Meera Jasmine

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Meera Jasmine
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Jasmine in 2011
Born
Jasmine Mary Joseph [1]

OccupationActress
Years active2001–present
Notable work
Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
Spouse(s)
Anil John Titus
(m. 2014)

Meera Jasmine (born Jasmine Mary Joseph) is an Indian actress who appears primarily in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films. She was a popular lead actress during the 2000s.

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Meera Jasmine won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2004 for her role in Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam , and is a two-time recipient of the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award. [2] She also won the Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu. [3]

The Hindu called her "one of the few actors who could hold her own amongst stars and thespians in Malayalam cinema". [4]

Early life

Meera Jasmine was born in Kuttapuzha village, Thiruvalla, [1] [5] Kerala to Joseph and Aleyamma. [6] She was the fourth of five children. [7]

She has two sisters, Jiby Sara Joseph and Jeny Susan Joseph, [8] who has also acted in films, [9] [10] [11] and two brothers, one of them, George worked as an assistant cinematographer. [12]

She completed her schooling in Bala Vihar, Thiruvalla and Marthoma Residential School, Thiruvalla. She appeared for her Higher Secondary Exams in March 2000. She had enrolled for a BSc degree in Zoology at Assumption College, Changanassery and completed nearly three months when she was spotted by director Blessy (who was then an assistant director to director Lohithadas) and offered a role in Soothradharan .[ citation needed ]

Meera had initially wanted to study and become a doctor and never had dreamed of becoming a film star. [1] She stated, "I was just an ordinary girl. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being in films. I had not acted even in school plays. I never was the artistic type, I never thought I could dance, and I had not even thought of myself as being beautiful". [13] She also said that Lohithadas "is like a father figure and my guru. He initiated me into films with Soothradharan and I owe it all to him". [5]

Career

Malayalam

Meera Jasmine made her debut in the Malayalam film Soothradharan . [14] Her second film was Gramaphone , directed by Kamal, in which she appeared alongside Navya Nair and Dileep. [14]

Her role as a Jewish girl was appreciated by Malayalam critics. Her third film was Swapnakkoodu , a romantic comedy alongside Prithviraj, Kunchako Boban, Jayasurya, and Bhavana under director Kamal. Her performance was appreciated and the film was a high commercial success. [1] Among the five main characters, the one who scored the most was again Meera. [15]

She rose to fame in Malayalam cinema with the film Kasthooriman directed by her mentor Lohithadas, [16] in which she enacted comedy and sentimental scenes. She received her first Filmfare award for her performance in Kasthooriman. The film was a success at the box office, running for 100 days.[ citation needed ]

The same year, she acted in T. V. Chandran's acclaimed Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam . She played a 15-year-old Muslim girl who was forced to marry an older man, for which she was awarded a State Award and the National Award in addition with several other awards. [17] It was followed by her performance as Raziya in Perumazhakkalam alongside Kavya Madhavan.

In the film Achuvinte Amma (2005), she enacted the young, adorable character Achu. [18]

She then paired with Mohanlal in Rasathanthram (2006). She played as a girl pretending to be a boy in the first half of the film. The film went on to become a commercial success. Her next film with Dileep – Vinodayathra , which again was directed by Sathyan Anthikkad. She was next featured opposite Mammootty in the critically acclaimed film Ore Kadal . The film was showcased in film festivals and won awards. Her performance as an innocent middle-class woman won praise from audiences. 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" .[ citation needed ] Her next film was Calcutta News with Dileep. Blessy, who introduced her to film field, was the director of Calcutta News. In Innathe Chintha Vishayam (2008), she collaborated with Sathyan Anthikkad for his fourth consecutive film, again opposite Mohanlal, but failed to succeed. Her next films Minnaminnikoottam with Kamal and Rathri Mazha with Lenin Rajendran, which released after a long post-production delay, were box office failures.

