Meera Jasmine, born Jasmine Mary Joseph, is an Indian actress from Thiruvalla, Kerala, who appears in South Indian cinema. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2004 and is a two-time recipient of the Kerala State Film Award, the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, as well as the Kalaimamani Award from the government of Tamil Nadu. The Hindu called her "one of the few actors who could hold her own amongst stars and thespians in Malayalam cinema"
During an interview, Mohanlal was asked about his contemporary Mammootty and their competition in the film industry. Stating that they had shared the screen space in about 54 films, Mohanlal said there was never a competition between the two at any point – healthy or otherwise.