Indian actress, dancer and parliamentarian

Vyjayanthimala (born 13 August 1933), is an Indian film actress. She is one of the most prominent actresses of the golden era; Bharatha Natyam dancer, Carnatic singer, dance choreographer, golfer and Parliamentarian. Her iconic film career lasted for more than two decades and she was known as the "feminine superstar" of the Indian screen. As an accomplished classical dancer in Bharata Natyam she introduced semi-classical dance to Bollywood which earned her the sobriquet "twinkle toes”. She won several Filmfare awards|Filmfare awards and national awards for her films. She was also awarded the the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

Vyjayanthimala in 2013

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  • I always cribbed about having such a long name and my grandmother would say that nobody else will be called ‘Vyjayanthimala'.
    • In "Why Vyjayanthimala has 'nothing to say' about today's heroines".
  • But first I was made to learn music, because music and dance go together. You can sing, but you can’t dance without music...
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala."
  • I was surrounded by dance, music and religious chants, so it was that kind of a mood. Our family was very culturally-minded, especially my grandmother. She was also quite the disciplinarian. She made sure I practiced daily for hours.
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".
  • We came from a conservative family, many of whom had never even gone to school. But I was sent to a convent and everyone was very proud that I was educated. So once while I was performing in Madras, a director from AVM studios spotted me. They were looking for a fresh face and they immediately wanted to cast me, and my grandmother grudgingly accepted.
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".
  • I was cast as a college girl and that wasn’t really hard to play as I was very young then. I was treated as a child on the sets. When the movies finally hit the theatres, all the newspapers carried reviews that said, ‘What natural acting.'
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".
  • I was cast as a college girl and that wasn’t really hard to play as I was very young then. I was treated as a child on the sets. When the movies finally hit the theatres, all the newspapers carried reviews that said, ‘What natural acting.
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".
  • She says she was the only south Indian actress who could speak Hindi without a South Indian accent, at the time.
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".
  • There were no acting schools or workshops then. What came naturally to you, is all you had. But Bharata Natyam taught me everything.
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".
  • If Bharatanatyam helped my movies, I cannot say the same about films helping my Bharatanatyam.
    • In "There's no slowing down for Vyjayanthimala".

Why Vyjayanthimala has 'nothing to say' about today's heroines edit

Vyjayantimala at a wedding reception

"Why Vyjayanthimala has 'nothing to say' about today's heroines". DNA India. 26 September 2011. Retrieved on 12 January 2014. 

  • There were so many different characters that I have played. Radha in Sangam was a very sophisticated woman and the setting was very refined, while in Dhanno in Gunga Jumna was rustic, a village belle. Even the language was different.
  • As it is, being a South Indian I used to say my own lines and everybody marveled at it, and then to learn Bhojpuri... Dilipsaab was very helpful.
  • Sangam had many firsts. The first technicolour film, the first film to have two intervals — in a way I was a part of history.
  • [[w:Raj Kapoor|Raj Kapoor was a true showman. He knew exactly what he wanted from me and Rajendra Kumar in Sangam, whereas Devsaab (Anand) had his own style his own mannerisms. I learnt so much from Dilipsaab especially mannerisms, like the way of delivering my Bhojpuri lines.
  • My first colour sequence was in what was then called ‘Geva Colour’ for the dream sequence in Nagin.
  • My dances were not like today’s, which have progressed with an Indian and Western combination or fusion which has become repetitive. You cannot tell one dance from the other. Everyone wants to be Michael Jackson. But I like some of them like that ‘Radha kaise na jale’ from Lagaan. I like classical stuff.
  • Today’s dancers are not dignified. There’s a lot of talent but they are getting ample help. In our time you had to get the steps right, the words right and the movement right. Otherwise you had to start all over again. Today even if they miss a step it can be adjusted at the editing.
  • I don’t know if I am wrong, but singing slightly out of sur is also in vogue these days. And these pelvic movements and gestures are too much for me.
  • And when I joined politics people told me it wasn’t the same as the Independence era, so you can imagine how it has become now. It’s such a sad thing. Instead of taking to the country to a higher level we are going downwards.

Vyjayanthimala still cuts a striking figure tall edit

"Vyjayanthimala still cuts a striking figure tall". Times of India. 12 January 2014. Retrieved on 12 January 2014. 

  • In those days, dances were dances and songs were songs. Film dances always had a semi-classical or folk element to them and songs were all about soul-stirring lyrics and haunting music. These days, they are more about technique and technology, often it's the camera that's dancing, the synthesiser that's singing. Not my cup of tea.
  • I poured my heart and soul into the role of Chandramukhi. In my view, hers was the greater character (compared with Paro's). One scene that will forever be etched in my memory is the one in which Devdas takes leave of Chandramukhi, saying that he hopes he will meet her again, 'if not in this lifetime, then in the next'.
  • That's because I simply carried on dancing, [she said]. It was my first love, and thanks to my taskmaster of a grandmother (Yadugiri Devi), I had never stopped my Bharata Natyam.
  • aAs a creative artiste dedicated to a spiritual art form I was deeply pained by the communal violence in Gujarat.
  • The need of the hour is to get people to talk to each other and to clear the air. I don't approve of fusion in art, but I definitely approve of it in the field of politics.
  • Of course, there's also politics — "though far less so than before," admitted the three-time MP, who now is a member of the BJP.

About Vyjayanthimala edit

  • Vyjayanthimala Bali has been in the forefront of those responsible for the renaissance of Bharatanatyam for three or four decades.
    • The most striking aspect of Ms. Bali’s dance was her fidelity to tradition. She is a copybook of Bharatanatyam, traditional and classical.
    • By N. Murali in "Vyjayanthimala Bali a copybook of Bharatanatyam".
  • If any screen actress of recent times had ruled the film scene with the sway and swagger of a fabled queen it was surely Vyjayanthimala, the volatile, vibrant and the most gorgeous star of Hindi screen.
  • Danseuse extraordinaire, Vyjayanthimala's greatest legacy to cinema is that today it is de rigeur for every girl who enters the Hindi film industry to be an accomplished dancer. Yet there was more to light-footed Vyjayanthi than magical moves.

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