Lal Jose

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Lal Jose
Born (1966-01-11) 11 January 1966 (age 51)
Valapad, Kerala, India
Residence Ottapalam, Kerala, India
Other names Lalu
Occupation Film director, producer, distributor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Leena
Children Irene, Catherine
Parent(s) Jose, Lilly

Lal Jose is an Indian film director and producer best known for his Malayalam films.

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), Classmates (2006), Arabikkatha (2007), Neelathaamara (2009), Diamond Necklace (2012), Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012), Immanuel (2013), and Vikramadithyan (2014).[1]

Lal Jose won the Filmfare Award for Best Director twice for his films Meesa Madhavan and Ayalum Njanum Thammil. He also won the Kerala State Award for Best Director for Ayalum Njanum Thammil. His films Classmates and Ayalum Njanum Thammil have won the Kerala State Award for Best Popular Film. He has frequently collaborated with screenwriters Babu Janardhanan, Ranjan Pramod, Benny P. Nayarambalam, James Albert, Iqbal Kuttippuram and M. Sindhuraj.


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]

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] The photography and narration style was appreciated by many critics. His next venture was Chandranudikkunna Dikhil in 2000, with Dileep as hero, which did well at the box office. In 2001, Lal Jose directed Randaam Bhavam starring Suresh Gopi. The critically acclaimed movie was, however, a box office failure. In later years, it was widely acclaimed later as one of the best action films of the 2000s.[citation needed]

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.

Spanish Masala starring Dileep released in early 2012 was not a commercial success. But he came back strongly with Diamond Necklace starring Fahadh Faasil, Samvrutha Sunil, Gauthami Nair, Anusree (who won the Vivel Active Fair Big Break), Sreenivasan and Rohini. This was the debut film of his production house LJ Films and was well received by critics and film-goers alike. His next film, Ayalum Njanum Thammil starred Prithviraj Sukumaran, Pratap Pothen, Narain, Samvrutha Sunil, Rima Kallingal and Remya Nambeesan. It was very well received by critics and won the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Director for that year; it did well at the box office, too. He teamed up with Mammooty again for Immanuel. Fahadh Faasil, Salim Kumar, Reenu Mathews and Sukumari co-starred in the film which released in April 2013. The same year, he also directed Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum and Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal. Followed by Vikramadithyan (2014), Nee-Na (2015) and most recently Velipadinte Pusthakam (2017).

Most of his films have music composed by Vidyasagar, except for a couple of low-budget ventures.

Lal Jose is the project director of "Celebrate Keralam"; a platform for creative and skilled professionals including documentary makers, photographers, writers, journalists, film makers, musicians, actors and art lovers to put their hands and minds together to fulfill their passion and give something back to their cherished homeland Keralam.



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


As director[edit]

Year Film Writer Actors Notes
1998 Oru Maravathoor Kanavu Sreenivasan Mammootty, Divya Unni, Biju Menon, Mohini
1999 Chandranudikkunna Dikkil Babu Janardhanan Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Samyuktha Varma, Biju Menon
2001 Randaam Bhavam Ranjan Pramod Suresh Gopi, Lal, Biju Menon, Poornima, Lena
2002 Meesa Madhavan Ranjan Pramod Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith, Jyothirmayi
2003 Pattalam Reji Nair Mammootty, Tessa, Biju Menon, Jyothirmayi
2004 Rasikan Murali Gopy Dileep, Samvrutha Sunil, Murali Gopy, Haripriya
2005 Chanthupottu Benny P Nayarambalam Dileep, Gopika, Indrajith, Biju Menon, Bhavana
2006 Achanurangatha Veedu Babu Janardhanan Salim Kumar, Muktha, Prithviraj, Indrajith, Samvrutha Sunil, Suja Karthika
Classmates James Albert Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith, Naren, Radhika, Vijesh
2007 Arabikkatha Iqbal Kuttippuram Sreenivasan, Chang Shumin, Indrajith Jayasurya, Samvritha Sunil
2008 Mulla M. Sindhuraj Dileep, Meera Nandan, Biju Menon
2009 Neelathaamara M. T. Vasudevan Nair Kailash, Archana Kavi, Samvritha Sunil
Kerala Cafe C.V. Sreeraman Mammootty, Sreenivasan Segment: Puramkazchakal
2010 Elsamma Enna Aankutty M. Sindhuraj Ann Augustine, Kunchako Boban, Indrajith
2012 Spanish Masala Benny P Nayarambalam Dileep, Kunchako Boban, Biju Menon
Diamond Necklace Iqbal Kuttippuram Fahad Fazil, Samvrutha Sunil, Gauthami Nair, Anusree
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Bobby Sanjay Prithviraj, Prathap Pothen, Remya Nambeeshan
2013 Immanuel A.C. Vijeesh Mammootty, Fahadh Faasil
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum M. Sindhuraj Kunchako Boban, Namitha Pramod
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal James Albert Dileep, Murali Gopy, Rima Kallingal
2014 Vikramadithyan Iqbal Kuttippuram Dulquar Salmaan, Unni Mukundan, Namitha Pramod
2015 Nee-Na Venugopal Ramachandran Deepti Sati, Ann Augustine, Vijay Babu
2017 Velipadinte Pustakam Benny P Nayarambalam Mohanlal, Anoop Menon,Anna Rajan
2017 Oru Bhayankara Kamukan Unni R. Dulquar Salmaan Announced

As second unit or assistant director[edit]


As producer[edit]

As distributor[edit]

As actor[edit]

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Lal Jose is noted for his particular association with certain actors or techinicans in his films. 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) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Randaam Bhavam (2001) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Meesa Madhavan (2002) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Pattalam (2003) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Rasikan (2004) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Chanthupottu (2005) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Achanurangatha Veedu (2006) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Classmates (2006) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Arabikkatha (2007) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Mulla (2008) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kerala Cafe (Puram Kazchakal) (2009) NoN
Neelathaamara (2009) NoN NoN
Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Spanish Masala (2012) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Diamond Necklace (2012) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012) NoN NoN NoN
Immanuel (2013) NoN NoN NoN
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum(2013) NoN NoN NoN
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal(2013) NoN NoN
Velipadinte Pustakam(2017) NoN

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. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lal Jose – Biography". Metromatinee. 10 July 2009. 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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