Abbas Akbar

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Abbas Akbar
File:Certain Chapters - Director 2.jpg
Akbar in 2010
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2006 – present

Abbas Akbar is a Singaporean filmmaker, screenwriter and actor, predominantly working on Tamil films and television shows.[1]

Early life and education

Akbar's mother is from Chidambaram district in Tamil Nadu and his father is from Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. He is the second out of three sons. His younger brother, Shabir, is a singer, songwriter and musician and the winner of the competition Vasantham Star 2005.[2]


Akbar made the short film Certain Chapters . Certain Chapters was nominated 'Best Short Film' at the Asian Festival of First Films and was screened at several international film festivals such as Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, 3rd New Jersey Independent South Asian Cinefest and the Stepping Stone Film Festival in Chennai.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

His music videos produced by High Breed Media for Shabir is the first independent Tamil content to be playing on MTV Asia (both broadcast & online) and other international channels such as Channel [V] AMP, Go! Channel Philippines, DirectTV US and Mobile TV – Vodafone UK / Ireland.[10]

He was also one of the two directors for the award winning drama series Vettai (TV series) that took Singapore Indian viewers by storm. Cop drama Vettai: Pledged to Hunt took home a slew of awards at Pradhana Vizha 2011, Mediacorp Vasantham's annual awards show honouring the best in the local television industry.[11]

In 2014, it was reported that Akbar is directing a film called Chennai2Singapore by Media Development Authority (Singapore) and Comicbook Films India.[12][13]

Honors and awards

The Singapore Police Force in celebration of the Home Team National Day Observance Ceremony on 6 August 2012 awarded Akbar with a Public Spiritedness Award from Minister in Prime Minister's Office and 2nd Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry Mr S Iswaran. This award was presented for his assistance rendered to a patrol officer in stopping an offender who attempted to escape.[14]


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  2. Leong Wai Kit (1 January 2010). "Gangster Turns Icon". NTUC Lifestyle Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Benjamin Nowicki (1 January 2010). "The Cinefile Presents Director Abbas Akbar & Composer Shabir". The Cinefile. Retrieved 17 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Wannabe Studios (December 2009). "Certain Chapters". The Stepping Stone Film Festival. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  5. Administrator (7 November 2009). "List of Selected Films". Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  6. Singapore Malay Film Society (October 2009). "Certain Chapters". Purnama 2 – A Screening of Short Films. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  7. Team (24 November 2009). "Tamil film nominated Best Short Film at Asian Festival". Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  8. Mogana Pillay (3 September 2009). "Certain Chapters – World Class". Tamil News, MediaCorp Vasantham. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  9. Asian American Film and Theater Project (October 2009). "2009 Films". New Jersey Independent South Asian Cinefest 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2010
  10. MTV Asia (1 June 2010). "Dejavu". MTV Retrieved 9 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "TODAYonline | Entertainment | Television | Vettai wins big at Vasantham awards show". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2015-12-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Details about the upcoming Tamil Movie Chennai to Singapore". Retrieved 2015-12-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "'Chennai Singapore' makers hope to popularise Singapore". The Indian Express. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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