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BornJoshi Vasu
19 July 1952
Varkala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Sindhu Joshi
ChildrenAbhilash Joshiy, Aishwarya Joshiy (deceased)

Joshiy (born 19 July 1952) is an Indian film director from Varkala of Trivandrum in Kerala who works in the Malayalam film industry.[1] He made his debut with Tiger Salim (1978) and has directed over 80 films. He has also directed Hindi and Telugu films. He achieved national fame when he directed Dharm Aur Qanoon (1984) starring Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra in the lead roles, with Khanna in double roles.

Personal life[edit]

Joshiy is married to Sindhu. The couple have a son Abhilash and a daughter, Aishwarya who died on a car accident in Chennai in July 2011. Abhilash is married to Varsha.


Born in Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district as the son of Vasu and Gouri, Joshiy's relation with cinema began from the cinema theatre that his family owned. While doing his final year in degree, in 1969, Joshiy left to Chennai to try his luck in cinema. Joshiy began his career by assisting people including M Krishnan Nair and Sasikumar. He made his debut as director through Tiger Salim, that was released in 1978. His next movie was Moorkhan which was followed by Raktham.

Following this, Joshiy directed many films including Kaahalam,Sharam, Karthavyam, Dheera and Arambham. In 1983, Aa Rathri, got released for which Joshiy joined with Mammootty for the first time, and they continued to work together for the next two decades. Following Kodumkattu, came out and a series of films including Bhookambam, Kodathi, Alakadalinakkare, Muhurtham 11.30, Minimol Vathicanil.

In 1985, Joshiy directed Nirakkoottu, based on the script by debutant Dennis Joseph. Joshi, Mammootty, and Dennis Joseph continued working together with Nyayavidhi, Shyama, and Veendum. He made his debut in Hindi films in 1984 and achieved national fame when he directed Dharm Aur Qanoon starring Rajesh Khanna in a double role along with Dharmendra. It had box office collection of 6.5 crores in 1984[2] and went on to become a hit at the Indian boxoffice.[3]

The films Veendum, Nyayavidhi, Aayiram Kannukal, Sayamsandhya, Ksamichu Ennoru Vaakku followed. January Oru Orma with Mohanlal was released in 1987. In the same year, Joshiy joined with Mammootty for New Delhi. In 1988, Joshiy directed three films, all scripted by Dennis Joseph and Mammootty in the lead role. Dhinarathrangal, Sangham and Thanthram. In 1989, Joshiy once again teamed with Mohanlal for Naduvazhikal. In the same year, Joshiy brought out a military film. Nair Saab, completely shot in Kashmir, with Mammootty in the title role. Mahayanam, his third film of the year won state award for best actor for Mammootty. No.20 Madras Mail was released in 1990 with Mohanlal in title role was followed by the investigation thriller Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu. Kuttettan was his third film of that year. Joshiy's next film was Kauravar in 1992, again with Mammootty in lead role. Joshiy in 1992, tried his hand in Tamil cinema, with Airport.

In 1993, Dhruvam got released, followed by Sainyam in 1994. His debut into Telugu cinema was in 1994 through Angarakshugudu, starring Rajashekhar and Meena Durairaj in leading roles. In 1997 Joshiy brought out Bhoopathi. Joshiy joined with Renji Panicker for Lelam and Pathram in 1999. In middle, Joshiy did Vazhunnor. Joshiy's next two films were Praja and Dubai in 2001 which bombed at the box office. He took a break after these flops. In 2004, Joshiy made a comeback with Runway, this time Dileep in the leading role, it was the second highest grosser of the year (2004), was followed by Maambazhakkaalam. Naran released in 2005 starring Mohanlal was followed by Lion in 2006.

His next films included Pothan Vava (2006) and July 4 (2007) followed by Nasrani (2007) and Janmam (2007). In 2008 he directed Twenty:20 bringing together many stars. It was followed by Robinhood in 2009. Christian Brothers released in 2011, a multi-star film with Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Sarath Kumar and Dileep in leading roles. In 2012 he directed Run Baby Run with Mohanlal in the lead. It was followed by Lokpal in 2013 and Salaam Kashmier 2014 with Jayaram in the lead.


