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Jeethu Joseph (born 10 November 1972) is an Indian film director and screenwriter, who works in Malayalam cinema.[1]

Jeethu Joseph
Born (1972-11-10) 10 November 1972 (age 46)
Alma materSt. Berchmans College
Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2007–present
Spouse(s)Linta Jeethu

Jeethu made his directional debut with the 2007 police procedural film Detective and later went on to direct five successful films: the family drama Mummy & Me (2010), the comedy film My Boss (2012), the investigative-thriller film Memories (2013), the family-thriller film Drishyam (2013), the revenge-drama Oozham (2016) and the action-thriller film Aadhi (2018).[2][3][4][5] Jeethu gained popularity after the release of Drishyam, which became the highest grossing Malayalam film ever, it was the first Malayalam film to cross 50 crore mark at the box office.[6] Jeethu made his Tamil debut with Papanasam (2015), which is the remake of Drishyam.


Early yearsEdit

Jeethu Joseph started as an assistant director to Jayaraj in the film Bheebhathsam. After that, he got a chance to direct a film starring Dileep but it did not materialize and he was back where he started.[7] Meanwhile, Jeethu developed the one-line plot of Detective. But after failing to find any producers, his mother Leelamma Josesh offered to co-produce the film, which became his debut directorial. A month into the project, a producer evinced interest and took on the production. Detective was released in 2007. The film fared well at the box-office.[7]

His next film Mummy & Me was a success at the box-office. Mummy and Me, although it took close to three years in the making, marked a turning point in his career as director. "My first film was easy compared to the struggle I had to go through for my second, Mummy and Me." There were offers to make films like Detective, but Jeethu declined. "I wanted to do a different film" It was for this reason that, though he had one line scripts of Mummy and Me and Memories ready in 2008, he chose to make Mummy and Me.[7]

His third film My Boss was also a success in theatres. Jeethu's fourth movie Memories, a suspense thriller, was released in 2013 which did well in box office.[8][9]

Post-Drishyam (2013–present)Edit

Towards the end of 2013, the drama-thriller Drishyam starring Mohanlal was released, which was well received critically and commercially. It was the highest-grossing Malayalam film, until 2016.[6][7][10][11] Drishyam was remade in Tamil by Jeethu with Kamal Haasan enacting Mohanlal's role. It was also remade to Telugu, Kannada and Hindi by other directors.[10] Jeethu then directed Dileep-starrer Life of Josutty.

Personal lifeEdit

Jeethu wanted to attend the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) although his father wanted him to become an engineer. He attended Fathima Matha English Medium School and later graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha.[7]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Actor Director Script Story Producer



  1. ^ "Detective – A clueless suspense thriller". IndiaGlitz. 19 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Teenage blues". The Hindu. 4 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Mamta Mohandas to boss around Dileep". The Times of India. 7 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Prithviraj act as a drunkard in Memories".
  5. ^ Gayathry (19 December 2013). "Mohanlal's Drishyam Releasing Today in 133 Theatres – Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b Nambidi, Parvathy. "Jeethu Joseph Has Back to Back Projects in His Kitty, Post Drishyam". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e Shilpa Nair Anand (17 January 2014). "Bankable brand". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Manorama Online - Home". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Memories movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  10. ^ a b "My script for 'Drishyam' is original: Jeethu Joseph". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Drishyam movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  12. ^ BreakingMovies (6 January 2014). "Breaking Movies : TTK Prestige – Vanitha Film Awards 2014 ~ Complete Winners List". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  13. ^ "TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards: Shobhana, Prithviraj win best actor, actress awards". 20 January 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  14. ^ Gayathry (30 January 2014). "Jeethu Joseph Bags Best Director Award – Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  15. ^ "'Drishyam' Bags Kerala Film Critics Association Awards". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 August 2014.

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