Chanakya's Ram Aur Shyam which was a remake of 1964 Telugu film Ramudu Bheemudu. … Read More
In 1968, Vyjayanthimala appeared in three big budget film with high profile actors such as Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Rajendra Kumar. … Read More
1975 38 Years Old 1 More Event
However in 1975, Vyjayanthimala was almost signed in Gulzar's Aandhi with Sanjeev Kumar but she backed out from the project as the role resemble Indira Gandhi's personal life.


1981 44 Years Old Following that, she refused the multi-starrer 1981 blockbuster film Kranti opposite Dilip Kumar with Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Babi, Sarika as the ensemble cast which was directed and produced by Manoj Kumar himself. … Read More
1984 47 Years Old Vyjayanthimala's political career was initiated in 1984 when she contested in 1984 Tamil Nadu general election for the South Chennai constituency as the nominee of the Indian National Congress opposite Era Sezhiyan, the leader of Janata Party and seasoned parliamentarian. … Read More
1985 48 Years Old Subsequently, she debuted in the Lok Sabha, the directly elected lower house of the Parliament of India by the end of January 1985 with Amitabh Bachchan.


1989 52 Years Old In 1989, Vyjayanthimala again had to face the 1989 Tamil Nadu general election, this time she was opposed by Aladi Aruna of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. … Read More
1993 56 Years Old Later on 1993, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India for a six-year term.


1999 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, she has resigned from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress party. … Read More
2007 70 Years Old In 2007, she published her autobiography, titled Bonding, with Jyoti Sabarwal as co-writer. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old In 2011, in conjunction with actor Dev Anand's death, Vyjayanthimala recollected her memories during the filming in Madras where she remembers the actor calling her "Papa", the Tamil termed that was used by her family and friends, and he would search for her throughout the sets while yelling "where is Papa, where is my heroine". … Read More
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