Leena Manimekalai Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Movies and Images

Leena Manimekalai is an Indian filmmaker, poet, and actor, who mainly focuses on short films and documentaries. She is also a multilingual poet who has released many poems in different languages. Leena is an advocate for the LGBTQ community. Recently, her latest documentary’s poster featuring Maa Kaali smoking a cigarette and carrying the pride flag of the LGBTQ community has created controversy.

Social media users accused her of insulting Hindu religious sentiment due to the depiction of Kaali smoking. Despite the backlash, Leena has gained popularity on the internet, and her work has been praised for its boldness and creativity.

Leena Manimekalai reported on social media that she received death threats from director Susi Ganesan. However, the investigation found the accusations to be false and slanderous. This incident highlights the importance of verifying information before making serious allegations. It is commendable that the authorities took prompt action to investigate the matter.

It is important to respect each other’s opinions and differences and refrain from resorting to violence or intimidation. This incident also sheds light on the prevalence of online harassment and the need to address it. Social media platforms should take steps to ensure user safety and prevent such incidents from occurring.


Stage NameLeena Manimekalai
Real NameLeena Manimekalai
NicknameLeena and Karuvaachi
ProfessionActor, Director, Poet
AgeNot Known
Date of BirthNot Known
Zodiac signNot Known
FamilyFather Name – Not Known
Mother Name – Not Known
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsNot Known
HusbandNot Known
ChildrenNot Known
NationalityIndian, Canadian
Educational QualificationMaster of Fine Arts in Film
B.E. Graduate in Instrumentation and Control
Visual Ethnography
Artist in Residence
Media and Conflict Resolution
SchoolHoly Cross Convent, Tamil Nadu
CollegeGFAD Fellow at York University
Madurai Kamarajar University, Maduri
SOAS University of London
Thomson Media Foundation, Cardiff, UK at EU Fellowship
The University of Chicago
HobbiesListening to music, Singing, Dancing, Writing
Birth PlaceSrivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu, India
Current CityToronto, Ontario, Canada
HometownSrivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu, India

Leena Manimekalai is an Indian filmmaker and poet known for her work on short films, documentaries, and multilingual poetry, as well as her advocacy for the LGBTQ community. However, her latest documentary’s poster featuring Maa Kaali smoking and carrying the pride flag of the LGBTQ community has sparked controversy.

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Leena has over 9,000 followers as of July 2022. Leena’s latest documentary Kaali premiered at the Canada film festival (Rhythms of Canada).

Filmography – Director

Movie NameTotal DurationMovie TypeYear
Mathamma20 minutesDocumentary2003
Parai45 minutesDocumentary2004
Break the Shackles50 minutesDocumentary2004
Love Lost5 minutesVideo Poem2004
Connecting Lines35 minutesDocumentary2005
Altar50 minutesDocumentary2005
Waves After Waves60 minutesDocumentary2006
A Hole in the Bucket30 minutesDocumentary2007
Goddesses42 minutesDocumentary2008
Sengadal100 minutesFeature Fiction2011
My Mirror is the Door52 minutesVideo Poem2012
Ballad of Resistance42 MinutesVideo Portrait2012
White Van Stories70 minutesDocumentary2013
Is it too much to Ask28 minutesDocumentary2017
Maadathy Feature film2021

Filmography – Actor

Movie NameDirectorRole NameTotal DurationMovie TypeYear
ChellammaSivakumarProtagonist90 minsFeature fiction2004
Love LostLeena ManimekalaiProtagonist5 minsVideo Poem2005
The White CatSivakumarFemale Protagonist10 minsShort Fiction2004
Sengadal the Dead SeaLeena ManimekalaiFemale Protagonist102 minsFeature Fiction2011

Publications Poem Collections

Original NameEnglish NameYear
OttrailaiyenaAs a Lone Leaf2003
Ulakin Azhakiya Muthal PennThe First Beautiful Woman in the World2009
Parathaiyarul RaaniQueen of Sluts2011

Awards And Achievements

Awards And Achievements NameYear
Retro – Ethnographic Montages, Chicago Women in Director’s Chair International Film Festival2004
Silver Trophy for the Best Documentary in Europe Movies Film Festival2004
Best Actor and Best Experimental Video in Independent Art Film Festival2005
Best Documentary in Paris and Norway Independent Diaspora Festivals2005
European Union Fellowship for Conflict Resolution in Media2005
Retrospective, International Democratic Socialist Youth Film Festival, Venezuela2005
International Jury in Asian Film Festival, Malaysia2006
Jury Award for Best Cinema of Resistance – John Abraham National Award2007
Golden Conch for Best International Documentary at Mumbai International Film Festival2008
Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Berlinale2008
Nominations to Horizon Award, Munich International Film Festival2008
One Billion Eyes National Award – Best Documentary2008
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Bird’s Eye view film Festival, London2008
Iyal Best Poetry Award from the Tamil Literary Garden for Ulkain Azhakiya Muthal Penn2008
Sirpi Literary Award for contribution to Tamil Poetry2011
Indian Panorama Selections for Sengadal2011
NAWFF Award for Best Asian Women Cinema (Tokyo) – Sengadal2011
As Jury, International Women Film Festival, Seoul2012
Lenin Award from Thamizh Studio (instituted in the name of film editor B. Lenin) who highlights social issues2013
Srishti Tamil Lambda Literary Award for her book “Antharakanni” conferred by Bracha Ettinger and Anjali Gopalan Advisory Board of Srishti Madurai2014
L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 20152015

Leena Images

Leena has a strong following on social media and her latest documentary, Kaali, was screened at a Canadian film festival.

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