Born on October 15, 1924, in Rayalacheruvu, Andhra Pradesh, A. Bhimsingh was an Indian movie producer, editor, maker, and author who worked  in the Tamil cinema. He got hitched to Sona, who was the sister of Krishnan, in 1949. One of his eight kids, B. Lenin turned out to film editorial manager, and another child, B. Kannan is a cinematographer, known for his regular coordinated efforts with P. Bharathiraja. Bhimsingh, later on, got married to performing artist Sukumari (1959) and had a child with her.

He was a well-known director, who made commercial movies in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam dialects. He is also known for directing TV serial Vizhudhugal. Bhimsingh started his vocation in Telugu magazine as a journalist. In the 1940s, he began his film career with the filmmaking pair Krishnan-Panju as an assistant editor. He, then, became assistant director and later on was promoted as director in 1950s.

With Sivaji Ganeshan, he gave lots of hit movies and also with many other Tamil stars. Aside from it, he has also directed many memorable films in Bollywood such as Rakhi starring Ashok Kumar and Waheeda Rehman, Pooja Ka Phool with Ashok Kumar and Mala Sinha, Khandan with Sunil Dutt and Nutan and much more. Bhimsingh made many motion pictures such as Gopi and Aadmi with Bollywood superstar Dileep Kumar. He was nominated as best director for film Meharbaan by Filmfare Award. He is known in Tamil movie industry for making long series films with Sivaji Ganeshan, with all of which motion pictures names began with the Tamil syllable ‘pa.’ Pava Mannippu film got him a National award for being the best regional movie in Tamil dialect. Most popular among this series were Paalum Pazhamum with the banner of Saravana Films, Pazhani with Bharatha Matha Pictures, Padithaal Mattum Podhuma with Ranganathan Pictures, Pasamalar with Rajamani Pictures and Paarthaal Pasi Theerum with AVM. Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy gave music for many of these motion pictures

. The Tamil actress Lakshmi won National award for Best Actress for the movie Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, which was directed by A. Bhimsingh in 1975. His adaptation of Jayakanthan novels, which won Jnanpith Award stands out. Later on, he began Buddha Pictures, his production company and made movie Padhi Bhakti. In the mid-60s, Bhimsingh framed another production firm called Sunbeam Productions and made his associates Thirumalai - Mahalingam guide some low budget motion pictures with innovative ideas and refreshingly unique stories. He left the world on January 16, 1978.

Komal Swaminathan Tamil Actor

Komal Swaminathan

Komal Swaminathan is a Tamil Theater personality, and his work is commendable and highly appreciated among the people in the industry. During his earlier days, he was a congressional activist and later become a theater personality, journalist, and film director. He was born on 27th January 1935 at Karaikudi, Thanjavur district, in Tamil Nadu, India and died on October 1995 in Chennai located in Tamilnadu, India. He did his schooling from S.V. Sahasranamam, and there he learned how to work as a playwriter and some stage techniques. In the year 1971, he created Stage Friends. In Tamil stage, he acted as a dramatist and produced many remarkable shows. He in 1980 directed Thanneer Thanneer which brought him into the limelight, and also people appreciated his play. Mr. Komal Swaminathan also directed, staged, and scripted this play along with his Stage Friends. It got him so much recognition that the show staged for more than 250 times. The show revolves around the reality of water shortage in the rural areas, and the reason behind it was bureaucracy and laid back attitude of bureaucrats and politicians. It later became a film under the banner of K. Balachander in the year 1981 and later also received National Award and then International Acclaim. Mr. Komal Swaminathan has worked in total thirty-three plays. Then he directed a motion picture called Oru Indhiya Kanavu aka An Indian Dream. In the year 1984, Mr. Komal received the title Best Regional Film under National Film Award. He also became the editor of a magazine called Subhamangala that was a Socio-Cultural, Literary Tamil monthly magazine. He received many recognition and awards during his lifetime, one such being Kalaimaamani award. He died in the year 1995. He was a part of many plays and later became a screenwriter. He received a lot of appreciation for the efforts he puts in while working. He directed two movies during his lifetime, and these were Oru Indhiya Kanavu produced by T. P. Varadarajan and Vijayalakshmi Desikan. It was a critically acclaimed motion picture and received many awards. The total budget of the movie was $150,000,000. It starred actors namely Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajeev, Poornam Vishwanathan, Lalitha, and Vathiyar Raman. The other film was Anal Katru released in the year 1983. The producer of the motion picture was Ramamurthy for Cine Friends and it had actors namely Vanitha Krishnachandran, Raveendran, and Rajesh in the major roles. The story was the adoption of Swaminathan's play Swarga Bhoomi.  


Leena Manimekalai

Leena Manimekalai is a writer, director, actor, and a poet working independently. She has written five different poetic anthologies and a bunch of films. Leena is from is from Srivilliputtur. She completed her high school at the Holy Cross Convent in 1995. She studied at the Madurai Kamarajar University, Tamil Nadu. She has done Media and Conflict Resolution EU Fellowship in the year 2005. Also, she did a Commonwealth Fellowship on Women in Film in 2008, PSBT Film Fellowship on Tamil Women Poetry. She has done Visual Ethnography from The School of Oriental and African Studies, 2012. She is a Charles Wallace Visiting Scholar at the University of London since September 2011. Leena was the artist in residence at the University of Chicago from March 2013 to April 2013. She is in a relationship with Yesvand Rajendran. He is a sculptor. Leena lives in Chennai. Leena currently owns a production house called Leena Manimekalai Productions. In 2003, Leena directed a 45-minute long documentary ‘Mathamma’ that captures a practice in Mangattucheri near Arokonam, Chennai of devoting a girl child to deity. Her next project was Parai released in 2004 that puts a light on the condition of Dalits, especially women taking Siruthondamadevi village as an example. Both the movies had a great political impact resulting in the intervention of police to improve the condition of women. Break the Shackles was another 50-minute documentary released in 2004. It focused on how LPG (Liberalization, Privatisation, and Globalisation) in India neglects the well-being of downtrodden people, especially Dalits. She released a video poem of five minutes called Love Lost. It was from one of her poetry anthologies that described the urban definition of relationships and its deterioration. Next was an Indo-German Cross-Cultural Documentary released in 2005, ‘Connecting Lines’ under EU Fellowship. It contained four protagonists (two from India and two from Germany) and their struggles.   Altar was a 50-minute documentary released in 2005. It showed the child marriages and other customs and traditions of a community, Kambalathu residing in the central parts of Tamil Nadu. Waves After Waves, a 60-minute documentary showed the transformation of the Tsunami survived children of 2004 by different art and Psychological practices. It was released in the year 2006. Leena’s other works include A Hole in the Bucket, Goddesses, Sengadal, My Mirror is the Door and ballad of Resistance. She acted as a protagonist in movies like Chellamma, Love Lost, White Cat, and Sengadal. Leena has received a lot of honors and awards through her documentaries and poetry. Silver Trophy for Best Documentary at Europe Film Festival (2004), Paris and Norway Independent Diaspora Festivals (2005), Golden Conch at Mumbai International Film Festival (2008), etc, are few of the awards that she received. Leena is presently working on documentaries like I Will Not Keep Quiet, Is it too Much to Ask, The Sunshine, Rains Shall Come and Neermathalampoo.

Leena Manimekalai Tamil Actress