Jose Prakash

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Jose Prakash
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Born K. Baby Joseph
(1925-04-14)April 14, 1925
Kottayam, Travancore, Indian Empire
Died March 24, 2012(2012-03-24) (aged 86)
Ernakulam, Kerala
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1953–2011
Notable work(s) Lisa (1978)
CID Nazir (1971)
John Jaffer Janardhanan (1980)
Koodevide (1983)
Spouse(s) Chinnamma
Children Elsamma, Kunjumol, Susan, Rajan, Jasmine, Sajan
Parents K.J.Joseph,
Eliyamma Joseph [1]
Relatives Prem Prakash (brother)
Bobby-Sanjay, Dennis Joseph (nephews)
Awards J. C. Daniel Award

Jose Prakash (14 April 1925 – 24 March 2012) was an actor and singer who worked in Malayalam cinema. He was a singer turned actor who had appeared in more than 300 films mostly in antagonist roles. He was awarded with the J. C. Daniel Award for 2011 a day before he died aged 87.[2][3]

He dominated the Malayalam film industry in the role of villain for around 40 years. Later, he switched to character roles in mid 90s.

Personal life[edit]

He was the eldest of 8 children of K.J.Joseph & Eliyamma Joseph. He has a younger brother Prem Prakash who is also an actor. He was settled around 30 years in Madras and later moved to Cochin. In 2003 his right leg had to be amputated due to Diabetes. He has 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived with his eldest son in Cochin till his death on 24 March 2012.

Script writers Bobby-Sanjay and Malayalam movie director Dennis Joseph are his nephews.[4]

Early career[edit]

Jose Prakash was in the British Indian army before entering the film industry. Like other actors of that age he was not a theatre or stage artist. He had served for British Indian army for 8 years.[5][6] He later left army and return to his homeland and start small business. Having interest in cinema and music from childhood he started a small club with his friends called Kottayam Arts Club in which he was the lead singer.[7] Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair once saw his performance and called him as a singer for his debut directorial film Sheriyo Thetto. It was Thikkurissy who gave him the name Jose Prakash.

Film career[edit]

Singer[edit]

Jose Prakash started his early career as a singer who lend his voice for Prem Nazir, Sathyaneshan Nadar etc. Malayalam industry was not professional at early 1950s usually actors sing for themselves. Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair introduced him to V. Dakshinamoorthy who liked his voice and lend his voice for the film Sheriyo Thetto in 1953 directed by Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair.[8] In this film philosophical number "Paadu pettu paadangalil" sung by Jose Prakash introduced a new trend in Malayan cinema. He also did a small role in the movie. He was not at all a professional singer and does not attend any musical class. In the early 1960s Malayalam film industry became professional and the introduction of talented singers like A. M. Rajah, K. J. Yesudas ended the careers of all non professional singers. Up to 1960's he had sung around 60 songs for various actors like Prem Nazir etc.

Actor[edit]

During his singing career he had done small roles and cameos for films. His first break as an actor was Bhakta Kuchela in 1961.But his major break as a villain was Olavum Theravum in 1969 and he later went on to do many films mostly in villain roles. In 1971, he acted in the first ever investigative sequel C.I.D. Nazir (1971) directed by P. Venu. Later he worked with P. Venu in many of his films. He and K. P. Ummer dominated Malayalam film industry in the role of Antagonist and was a hard target for Heroes. Up to date he had acted for more than 350 films in Malayalam language. He retired from film industry in 2003 due to health reasons. His last film was Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum directed by Sibi Malayil. After a long gap of 8 years he did a small cameo role in Traffic.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

As an actor[edit]

