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Joshiy (born 19 July 1952) is an Indian film director from Varkala of Trivandrum in Kerala who works in the Malayalam film industry.[1] He made his debut with Tiger Salim (1978) and has directed over 90 films including some major blockbusters with Mammootty and Mohanlal . He has also directed a few Hindi and Tamil films. In the beginning of his career, he received national fame when he directed Dharm Aur Qanoon (1984) starring Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra in the lead roles, with Khanna in double roles.

Joshi Vasu

19 July 1952
Varkala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Sindhu Joshi
ChildrenAbhilash Joshiy, Aishwarya Joshiy (deceased)

Personal lifeEdit

Joshiy is married to Sindhu. The couple have a son Abhilash and a daughter, Aishwarya who died on a car accident in Chennai in July 2011. Abhilash is married to Varsha.


Born in Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram[2] district as the son of Vasu and Gouri, Joshiy's relation with cinema began from the cinema theatre that his family owned. While doing his final year in degree, in 1969, Joshiy left to Chennai to try his luck in cinema. Joshiy began his career by assisting people including M Krishnan Nair and Sasikumar. He also assist Crossbelt Mani.and he was the assistant director of Aanayum Ambariyum in 1978 film directed by Crossbelt Mani.He made his debut as director through Tiger Salim, that was released in 1978. His next movie was Moorkhan which was followed by Raktham.

Following this, Joshiy directed many films including Kaahalam,Sharam, Karthavyam, Dheera and Arambham. In 1983, Aa Rathri, got released for which Joshiy joined with Mammootty for the first time, and they continued to work together for the next two decades. Following Kodumkattu, came out and a series of films including Bhookambam, Kodathi, Alakadalinakkare, Muhurtham 11.30, Minimol Vathicanil.

In 1985, Joshiy directed Nirakkoottu, based on the script by debutant Dennis Joseph. Joshi, Mammootty, and Dennis Joseph continued working together with Nyayavidhi, Shyama, and Veendum. He made his debut in Hindi films in 1984 and achieved national fame when he directed Dharm Aur Qanoon starring Rajesh Khanna in a double role along with Dharmendra. It had box office collection of 6.5 crores in 1984[3] and went on to become a hit at the Indian boxoffice.[4]

The films Veendum, Nyayavidhi, Aayiram Kannukal, Sayamsandhya, Ksamichu Ennoru Vaakku followed. January Oru Orma with Mohanlal released in 1987 was a blockbuster. In the same year, Joshiy directedNew Delhi under Jubilee Productions was success and comeback film for Mammootty . In 1988, Joshiy directed three films, all scripted by Dennis Joseph and Mammootty in the lead role. Dhinarathrangal, Sangham and Thanthram. In 1989, Joshiy once again teamed with Mohanlal for blockbuster Naduvazhikal. In the same year, Joshiy brought out a military film. Nair Saab, completely shot in Kashmir, with Mammootty in the title role. Mahayanam, his third film of the year. No.20 Madras Mail was released in 1990 with Mohanlal in lead role, followed by the investigation thriller Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu. Kuttettan was his third film of that year. Joshiy's next film was Kauravar in 1992, again with Mammootty in lead role. Joshiy in 1992, tried his hand in Tamil cinema, with Airport.

In 1993, Dhruvam got released, followed by Sainyam in 1994. His debut into Telugu cinema was in 1994 through Angarakshugudu, starring Rajashekhar and Meena Durairaj in leading roles. In 1997 Joshiy brought out Bhoopathi. Joshiy joined with Renji Panicker for Lelam and Pathram in 1999, both being huge hits. In middle, Joshiy did Vazhunnor. Joshiy's next two films were Praja and Dubai in 2001 which bombed at the box office. He took a break after these flops. In 2004, Joshiy made a comeback with Runway, this time Dileep in the leading role, it was the second highest grosser of the year (2004), was followed by Maambazhakkaalam. Naran released in 2005 starring Mohanlal was blockbuster, followed by Lion in 2006.

