Lal Jose

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Lal Jose
Born 31.05.1966
Valapad,thrissur, Kerala, India
Residence Ottapalam, Kerala, India
Other names Lalu
Occupation Film director, producer, distributor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Leena

Lal Jose is an Indian film director and producer best known for his Malayalam films.

Lal Jose started his film career as an assistant director to Kamal. Lal Jose worked on a slew of Kamal's films during the 1990s. His directional debut was the film Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998). His popular films include Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999), Meesa Madhavan (2002), Chanthupottu (2005), Achanurangatha Veedu (2006), Classmates (2006), Arabikkatha (2007), Neelathaamara (2009), Diamond Necklace (2012), Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012) and Immanuel (2013).[1]

Lal Jose won the Filmfare Award for Best Director twice for his films Meesa Madhavan and Ayalum Njanum Thammil. He also won the Kerala State Award for Best Director for Ayalum Njanum Thammil. While his films Classmates and Ayalum Njanum Thammil have won the Kerala State Award for Best Popular Film. He has frequently collaborated with screenwriters Babu Janardhanan, Ranjan Pramod, Benny P. Nayarambalam, James Albert, Iqbal Kuttippuram, Sangeeth Kollam and M. Sindhuraj.c


Born in Valapad in Thrissur, Kerala to Jose and Lilly, Lal Jose did his schooling at NSS KPT School and NSS College Ottapalam. He is married to Leena. The couple have two daughters, Irine and Catherine.[2] After completing his degree, he left for Chennai, with an aim of getting into movies. He got into the world of cinema by assisting noted director Kamal. He worked with Kamal in 16 films, from Pradheshika Varthakkal to Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu. He worked as associate director to prominent filmmakers like Thampy Kannamthanam, Lohithadas, Harikumar, Vinayan, K. K. Haridas, and Nizar.[3]

In 1998, he made his debut as an independent director with Oru Maravathoor Kanavu, which starred Mammootty and was scripted by Sreenivasan.[4] Producer Siyad Koker asked Lal Jose to direct a film for him. The huge success Oru Maravathoor Kanavu earned him a positive reputation.[5] The photography and narration style was appreciated by many critics. His next venture was Chandranudikkunna Dikhil in 2000, with Dileep as hero, which did well at the box office. In 2001, Lal Jose directed Randaam Bhavam starring Suresh Gopi. Even though was critically appreciated, this film was hit at the box office. In later years, it was widely acclaimed later as one of the best action films of the 2000s.[citation needed]

In 2002 Lal Jose, teaming up with screenwriter Ranjan Pramod, who had earlier scripted Randaam Bhavam, came up with Meesa Madhavan, which was a milestone in his career along with that of Dileep. Meesa Madhavan was a huge hit and established Dileep as a new superstar.[6] But his next film Pattalam, starring Mammootty, make average in 2003. Rasikan, released in 2005 was a super hit. But Lal Jose proved his critics wrong in the same year with Chanthupottu, starring Dileep. The huge box-office success of Chanthupottu took Lal Jose's career to new heights.[7] Dileep's performance in this film was highly appreciated. In 2006, Lal Jose brought out Achanurangatha Veedu, a low-budget film, which failed to bring audiences to the movie halls, though it won critical appreciation.[8]

Lal Jose created a mania in Kerala in 2006 with Classmates, which broke all the collection records in the Malayalam cinema industry. Released without much publicity, with no big stars, it became the highest grossing film in Malayalam, until its record was broken by Twenty:20 two years later.[9] In 2007, he did Arabikkatha, with Sreenivasan in a leading role. Arabikkatha was critically and commercially a big hit.[10][11] His next movie Mulla, starring Dileep, got a good partnership Lal Jose or Dileep. In 2009, Lal Jose directed Neelathamara, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, which was a remake of the 30-year-old movie with the same name.[12] It was accepted well by the critics and the masses. He directed a story with Mammootty as lead in Kerala Cafe in 2010. He then directed the hit film Elsamma Enna Aankutty without multistars. In 2011, he became a judge on a reality show on Surya TV called Vivel Active Fair Big Break, where the winner would be the heroine in his next movie.

Spanish Masala starring Dileep released in early 2012 was not a commercial success. But he came back strongly with Diamond Necklace starring Fahadh Faasil, Samvrutha Sunil, Gauthami Nair, Anusree (who won the Vivel Active Fair Big Break), Sreenivasan and Rohini. This was the debut film of his production house LJ Films and was well received by the critics and film-goers alike. His next film, Ayalum Njanum Thammil starred Prithviraj Sukumaran, Pratap Pothen, Narain, Samvrutha Sunil, Rima Kallingal and Remya Nambeesan. It was very well received by critics and won the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Director for that year; it did well at the box office, too. He teamed up with Mammooty again for Immanuel. Fahadh Faasil, Salim Kumar, Reenu Mathews and Sukumari co-starred in the film which released in April 2013.

Most of his films have music composed by Vidyasagar, except for a couple of low-budget ventures.

Lal Jose has now been the project director of "Celebrate Keralam", a platform for creative and skilled professionals including documentary makers, photographers, writers, journalists, film makers, musicians, actors and art lovers to put their hands and minds together to fulfill their passion and give something back to their cherished homeland Keralam.

Critical appreciation[edit]

The films of Lal Jose are generally appreciated by both masses and critics alike. His films are generally set in villages and he is widely appreciated for his ability to shoot songs. He is also famous for choosing different subjects and themes for films.He is regarded as one of the best directors in Malayalam since 2000. His movies like Classmates, Chanthupottu, Arabikatha handling entirely different themes were all accepted by the audiences and they are an indication of the variety of themes that he is able to handle.



Kerala state film awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Ramu Karyat Awards
Asiavision Awards


As director[edit]

Film Year Story Actors Language Lyrics Music-Director Notes
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu 1998 Sreenivasan Mammootty, Divya Unni, Biju Menon, Mohini Malayalam Gireesh Puthenchery Vidyasagar Debut Film
Chandranudikkunna Dikkil 1999 Babu Janardhanan Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Biju Menon, Lal, Samyuktha Varma Malayalam S. Ramesan Nair Vidyasagar
Randaam Bhavam 2001 Ranjan Pramod Suresh Gopi, Lal, Biju Menon, Poornima Malayalam Gireesh Puthenchery Vidyasagar
Meesa Madhavan 2002 Ranjan Pramod Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith Malayalam Gireesh Puthenchery Vidyasagar
Pattalam 2003 Reji Nair Mammootty, Tessa, Indrajith, Biju Menon Malayalam Gireesh Puthenchery Vidyasagar
Rasikan 2004 Murali Gopy Dileep, Samvrutha Sunil, Biju Menon, Siddharth, Murali Gopy Malayalam Gireesh Puthenchery Vidyasagar
Chanthupottu 2005 Benny P Nayarambalam Dileep, Gopika, Indrajith, Biju Menon Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Vidyasagar
Achanurangatha Veedu 2006 Babu Janardhanan Salim Kumar, Muktha, Prithviraj, Indrajith, Samvrutha Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Alex Paul
Classmates 2006 James Albert Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Alex Paul
Arabikkatha 2007 Ikbal Kuttipuram Sreenivasan, Jayasurya, Indrajith Malayalam Anil Panachooran Bijibal
Mulla 2008 M. Sindhuraj
Sangeeth Kollam
Dileep, Meerae Nandan, Biju Menon Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Vidyasagar
Neelathaamara 2009 M. T. Vasudevan Nair Kailash, Archana Kavi, Samvritha Sunil Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Vidyasagar
Kerala Cafe 2009 Based on C. V. Sreeraman's short story "Puramkazchakal" Mammootty, Sreenivasan Malayalam Rafeeq Ahmed Bijibal
Elsamma Enna Aankutty 2010 M. Sindhuraj
Sangeeth Kollam
Kunchako Boban, Indrajith, Ann Augustine Malayalam Rafeeq Ahmed Raja Mani
Spanish Masala 2012 Benny P Nayarambalam Dileep, Kunchako Boban, Biju Menon Malayalam Venugopal Vidyasagar
Diamond Necklace 2012 Ikbal Kuttipuram Fahad Fazil, Samvrutha Sunil, Gauthami Nair, Anusree Malayalam Rafeeq Ahmed Vidyasagar
Ayalum Njanum Thammil 2012 Bobby Sanjay Prithviraj, Samvritha Sunil, Remya Nambeeshan, Rima Kallingal Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Ouseppachan
Immanuel 2013 A.C. Vijeesh Mammootty, Fahadh Faasil Malayalam Rafeeq Ahmed Afsal Yusuf
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum 2013 M. Sindhuraj Kunchako Boban, Namitha Pramod Malayalam Vayalar Sharath Vidyasagar
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal 2013 James Albert Dileep, Murali Gopy, Rima Kallingal Malayalam Rafeeq Ahmed Prashant Pillai
Vikramadithyan 2014 Ikbal Kuttipuram Dulquar Salmaan, Unni Mukundan, Namitha Pramod Malayalam Manu Manjith Bijibal

As second unit or assistant director[edit]


As producer[edit]

As actor[edit]

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Lal Jose is noted for his particular association with certain actors or techinicans in his films. Music director VidyaSagar has worked on 12 films out of Lal Jose's total 16 released films. Sukumari had acted on 12 films, whereas Salim Kumar in 9 snd Biju Menon in 8 and Indrajith and Jagathy Sreekumar were appeared on 7 films.

Films Dileep Biju Menon Indrajith Samvrutha Sunil Jagathy Sreekumar Nedumudi Venu Sukumari Sreenivasan Salim Kumar Kunchako Boban Vidyasagar
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Randaam Bhavam (2001) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Meesa Madhavan (2002) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Pattalam (2003) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Rasikan (2004) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Chanthupottu (2005) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Achanurangatha Veedu (2006) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Classmates (2006) NoN NoN NoN
Arabikkatha (2007) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Mulla (2008) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kerala Cafe (Puram Kazchakal) (2009) NoN
Neelathaamara (2009) NoN NoN
Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Spanish Masala (2012) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Diamond Necklace (2012) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012) NoN NoN NoN
Immanuel (2013) NoN NoN NoN
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum(2013) NoN NoN
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal(2013) NoN


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  11. ^ "'Arabikatha' turns out to be a success tale". The Hindu. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
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