Seeman (director)

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Seeman
Born (1970-11-30) 30 November 1970 (age 44)
Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film director, Actor, Politician, Writer
Known for Founder of Naam Tamilar Katchi
Religion None
Spouse(s) K Kayalvizhi
Website
naamtamilar.org,

Sebastian Seeman [1][2] now known as Seeman is a Tamil Actor, LTTE supporter, politician, orator and activist in Tamil Nadu. He was the Chief Coordinator of the organisation "Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam" which turned as a political party "Naam Thamizhar Katchi" in May 2010. He was prisoned by Tamil Nadu Government for supporting LTTE and for addressing Prabhakaran as Tamil's leader in his hardline speeches. Some of the main agenda of "Naam Thamizhar Katchi" is to free "Tamil Eelam" from Sri Lanka which is Ethnic Tamils mother land, only Tamils should rule Tamil Nadu and to spread the importance of Tamil language only by which unity of Tamil People is possible.

Early life and Background[edit]

Seeman was born in Sivagangai district in South Tamil Nadu to Mr. Senthamizhan and Mrs. Annammal Senthamizhan. He married K. Kayalvizhi, daughter of K. Kalimuthu (Former speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly) in September 2013 in the presence of Pazha. Nedumaran and others. The ceremony was held according to Tamil traditions at the YMCA grounds, Nandanam, Chennai.[3][4]

Film career[edit]

Seeman took up film direction as a career after being inspired by the films of his mentor, Bharathi Raja and also the work of Manivannan. Seeman started his career by directing Panchalankurichi, a village action film starring Prabhu and Madhubala.[5] He collaborated with actor Prabhu again in Iniyavalae, a romantic film also featuring Suvalakshmi, Gouthami and Keerthi Reddy. His third film Veeranadai with Sathyaraj and Kushboo after that he took a long break from films.

In 2006, he came back with a successful film Thambi with actor Madhavan. The film carried the message that violence does not pay, and is not the answer to the problems of today. Seeman turned actor with the film Pori where he played the role of a Malaysian Business man. The same year he directed the love story Vaazhthugal again with Madhavan and Bhavana, with every single word used in the movie being written in pure Tamil.[6] However the film was not successful at the box office and since then Seeman has only acted in films including critically acclaimed roles in Pallikoodam and Evano Oruvan. In 2009, Seeman was among the 10 directors who starred in Rasu Madhavaran's Mayandi Kudumbathar, a huge entertainer in the box office.[7]

In 2013, Seeman played a lead role in Director and his mentor Manivannan's Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA(sequel to the critically acclaimed Amaidhi Padai), the latter's 50th and last film as a director.[8][9]

Politics and Activism[edit]

Seeman is known to be a campaigner for the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamil people and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam braving several counts of intimidation and detention.[10] He is also a devout follower and an acquaintance of the LTTE founder and leader Velupillai Prabhakaran who he affectionately refers to as "Annan" (Elder brother). He believes that Prabhakaran is the national leader of all Tamils, and the icon for Tamil liberation.[11] His support for the Tamil cause and hardline speeches were responded with numerous arrests and police crackdowns by the then ruling Congress-DMK alliance. He was detained twice without trial under the draconian National Security Act by the ruling DMK-Congress regime, first for speaking in favor of the LTTE and again for protesting the killing of a Tamil fisherman by the Sri Lankan Navy.[12][13]

Seeman along with several other Tamil activists gathered on 18 May 2009, coinciding the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War at Madurai to form the Naam Tamilar Iyakkam, as a social outfit.[14] It subsequently turned into a political party named Naam Tamilar Katchi.[15]

2011 Anti-Congress campaigning[edit]

Upon his release from a 5 month detention at the Vellore prison, Seeman actively campaigned for the defeat of the Congress party in the State Assembly elections for their alleged role in the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.[16][17]

He was instrumental in bringing about a crushing and humiliating defeat of the DMK-Congress alliance in the state.[18][19] The DMK government had come down heavily on Seeman and arrested him under the NSA in order not to have him challenge their hold on power. Successfully withstanding significant time constraint, arrests and political threats, Seeman campaigned in 59 of the 63 places the Congress party were contesting, and the party were defeated in all of those constituencies except for one. Wherever he went he was watched by people in numbers ranging from 5000 to 25000 as compared to the rest of the political parties which only attract a few 100s in their meetings.[19][20]