Year Film Script writer
2015 Lailaa O Lailaa Suresh Nair
2014 Avatharam Vyasann Edavanakatt
Salaam Kashmier Sethu
2013 Lokpal S. N. Swamy
2012 Run Babby Run Sachi
2011 Sevenes Iqbal Kuttippuram
Christian Brothers Udayakrishna-Siby K. Thomas
2009 Robin Hood Sachi-Sethu
2008 Twenty:20 Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
2007 Nasrani Ranjith
2007 July 4 Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
2006 Pothan Vava Benny P Nayarambalam
2006 Lion Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
2005 Naran Ranjan Pramod
2004 Mampazhakkalam T.A. Shahid
2004 Runway Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
2001 Praja Renji Panicker
2001 Dubai Renji Panicker
1998 Pathram Renji Panicker
1998 Vazhunnor Benny P. Nayarambalam
1997 Lelam Renji Panicker
1997 Bhoopathi Dennis Joseph
1995 Angarakshakudu S. N. Swamy
1995 Anna S. N. Swamy
1994 Sainyam S. N. Swamy
1993 Dhruvam S. N. Swamy
1993 Airport (Tamil film) S. N. Swamy
1992 Kauravar A. K. Lohithadas
1990 Kuttettan A. K. Lohithadas
1990 Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu P. Padmarajan
1990 No.20 Madras Mail[4] Dennis Joseph
1989 Mahayanam A. K. Lohithadas
1989 Nair Saab Dennis Joseph
1989 Naduvazhikal S. N. Swamy
1988 Sangham Dennis Joseph
1988 Thanthram Dennis Joseph
1988 New Delhi (Kannada film) Dennis Joseph
1988 New Delhi (Hindi film) Dennis Joseph
1988 Dinarathrangal Dennis Joseph
1988 Antima Teerpu (Telugu film) Dennis Joseph
1987 New Delhi Dennis Joseph
1987 Itihaas (Hindi film) Gyandev Agnihotri
1987 January Oru Orma Kaloor Dennis
1986 Veendum Dennis Joseph
1986 Nyayavidhi Dennis Joseph
1986 Sayam Sandhya Dennis Joseph
1986 Aayiram Kannukal Dennis Joseph
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Kaloor Dennis
1986 Shyama Dennis Joseph
1985 Nirakkoottu Dennis Joseph
1985 Iniyum Kadha Thudarum John Paul
1985 Oru Kudakeezhil Kaloor Dennis
1985 Onningu Vannengil Kaloor Dennis
1985 Katha Ithuvare Kaloor Dennis
1985 Vannu Kandu Keezhadakki Kaloor Dennis
1985 Muhurtham Pathnonnu Muppathinu Kaloor Dennis
1984 Kodathi Kaloor Dennis
1984 Minimol Veticanil Kaloor Dennis
1984 Sandarbham Kaloor Dennis
1984 Ivide Ingane Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1984 Alakadalinakkare Kaloor Dennis
1984 Idavelakku Sesham Kaloor Dennis
1984 Inakili John Paul
1984 Piriyilla Naam Sheriff
1984 Umanilayam Cochin Haneefa
1984 Dharm Aur Qanoon B. R. Ishara, Bhushan Banmali
1983 Ankam Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1982 Bhookambam Priyadarshan
1983 Aa Raathri Kaloor Dennis
1982 Himam T. Damodaran
1983 Kodumkattu Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1982 Aadarsham Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1982 Aarambham Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1982 Dheera Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1982 Kartavyam Kaloor Dennis
1982 Sharam Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1981 Ithihasam Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1981 Raktham Kaloor Dennis
1981 Kaahalam Joshy
1980 Moorkhan Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
1978 Tiger Salim S. L. Puram Sadanandan


  1. ^ Kumar, P. K. Ajith (15 September 2011). "Quest for perfection". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ No.20 Madras Mail song remade

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