Seema is a veteran actress from India. She has acted in over 250 Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. She entered the industry in the year 1971 and is going strong till date. She was born on May 22, 1957 in Choolaimedu, Chennai, India. Seema’s father is Madhavan Nambiar from Thalassery who works in the T.V.S Parcel Service in Madras. Her mother Vasanthy is from Ambalamedu, Thrippunithura. Madhavan divorced Vasanthy and left when Seema was only 7-years old, and then he got re-married. Seema studied at P.N Dhawan Adarsh Vidyalaya in Chennai. She was married to Malayalam film director, Irruppam Veedu Sasidran (I. V. Sasi) on August 28, 1980. They have two kids namely, Anu Milan and Ani. Anu became an actor and was featured in his father’s Malayalam film, Symphony. Indian actor, Vijayan gave her the name Seema while filming Nizhale Nee Sakshi and from then on she started using it as her screen name. She is also known as Shanthi.
Seema initiated her career through the Malayalam film, Achante Bharya in 1971. She played the role of a dancer followed by few more films where she acted as a dancer as well. She debuted in the film, Nizhale Nee Sakshi, however the film was shelved for some reasons. Later, it was completed and starred Malayalam actress, Vidhubala as a heroine.
When she was 19 years old, she played the main lead role in the Malayalam film, Avalude Ravukal in 1978 under the direction of I. V. Sasi. Then she continued her journey in acting. She took a hiatus after doing the Malayalam film, Mahayaanam. She came back in year 1998 as a Principal in the high-budgeted Malayalam film, Olympian Anthony Adam. Some of Seema’s films are Mannu, Aaarathi, Thadakom, Kalyana Agathigal, Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu, Ashrayam, Vartha, Gandhinagar 2nd Street and a lot more. She recently did Naadakame Ulakam, Manushyamrigam and Geethaanjali. Some of her Tamil films include Kaali, Enga ooru Kannagi, Baba, Bagavathi, Anbe Sivam, Kaalai, and Siddhu +2 and more.
Beside films, she also entered the television industry and became more popular for her character as Nachiyar in Thangam on Sun TV. She was also starred in popular serials like
on Mazhavil Manorama, Ammakili on Asianet Channel, Muhurtham, Kairali’s Chillu, Ammavukku Randilu Raahu and Vamsam on Sun TV.
Because of her versatility and talent in acting, she received many awards in her career as an actress. In 1984, she won the Best Actress Award in Kerala State Film Awards for her performance in Aksharangal and Aalkuttathil Thaniye. In 1985, she got the Best Actress Award again for her performance in Anubandham in Kerala State Film Awards. Seema also received recognitions in Filmfare Awards such as, Best Actress Award for Aaroodam in 1983, Best Actress Award for Aksharangal and Aalkuttathil Thaniye in 1984, Best Actress Award for Anubandham in 1985 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Didi Damodaran, a popular writer, published the book, Vishudha Shanthi, Seema’s biography of life in 2011.