Cinematographer BR Vijayalakshmi is the daughter of a popular filmmaker BR Panthulu. Her mother Andalammal is a homemaker. Vijayalakshmi has a brother
and he is working in the Kannada film industry as a filmmaker.
Vijayalakshmi started her career as an interior designer. Later, she developed an interest in cinematography and joined the film school. Vijayalakshmi is Asia’s first woman cinematographer. She joined Ashok Kumar, a popular cinematographer as an assistant in the year 1980 for the film Nenjathai Killathe. Within three Years, she had completed thirty films as an assistant to Ashok.
She had helped the movies Kai Kodukkum Kai starring "
" and "
" with the clash work. She made her debut as an independent cinematographer in 1985 in the film Chinna Veedu directed by “
.” This offer came to her as Bhagayaraj was impressed with her work in Darling Darling Darling. Vijayalakshmi had worked in 22 films as a cinematographer. Vijayalakshmi is not only a cinematographer but a screenplay writer and director too.
Her first script work was for a Malayalam film, Daddy, which had
in the lead roles. She made her debut as the director in Paatu Paada Va, a film that had “SP Balasubrahmanyam” and “
” in the lead roles. The songs were super hits and the story was unique too. Vijayalakshmi was elated as the film got its honor in the international arena. It was screened at the International Film Festival of India. She had directed hit TV series too.
Vijayalakshmi has directed serials including Vasantham Colony,
, and Velan. Vijayalakshmi is the creative head of the Indian Music Company, Saregama. After few years, she was appointed as the business head of the TV Software Division of Saregama. Vijayalakshmi is married to
and he belongs to the film industry and yes, he is a sound recordist. The couple has a son.
After her second directorial venture, Basket in 2002, Viji didn’t work on films. She reentered the film industry in 2018 with Ahbiyum Anuvum and this is a multilingual film in Malayalam titled as Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyum.