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,
, Kaalai, and Siddhu +2 and more.
Beside films, she also entered the television industry and became more popular for her character as Nachiyar in
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.
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Seema is a South Indian film actress who began her career with a Tamil picture as a dancer. Her real name is Shantha Kumari. She was born on 22 May, 1957 in a Malayalam family at Purasawalkam, Chennai. We know her well as Shanthi. She had worked in about 250 movies in her whole career. Her spouse is Mr. I.V. Sasi who is a famous Malayalam film director. Madhavan Nambiar is her father, and Vasanthy is her mother. Because of some familiar disputes, her father divorced her mother when she was approximately only seven years old. After that, her father married with some other woman, and she had three step brothers and sisters from them.
She completed her study from PN Dhawan Adarsh Vidyalaya, Chennai. At the time of her first debut film, she was only fourteen years old. She acted in director Lisa Baby’s film Nizhale Ni Sakshi. In that creation, veteran actor Vijayan gave her the name ‘Seema’ to see her nature. In this way, we had got a beautiful actress named Seema. Seema gets married to the popular Malayalam director I.V. Sasi on 28 August, 1980 and spent her life happily. They have two children, Anu Milan and
. Anu is her daughter, and Ani is her son.
Seema is not only a generous actor; she is a good human being. She had performed in many Malayalam films. When she started her career, she was broad-minded about her costumes and dressings. She was bold about how her cinematic appearance would be. She had not only worked in Malayalam movies; she performed in Telugu and Tamil films also. She joined the serial ‘Thangam’ as a character Nachiyar on Sun TV. She had done most of the films with most famous actor Jayan and they were the most popular couple of that time in Kerala. She had last acted in the 1988 Malayalam movie ‘Mahayaanam.’ She had again acted in the film ‘Olympian Anthony Adam’ in 1998.
She got the Best Actress award from the Kerala State Film Award. Chennai had also crowned her with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59 th Idea Film Fare Festival in 2011. From 2013-present, she is coming in a Tamil serial ‘Vamsum’ as a Thangamma\Ponnuthaiya on Sun TV. On Janam TV, she is working in a Malayalam serial ‘Amruthavarshini’ in the role of Saraswathy a.k.a. Sarasu. From 1990 till now, she is busy in TV serials only. A famed writer Didi Damodaran wrote the biography named ‘Vishudha Shanthi’ on Seema’s life and career in 2011. Seema is a skilled and a professional personality. She is very determined towards her work. She is as beautiful as responsible. She has done a tremendous job in her life. O God, may we see her more in the future.