Lal Jose

Lal Jose is an Indian film director and producer who works in Malayalam film industry.[1]

Lal Jose
Valapad, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director, producer, distributor
Years active1989–present

Lal Jose started his film career as an assistant director to Kamal. Lal Jose worked on a slew of Kamal's films during the 1990s. His directional debut was the film Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998). His popular films include Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999), Meesa Madhavan (2002), Chanthupottu (2005), Classmates (2006), Arabikkatha (2007), Neelathaamara (2009), Diamond Necklace (2012), Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012), Immanuel (2013), and Vikramadithyan (2014).[2]


Born in Valapad in Thrissur, Kerala to Jose and Lilly, Lal Jose did his schooling at NSS KPT School and NSS College, Ottapalam. He is married to Leena. The couple have two daughters, Irene and Catherine.[3] After completing his degree, he left for Chennai, with an aim of getting into movies. He got into the world of cinema by assisting noted director Kamal. He worked with Kamal in 16 films, from Pradheshika Varthakkal to Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu. He worked as associate director to prominent filmmakers like Thampy Kannamthanam, Lohithadas, Harikumar, Vinayan, K. K. Haridas, and Nizar.[4]

Film careerEdit

In 1998, he made his debut as an independent director with Oru Maravathoor Kanavu, which starred Mammootty and was scripted by Sreenivasan.[5] Producer Siyad Koker asked Lal Jose to direct a film for him. The film Oru Maravathoor Kanavu was a success for him.[6][7]

In 2002 Lal Jose, teaming up with screenwriter Ranjan Pramod, who had earlier scripted Randaam Bhavam, came up with Meesa Madhavan, which was a milestone in his career along with that of Dileep. Meesa Madhavan was a hit and established Dileep in the industry.[8] But Lal Jose proved his critics wrong in the year 2005 with Chanthupottu, starring Dileep. The box-office success of Chanthupottu took Lal Jose's career to new heights.[9] Dileep's performance in this film was highly appreciated. In 2006, Lal Jose directed Achanurangatha Veedu, a low-budget film, which failed to bring audiences to the movie halls, though it won critical appreciation.[10]

In 2006, Jose's film Classmates was released without much publicity, with no big stars, but became the highest-grossing film in Malayalam, until its record was broken by Twenty:20 two years later.[11] In 2007, he did Arabikkatha, with Sreenivasan in a leading role. Arabikkatha was critically and commercially a big hit.[12][13] His next movie was Mulla, starring Dileep. In 2009, Lal Jose directed Neelathamara, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, which was a remake of the 30-year-old movie with the same name.[14] It was accepted well by the critics and the masses. He directed a story with Mammootty as lead in Kerala Cafe in 2010. He then directed the hit film Elsamma Enna Aankutty without multistars. In 2011, he became a judge on a reality show on Surya TV called Vivel Active Fair Big Break, where the winner would be the heroine in his next movie.


Kerala state film awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Ramu Karyat Awards
Asiavision Awards


As directorEdit

Year Film Writer Notes
1998 Oru Maravathoor Kanavu Sreenivasan
1999 Chandranudikkunna Dikkil Babu Janardhanan
2001 Randaam Bhavam Ranjan Pramod
2002 Meesa Madhavan Ranjan Pramod
2003 Pattalam Reji Nair
2004 Rasikan Murali Gopy
2005 Chanthupottu Benny P Nayarambalam
2006 Achanurangatha Veedu Babu Janardhanan
Classmates James Albert
2007 Arabikkatha Iqbal Kuttippuram
2008 Mulla M. Sindhuraj
2009 Neelathaamara M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Kerala Cafe C.V. Sreeraman Segment: Puramkazchakal
2010 Elsamma Enna Aankutty M. Sindhuraj
2012 Spanish Masala Benny P Nayarambalam
Diamond Necklace Iqbal Kuttippuram
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Bobby Sanjay
2013 Immanuel A.C. Vijeesh
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum M. Sindhuraj
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal James Albert
2014 Vikramadithyan Iqbal Kuttippuram
2015 Nee-Na Venugopal Ramachandran
2017 Velipadinte Pustakam Benny P Nayarambalam
2018 Thattumpurath Achuthan M. Sindhuraj
2019 Nalpathiyonnu (41) P G Prageesh

