Basil Joseph

Basil Joseph (born 28 April 1990) ) is an Indian film director and actor who works in the Malayalam film industry.[1] He directed three films, Kunjiramayanam (2015), Godha (2017) and Minnal Murali (2021). All three films were a huge success both commercially and critically. Besides direction, Basil is also an actor and has acted in numerous films.

Basil Joseph
Born (1990-04-28) 28 April 1990 (age 32)
Alma materCollege of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram
Years active2013–present
Elizabeth Samuel
(m. 2017)


Basil Joseph began his career in 2012 as an actor in the short film CET Life during his engineering days at College of Engineering, Trivandrum. He has also scripted and directed the short films, with Albert S Oru Thundu Padam and Priyamvadha Katharayano during his stint at Infosys, Trivandrum.[2]

Basil started his career in the Malayalam film industry by assisting Vineeth Sreenivasan in his third directional venture, Thira in 2013. His directorial debut was in 2015 with Kunjiramayanam which had malayalam film actor brothers Vineeth Sreenivasan and Dhyan Sreenivasan acting together for the first time. The movie narrated the tale of people from a quaint imaginary village called 'Desom' where myths, legends and superstitions play an major part in their life.The film become a commercial success at the box office among 2015 malayalam film onam releases. Basil Joseph's second directorial venture Godha was a sports comedy movie pivoted around wrestling got released in 2017 which had Punjabi actress Wamiqa Gabbi acting debut in malayalam film.The movie was a commercial success and went on to become the highest grossing film of Tovino Thomas during that period.[3] His third film Minnal Murali has Tovino Thomas plays the role of a homegrown hero with superpowers. The movie, which was announced in 2020 and released on Netflix India on 24 December 2021, and should be noted that it is the first-ever superhero film of the malayalam film industry and had a simultaneous release in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi languages.[citation needed]

Basil Joseph made his acting debut in 2013 Malayalam film Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu and has played various supporting actor roles around 18 Malayalam movies till date.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

On 17 August 2017, Basil married Elizabeth Samuel,[4] with whom he was in a relationship for over seven years.[5][6] He is an alumnus of College of Engineering, Trivandrum.[citation needed]


Feature filmsEdit

As director
Year Title Language Cast Notes Ref.
2015 Kunjiramayanam Malayalam Vineeth Sreenivasan, Dhyan Sreenivasan Debut film as director [7]
2017 Godha Tovino Thomas, Wamiqa Gabbi [8]
2021 Minnal Murali Tovino Thomas, Guru Somasundaram Also dubbed into Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada [9]
As assistant director
Year Title Language Director Notes
2013 Thira Malayalam Vineeth Sreenivasan
As actor
Year Title Role Language Director Notes
2013 Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu Lift Technician Malayalam T. K. Rajeev Kumar Cameo
2014 Homely Meals Editor Basil Malayalam Anoop Kannan
2015 Kunjiramayanam Young Politician Malayalam Himself Special appearance
2017 Mayanadhi Director Jinu Malayalam Aashiq Abu Cameo
2018 Rosapoo Bhanu Malayalam Vinu Joseph Bhanu
Padayottam Pinku Malayalam Rafeek Ibrahim
Nithyaharitha Nayakan Joby Malayalam Binuraj
2019 Virus Dr. Mithun Malayalam Aashiq Abu
Kakshi: Amminippilla Adv. Pilakul Shamsu Malayalam Dinjith Ayyathan [10]
Love Action Drama DJ Brijesh Malayalam Dhyan Sreenivasan
Manoharam Prabhu Malayalam Anvar Sadik [11]
Kettyolannu Ente Malakha Kunjaambi Malayalam Nisam Basheer
Mariyam Vannu Vilakkoothi Malayalam Jenith Kachappilly
2020 Gauthamante Radham Venkidi Iyer Malayalam Anand Menon
Kilometers and Kilometers Kuttan Malayalam Jeo Baby
2021 Joji Fr. Kevin Malayalam Dileesh Pothan
Aanum Pennum Malayalam Aashiq Abu
Jan.E.Man Joymon Malayalam Chidambaram [12]
Minnal Murali Young Politician Malayalam Himself Special appearance
Jack and Jill Ravi Malayalam Santosh Sivan Upcoming Film
Ullasam Malayalam Jeevan Jojo Upcoming Film
Cup Malayalam Sanju V Samuel Announced

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Role Language Director Notes
2012 CET Life Actor Malayalam Arun & Sarath
Shhh... Script writer Malayalam Basil Joseph
Priyamvadha Katharayano Actor Malayalam Basil Joseph
2013 Pakalukalude Rani Actor Malayalam Ritwik Baiju
Oru Thundu Padam Writer Malayalam Basil Joseph Hero: Aju Varghese
2014 Happy Onam Writer Malayalam Basil Joseph

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Category Film Result
SIIMA Awards 2019 Best Actor in a Comedy Role (Malayalam) Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha Won[13]


  1. ^ "Basil Joseph is an actor as well? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  2. ^ Sathyendran, Nita (27 September 2012). "It's a techie life: Password to reel adventures". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Worldwide box office: Godha set to become Tovino Thomas' biggest grossing movie". International Business times. 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Basil Joseph hits the 30 milestone - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Godha director Basil Joseph to enter wedlock..."
  6. ^ "Godha director Basil Joseph to tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend on August 17 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Basil Joseph calls 'Kunjiramayanam' his "favourite" as the movie completes five years - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Mammootty, Tovino Thomas to star in Godha director Basil Joseph's next". The Indian Express. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  9. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (5 September 2020). "Basil Joseph's Tovino-Thomas-starrer 'Minnal Murali' introduces a homegrown hero with super powers". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Film-maker Basil Joseph plays Adv. Pilakul Shamsu in 'OP 160/18 Kakshi Amminippilla' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Manoharam movie review: Vineeth Sreenivasan plays a struggling artist in a nice though tame film - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  12. ^ "I couldn't imagine my movie without Basil Joseph: 'Jan-e-Man' writer-director Chidambaram". The New Indian Express. 24 November 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  13. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2021: Take A Look At The Full Winner's List". The Hans India. 19 September 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021.

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