  • Traffic 2011
  • Highway Police 2006 .... Father John
  • Mr. Brahmachari 2003
  • Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum 2003
  • Kanalkkireedam 2002
  • The Gift Of God 2002
  • Pathram 1999
  • Vazhunnor 1999 ..... Bishop
  • Meenathil Thalikettu 1998
  • Man of the Match 1996
  • Thumbolikkadappuram 1995
  • Agrajan 1995
  • Highway 1995
  • Puthran 1994 ....michael
  • Bheesmacharya 1994
  • Chukkan 1994 .... Narayanan
  • Akashadoothu 1993
  • Devasuram 1993
  • Mayaamayooram 1993
  • Maanthrika Cheppu 1992
  • Ragam Anuragam 1991
  • Kadalora Kattu 1991
  • Indrajaalam 1990
  • Orukkam 1990.... Father Francis Arakkal
  • Kadathanadan Ambadi 1990
  • Veena Meettiya Vilangukal 1990
  • Kottayam Kunjachan 1990
  • Ee Kannikoodi 1990
  • Adikkurippu 1989
  • Adharvam 1989
  • Kodugallur Bagavathi 1989
  • Dhinarathrangal 1988
  • Loose Loose Arappiri Loose 1988
  • Vrutham 1987 .... Jailor
  • Aankiliyude Tharattu 1987
  • Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku 1987
  • Aalippazhangal 1987 .... Sekharan Thampi
  • Rajavinte Makan 1986
  • Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku 1986
  • Sayam Sandhya 1986
  • Snehamulla Simham 1986
  • Niramulla Raavukal 1986 ....Sudevan
  • Adukkan Entheluppam 1986
  • Rajavinte Makan 1986
  • Aayiram Kannukal 1986
  • Ente Kanakkuyil 1985
  • Eeran Sandhya 1985
  • Akalathe Ambili (1985) .... Kurichan
  • Akkachide Kunjuvava 1985
  • Upahaaram 1985..... Fernandez
  • . Sammelanam 1985 ..... Ananthan Nambiar
  • Madhuvidhu Theerum Munpe 1985
  • Ee Sabdam Innathe Sabdam 1985
  • Aa Neram Alppa Dooram 1985
  • Nirakkoottu 1985
  • Parannu Parannu Parannu 1984
  • Koottinilamkili 1984
  • Piriyilla Naam 1984
  • Jeevitham 1984
  • Pavam Poornima 1984 ..... Thampi
  • Thacholi Thankappan 1984 .... Guptha
  • Manithali 1984
  • Oru Kochu Kadha Arum Parayatha Kadha (1984)...... Advocate
  • Swanthamevide Bandhamevide 1984
  • Sabadham 1984 .... Viswanadhan Thampi
  • Koodevide 1983
  • Nadi Muthal Nadi Vare 1983
  • Passport 1983
  • Ahankaram 1983
  • Oru Mukham Pala Mukham 1983
  • Belt Mathai 1983
  • Kodumkattu 1983
  • Ankam 1983 .... Chacko
  • Maniyara 1983
  • Enne Njan Thedunnu 1983 .... Doctor Earadi
  • Koodevide 1983
  • Sara Varsham 1982
  • Rakthasakshi 1982
  • Aarambam 1982
  • Aranjyanam 1982 (P. Venu)
  • Shila 1982
  • Ahimsa 1982
  • Drohi 1982
  • Chilanti Vala 1982
  • Saram 1982
  • Dheera 1982
  • Shaari Alla Sharada 1982
  • Ithu Njangalude Katha 1982
  • Kaliyamardhanam 1982
  • John Jaffer Janardhanan 1982
  • Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam 1982
  • Oru Vilippadakale 1982 ..... Dr Cheriyan
  • Saahasam 1981
  • Kilugaatha Changalakal 1981
  • Nizha Yudham 1981
  • Choothattam 1981
  • Aarathi 1981
  • Thrishna 1981 .... K V S Panikkar
  • Raktham 1981
  • Ahimsa 1981
  • Agnisharam 1981
  • Karimpoocha 1981
  • Sambhavam 1981
  • Swarnappakshikal 1981
  • Adimachangala 1981
  • Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla 1981.... Parameshwaran Pilla