Seeman addressing a gathering outside the United Nations Headquarters, Geneva
Collection of seeman thoughts

2011-present[edit]

Since the 2011 Assembly elections, Seeman and his party has been actively involved in various causes such as the anti-nuclear Power plant protests in Kudankulam[21][22] or the attacks on Tamil fishermen perpetuated by the Sri Lankan Navy[23] that has claimed the lives of over 800[24] fishermen.

In March 2013, Seeman and his Attorney N. Chandrasekar attended the 22nd UNHRC sessions in Geneva.[25]

During the parliamentary elections in 2014, Seeman has stated that the Naam Tamilar Katchi would campaign for the defeat of the candidates fielded by the Congress, BJP and the DMDK where they are contesting.[18] The three parties lost all the constituencies they contested in Tamil Nadu with the exception of BJP who managed to win their only seat in Kanniyakumari.[26]

Seeman Photos Pictures.jpg

Books[edit]

  • Vendradhu Aariyam; Thunai Nindrathu Dravidam (Tamil: வென்றது ஆரியம்; துணை நின்றது திராவிடம் )
  • Thiruppi Adippaen (Tamil: திருப்பி அடிப்பேன்! )

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor Role
1994 Amaithipadai Red XN Red XN Green tickY Person sitting besides Thyagu
1997 Panchalankurichi Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
1998 Iniyavale Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
1999 Veeranadai Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2006 Thambi Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer
2007 Pori Red XN Red XN Green tickY Mahadevan
2007 Pallikoodam Red XN Red XN Green tickY Muthu
2007 Evano Oruvan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Vetri Maran Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer
2008 Vaazhthugal Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2009 Mayandi Kudumbathar Red XN Red XN Green tickY Virumandi Mayandi
2010 Moscowin Kavery Red XN Red XN Green tickY Himself Guest appearance
2010 Magizhchi Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2011 Uchithanai Muharnthaal Red XN Red XN Green tickY Charles Antony
2012 Kandupidi Kandupidi Red XN Red XN Green tickY Pugazh Maran
2013 Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA Red XN Red XN Green tickY

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/director-seeman-arrested-and-deported-from-canada/article55523.ece
  2. ^ http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2013/11/85504_space.html
  3. ^ "Seeman Kayalvizhi Marriage". Tamil Net Online. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Seeman ties the knot". OneIndia Tamil. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.cinesouth.com/cgi-bin/filmography/newfilmdb.cgi?name=panchalanguruchi
  6. ^ "Movie Review : Vazhthukkal". Sify.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Ten directors star in one film". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  8. ^ "Nagaraja Cholan Ma, Mla Replaces Amaidhi Padai". Behindwoods.com. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Manivannan`s 50th movie Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA". Sify.com. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Seeman receives threat letter". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "New political party in Tamil Nadu vows to fight for Tamil Eelam". Tamil Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Seeman’s remand extended". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "National Security Act slapped on Seeman". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "ஆய்வுகள்" (in Tamil). Tamilkathir. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  15. ^ Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai (2010-04-15). "Seeman to convert his ‘Naam Tamilar' into political party". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  16. ^ "Naam Tamilar Katchi to work for defeat of Cong in TN, IBN Live News". Ibnlive.in.com. 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  17. ^ "Seeman changes tune, targets Congress". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "NTK Neutral on Vaiko, to Back Jaya". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Seeman effect on Congress Party". TruthDive. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Seeman tears into Congress". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Kudankulam". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  22. ^ Madurai bureau (2012-09-16). "Fishermen fast goes on for fifth day". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  23. ^ "Sathiyam News Agency - CPI would be made political orphans in TN". Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "DMK, AIADMK target govt on Indian fishermen's arrest in Sri Lanka". The Times Of India. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Seeman leaves to Geneva to seek justice for Eelam Tamils". Onlineuthayan.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  26. ^ "Constituencywise Trends – Tamil Nadu". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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