Varkala, Attingal, Kerala
|Years active||1978 – present|
|Children||Abhilash Joshiy, Aishwarya Joshiy (deceased)|
Joshiy, also called as V. Joshi, is an Indian film directorknown for his Malayalam films. 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 in 1984 when he directed Dharm Aur Qanoon starring Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra in the lead roles with Khanna in double role.
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, 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. Joshi began his career by assisting people including M Krishnan Nair and Sasikumar. He made his debut as director through Tiger Salim, that got released in 1978. His next movie was Moorkhan which was followed by Raktham. Following this, Joshi directed many films including Kaahalam,Sharam, Karthavyam, Dheera and Arambham. In the year 1983, Aa Rathri, got released for which Joshi 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 the year 1985, Joshiy directed Nirakkoottu, based on the script by debutant Dennis Joseph. Joshi-Mammootty-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 and went on to become a hit at the Indian boxoffice.
The films Veendum, Nyayavidhi, Aayiram Kannukal, Sayamsandhya, Ksamichu Ennoru Vaakku followed. January Oru Orma with Mohanlal was released in 1987. In the same year, Joshi joined with Mammootty for New Delhi. In the year 1988, Joshiy directed three films, all scripted by Dennis Joseph and Mammootty in the lead role. Dhinarathrangal, Sangham and Thanthram. In the year 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 the year 1993, Dhruvam got released, followed by Sainyam in 1994. His debut into Telugu cinema was in the year 1994 through Angarakshugudu, starring Rajashekhar and Meena Durairaj in leading roles. In the year 1997 Joshiy brought out Bhoopathi. Joshi 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. Joshiy took a break after these flops. In the year 2004, Joshi 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), next film, 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 lead. It was followed by Lokpal in 2013. Salaam Kashmier 2014 with jayaram in lead.
- Kumar, P. K. Ajith (15 September 2011). "Quest for perfection". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- No.20 Madras Mail song remade