More than a year later, she played the role of a playback singer in Rajeev Anchal's Paattinte Palazhy . [4] Though the film was commercially not successful, her character was noted and her performance gave her a comeback. Her next film, Four Friends , was a multi-starrer directed by Saji Surendran. She played the role of a cancer patient in this film. In the 2011 film Mohabbat , she played the lead role opposite Anand Michael and Munna. After a brief hiatus, she began committing films by late 2012. She was keen in choosing more women-centric roles and in Babu Janardhanan's Lisammayude Veedu , a sequel to the 2006 film Achanurangatha Veedu , her role was that of a serial rape victim. She acted opposite Mohanlal in Siddique's comedy film Ladies and Gentleman . Her latest project is Shajiyem's Ms. Lekha Tharoor Kanunnathu , a fantasy film. [19] She signed up for Ithinumappuram, a period film based in the 1970s, in which she plays a highly orthodox and rich Nair woman who falls in love with someone from a lower caste and gets married against her parents' will. [20]

Tamil

Meera Jasmine's Tamil debut was Run , directed by Lingusamy, which became a high success in Tamil Nadu and made her a sought-after actress. [1] The successes of Run and her next Bala (2002) gave her the chance to work with the established actors of the Tamil film industry.

Though her successive film did not fare as well, [1] she was noticed by director Mani Ratnam who gave her a role in Aayutha Ezhuthu . Meera, who did not know Tamil, worked on her diction, and spoke dubbing for her herself in the film. [1] She later appeared in SS Stanley in Mercury Pookkal . Her latest Tamil film, Mambattiyan got released in December 2011.[ citation needed ]

Telugu and Kannada

Meera Jasmine became noted in the Telugu film industry with Run, the dubbed version of the same-titled Tamil film. 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 Arasu again with Puneet Rajkumar and Ramya is a hit. Her other Kannada films include Devaru Kotta Thangi and Ijjodu . Ijjodu, in which she played Chenni, a Basavi woman, who ends up becoming a sex worker, was screened at four prestigious domestic film festivals and garnered critical acclaim. [21]

Meera Jasmine's biggest commercial success in Telugu remains Bhadra with Ravi Teja in the male lead. Her other Telugu films are Raraju, Maharadhi, Yamagola Malli Modalayindi, Gorintaku and Maa Ayana Chanti Pilladu , in which she is paired for a second time with Sivaji.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

In 2008 she said in an interview that she will be marrying Mandolin Rajesh, "but not for the next two or three years". [22] Meera married to Anil John Titus on 9 February 2014 who works as an engineer in Dubai. [23]

Controversy

In 2006, 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 10,000 (US$140) as penalty to the temple authorities to conduct the purification rituals. [24] [25]