As second unit or assistant directorEdit

  • Meenathil Thalikettu (1998) (story and associate director)
  • Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997) (assistant director)
  • Boothakannadi (1997) (associate director)
  • Manasam (1997) (assistant director)
  • Azhakiya Ravanan (1996) (associate director)
  • Udyana Palakan (1996) (associate director)
  • Mazhayethum Munpe (1995) (assistant director)
  • Maanthrikam (1995) (Associate director)
  • Sudinam (1994) (Associate director)
  • Vadhu Doctoranu (1994) (Associate director)
  • Bhoomi Geetham (1993) (assistant director)
  • Champakulam Thachan (1992) (assistant director)
  • Ennodishtam Koodamo (1992) (assistant director)
  • Pookkalam Varavayi (1991) (assistant director)
  • Ulladakkam (1991) (assistant director)
  • Pradeshika Varthakal (1989) (assistant director)
  • . Bhoothakkannadi (assistant director)



As producerEdit

As distributorEdit

As actorEdit


  • 2012 :Vivel Big Break (Surya TV) as Judge
  • 2018 : Nayika Nayakan (Mazhavil Manorama) as Judge
  • 2018 : Makkal (TV series) (Mazhavil Manorama) as Himself
  • 2019: Comedy Stars season 2 (asianet) as Judge

Recurring collaboratorsEdit

Music composer VidyaSagar has worked on 12 films out of Lal Jose's total 22 feature-length films. Sukumari had acted on 12 films, whereas Salim Kumar in 10 and Biju Menon in 9 and Dileep, Indrajith, Jagathy Sreekumar and Suraj Venjaramoodu were appeared on 7 films.Dubbing artiste Sreeja Ravi works as heroine voice for many films.

Films Dileep Biju Menon Indrajith Samvrutha Sunil Jagathy Sreekumar Nedumudi Venu Sukumari Sreenivasan Salim Kumar Kunchako Boban Vidyasagar Suraj Venjaramoodu Sreeja Ravi
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Randaam Bhavam (2001)  Y  Y  Y  Y
Meesa Madhavan (2002)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Pattalam (2003)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Rasikan (2004)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Chanthupottu (2005)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Achanurangatha Veedu (2006)  Y  Y  Y  Y
Classmates (2006)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Arabikkatha (2007)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Mulla (2008)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Kerala Cafe (Puram Kazchakal) (2009)  Y
Neelathaamara (2009)  Y  Y
Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010)  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Spanish Masala (2012)  Y  Y  Y  Y
Diamond Necklace (2012)  Y  Y  Y  Y
Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012)  Y  Y  Y
Immanuel (2013)  Y  Y  Y
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum(2013)  Y  Y  Y
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal(2013)  Y  Y
Velipadinte Pustakam(2017)  Y
Thattumpurath Achuthan (2018)  Y
Nalpathiyonnu (41) (2019)  Y

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "On a road less taken". Deccan Herald. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ നീലത്താമരയുടെ നിറവില്‍, Interview – Mathrubhumi Movies Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (2010-03-13). Retrieved on 2015-06-22.
  3. ^ ലാല്‍ ജോസും ജീവിതവും തമ്മില്‍. (2013-01-10). Retrieved on 2015-06-22.
  4. ^ Manorama Online. Manorama Online. Retrieved on 2015-06-22.
  5. ^ "Lal Jose teams with Mammootty and Sreenivasan". 31 August 2009. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  6. ^ "The Hindu : A director and a hit-maker". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Lal Jose – Biography". Metromatinee. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Meesa mints money". The Hindu. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  9. ^ Sreedhar Pillai. (9 December 2009). Whither the heroine?. The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  10. ^ Vijay George. (6 January 2006). "Reflection of society". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  11. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (29 September 2009). "'Classmates,' a trendsetter". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Arabikatha takes the cake". The Hindu. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  13. ^ "'Arabikatha' turns out to be a success tale". The Hindu. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  14. ^ P. M. (Undated). "‘Neelathamara' megahit again". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  15. ^ Mammotty, Kavya Madhavan bag Asiavision awards – Emirates 24|7 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. (2013-11-05). Retrieved on 2015-06-22.

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