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Meera Jasmine
Meera Jasmine

Meera Jasmine (born Jasmine Mary Joseph on 15 February 1984) is an Indian actress from Kerala. She won India's National Film Award for Best Actress in 2004 for her role in 2003 Malayalam film Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilaapam. Meera Jasmine is the highest paid Malayalam actress

Early life

Born as Jasmine Mary Joseph to Joseph Philip and Aleyamma in Kuttappuzha, Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India. She is a Syrian Christian by birth.She has two sisters and two brothers. She completed her schooling in Mar Thoma Residential School in Tiruvalla, before her entry into films.

Career

Meera Jasmine was not born into a family of actors. Nobody encouraged her to act or dance during her school days. Like other heroines she is not a 'Kalathilakam' or a model. Before her entry into films, nobody noticed her talent. Her entry into films was quite unexpected. She was introduced by Blessy who was working as an associate director in Malayalam Cinema. She was attracted to the industry and accepted a film offer against her father's wishes.Meera joined the industry without much expectations of success. She was ready to go back to her studies if her film did not do well, but the amazing response she received after her debut made her choose acting as her career.

Malayalam

Meera made her debut in the Malayalam film Soothradharan in 2001 directed by Lohitha Das. Her debut film bombed at the box office, but that did not affect her career. She has starred in a dozen Malayalam films in her six-year career and the movies is made on home turf is different from the films made in other languages. After her foray into other language films her presence in Malayalam films has been limited. For the last three years, Meera was doing one Malayalam film each year. Rasathanthram in 2006, Achuvinte Amma in 2005 and Perumazhakkalam in 2004. Her role in Perumazhakkalam won her SVanitha-Chandrika Award. Her performance in Achuvinte Amma won her Filmfare and Lux-Asianet Film Award for best actress. All her Malayalam films were noticed for different reasons. She was repeatedly casted by same directors in their movies. Her debut Soothradharan was directed by her mentor Lohitha Das and he completed a hat-trick by casting her in Kasthooriman and Chakram. Her performance in Kasthooriman selected her for Lux-Asianet Film Award for Best Actress. Lohitha Das never repeated heroines in his earlier films. In Bhoothakkannadi Sreelakshmi was the heroine, Divya Unni played the female lead in Karunyam and in Kanmadam Manju Warrier played the heroine role. Meera played female leads in three Kamal directed films Gramaphone, Swapnakoodu and Perumazhakkalam. Sathyan Anthikkad casted Meera as a heroine in his earlier films Achuvinte Amma and Rasathanthram. Meera played a boy's role in the first half of Rasathanthram and it was noticed by her first screen appearance with Mohanlal. Sathyan completed hat-trick by repeatedly casting Meera as a heroine in latest film Vinodhayathra. Although Meera has appeared four times opposite Dilip, none of their films became a box office hit. But Sathyan Anthikad's latest Vinodhayathra, where Meera played Dilip's female lead, was a success. In Paadam Onnu Oru Vilapam directed by veteran TV Chandran, Meera fetched the prestigious National Best Actress Award. She portrayed a 15 year old Muslim girl Shahina and won the nations greatest recognition of an actress at the age of 20 by defeating experienced and efficient contenders. She also won the Filmfare Award, Mathrubhumi-Medimix Award and Lux-Asianet Film Award for best actress for her portrayal of Shahina in Paadam Onnu Oru Vilaapam.

Tamil

Meera's Tamil film entry made her a well-known star in the South. The success of Tamil films Run and Bala in 2002 give her the chance to work with popular actors of the Tamil industry. She won the Filmfare Best Female debut actress award for Run. The success of the films lead her to work with famed directors like Mani Ratnam's Aayudha Ezhuthu and SS Stanley's Mercury Pookkal. Meera has acted in more than ten Tamil films. Her recent Tamil film Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram, with Dhanush as her male lead was a hit. In her forthcoming film Nepali, she is the love interest of Bharath.

Telugu and Kannada

Meera Jasmine has not only showed her presence in the Telugu films in 2004 with Ammayi Bagundi and Gudumba Shankar but also entered Kannada cinema by co-starring with Puneet Rajkumar in Mourya. Her latest Kannada film Arrasu is also a hit. Meera's biggest Telugu hit was Bhadra with Ravi Teja in the male lead. Her other Telugu films are Raraju, Maharadhi Kalyani and upcoming film Yamagola Malli, she is the female lead of Srikant.