  • Agni Yudham 1981
  • Prema Geethangal 1981 ...... P K Panikkar
  • Ariyappedatha Rahasyam 1981 ..... Sreedharan thampi (P. Venu)
  • Love in Singapore 1980
  • Air Hostess 1980..... Menon
  • Chandrahasam 1980 ..... Rathnakaran
  • Agnikshetram 1980 .... Vishwanathan
  • Manushya Mrugam 1980 ..... K. G. Menon
  • Shakthi 1980
  • Kadalkkattu 1980
  • Prakadanam 1980
  • Anthapuram 1980
  • Edan Thottam 1980
  • Avan Oru Ahankari 1980
  • Ival Ee Vazhi Ithu Vare 1980
  • Baktha Hanuman 1980
  • Aagamanam 1980 ..... Issac
  • Agniparvatham 1979
  • Puthiya Velicham 1979
  • Avano Atho Avalo 1979 ..... Surendran
  • Mamangam 1979
  • Yakshipparu 1979
  • Pichathikuttappan 1979 (P. Venu)
  • Alavuddinum Albutha Vilakkum 1979
  • Vijayanum Veeranum 1979 .... Surendran Nair
  • Tharangam 1979
  • Thuramugham 1979
  • Kathirmandapam 1979
  • Ward No.7 1979 (P. Venu)
  • Sarppam 1979
  • Vaaleduthavan Valaal 1979
  • Vijayam Nammude Senani 1979
  • Peruvazhiyambalam 1979
  • Prabhu 1979 ..... Gauri Sankar Prasad
  • Eeta 1978
  • Beena 1978
  • Aval vishwathayayirunnu 1978.... Psychiatrist
  • Velluvili 1978 .... Minnal Moidu
  • Yaagaaswam 1978
  • Amarsham 1978
  • Itha Oru Manushyan 1978 .... Narayanan Thampi
  • Aalmarattam 1978 (P. Venu)
  • Lisa 1978
  • Rajan Paraja Kadha 1978
  • Ithanente Vazhi 1978
  • Avakaasham 1978
  • Kudumbam Nammukku Sreekkovil 1978.... Dharmapalan
  • Aanakkalari 1978
  • Rowdy Ramu 1978
  • Kanalkkattakal 1978 .... Vikraman/Prasad
  • Padmatheertham 1978
  • Aval Kanda Lokam 1978
  • Ashokavanam 1978
  • Ee Ganam Marakkumo 1978
  • Urakkam Varatha Rathrikal 1978.... Balagangadhara Menon
  • Arum Annyaralla 1978 .... Priest
  • Randu Lokam 1977 ... Thamarasheri Gopala Kurup
  • Aval Oru Devalayam 1977
  • Sathyavan Saavithri 1977 .... Ashwapathi
  • Nirakudam 1977
  • Rajaparambara 1977
  • Aadyapaadam 1977
  • Sujatha 1977
  • Madura Swapnam 1977
  • Parivarthanam 1977
  • Minimol 1977
  • Sangamam 1977
  • Vezhambal 1977
  • Innale Innu 1977
  • Sankupushppam 1977 .... Dr. Jose
  • Sukradasa 1977
  • Shanta Oru Devatha 1977
  • Abhinivesham 1977 ..... C. P. Menon
  • Sreemad Bhagavath Geetha 1977
  • Muttathe Mulla 1977 .... Thampi
  • Sagakkale Munnottu 1977
  • Udyanalakshmi 1976
  • Seemantha Puthran 1976
  • Agni Pushppam 1976
  • Paarijatham 1976
  • Ozhukkinethire 1976
  • Rajaankanam 1976
  • Neelasaari 1976
  • Amba Ambika Ambalika 1976
  • Themmadi Velappan 1976..... Balakrishnan
  • Light House 1976
  • Chirkudukka 1976..... Kumar
  • Nee Ente Lahari 1976
  • Amma 1976
  • Picnic (1975) ..... Mooppan
  • Chumaduthaangi 1975
  • Babumon 1975.... Puli Naanu
  • Hello Darling 1975
  • Omanakunju 1975
  • Thomasleeha 1975
  • Pulivalu 1975
  • Makkal 1975
  • Raagam 1975
  • Ullasa Yaathra 1975
  • . Pravaham 1975..... Bhaskaran
  • Mattoru Seetha 1975
  • Love Marriage 1975
  • Love Letter 1975
  • Chandanachola 1975
  • Odakuzhal 1975
  • Sooryavamsham 1975
  • Priye Ninakku Vendi 1975
  • Pancha Thanthram 1974 ..... Prasad
  • Sapthaswarangal 1974 ..... Madhava Das
