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Scent of the Jasmine

With a National award in her kitty, loads of talent and good looks, Meera Jasmine is out to win hearts and good roles in Telugu films


SHE IS independent and immensely talented. Glowing from the success of Malayalam film, Padom Onu Oru Vilaapam, which got her the Kerala State Award and National Award for Best Actress 2003, and bravely combating her recent family dispute, Meera Jasmine Joseph says it's crucial for her to connect with the people she works with, the script and the characters .

After the success of Run, Meera did not sign many films because the run-of-the-mill stuff did not interest her. However, she continues to get rave reviews for her performances in Aayutha Ezhuthu (Yuva), Swapnakoodu, Ammayi Bagundi, Gudumba Shankar etc. About her award winning performance she says, " I started getting into the character and found fulfilment as the shooting progressed. People who saw me emote were sure about this movie rising above the ordinary. The film is based on a real story of what a Muslim girl has to undergo in a society that is still not willing to accept women as equals."

Suddenly her eyes change colour, a sombre look quickly replaces the smile as she reflects on the recent happening in the family. "I am mad sometimes. I cry a lot, I'm very emotional. I used to depend on my family before, now I have become independent."

She has dealt with the situation pretty well and bounced back with a positive attitude. "Lot of filmi people have praised me for coming out in the open. In fact I was forced to go to the press. All these things happen in every household and to almost every actress. The matter has been sorted out and burried and I'm back with my family. I can not live without my family. All is well that ends well."

A simple girl from Kuttapuzha in Tiruvalla, Meera wasn't sure whether she could make it in the world of cinema but two and half years later with two awards in her kitty, Meera states that she was born to be an artiste. "God has chosen me for this job." Meera aspires for little things in life. "I'm not aspiring to be an icon. I just want to be loved by everyone."

She sounds sensible and mature when she says that all that matters is her work. She is not perturbed by the adverse publicity she had got from media . "I cannot stop all this. The director and the people who are watching me should be happy. That is what matters. Let them write what they want. It is their bread and butter. We do have personal issues, which need to be kept private, but I feel being a public figure, we are answerable to society. For me, three most important people are my father, mother and my guru. I come from a very orthodox family and I have absolutely no training in dance and acting. The only prize I got in school was a certificate for vegetable carving and that was the only recognition, which speaks of my talent. Lohit Das is like a father figure and my guru. He initiated me into films with Soothradharan and I owe it all to him."

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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