His next films included Pothan Vava (2006) and July 4 (2007) followed by Nasrani (2007) and Janmam (2007). In 2008 he directed Twenty:20 bringing together almost all mollywood stars. It was followed by a superhit thriller Robinhood in 2009. Christian Brothers released in 2011, a multi-star film with Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Sarath Kumar and Dileep was a blockbuster. In 2012 he directed Run Baby Run another blockbuster with Mohanlal in the lead. It was followed by Lokpal in 2013 and Salaam Kashmier 2014 with Jayaram and Suresh gopi in lead role. In 2015 Joshiy directed Lailaa O Lailaa which bombed at box office.


Year Film Script writer Lead Role Notes
2019 Porinju Mariam Jose Abhilash N Chandran Joju George, Nyla Usha, Chemban Vinod Jose
2015 Lailaa O Lailaa Suresh Nair Mohanlal, Amala Paul, Sathyaraj
2014 Avatharam Vyasan Edavanakad Dileep, Lakshmi Menon
Salaam Kashmier Sethu Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Miya
2013 Lokpal S. N. Swamy Mohanlal, Kavya Madhavan
2012 Run Babby Run Sachi Mohanlal, Amala Paul, Biju Menon
2011 Sevenes Iqbal Kuttippuram Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Nivin Pauly, Bhama, Rima
Christian Brothers Udayakrishna-Siby K. Thomas Mohanlal, Dileep, Suresh Gopi, Kaniha, Kavya Madhavan
2009 Robin Hood Sachi-Sethu Prithviraj, Narain, Bhavana, Jayasurya
2008 Twenty:20 Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
Mammootty, Mohanlal, Madhu, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Jayaram
2007 Nasrani Ranjith Mammootty, Vimala Raman, Muktha, Kalabhavan Mani
July 4 Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
Dileep, Roma Asrani, Siddique
Janmam S. N. Swami Suresh Gopi, Gopika, Karthika, Biju Menon, Unreleased
2006 Pothan Vava Benny P Nayarambalam Mammootty, Gopika, Nedumudi Venu, Usha Uthup
Lion Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Kalashala Babu
2005 Naran Ranjan Pramod Mohanlal, Bhavana, Siddique, Devayani
2004 Mampazhakkalam T.A. Shahid Mohanlal, Shobana
Runway Udayakrishna
Siby K. Thomas
Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith, Murali
2001 Praja Renji Panicker Mohanlal, Aishwarya, Biju Menon, Cochin Haneefa
Dubai Renji Panicker Mammootty, Anjala Zaveri, Biju Menon
1999 Pathram Renji Panicker Suresh Gopi, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon, NF Varghese
Vazhunnor Benny P. Nayarambalam Suresh Gopi, Sangita, Janardhanan, Samyuktha Varma
1997 Lelam Renji Panicker Suresh Gopi, M. G. Soman, Nandini, Siddique
Bhoopathi Dennis Joseph Suresh Gopi, Priyaraman, Kanaka
1995 Angarakshakudu S. N. Swamy Rajashekhar, Meena Telugu Film
Anna S. N. Swamy Arvind Swamy
1994 Sainyam S. N. Swamy Mammootty, Mukesh, Priyaraman, Mohini
1993 Dhruvam S. N. Swamy Mammootty, Gauthami, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Vikram
Airport (Tamil film) S. N. Swamy Sathyaraj, Gauthami, M. G. Soman Tamil FIlm
1992 Kauravar A. K. Lohithadas Mammootty, Vishnuvardhan, Thilakan, Anju
1990 Kuttettan A. K. Lohithadas Mammootty, Saritha, Maathu, Urvashi
Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu P. Padmarajan Mammootty, Sumalatha, Suresh Gopi
No.20 Madras Mail[5] Dennis Joseph Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suchitra, M. G. Soman, Jayabharathi
1989 Mahayanam A. K. Lohithadas Mammootty, Seema, Mukesh, Jalaja
Nair Saab Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Mukesh, Geetha, Sumalatha
Naduvazhikal S. N. Swamy Mohanlal, Madhu, Rupini, Thilakan
1988 Sangham Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Thilakan, Saritha, Mukesh, Seema
Thanthram Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Urvashi, Ratheesh
New Delhi (Kannada film) Dennis Joseph Ambareesh, Sumalatha, Urvashi Kannada Film
