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Lal Jose
Lal Jose Mechery

Valapad, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director, producer, distributor
Years active1989–present

Lal Jose is an Indian film director and producer who works in Malayalam film industry.

Lal Jose started his film career as an assistant director to Kamal. Lal Jose worked on a slew of Kamal's films during the 1990s. His directional debut was the film Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998). His popular films include Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999), Meesa Madhavan (2002), Chanthupottu (2005), Classmates (2006), Arabikkatha (2007), Neelathaamara (2009), Diamond Necklace (2012), Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012), Immanuel (2013), and Vikramadithyan (2014).[1]


Born in Valapad in Thrissur, Kerala to Jose and Lilly, Lal Jose did his schooling at NSS KPT School and NSS College Ottapalam. He is married to Leena. The couple have two daughters, Irine and Catherine.[2] After completing his degree, he left for Chennai, with an aim of getting into movies. He got into the world of cinema by assisting noted director Kamal. He worked with Kamal in 16 films, from Pradheshika Varthakkal to Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu. He worked as associate director to prominent filmmakers like Thampy Kannamthanam, Lohithadas, Harikumar, Vinayan, K. K. Haridas, and Nizar.[3]

Film career[edit]

In 1998, he made his debut as an independent director with Oru Maravathoor Kanavu, which starred Mammootty and was scripted by Sreenivasan.[4] Producer Siyad Koker asked Lal Jose to direct a film for him. The huge success Oru Maravathoor Kanavu earned him a positive reputation.[5]

In 2002 Lal Jose, teaming up with screenwriter Ranjan Pramod, who had earlier scripted Randaam Bhavam, came up with Meesa Madhavan, which was a milestone in his career along with that of Dileep. Meesa Madhavan was a huge hit and established Dileep as a new superstar.[6] But his next film Pattalam, starring Mammootty, make average in 2003. Rasikan, released in 2005 was a super hit. But Lal Jose proved his critics wrong in the same year with Chanthupottu, starring Dileep. The huge box-office success of Chanthupottu took Lal Jose's career to new heights.[7] Dileep's performance in this film was highly appreciated. In 2006, Lal Jose directed Achanurangatha Veedu, a low-budget film, which failed to bring audiences to the movie halls, though it won critical appreciation.[8]

Lal Jose created a mania in Kerala in 2006 with Classmates, which broke all the collection records in the Malayalam cinema industry. Released without much publicity, with no big stars, it became the highest-grossing film in Malayalam, until its record was broken by Twenty:20 two years later.[9] In 2007, he did Arabikkatha, with Sreenivasan in a leading role. Arabikkatha was critically and commercially a big hit.[10][11] His next movie was Mulla, starring Dileep. In 2009, Lal Jose directed Neelathamara, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, which was a remake of the 30-year-old movie with the same name.[12] It was accepted well by the critics and the masses. He directed a story with Mammootty as lead in Kerala Cafe in 2010. He then directed the hit film Elsamma Enna Aankutty without multistars. In 2011, he became a judge on a reality show on Surya TV called Vivel Active Fair Big Break, where the winner would be the heroine in his next movie.


Kerala state film awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Ramu Karyat Awards
Asiavision Awards


As director[edit]

Year Film Writer Notes
1998 Oru Maravathoor Kanavu Sreenivasan
1999 Chandranudikkunna Dikkil Babu Janardhanan
2001 Randaam Bhavam Ranjan Pramod
2002 Meesa Madhavan Ranjan Pramod
2003 Pattalam Reji Nair
2004 Rasikan Murali Gopy
2005 Chanthupottu Benny P Nayarambalam
2006 Achanurangatha Veedu Babu Janardhanan
Classmates James Albert
2007 Arabikkatha Iqbal Kuttippuram
2008 Mulla M. Sindhuraj
2009 Neelathaamara M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Kerala Cafe C.V. Sreeraman Segment: Puramkazchakal
2010 Elsamma Enna Aankutty M. Sindhuraj
2012 Spanish Masala Benny P Nayarambalam
Diamond Necklace Iqbal Kuttippuram
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Bobby Sanjay
2013 Immanuel A.C. Vijeesh
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum M. Sindhuraj
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal James Albert
2014 Vikramadithyan Iqbal Kuttippuram
2015 Nee-Na Venugopal Ramachandran
2017 Velipadinte Pustakam Benny P Nayarambalam
2018 Thattumpurath Achuthan M. Sindhuraj Upcoming

As second unit or assistant director[edit]


As producer[edit]

As distributor[edit]

As actor[edit]


Recurring collaborators[edit]

Music composer VidyaSagar has worked on 12 films out of Lal Jose's total 22 feature-length films. Sukumari had acted on 12 films, whereas Salim Kumar in 10 and Biju Menon in 8 and Indrajith, Jagathy Sreekumar and Suraj Venjaramoodu were appeared on 7 films.

Films Dileep Biju Menon Indrajith Samvrutha Sunil Jagathy Sreekumar Nedumudi Venu Sukumari Sreenivasan Salim Kumar Kunchako Boban Vidyasagar Suraj Venjaramoodu
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Randaam Bhavam (2001) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Meesa Madhavan (2002) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Pattalam (2003) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Rasikan (2004) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Chanthupottu (2005) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Achanurangatha Veedu (2006) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Classmates (2006) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Arabikkatha (2007) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Mulla (2008) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Kerala Cafe (Puram Kazchakal) (2009) ☑Y
Neelathaamara (2009) ☑Y ☑Y
Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Spanish Masala (2012) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Diamond Necklace (2012) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Immanuel (2013) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum(2013) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal(2013) ☑Y ☑Y
Velipadinte Pustakam(2017) ☑Y

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ ലാല്‍ ജോസും ജീവിതവും തമ്മില്‍. (2013-01-10). Retrieved on 2015-06-22.
  3. ^ Manorama Online. Manorama Online. Retrieved on 2015-06-22.
  4. ^ "Lal Jose teams with Mammootty and Sreenivasan". 31 August 2009. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Lal Jose – Biography". Metromatinee. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Meesa mints money". The Hindu. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  7. ^ Sreedhar Pillai. (9 December 2009). Whither the heroine?. The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  8. ^ Vijay George. (6 January 2006). "Reflection of society". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  9. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (29 September 2009). "'Classmates,' a trendsetter". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Arabikatha takes the cake". The Hindu. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  11. ^ "'Arabikatha' turns out to be a success tale". The Hindu. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  12. ^ P. M. (Undated). "‘Neelathamara' megahit again". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  13. ^ Mammotty, Kavya Madhavan bag Asiavision awards – Emirates 24|7 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. (2013-11-05). Retrieved on 2015-06-22.

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