HYDERABAD: Popular character artiste and film-goers’ favourite ‘Bamma’ (granny), is no more. Nirmalamma (89), who is instantly-recognized for her roles as a quintessential grandmother in films, passed away on Thursday morning at her residence in Jubilee Hills.
She is survived by her adopted daughter Kavitha and son-in-law Prasad. Famous as a talented actress for her versatility in character roles, she was loved by audiences for her realistic portrayal of mother and grandmother roles.
Born in 1920 in Bandar, she entered films in 1950 with ‘Garuda Garvabhangam’ and ‘Premaku Swagatham’ was her last film. Her production house Nirmala Arts made ‘Chalaki Mogudu-Chadasthapu Pellam’ starring Rajendra Prasad, directed by Relangi Narasimha Rao.
Over 700 films
In a career spanning over five decades, she worked in over 700 films and bagged Nandi award for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Mayuri’. Her roles in films like ‘Sankarabharanam’, ‘Yamagola’, ‘Padaharella Vayasu’, ‘Swathi Muthyam’, ‘Maavi Chiguru’ and ‘Subha Sankalpam’ remain unforgettable.
On hearing the news of her demise, the entire tinsel town including Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Dasari Narayana Rao, Krishna, Vijaya Nirmala, Tammareddy Bharadwaja, B. Gopal, Murali Mohan, S.V. Krishna Reddy, K. Atchi Reddy, Relangi Narasimha Rao, Paruchuri brothers, Sivaparvathi, Maharshi Raghava and others paid homage to the actress.
YSR condoles demise
Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family members. Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi said she was a natural actress and a powerhouse of talent.