Dennis Joseph

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Dennis Joseph
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Dennis Joseph
Alma materDeva Matha College, Kuravilangad (B.Sc.)
OccupationScriptwriter, director, journalist
Years active1985 – present

Dennis Joseph is an Indian scriptwriter and director known for his work in Malayalam films. He was active during the 1980s and early 1990s. He has frequently collaborated with directors Joshi and Thambi Kannanthanam. He's known for scripting films such as Nirakkoottu (1985), Rajavinte Makan (1986),Shyama (1986), New Delhi (1987), No.20 Madras Mail (1990), Kottayam Kunjachan (1990),m Akashadoothu (1993),Palayam (1994), and F.I.R (1999). Dennis Joseph has also directed five films, including Manu Uncle which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Ettumanoor, Kottayam in Kerala, India. He is the nephew of actor Jose Prakash.[citation needed]


Dennis Joseph started his career as a sub-editor in Cut Cut magazine. He made his debut into cinema in 1985, through Eeran Sandhya as a story writer followed by Nirakkoottu (screenplay) in 1985. Directed by Joshiy, Nirakkoottu had a strong cast line including Mammootty, Urvashi, Lizzy and Sumalatha. The film was a success, he wrote a series of films in the next couple of years. Dennis Joseph wrote the two breakthrough film of Mammootty and Mohanlal. Rajavinte Makan, loosely adapted over Rage of an Angels, a novel by Sidney Sheldon got released in 1986. Directed by Thampi Kannanthanam, this film was a huge success at the box office. Appearing as Vincent Gomas, an underworld don, Mohanlal successfully mesmerised the movie goers, the film raised his stardom. Similarly, after around two dozen huge flops, Mammootty was in his darkest days of his career in the period 1986–87, when Dennis Joseph scripted New Delhi. Directed by Joshiy, this film was also a loose adaptation of an English novel. Completely shot in and around Delhi, this film initially had no takers to buy it. Even theatre owners were not that relent to release it. But New Delhi became a commercial success, thus it became the comeback film of Mammootty who would have been field out otherwise.

Dennis Joseph was active throughout eighties and early nineties with several films of his becoming success. Joshiy directed most of his scripts in these years. T.S Suresh Babu was another director with whom, Dennis Joseph joined hands most frequently in those days.


Year Title Director
2013 Geethanjali Priyadarshan
2010 Kanyakumari Express T S Suresh Babu
2009 Patham Nilayile Theevandi Joshi Mathew
2009 Kadha, Samvidhanam Kunchakko Haridas Keshavan
2008 Ayur Rekha G.M. Manu
2006 Chirattakalippattangal Jose Thomas
2005 Thaskara Veeran Pramod Pappan
2004 Vajram Pramod Pappan
2002 Phantom Biju Varkey
1998 F.I.R Shaji Kailas
1997 Bhoopathi Joshiy
1997 Shibiram T S Suresh Babu
1995 Indian Military Intelligence T S Suresh Babu
1995 Agrajan Dennis Joseph
1994 Palayam T S Suresh Babu
1993 Arthana I.V.Sasi
1993 Sarovaram Jeassy
1993 Gandharvam Sangeeth Sivan
1993 Akashadoothu Sibi Malayil
1992 Kizhakkan Pathrose T S Suresh Babu
1992 Mahanagaram T.K Rajeev Kumar
1992 Maanyanmar T S Suresh Babu
1991 Thudar Katha Dennis Joseph
1990 Oliyambukal Hariharan
1990 Indrajaalam Thambi Kannanthanam
1990 Kottayam Kunjachan T S Suresh Babu
1990 No.20 Madras Mail Joshiy
1989 Nair Saab Joshiy
1988 Dinarathrangal Joshiy
1988 Manu Uncle Dennis Joseph
1988 Thanthram Joshiy
1988 Sangham Joshiy
1987 Vazhiyorakazchakal Thambi Kannanthanam
1987 New Delhi Joshiy
1987 Kathakku Pinnil K. G. George
1986 Pranamam Bharathan
1986 Sayam Sandhya Joshiy
1986 Veendum Joshiy
1986 Aayiram Kannukal Joshiy
1986 Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar Thambi Kannanthanam
1986 Rajavinte Makan Thambi Kannanthanam
1986 Nyayavidhi Joshiy
1986 Shyama Joshiy
1985 Nirakkoottu Joshiy
1985 Eeran Sandhya Jeassy


Year Title Script
1995 Agrajan Himself
1991 Thudar Katha Himself
1990 Appu Sreekumaran Thampi
1989 Adharvam Shibu Chakravarthy
1988 Manu Uncle Himself


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