19 July 1952
Varkala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
|Children||Abhilash 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. 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.
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.
This section relies largely or entirely on a single source. (March 2018)
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 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, 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.