Jeethu Joseph

Jeethu Joseph (born 10 November 1972) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.[1] He has also worked in a few Tamil and Bollywood films. Jeethu made his directional debut with the 2007 police procedural film Detective and later went on to direct seven successful films: the family drama Mummy & Me (2010), the comedy My Boss (2012), the thriller Memories (2013), the family-thriller Drishyam (2013), the revenge-drama Oozham (2016), the action-thriller Aadhi (2018), and the sequel to Drishyam, Drishyam 2 (2021).[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)[7][8] and Hindi with The Body. [9]

Jeethu Joseph
Born (1972-11-10) 10 November 1972 (age 49)
Alma materSB College, Changanassery
Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha
  • screenwriter
  • producer
, Director
Years active2007–present
Spouse(s)Linta Jeethu

Early lifeEdit

Jeethu was born in a Syro-Malabar Catholic family in Mutholapuram, Muvattupuzha taluk to Leelamma and V. Joseph, ex-MLA of Muvattupuzha. 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.[10]


Early worksEdit

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.[10] Meanwhile, Jeethu developed the one-line plot of Detective. But after failing to find any producers, his mother Leelamma Joseph 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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[11][12]

Post DrishyamEdit

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, and the first Malayalam film to cross 50 crore mark at the box office.[6][10][13][14] 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.[13] Jeethu then directed Dileep-starrer Life of Josutty.

Personal lifeEdit

Jeethu married Linta and they have two children. Linta is a costume designer in Malayalam cinema.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2007 Detective Yes Yes
2010 Mummy & Me Yes Yes
2012 My Boss Yes Yes
2013 Memories Yes Yes
2013 Drishyam Yes Yes
2015 Papanasam Yes Yes Debut Tamil film

Remake of Drishyam

2015 Life of Josutty Yes
2016 Oozham Yes Yes
2017 Lakshyam Yes Yes
2018 Aadhi Yes Yes
2019 Mr. & Ms. Rowdy Yes Yes
2019 The Body Yes Debut Hindi film
2019 Thambi Yes Yes Tamil film
2021 Drishyam 2 Yes Yes Amazon Prime Video
2021 Drushyam 2 Yes Yes Debut Telugu film

Remake of Drishyam 2

2022 12th Man Yes
TBA Ram Yes Yes



  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. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013.
  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. ^ Kamal Haasan to don Mohanlal's role in Drishyam remake?. The New Indian Express. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  8. ^ Kamal Haasan to do Drishyam`s Tamil version. Sify. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Emraan Hashmi announces his next, The Body, a suspense thriller with Rishi Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala, and Vedhika". Bollywood Hungama. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e Shilpa Nair Anand (17 January 2014). "Bankable brand". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Manorama Online - Home". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Memories movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  13. ^ a b "My script for 'Drishyam' is original: Jeethu Joseph". Deccan Chronicle. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Drishyam movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  15. ^ BreakingMovies (6 January 2014). "Breaking Movies : TTK Prestige – Vanitha Film Awards 2014 ~ Complete Winners List". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  16. ^ "TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards: Shobhana, Prithviraj win best actor, actress awards". 20 January 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  17. ^ Gayathry (30 January 2014). "Jeethu Joseph Bags Best Director Award – Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  18. ^ "'Drishyam' Bags Kerala Film Critics Association Awards". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 August 2014.

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