Jeethu Joseph

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Jeethu Joseph
Born (1972-11-10) 10 November 1972 (age 44)
Mutholapuram, Elanji, Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam, Kerala
Residence Thrippunithura
Nationality Indian
Alma mater S B College, Changanassery
Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Linta Jeethu
Children 2

Jeethu Joseph (born 10 November 1972) is an Indian film director and screenwriter best known for his work in Malayalam cinema.[1]

Jeethu made his directional debut with the 2007 film Detective and later went on to direct five successful films: Mummy & Me (2010), My Boss (2012), Memories (2013), Drishyam (2013) and Life of Josutty (2015).[2][3][4][5] Jeethu gained popularity after the release of Drishyam, produced by Aashirvad Cinemas, which is currently the second highest grossing Malaylam film, and was the first Malayalam film to cross the 50 cr. mark.[6] Jeethu made his Tamil debut with Papanasam (2015), which is the remake of Drishyam.


Jeethu Joseph started as an assistant director to Jayaraj in the film Bheebhathsam. After that, he got a chance to direct a film starring Dileep but it did not materialized and he was back where he started.[7] Meanwhile, Jeethu developed the one-line plot of Detective. But after failing to find any producers, his mother Leelamma Josesh offered to co-produce the film, which became his debut directorial. A month into the project, a producer evinced interest and took on the production. Detective was released in 2007. The film fared well at the box-office.[7]

His next film Mummy & Me was a success at the box-office. Mummy and Me, although it took close to three years in the making, marked a turning point in his career as director. "My first film was easy compared to the struggle I had to go through for my second, Mummy and Me." There were offers to make films like Detective, but Jeethu declined. "I wanted to do a different film" It was for this reason that, though he had one line scripts of Mummy and Me and Memories ready in 2008, he chose to make Mummy and Me.[7]

His third film My Boss was also a success in theatres. This film was a scene-by-scene copy of the Hollywood film The Proposal (2009). Jeethu's fourth movie Memories, a suspense thriller, was released in 2013 which did well in box office.[8][9]

Post-Drishyam (2013–present)[edit]

Later in 2013, drama-thriller Drishyam starring Mohanlal was released which was highly successful commercially and critically.[6][7][10][11] Drishyam was remade in Tamil by Jeethu with Kamal Haasan enacting Mohanlal's role. It was also remade to Telugu, Kannada and Hindi by other directors.[10] Jeethu then directed Dileep-starrer Life of Josutty. Jeethu has announced films with Prithviraj and Meera Jasmine.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Jeethu was born to V. V. Joseph, former Muvattupuzha MLA and Leelamma. He spent his childhood in Mutholapuram in Elanji panchayat, 10 kilometres from Piravom. Jeethu wanted to attend the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) although his father wanted him to become an engineer. He attended Fathima Matha English Medium School and later graduated with a bachelor's in economics from Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha.[7] Jeethu is married to Linta, and they have two daughters.


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Script Story
2007 Detective Yes Yes Yes
2010 Mummy & Me Yes Yes Yes
2012 My Boss Yes Yes Yes
2013 Memories Yes Yes Yes
2013 Drishyam Yes Yes Yes Won Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film
2014 Drishya Yes Kannada remake of Drishyam
2014 Drushyam Yes Telugu remake of Drishyam
2015 Papanasam Yes Yes Yes Tamil film debut, remake of Drishyam
2015 Drishyam Yes Hindi remake of Drishyam
2015 Life of Josutty Yes
2016 Aarathu Sinam Yes Tamil remake of Memories
2016 Oozham Yes Yes Yes
2017 Lakshyam Yes Yes
2017 Untitled Pranav Mohanlal film Yes Yes Yes
2018 Untitled Mammootty film Yes Yes Yes



  1. ^ "Detective – A clueless suspense thriller". IndiaGlitz. 19 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Teenage blues". The Hindu. 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mamta Mohandas to boss around Dileep". The Times of India. 7 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Prithviraj act as a drunkard in Memories". 
  5. ^ Gayathry (19 December 2013). "Mohanlal's Drishyam Releasing Today in 133 Theatres – Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Nambidi, Parvathy. "Jeethu Joseph Has Back to Back Projects in His Kitty, Post Drishyam". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Shilpa Nair Anand (17 January 2014). "Bankable brand". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Manorama Online - Home". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Memories movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "My script for 'Drishyam' is original: Jeethu Joseph". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Drishyam movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Nambidi, Parvathy. "Jeethu Joseph Has Back to Back Projects in His Kitty, Post Drishyam". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  13. ^ BreakingMovies (6 January 2014). "Breaking Movies : TTK Prestige – Vanitha Film Awards 2014 ~ Complete Winners List". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards: Shobhana, Prithviraj win best actor, actress awards". 20 January 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Gayathry (30 January 2014). "Jeethu Joseph Bags Best Director Award – Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "'Drishyam' Bags Kerala Film Critics Association Awards". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 

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