Leena Manimekalai Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Leena Manimekalai Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Nickname Karuvachi
Profession Filmmaker, Poet, Actor
Known for Being accused of hurting the Hindu religious sentiments with the poster of a documentary Kaali in which a woman was represented as a goddess, who was smoking a cigarette and waving the Pride flag
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 168 cm
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 55 kg
in pounds– 121 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.) 36-26-36
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Debut Short Film (Tamil; As a director): Mathamma (2003)
A snip from Leena Manimekalai's film 'Mathamma' (2003)
Film (Tamil; As an actor): Chellamma (2004) as a protagonist
Poster of the film Chellamma (2004)
Awards, Honours, Achievements
• 2004: Chicago Women in Director’s Chair International Film Festival
• 2004: Silver Trophy for the Best Documentary in Europe Movies Film Festival
• 2005: Best Actor and Best Experimental Video in Independent Art Film Festival
• 2005: Best Documentary in Paris and Norway Independent Diaspora Festivals
• 2005: European Union Fellowship for Conflict Resolution in Media
• 2005: Retrospective, International Democratic Socialist Youth Film Festival, Venezuela
• 2006: International Jury in Asian Film Festival, Malaysia
• 2007: Jury Award for Best Cinema of Resistance
• 2008: Golden Conch for Best International Documentary in Mumbai International Film Festival
• 2008: Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Berlinale
• 2008: One Billion Eyes National Award – Best Documentary
• 2008: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Birds Eye View Film Festival, London
• 2008: Iyal Best Poetry Award from The Tamil Literary Garden for Ulakin Azhakiya Muthal Penn
• 2011: Sirpi Literary Award for the contribution to Tamil Poetry
• 2011: Indian Panorama Selections for Sengadal
• 2011: NAWFF Award for Best Asian Women Cinema (Tokyo) for the film Sengadal
• 2013: Lenin Award from Thamizh Studio
• 2014: Srishti Tamil Lambda Literary Award for her book Antharakanni
• 2015: L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth 7 June 1980 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2022) 42 Years
Birthplace Srivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Hometown Srivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu
School Holy Cross Convent, Madurai
• Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
• York University, Canada Educational Qualification(s)
• B.E. in Instrumentation and Control Engineering
• Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking
Religious views Atheist
Caste Shudra
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Political views Post ideologist
• In 2018, Leena attracted controversy when she took to Facebook to share her experience with the sexual harassment incident. She alleged director Susi Ganesan of harassing her. Susi replied to her statement and said,
I shudder at your baseless allegations. I have evidence to prove your character is flawed. Because I did not give you an opportunity to work with me, you have leveled these allegations.

• In 2022, Leena attracted controversy when the Delhi police registered a case against her on the complaint of a lawyer about the controversial poster of her documentary film, ‘Kaali’, which showed the Goddess smoking a cigarette. In an interview, the police official said,
The complainant attached the alleged photo of Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette, posted by a verified Twitter handle belonging to Leena Manimekalai. Prima facie, the content appeared promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, which is likely to disturb the public tranquility.

Relationships & More

Sexual Orientation Bisexual
Marital Status Divorced
Husband/Spouse –Name Not Known
Father– Iragupathi (college professor)
Leena Manimekalai as a youngster with her father
Mother– Rama
Leena Manimekalai with her mother
Brother– Elango Raghupathy (filmmaker)


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