  • Honeymoon 1974
  • College Girl 1974. .... Nanu
  • Shaapamoksham 1974
  • Poothenaruvi 1974
  • Pattabhishekam 1974
  • Ankathattu 1974
  • Rahasya Raathri 1974
  • Jesus 1973
  • Panchavadi 1973...... Shekhar
  • Padmavyooham 1973 .... Mathachan
  • Ajaathavasam 1973 .... Jayaraj
  • Kaapalika 1973
  • Panitheeratha Veedu 1973
  • Badradeepam 1973 .... Venugopal
  • Thaniniram 1973
  • Police Ariyaruthu 1973 .... Alex
  • Pacha Nottukal 1973 .... Mathews Muthalali
  • Prethagalude Thazvara 1973 (P. Venu)
  • Swapnam 1973
  • Maasappadi Mathupilla 1973
  • Veendum Prabhatham 1973
  • Rakkuyil 1973
  • Thekkankattu 1973 .... Sebastain
  • Pushppanjali 1972 .... Damu
  • Sree Guruvayoorappan 1972
  • Sambhavami Yuge Yuge 1972 .... Balaram
  • Aneshwanam
  • Taxi Car 1972 (P. Venu)
  • Nirthasaala 1972.... Dayananthan
  • Aaradi Manninte Janmi 1972 .... Dr. Menon
  • Shakthi 1972
  • Manthrakodi 1972
  • Brahmachari 1972
  • Avalalppam Vaikipoyi 1971
  • Jalakanyaka 1971
  • Thapaswini 1971
  • Vilakkyu Vaangiya Veena 1971 .... K.R.Das
  • Achante Bharya 1971 .... Rajan
  • Muthassi 1971
  • Lankadahanam 1971 ... Das
  • C.I.D. Nazir 1971 .... Shivaram (P. Venu)
  • Nilakkatha Chalanagal 1970
  • Nizhalattam 1970 .... Bhaskaran
  • Abayam 1970
  • Lottery Ticket 1970
  • Madhuvidhu 1970 .... Sathi's Father
  • Aranaazhikaneram (1970)....Priest
  • Ollavum Theeravum 1970
  • Kattukurangu 1969
  • Kannur Deluxe 1969 .... Gopalakrishnan
  • Rahasyam 1969..... Karadi Damodharan
  • Chattambikkavala 1969
  • Kumara Sambhavam (1969) .... Devandran
  • Velutha Kathreena 1968 .... Superintend Manoharan
  • Love in Kerala 1968
  • Agniputhri 1967
  • Subaida 1965
  • Karutha Kai 1964 .... Madhava Menon
  • Adya Kiranangal 1964 .... Damodaran
  • Kattumaina 1963
  • Snapaka Yohannan 1963 ..... Snapaka Yohannan
  • Ammaye Kaanaan 1963 .... Advocate
  • Bhaktha Kuchela 1961 .... Nandagopan
  • Chathurangam 1959
  • Maria Kutty 1958
  • Devasundari 1957
  • Padatha Painkili 1957 .... Pothachan
  • Manthravaadi 1956
  • Harishchandra 1955
  • CID 1955
  • Aniyathi 1955
  • Harischandra 1955
  • Balyasakhi 1954
  • Manasakshi 1954
  • Sheriyo Thetto 1953 -Debut Film as singer and actor
  • Alphonsa (1952)
  • Premalekha (1952)

As a singer[edit]

  • "Om Namashivaaya" - Love in Kerala (1968)
  • "Oronnoro Chenchorathan" - Avan Varunnu (1954)
  • "Neelippenne" - Manasakshi (1954)
  • "Kannuneer Nee Choriyaathe" - Sheriyo Thetto (1953)
  • "Paadupettu Paadangalil" - Sheriyo Thetto (1953)
  • "Thaarame Thaanuvaru" - Sheriyo Thetto (1953)
  • "Vaarmazhaville Va" - Sheriyo Thetto (1953)
  • "Pokaam Pokaam" - Sheriyo Thetto (1953)
  • "Kelkuka Ha" - Alphonsa (1952)
  • "Chinthayil Neerunna" - Visappinte Vili (1952)
  • "Ramanan" - Visappinte Vili (1952)

As a Television actor[edit]

  • Aakashadooth (2012)- A teleserial from Surya TV which is the sequel of the hit Malayalam film Akashadoothu
  • Mikhaelinte Santhathikal - as Mikhael

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]