Women’s Day Special: Jayaprada To Anushka, Here Are The 7 Trailblazers Of Tollywood

Sneha Bale

March 3, 2020


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Vijaya Nirmala

It’s 2020 and we are finally applauding the women who make the effort to break out of their moulds. However, this isn’t the first time when women are going above and beyond. From Kalpana Chawla, Indra Nooyi to Sania Mirza and Sushmita Sen, women have always done something unimaginable to prove the world that their position cannot be dictated by someone else. On the occasion of 77th International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at 7 women in Tollywood who were trailblazers in their own right.

Vijaya Nirmala is the first of our pick. Her career may have started and ended decades ago, but her Guinness Book World Record remains untouched. Apart from being an amazing actor, wife to superstar Krishna and mother to yet another commendable actor Naresh, Vijaya Nirmala is more. She is the only woman in our history who has directed over 300 films, most of which include the biggest stars of her times.

Vijaya Lalitha

Action films are considered as a mass genre, even in 2020. But here, meet Vijaya Lalitha! With 860 films to her credit, across languages, there is no way that one cannot talk about her. During the ’60s and ’70s, this lady was credited to be “Female James Bond” of her times, with the choice of roles and films.


With the wide success of Keerthy Suresh starrer Mahanti, the legends of Savitri are now known to every adult and adolescent. She started working at a young age and made it big long before she retired. Although the actor saw a tremendous downfall, she continues to be a trailblazer for the way she carved the path ahead for many actor to follow.


Dancing and expressions came as easy to this lady as breathing comes to us. Even years later, people continue to talk about Jayaprada’s beauty and elegance. When the times were going strong for men in the business, Jayaprada balanced her way out to success. She gave us memorable characters in films that had a deeper meaning, while she also entertained us with numerous commercial hits.


Yet another actor of the same times, Jayasudha is also a trailblazer because she has always been commended for her spontaneity. The lady who started as a mainstream heroine went on to do many ‘outgoing’ and ‘bold’ moves in her career. She was also one of the first women of her generation to have embraced roles appropriate to her age. All thanks to her, people of all times have at least a handful of brilliant films by Jayasudha to keep us entertained.


Sridevi started acting at the tender age of 4. Moreover, she was applauded for her work since day one. With times, she moved ahead and became one of the top actresses. Despite swinging her career between multiple industries and having taken a sabbatical, Sridevi found a way to stay relevant. In fact, even after she bade goodbye to the world, we continue to remember her every now and then through her movies.

Anushka Shetty

Last and the newest of the lot, we have Anushka Shetty. After finding a harmonious life as a yoga instructor, Anushka ventured into films and showed the world that she had arrived. But what sets her apart from the crowd is the fact that her career isn’t made of superhit films. She made visibility and then went to make films that she believed in. And these films continue to be the ones that came to us like a breath of fresh air, time and time again.

Taking some inspiration and motivation from these lovely ladies, we wish you all out there a Happy Women’s Day. There is nothing better than letting it all go and celebrate yourself. Treat yourself to some amazing films right here on ZEE5.

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