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Meera Jasmine
Born Jasmine Mary Joseph
February 15, 1984 (1984-02-15) (age 32)
Thiruvalla, Kerala, India
Years active 2001-present

Jasmine Mary Joseph (Malayalam മീര ജാസ്മിന്‍) (born on 15 February 1984), better known by her stage name Meera Jasmine, is an Indian actress who appears in regional Indian movies including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2004 and two times the Kerala State Film Award as well es one Tamil Nadu State Film Award. She has also received the prestigious Kalaimamani Award from the government of Tamil Nadu.

Early life

Meera Jasmine was born Jasmine Mary Joseph on 15 February 1984 in Kuttappuzha, Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Born to Joseph and Aleyamma,has a sister named Jeni,is a Christian (Mar Thoma Church) by birth, she completed her schooling in Seventh Day Adventist English Medium High School (kindergarten to fourth standard) in Thekkemala, Mar Thoma Residential School (fifth standard to high school), Thiruvalla. She completed her schooling in March 2000. She had enrolled for a BSc degree in Zoology at Assumption College, Changancherry and completed nearly three months when she was spotted by director Blessy (who was then an assistant director to director Lohitadas) and offered a role in Soothradharan.

Malayalam

Jasmine made her debut in the Malayalam film Soothradharan in 2001 directed by Lohithadas opposite Dileep. Though the film was not a financial success, she received offers from other languages. She has starred in a dozen Malayalam films in her six-year career. Her second film was 'Gramaphone', directed by director Kamal, alongside Navya Nair, opposite Dileep. Her role as a Jewish girl was appreciated by Malayalam cine goers. Her third movie was Swapnakkoodu, a romantic comedy alongside Prithviraj, Kunchako Boban, Jayasurya, and Bhavana under director Kamal. Her performance was appreciated and the movie was a big success at the box office. Among the five main characters, the one who scored the most was again Meera. She got real attention in Malayalam cinema with the movie Kasthooriman directed by her mentor Lohithadas. She acted comedy and sentimental scenes. She received her first film fare award for her performance in Kasthooriman. The film was also a success at the box office: running for 100 days. The same year, she acted in T V Chandran's acclaimed Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilaapam. She played a 15-year-old Muslim girl who was forced to marry an older man. She received not only the State Award for Best Actress but also National Award and several other awards. Then came a performance as Raziya in Perumazhakkalam alongside Kavya Madhavan. In the movie 'Achuvinte Amma'(2005), she enacted the young, adorable character Achu with such an extraordinary ease that she seemed to live the character instead of acting. She then paired with Super Star Mohanlal in Rasathanthram(2006). She played as a guy in the half and the movie went on to became a block buster. Her next movie with Dileep - Vinodayathra was again with Sathyan Anthikkad who repeated her in his 3rd consecutive movie. She then starred in critically acclaimed movie Ore Kadal. The movie was showcased in film festivals and won awards. Her performance as an innocent middle class woman won praise from various corners. Media quoted her as, "Matching step with the megastar in this histrionic race is Meera Jasmine, who amazes you with a stunning delineation of her difficult role". Her next movie was Calcutta News with Dileep. Blessy, who introduced her to film field, was the director of Calcutta News.

Tamil

Jasmine's Tamil film entry made her a well-known star in the South. The success of Tamil film Run and Bala (2002) has given her the chance to work with the established actors of the Tamil film industry. She won the Film fare Best Female debut actress award for Run. The success of the films led her to work with directors such as Mani Ratnam in Aayutha Ezhuthu and SS Stanley in Mercury Pookkal. Meera has acted in 15 Tamil films.

Telugu and Kannada

Jasmine became known in Telugu film industry with her first film (dubbed from Tamil) "Run". She was in the Telugu films in 2004 with Ammayi Bagundi and Gudumba Shankar but also entered Kannada cinema by co-starring with Puneet Rajkumar in 'Maurya'. Her Kannada film 'Arrasu' again with Puneet Rajkumar and Ramya aka Divya Spandana is a hit. Her forthcoming Kannada films are Devaru Kotta Thangi and Ijjodu.

Jasmine's biggest Telugu hit was Bhadra with Ravi Teja in the male lead. Her other Telugu films are Raraju, Maharadhi, Yamagola Malli Modalayindi, Gorintaku and latest film is Maa Ayana Chanti Pilladu, in which she is paired for a second time with Sivaji.

Controversy

She offered prayers at Raja Rajeshwara temple at Taliparamba in Kerala where the entry of non-Hindus is prohibited. This led to a controversy and sparked off a protest by Hindu devotees. Later, she paid Rs. 10,000 as penalty to the temple authorities to conduct the purification rituals.[1][2]

Awards

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu Government

Filmfare Awards

V Shantaram Awards

Asianet Film Awards

Vanitha Film Awards

Mathrubhumi Film Awards

Other Awards

Filmography

Year Title Role Language Notes
2001 Soothradharan Shivani Malayalam
2002 Run Priya Tamil
Bala Aarthi Tamil
2003 Kasthoorimann Priyamvada Malayalam Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Pudhiya Geethai Sushi Tamil
Gramaphone Jennifer Malayalam
Swapnakkoodu Kamala Malayalam
Anjaneya Divya Tamil
Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam Shahina Malayalam Winner, National Film Award for Best Actress
Winner, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Winner, Asianet Award for Best Actress
Joot Meera Tamil
Chakram Indrani Malayalam
2004 Ammayi Bagundi Janani,
Satya
Telugu
Aayutha Ezhuthu Sasi Tamil
Maurya Alamelu Kannada
Gudumba Shankar Gowri Telugu
Perumazhakkalam Raziya Malayalam Winner, Asianet Award for Best Actress
2005 Achuvinte Amma Ashwathy Malayalam Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Winner, Asianet Award for Best Actress
Bhadra Anu Telugu
Kasthuri Maan Uma Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Special Award for Best Actress
Sandakozhi Hema Tamil
2006 Mercury Pookkal Anbu Chelvi Tamil
Rasathanthram Kanmani Malayalam
Raraju Jyothi Telugu
2007 Arasu Kannada
Maharadhi Kalyani Telugu
Thirumagan Ayyakka Tamil
Vinodayathra Anupama Malayalam
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram Shweta Tamil
Yamagola Malli Modalayindi Aishwarya Telugu
Ore Kadal Deepti Malayalam Winner, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Winner, Asianet Award for Best Actress
2008 Calcutta News Krishnapriya Malayalam Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Innathe Chintha Vishayam Kamala Malayalam
Nepali Priya Tamil
Minnaminnikoottam Charulatha Malayalam
Rathri Mazha Meera Malayalam
Gorintaku Lakshmi Telugu
Maa Ayana Chanti Pilladu Rajeswari Telugu
2009 Mariyadhai Chandra Tamil
Bangaru Babu Meera Telugu
A Aa E Ee Kalyani Chandram Telugu
Devaru Kotta Thangi Lakshmi Kannada
Aakasha Ramanna Telugu Filming
Sivappu Malai Tamil Filming
Adhi Narayana Tamil Filming
2010 Pen Singam Tamil Filming
Malaiyoor Mambattiyaan Tamil Filming
Paattinte Palazhy Malayalam Filming
Moksha Telugu Filming
Ijjodu Cheeni Kannada Delayed

References

External links

Awards
National Film Award
Preceded by
Konkona Sen Sharma
for Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Best Actress
for Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam

2004
Succeeded by
Tara
for Hasina

Template:National Film Award for Best Actress

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