New Delhi (Hindi film) Dennis Joseph Jeetendra, Sumalatha, Urvashi Hindi Film
Dinarathrangal Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Sumalatha, Mukesh, Parvathy
Antima Teerpu (Telugu film) Dennis Joseph Krishnamraju, Thiagarajan, Sumalatha Telugu Remake of New Delhi
1987 New Delhi Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Sumalatha, Urvashi, Suresh Gopi
Itihaas (Hindi film) Gyandev Agnihotri Raaj Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Rati Agnihotri, Anil Kapoor Hindi Film
January Oru Orma Kaloor Dennis Mohanlal, Karthika, Suresh Gopi
1986 Veendum Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Jayashree, Ratheesh
Nyayavidhi Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Shobana, Sukumaran
Sayam Sandhya Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Geetha, Suresh Gopi, Monisha
Aayiram Kannukal Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Shobana
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Geetha, Shobana
Shyama Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Nadhiya Moidu, Mukesh
1985 Nirakkoottu Dennis Joseph Mammootty, Sumalatha, Urvashi
Iniyum Kadha Thudarum John Paul Mammootty, Jayaprada
Oru Kudakeezhil Kaloor Dennis Shankar, Madhavi, Nedumudi Venu
Onningu Vannengil Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Shankar, Nadhiya Moidu,
Katha Ithuvare Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Suhasini, Rahman
Vannu Kandu Keezhadakki Kaloor Dennis Nadhiya Moidu, Shankar, Lakshmi
Muhurtham Pathnonnu Muppathinu Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Saritha, Ratheesh
1984 Kodathi Kaloor Dennis Ratheesh, Mammootty, Seema
Minimol Vathicanil Kaloor Dennis Saritha, Ratheesh, Baby Shalini
Sandarbham Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Saritha, Baby Shalini
Ivide Ingane Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Ratheesh, Sukumaran, Seema
Alakadalinakkare Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Prem Nazir, Madhu, Shobana
Idavelakku Sesham Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Sumalatha, Madhu
Inakili John Paul Prem Nazir, Balachandra Menon, Manju
Piriyilla Naam Sheriff Shankar, Prem Nazir, Menaka
Umanilayam Cochin Haneefa Shankar, Manochithra, Radha, Shanavas
Dharm Aur Qanoon B. R. Ishara, Bhushan Banmali Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Jaya Prada Hindi Film
1983 Ankam’’ Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Prem Nazir, Madhu, Seema
1982 Bhookambam Priyadarshan Prem Nazir, Srividya, Mohanlal
1983 Aa Raathri Kaloor Dennis Mammootty, Poornima Jayaram, M. G. Soman
1982 Himam T. Damodaran Prem Nazir, Shankar, Shanavas, Sripriya, Sumalatha
1983 Kodumkattu Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Prem Nazir, Madhu, KP Ummer, Mammootty, Srividya,
1982 Aadarsham Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Prem Nazir, Srividya, Jayabharathi, Sumalatha
Aarambham Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Prem Nazir, Madhu, Srividya, Sukumaran, M. G. Soman
Dheera Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan
Kartavyam Kaloor Dennis Madhu, Sripriya, M. G. Soman
Sharam Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Sukumaran, Srividya
1981 Ithihasam Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Prem Nazir, Srividya, Sukumaran
Raktham Kaloor Dennis Prem Nazir, Madhu, Srividya
Kaahalam Joshy Prem Nazir, Nanditha Bose, Seema, Raveendran
1980 Moorkhan Pappanamkodu Lakshmanan Jayan, Seema
1978 Tiger Salim S. L. Puram Sadanandan Sudheer, Vincent, Sheela


  1. ^ Kumar, P. K. Ajith (15 September 2011). "Quest for perfection". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Bio of Joshiy".
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ No.20 Madras Mail song remade

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