Lijo Jose Pellissery
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|Lijo Jose Pellissery|
|Born||Chalakudy, Thrissur district|
|Alma mater||Carmel High School
|Years active||2010 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Jasmine James (2016 to present)|
Lijo Jose Pellissery is an Indian film director best known for his Malayalam films. He made his debut with the crime film Nayakan (2010), following it up with City of God (2011) and Amen (2013), the latter being a big commercial success at the box-office. His fourth was Double Barrel, released in August 2015. His fifth and latest movie is Angamaly Diaries released on March 3,2017.
Lijo, born in Chalakudy in Thrissur district, is the son of late theatre-movie actor Jose Pellissery. He did his schooling from Carmel High School, Chalakudy & Pre-University from The Union Christian College, Aluva . He holds a Bachelor's Degree in marketing HR and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from IIPM, Bangalore. Lijo's wife Jasmine is a professional textile designer and an alumni of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi. They got married on January 10th, 2016.
With a theatre-film family background (his actor father used to co-own a theatre troupe), Lijo started his career by making short films and was one of the finalists of the PIX Short Film Festival 2007. He idolises the works of film makers Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, K. G. George, Padmarajan and Akira Kurosawa. He directed his first feature Nayakan in 2010. It revolved around a Kathakali artist who joins the underworld to take revenge on those who killed his family and destroyed his life. The film, that effectively juxtaposed the beauty of a classical art form with the formidability of a powerful emotion, was praised by critics but failed at the box office. His next venture, City of God, used hyperlink cinema as its narrative structure, and was another critical and artistic success. However, the box office fate of this film was even worse, as it was pulled from theatres just days after its release. City of God was one of the first films in the category of "New Generation" Malayalam cinema, although the trend was just being recognised during the same year. Had it been released a little later, moviegoers and analysts feel the film would have received more critical and box office success.
His third movie, an endearing rustic musical titled Amen, was a path-breaking one in terms of its narrative style and treatment and one of the most successful Malayalam movies to be released in 2013. With actors like Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahad Fasil, Swathy Reddy and Kalabhavan Mani delivering exemplary performances in the film, it was Lijo's first commercial success and drew in rave reviews. Filled with slapstick comedies and folk influences, Amen, rich in symbolisms, underlying magical realisms and food for thought for critics, made collection boxes jingle.
His fourth project titled Double Barrel was a comic thriller that carved a niche for itself as belonging to a never-before-attempted experimental genre in Malayalam cinema, evoking compliments and criticisms alike. The movie featured actors Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Arya, Sunny Wayne and Asif Ali.
His latest project was Angamaly Diaries , a black comedy cloaked within a gangster plot that revolves around the locale of Angamaly . The film , scripted by popular actor Chemban Vinod Jose had 86 new faces playing lead roles . The film that was made with a meagre budget of 3 crores was a critical as well as commercial success. Anurag Kashyap's mention that Angamaly Diaries is his film of the year point out to how refreshingly new the film is.
- 2013 - Asianet Film Award - Best Director (for Amen)
- 2013 - Atlas Film Critics Awards - The Best Popular Movie (Amen)
- 2014 - Canada Film Festival - Feature Competition - Royal Reel Winner (Amen)
|2010||Nayakan||Indrajith, Siddique, Thilakan||P. S. Rafeeq|
|2011||City of God||Prithviraj, Rima Kallingal, Indrajith, Parvathi Menon||Babu Janardhanan|
|2013||Amen||Fahadh Faasil, Indrajith, Swati Reddy||P. S. Rafeeq|
|2015||Double Barrel||Prithviraj, Indrajith, Asif Ali, Arya||Lijo Jose Pellissery|
|2017||Angamaly Diaries||Antony Varghese||Chemban Vinod Jose|
- As actor
|2014||Sapthamashree Thaskaraha||Anil Radhakrishnan Menon||as Priest|
|2016||Akashvani||Khais Millen||as Thomas|
|2016||Darvinte Parinamam||Jijo Antony||as Director Lijo Pellissery|
|2010||Nayakan||Lijo Jose Pellissery||as smuggling agent|
|2002||"Kalyanaraman"||Rafi Mecartin||As a helper in the team of Dileep|
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