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General News Zee Classic to highlight Vyjayanthimala’s journey on Classic Legends Season 4
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MUMBAI: Zee Classic will highlight the journey of veteran actress Vyjayanthimala on Classic Legends Season 4 starting 5 November at 7 pm.

Vyjayanthimala has donned many hats during her illustrious career from being an actor to a Bharatnatyam dancer, a Carnatic singer and a dance choreographer. Lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar describe the intricate details of her illustrious career from Bahar (1951) to Ganwaar (1970)and how she transformed the many norms of Indian cinema.

At the age of 6, young Vyjayanthimala performed her first dance for the Pope at Vatican City. In fact, Akhtar revealed that the actor has still preserved the medal given to her by the Pope as a prized possession. At the age of 15, Vyjayanthimala signed her first Tamil film ‘Vazhkai’ (1949). The film’s Hindi remake titled ‘Bahar’ marked Vyjayanthimala’s first step in Bollywood making her the first South Indian actor to do so.

As Akhtar recalled, Vyjayanthimala paved the way for other South Indian actors such as Waheeda Rehman and Padmini to enter Bollywood. Despite her shift from the south, Vyjayanthimala continues to be known as the first female superstar of Hindi cinema.

With back to back hits early in her career, Vyjayanthimala took the industry by storm. Her performances in ‘Nagin’, ‘Sadhna’, ‘Ganga Jamuna’, and ‘Sangam’ made the films runaway hits. Devdas, in particular, was a landmark movie where Vyjayanthimala starred as Chandramukhi.

Akhtar recounted, “This film established her as a talented actor apart from an attractive and proficient dancer. When given an award as the ‘Best Actor in Supporting Role’ for this film, Vyjayanthimala refused it as she felt her role was as much a lead heroine as Paro. Such was her self-esteem!”

Her dance numbers, such as ‘Hothon Pe Aisi Baat Main Dabake Chali Aai’, ‘Man Doley Mera Tan Doley’; ‘Chad Gaiyo Paapi Bichua’; ‘Main Ka Karu Ram Mujhey Buddha Mil Gaya’ continue to be popular even today. “Interestingly, the actor had hurt her foot during the shoot of Madhumati but she danced to all the songs of the film effortlessly of which ‘Chadh Gayo Papi Bichchua’ remains the most popular,” shared Akhtar.

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