Personal life

Despite being a Christian by birth, Meera Jasmine is known for visiting Hindu temples.She is a self-confessed fan of Tamil cinema's composer Ilayaraaja. She currently lives in Panampilly Nagar in Kochi.

Controversy

She offered prayers and paid bow to Lord at Raja Rajeshwara temple at Taliparamba in Kerala where the entry of non-Hindus is prohibited. This lead to a controversy as sparking off a protest by Hindu devotees. Later, she had paid Rs. 10,000 as penalty to the temple authorities.

Awards

YEAR AWARD MOVIE
2002 Bharathan Award For Best Female Debut Actress Soothradharan
2003 Filmfare Award For Best Female Debut Actress Run
2003 Dinakaran Award For Best Female Debut Actress Run
2004 Kaveri-Film Critics Award Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 Filmfare Award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 Mathrubhumi - Medimix Award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 Kerala Film Audience Council Award Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 Kerala Film Critics Association Award Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 National Film Academy Award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 Jeeva- Asianet Film Award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 State Film Award for the Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 National Film Award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 V Shantaram award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2005 Lux - Asianet Film Award for Best Actress Perumazhakkalam
2005 Vanitha-Chandrika Film Award For Best Actress Perumazhakkalam
2005 Mathrubhumi - Medimix Award for Best Actress Perumazhakkalam
2005 Tikkurishi Award for Best Actress Perumazhakkalam
2006 Lux - Asianet Film Award for Best Actress Achuvinte Amma
2006 Amrita Film Fraternity Award for Best Actress Achuvinte Amma
2006 53rd Filmfare Award for Best Actress Achuvinte Amma
2006 Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actress[Special Award] Kasthuri Maan
2007 Jeevan TV-Mastro Mania award for Best Actress Rathri Mazha
2007 Dubai AMMA award for Best Actress Rathri Mazha
2007 V Shantaram award for Best Actress Ore Kadal
2007 Ujala- Asianet Film Award for Best Actress Vinodayathra
2007 Vanitha-Nipon Paint Film Award for Best Actress Vinodayathra
2007 Fokana award for Best Actress Ore Kadal
2007 4th Amrita Film Award for Best Actress Vinodayathra

Filmography

Telugu Films


Tamil films

Year Title Role Director Cast
2007 Kathi Kappal Announced    
2007 Nepali (filming) V. K. Durai Bharath
2007 Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram Shweta Suresh Krishna Dhanush, Archana
2007 Thirumagan Ayyakka Rathnakumar S.J. Suryah, Malavika
2006 Mercury Pookkal Anbu Chelvi S.S.Stanley Srikanth, Samiksha
2005 Sandakozhi Hema Linguswamy Vishal
2005 Kasthuri Maan Uma Lohitadas Prasanna
2004 Aayitha Ezhuthu Sasi Maniratnam Madhavan, Surya Sivakumar, Esha Deol, Trisha Krishnan, Siddharth
2004 Joot Meera Azhagam Perumal Srikanth
2003 Anjaneya Divya Maharajan Ajith
2003 Pudhiya Geethai Sushi Jagan Vijay, Amisha Patel
2002 Bala Aarthi Deepak Shaam
2002 Run Priya Linguswamy Madhavan

Malayalam films

Year Title Role Director Cast
2007 Calcutta News announced Blessy Dileep
2007 Ore Kadal Released Shyamaprasad Mammootty, Narain
2007 Vinodayathra Anupama Sathyan Anthikkad Dileep, Sita, Parvati
2007 Rathri Mazha Meera Lenin Rajendran Vineeth
2006 Rasathanthram Kanmani Sathyan Anthikkad Mohanlal
2005 Achuvinte Amma Ashwathy Sathyan Anthikkad Urvashi, Narain
2004 Perumazhakkalam Raziya Kamal Dileep, Vineeth, Kavya Madhavan
2003 Chakram Indrani Lohitadas Prithwiraj
2003 Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam Shahina T.V.Chandran Mamukoya
2003 Swapnakoodu Kamala Kamal Prithwiraj, Kunchacko Boban, Bhavana, Jayasurya
2003 Kasthoorimaan Priyamvada Lohitadas Kunchacko Boban
2003 Gramaphone Jennifer Kamal Dileep, Navya Nair
2001 Soothradharan Shivani Lohitadas Dileep

Kannada films

Year Title Role Director Cast
2006 Arasu Aishwarya Mahesh Babu Puneet Rajkumar, Ramya
2004 Maurya Alamelu S. Narayan Puneet Rajkumar

See Also


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