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Meera Jasmine

Name: Meera Jasmine

Born as: Jasmine Mary Joseph

Nick name - Jas

Height: 5' 6 "

Date of Birth: 15 Febuary 1984

Birthplace: Kuttappuzha, Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India

Education: Mar Thoma Residential School in Tiruvalla.

Father - Joseph Philip

Mother - Aleyamma

Brother - George

Address: Plot No. 50, Stage-2, J.P.Nagar, R.SP/O, Thiruvalla. Ph: 0473- 2630504

Meera Jasmine started her life in the small town of Kuttapuzha and completed her schooling in Mar Thoma Residential School in Tiruvalla.  It was destiny that brought Jasmine Mary Joseph to the world of cinema. Acting was far from her aspirations, she just wanted to study and become a doctor. She was totally unaware of her beauty and talent. It was purely by chance that Jasmine Mary Joseph went to see the filming of a movie along with her classmates. While she was busy gaping at the actors and the shooting process, the director Lohitadas noticed her and felt that she was rather out of the ordinary. He offered her the role of the heroine in his next venture, she was quite stunned. Her conservative family background forbade her becoming part of the film industry. Nevertheless  she agreed Lohitadas, and Jasmine Mary Joseph became Meera Jasmine, the heroine of Soothradharan, opposite Dileep.

Unfortunately, after Soothradharan, the inexperienced young girl became the target of the yellow press in Kerala. She was so unsettled that she declined to take up even a single film in Malayalam for some time. Her contemporaries like Navya Nair and Kavya Madhavan, surged ahead. But Meera Jasmine's providence had other plans in store for her.  She received an offer to act in a Tamil film Run opposite teenage heartthrob Madhavan. Run, directed by Lingusamy, became a resounding hit in Tamil Nadu and overnight Meera Jasmine became a much favored actress. She worked in few films in Malayalam and one of them, Swapnakoodu, was a huge hit in Kerala.

Despite the fact that the films that followed Run failed to generate profits at the box office, her talent was spotted by none other than veteran film maker Mani Ratnam who presented her a role opposite Madhavan in Aayutha Ezhuthu. All of a sudden, all filmmakers started considering Meera Jasmine with a lot more respect.. The film Aayutha Ezhuthu had sync sound and Meera, who was not at all well versed or fluent in Tamil, labored hard on her pronunciation, and delivered all her dialogues herself. However, Meera was condemned in Kerala for rejecting a Malayalam film (Mullavalliyum Thenmavum) for a Mani Ratnam film. "I cannot understand why people criticise me. Any artiste would have done the same thing, I am sure."

Lady Luck came to her rescue once again. She was inundated with offers in Telugu. Even then she was assailed with negative journalism for giving preference to Telugu films, but by this time she had gained a lot of assurance and nerve. Next she turned to Kannada films, signing one opposite Puneet Rajakumar.

Even though she ruled the roost in commercial ventures in all the South Indian languages,  Meera agreed to act as Shahina in T V Chandran's Paatham Onnu Oru Vilaapam. The film was about a young Muslim schoolgirl married off to a married man. Meera Jasmine's staggering performance in the film won her the National Award. She decided to donate the money that comes with the award to a charitable organisation in Palghat.

Notwithstanding her Christian origin, Meera Jasmine is known for visiting Hindu temples. She is a self-confessed fan of Tamil cinema's noted music composer Ilayaraaja. She currently resides in Panampilly Nagar in Kochi.


Year     Award Film

2004    National Film Award for Best Actress   Padam Onnu:Oru Vilapam

2004    State Film Award for the Best Actress Padam Onnu:Oru Vilapam




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