Actress-turned-Congress leader, Vijayashanti, is closely related to yesteryear actress, Jayalalitha, who played character roles in Tollywood. They are Reddys. Vijayashanti was born in Anaparthi. When she grew up, she started living separately from her mother. Though she was playing some small roles in films, it was director, T. Krishna who gave her a chance in his filmsr, all of which did well. Vijayashanti is of a soft nature, who is gratitudinal towards those who helped her, Yechury said. When T.Krishna died of cancer, Vijayashanti found it unbearable.