In 2008 she faced an unofficial ban in the Malayalam film industry issued by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), after she refused to shoot for Twenty:20 , a film distributed by actor Dileep for AMMA. [26] [27] Meera however said that she was not aware of a ban and that she was continuing shooting for Malayalam films. [22]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleLanguageNotes
2001 Soothradharan Shivani Malayalam Debut Malayalam film
2002 Run Priya Tamil Debut Tamil film
Bala AarthiTamil
2003 Kasthoorimann PriyamvadaMalayalam
Pudhiya Geethai SushiTamil
Gramaphone Jennifer/ JennyMalayalam
Swapnakkoodu KamalaMalayalam
Anjaneya DivyaTamil
Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam ShahinaMalayalam
Joot MeeraTamil
Chakram IndraniMalayalam
2004 Ammayi Bagundi Janani,
Satya
Telugu Debut Telugu film
Aayutha Ezhuthu SasiTamil
Maurya Alamelu Kannada Debut Kannada film
Gudumba Shankar GowriTelugu
Perumazhakkalam RaziyaMalayalam
2005 Achuvinte Amma Ashwathy/ AchuMalayalam
Bhadra AnuTelugu
Kasthuri Maan UmaTamil
Sandakozhi HemaTamil
2006 Mercury Pookkal Anbu ChelviTamil
Rasathanthram Kanmani/ VelayuthankuttyMalayalam
RarajuJyothiTelugu
2007 Arasu AishuKannada
Maharadhi KalyaniTelugu
Thirumagan AyyakkaTamil
Vinodayathra Anupama/ AnuMalayalam
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram ShwetaTamil
Yamagola Malli Modalayindi AishwaryaTelugu
Ore Kadal DeeptiMalayalam
2008 Calcutta News KrishnapriyaMalayalam
Innathe Chintha Vishayam KamalaMalayalam
Nepali PriyaTamil
Minnaminnikoottam Charulatha/ CharuMalayalam
Rathri Mazha MeeraMalayalam
Gorintaku LakshmiTelugu
Maa Ayana Chanti Pilladu RajeswariTelugu
2009 Mariyadhai ChandraTamil
Bangaru Babu MeeraTelugu
A Aa E Ee Kalyani ChandramTelugu
Devaru Kotta Thangi LakshmiKannada
2010 Aakasa Ramanna TaraTelugu
Sivappu Mazhai SamyukthaTamil
Ijjodu CheeniKannada
Pen Singam MeghalaTamil
Hoo JasmineKannada
Paattinte Palazhy VeenaMalayalam
Four Friends GowriMalayalam
2011 Ilaignan MeeraTamil
Mohabbat SajnaMalayalam
Mambattiyan KannaathalTamil
2012 Aathi Narayana LailaTamil
2013 Lisammayude Veedu LisammaMalayalam
Ladies and Gentleman Aswathy/AchuMalayalam
Moksha MokshaTelugu
Ms Lekha Tharoor Kaanunnathu LekhaMalayalam
2014 Inga Enna Solluthu RajeshwariTamil
Vingyani KaveriTamil
Onnum Mindathe SyamaMalayalam
2015 Ithinumappuram RukminiMalayalam
Mazhaneerthullikal AparnaMalayalam
2016 Pathu Kalpanakal Shazia AkbarMalayalam
2018 Poomaram HerselfMalayalamCameo appearance
2022Untitled Sathyan Anthikkad filmTBAMalayalamAnnounced

Awards and honours

YearAwardAward CategoryAwarded Work
National Film Awards 2004 Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
Kerala State Film Awards 2004 Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam, Kasthuri Maan
2007 Best Actress Ore Kadal
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 2005 Tamil Nadu State Film Award Kasthuri Maan
Tamil Nadu Government Honour 2009 Kalaimamani Art - Various movies in Tamil Cinema Industry
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards 2005Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam [28]
Filmfare Awards South 2006 Filmfare Award for Best Actress Achuvinte Amma
2007 Filmfare Award for Best Actress Kasthoorimann [29]
2008 Filmfare Award for Best Actress Ore Kadal [30]
Asianet Film Awards 2003 Best Actress Award Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam [31]
2004 Best Actress Award Perumazhakkalam [32]
2005 Best Actress Award Achuvinte Amma
2007 Best Actress Award Ore Kadal
Vanitha Film Awards 2004 Vanitha-Chandrika Film Award For Best Actress Perumazhakkalam
2007 Vanitha-Nipon Paint Film Award for Best Actress Ore Kadal
Mathrubhumi Film Awards 2004 Mathrubhumi – Medimix Award for Best Actress Perumazhakkalam [33]
2007 Mathrubhumi – Medimix Award for Best Actress Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam [34]
V. Shantaram Awards 2007 V Shantaram Award for Best Actress Ore Kadal
Bharathan Award2001Best Female Debut Actor Soothradharan [35]
Dinakaran Award2002Best Female Debut Run [36]
Thikkurissi Award2005Best Actress Perumazhakkalam [37]
Srividya Puraskaaram 2007Best ActressOre Kadal [38]
Amrita TV Film Awards2008Best ActressOre Kadal [39]

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