Meera Jasmine, is an Indian actress who appears in regional Indian films that includes Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2004 and is a two time recipient of the Kerala State Film Award as well as the prestigious Kalaimamani Award from the government of Tamil Nadu.
Meera Jasmine was born in Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India, to Joseph and Aleyamma. 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, 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.
Meera Jasmine made her debut in the Malayalam film Soothradharan. Soon, she started getting 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.
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.
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.
National Film Awards
2004 - Best Actress, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
Kerala State Film Awards
2003 - Best Actress, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam, Kasthuri Maan
2007 - Best Actress, Ore Kadal.
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
2005 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award (Special Prizes), Kasthuri Maan
Tamil Nadu Government
2008 - Kalaimamani Award
2002 - Filmfare Best Female Debut (Tamil), Run
2003 - Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Malayalam), Kasthoorimann
2006 - Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Malayalam), Achuvinte Amma
2007 - Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Malayalam), Ore Kadal
Asianet Film Awards
2003 - Best Actress Award, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 - Best Actress Award, Perumazhakkalam
2005 - Best Actress Award, Achuvinte Amma
2007 - Best Actress Award, Ore Kadal
V Shantaram Awards
2003 - V Shantaram Award for Best Actress, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam.
2007 - V Shantaram Award for Best Actress, 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
2003 - Mathrubhumi - Medimix Award for Best Actress, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 - Mathrubhumi - Medimix Award for Best Actress, Perumazhakkalam
2001 - Bharathan Award For Best Female Debut Actress, Soothradharan
2002 - Dinakaran Award For Best Female Debut Actress, Run
2003 - National Film Academy Award for Best Actress, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam.
2003 - Kaveri-Film Critics Award, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2003 - Kerala Film Audience Council Award, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2003 - Kerala Film Critics Association Award, Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2004 - Tikkurishi Award for Best Actress, Perumazhakkalam.
2005 - Amrita Film Fraternity Award for Best Actress, Achuvinte Amma
2006 - Jeevan TV-Mastro Mania award for Best Actress, Rasathanthram
2007 - Dubai AMMA award for Best Actress, Ore Kadal
2007 - Fokana award for Best Actress, Ore Kadal
2007 - Amrita Film Award for Best Actress, Ore Kadal
2007 - Sreevidya Puraskaaram (Best Actress), Ore Kadal
2007 - Tharangini Film Award for Best Actress, Ore Kadal
2008 - Best Actress at 8th Annual Imagine Indian Film Festival, Spain, "Ore Kadal"
2008 - Dubai AMMA award for Best Actress, Calcutta News
2009 - Veera Pazhassi Awards -Swarna Mayoogam
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