Lijo Jose Pellissery

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Lijo Jose Pellissery
Lijo at IFFI 2018.jpg
Pellissery at IFFI 2018
Born (1978-09-18) 18 September 1978 (age 43)
Other namesLijo Jose, LJP
Alma mater
OccupationFilm director, actor, producer
Years active2010 - present
Spouse(s)Jasmine James
Parent(s)Jose Pellissery
Lilly Jose
AwardsKerala State Film Awards (2)
International Film Festival of India (2)
International Film Festival of Kerala (2)

Lijo Jose Pellissery is an Indian film director and actor who predominantly works in Malayalam Cinema. Known for his unconventional approach in directing, his films are characterized by nonlinear storylines and very long takes.[1][2][3][4] He is a recipient of the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for Ee.Ma.Yau, Best Director Award at the 50th Kerala State Film Awards for Jallikattu, Best Film Award at the 44th Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for Jallikattu and twice recipient of Silver Peacock for the Best Director at the 49th International Film Festival of India and 50th International Film Festival of India for his films Ee.Ma.Yau and Jallikattu respectively.[5] He also received the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018.[6] He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of Indian Cinema.

Pellissery made his debut in 2010 with the crime film Nayakan and followed it up with the crime-drama City of God (2011) and the black comedy satire Amen (2013), the last mentioned, a commercial success at the Kerala box office. His fourth film, Double Barrel, an experimental film received only mixed reviews. His fifth film was again a crime-gangster film Angamaly Diaries (2017), starring almost 90 new actors, which preceded Ee.Ma.Yau, released in 2018. His latest movie Jallikkattu premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In November 2020, Jallikkattu was announced as the Indian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Early life[edit]

Pellissery was born on 18 September 1978 in Chalakudy in Thrissur district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Lilly and Jose Pellissery, a known film and theatre actor and a winner of a state award for best stage actor.[7][8] His schooling was at Carmel Higher Secondary School, Chalakudy and, after graduating from the Union Christian College, Aluva, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore.[9][10] [11]

Career[edit]

By the time Lijo Pellissery was born, Jose Pellissery who co-owned a theatre group by Sarathy Theatres,[8] was active in Malayalam films and this gave the young Lijo an early grounding in films.[12] His career started as an assistant to Manoj Pillai, an ad filmmaker, and Pellissery soon started making short films of his own. One of his films, 3, was one of three films shortlisted for the best film award at the PIX Short Film Festival 2007.[13] He debuted as a feature film director in 2010 with Nayakan, which narrated the story of a Kathakali artist who joined the underworld to take revenge on those who killed his family. Though the film was critically acclaimed, it failed at the box office.[14][15][16][17] His next venture, City of God, one of the early New Generation films of Malayalam cinema[18] and a multi-starrer featuring Indrajith Sukumaran, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Parvathy, Swetha Menon and Rima Kallingal used hyperlink cinema as its narrative structure and was a critical success[19] but, again failed miserably at the box office; it was pulled from cinemas just days after its release.[20]

It took another two years before he came up with his third movie, Amen, in 2013, which had Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahad Fasil, Swathi Reddy and Kalabhavan Mani in the lead roles and the movie succeeded at the box office while drawing good critical response.[21][22] After a gap of almost two years, Pellissery released his fourth film, Double Barrel, a comic thriller, with Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Arya, Sunny Wayne and Asif Ali in the lead roles. However, the film did not succeed critically or commercially.[23] The next project, Angamaly Diaries, a black comedy cloaked in a gangster plot that revolves around the locale of Angamaly, was scripted by popular actor, Chemban Vinod Jose.[24] The film, made on a small budget of ₹30 million,[25] was received well at the box office and drew critical acclaim; Anurag Kashyap opined that Angamaly Diaries was his film of the year.[26][27] Ee.Ma.Yau, his next film based on a satire written by P. F. Mathews[28] and with his regular composer, Prashant Pillai, scoring the music,[29] was premiered on 30 November 2017[30] but the release was delayed due to undisclosed reasons.[31] Before it was released on 4 May 2018, the film received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Director at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards.[5] The film also won him the Silver Peacock Award for the best director at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2018, which was held in Goa in November 2018[32] (Chemban Vinod Jose, the protagonist of the film, also received the Silver Peacock Award for the best actor.[33]) followed by the Sinema Zetu International Film Festival Award for Best Direction.[34]

Filmmaking style[edit]

Pellissery often uses non-linear style of narrative and long takes. [18] His early films had established actors in the lead roles but Angamaly Diaries marked a change where almost the entire cast were newcomers with 86 new actors making their debut, and subsequently accomplishing a triumph in the form of a 11-minute uninterrupted long take in the climax.[35][36] Following the similar technique, Jallikattu has at least 6 long takes and have brought in over thousand extras for the climax sequence.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Actor Producer Role
2010 Nayakan Yes Yes No Steve
2011 City of God Yes No No N/A
2011 Bombay March 12 No Yes No Terrorist
2013 Amen Yes No No N/A
2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha No Yes No Priest
2015 Double Barrel Yes No Co-producer N/A Co-produced with August Cinema
2016 Aakashvani No Yes No Thomas Kuruvila
2016 Darvinte Parinamam No Yes No Himself
2017 Angamaly Diaries Yes No No N/A
2017 Oru Cinemakkaran No Yes No Himself
2017 Mayaanadhi No Yes No Director Len Prasad
2018 Ee.Ma.Yau Yes No No N/A
2018 Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil No Yes Co-producer Lawyer Tony Mattathil Co-produced with BC Joshi and Chemban Vinod Jose
2018 Padayottam No Yes No Gangster Britto
2019 Jallikkattu Yes No Co-producer N/A Co-produced with O.Thomas Panicker and Chemban Vinod Jose
2019 Thamaasha No No Co-producer N/A Co-produced with Sameer Thahir, Shyju Khalid and Chemban Vinod Jose
2020 Churuli Yes No Co-producer N/A Co-produced with O.Thomas Panicker and Chemban Vinod Jose
2022 Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam Yes No Co-producer N/A Co-produced with Mammootty[38]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Venue Film
2013 Best Director Asianet Film Awards Amen
2017 Kerala State Film Award for Best Director 48th Kerala State Film Awards Ee.Ma.Yau
2017 Best Director Cinema Paradiso Club Award Angamaly Diaries
2018 Silver Peacock Award for Best Director 49th International Film Festival of India Ee.Ma.Yau
2018 Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Director International Film Festival of Kerala Ee.Ma.Yau
2018 Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam Filmfare Awards South Ee.Ma.Yau
2019 Silver Peacock Award for Best Director 50th International Film Festival of India Jallikattu[39]
Best Director (special mention) International Film Festival of Kerala Jallikattu
Best Director Sinema Zetu International Film Festival Award SZIFF Ee.Ma.Yau
Kerala State Film Award for Best Director 50th Kerala State Film Awards Jallikattu

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