Gorgeous Actress Of Indian Cinema Vyjayanthimala Turned 79 Today.739 views
Vyjayanthimala is the first South Indian actress who made it as a national star and is one of the biggest ever Hindi film female stars in a career lasting almost two decades. Her stint with cinema is legendary.
Vyjayanthimala is also an accomplished dancer and one of those who introduced semi-classical dance to Hindi films. Her subsequent dance numbers in her films had earned her the title of ‘twinkle toes’
Most actresses fade away after marriage and motherhood as the film world is a fickle one. But this lady, with grit and determination, has rewritten the rules and with support from her spouse, has attained the pinnacle of glory.
In ‘Madhumati’ (1958), Vyjayanthimala had triple-act as Madhumati, Madhavi and Radha. Madhumati was a nature’s girl who loved birds and was innocent and beautiful. Madhavi was brought up in city and she lacked the qualities that Madhumati had. She was poised, curious and pitiful. Vyjayanthi could successfully handle both the characters which marked the success of the film. Dilip Kumar had the character role of Madhumati’s lover who excels in revealing the grief that he had for his dead love. The stunning scenario in which the film was shot also adds up to its grandeur. The dizzying success of Madhumati took Vyjayanthimala to the highest degrees of stardom which every actress in Bollywood aspires to achieve.
“Aaja re main to” by Lata Mangeshkar is one of the sought-after songs of this picture. “Dil thadap thadap ke keh raha hai” also would never go behind while recalling the songs of Madhumati. The music composer Salil Chowdhury had contributed his finest talents to the songs of this picture.
Not many are aware of the fact that Vyjayanthimala actually staged a Marathi dance drama called Sant Saku, which had the late Vasant Desai as the composer, and Vani Jairam lending her voice for Vyjayanthimala . Though Vasant Desai refused to take Vyjayanthimala seriously when she approached him with the request to compose music for it, he relented after she performed the steps in front of him and threatened to shelve the dance drama if he was not ready to compose the music. Once he saw her doing the steps he was totally focused on the drama. Vyjayanthimala was there throughout the rehearsals at Vasant Desai’s place near Shivaji Park, and also for the recordings.
‘Sant Saku’ was one of her best dance dramas. Having lived and worked for so many years in Bombay, Vyjayanthimala wanted to show her gratitude and it was her contribution to the people of Maharashtra. It was inaugurated at Pandharpur.