Lijo Jose Pellissery

Lijo Jose Pellissery (Pronounced as : Li-Joe Joe's Pellissery) is an Indian film director and actor who works in the Malayalam Cinema.[1][2] He is a recipient of the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for Ee.Ma.Yau and a recipient of Silver Peacock for the best director at the 49th International Film Festival of India and 50th International Film Festival of India for his films Ee.Ma.Yau and Jallikattu respectively.[3] He also received the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018.[4].He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of Indian Cinema.

Lijo Jose Pellissery
Lijo at IFFI 2018.jpg
Lijo Jose Pellissery at IFFI 2018
Born (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 40)
Other namesLijo Jose
Alma mater
OccupationFilm director, actor
Years activeSince 2010
Parent(s)Jose Pellissery
Lilly Jose

Pellissery made his debut in 2010 with the crime film Nayakan and followed it up with the crime-drama City of God (2011) and the black comedy satire Amen (2013), the last mentioned, a commercial success at the Kerala box office. His fourth film, Double Barrel, an experimental film received only mixed reviews. His fifth film was again a crime-gangster film Angamaly Diaries (2017), starring almost 90 new actors, which preceded Ee.Ma.Yau, released in 2018. His latest movie Jallikkattu premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Personal lifeEdit

Lijo Jose Pellissery was born on September 18, 1979 in Chalakudy in Thrissur district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Lilly and Jose Pellissery, a known film and theater actor and a winner of a state award for best stage actor.[5][6] His schooling was at Carmel Higher Secondary School, Chalakudy and, after graduating from the Union Christian College, Aluva, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore.[7].[8][9]


By the time Lijo Pellissery was born, Jose Pellissery who co-owned a theater group by Sarathy Theatres,[6] was active in Malayalam films and this gave the young Lijo an early grounding in films.[10] His career started as an assistant to Manoj Pillai, an ad filmmaker, and Pellissery soon started making short films of his own. One of his films, 3, was one of three films shortlisted for the best film award at the PIX Short Film Festival 2007.[11] He debuted as a feature film director in 2010 with Nayakan, which narrated the story of a Kathakali artist who joined the underworld to take revenge on those who killed his family. Though the film was critically acclaimed, it failed at the box office.[12][13][14][15] His next venture, City of God, one of the early New Generation films of Malayalam cinema[16] and a multi-starrer featuring Indrajith Sukumaran, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Parvathy, Swetha Menon and Rima Kallingal used hyperlink cinema as its narrative structure and was a critical success[17] but, again failed miserably at the box office; it was pulled from cinemas just days after its release.[18]

It took another two years before he came up with his third movie, Amen, in 2013, which had Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahad Fasil, Swathi Reddy and Kalabhavan Mani in the lead roles and the movie succeeded at the box office while drawing good critical response.[19][20] After a gap of almost two years, Pellissery released his fourth film, Double Barrel, a comic thriller, with Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Arya, Sunny Wayne and Asif Ali in the lead roles. However, the film did not succeed critically or commercially.[21] The next project, Angamaly Diaries, a black comedy cloaked in a gangster plot that revolves around the locale of Angamaly, was scripted by popular actor, Chemban Vinod Jose.[22] The film, made on a small budget of ₹30 million,[23] was received well at the box office and drew critical acclaim; Anurag Kashyap opined that Angamaly Diaries was his film of the year.[24][25] Ee.Ma.Yau, his next film based on a satire written by P. F. Mathews[26] and with his regular composer, Prashant Pillai, scoring the music,[27] was premiered on November 30, 2017[28] but the release was delayed due to undisclosed reasons.[29] Before it was released on May 4, 2018, the film received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Director at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards.[3] The film also won him the Silver Peacock Award for the best director at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2018, which was held in Goa in November 2018[30] (Chemban Vinod Jose, the protagonist of the film, also received the Silver Peacock Award for the best actor.[31]) followed by the Sinema Zetu International Film Festival Award for Best Direction.[32]

Influences and style of film makingEdit

A fan of film makers such as K. G. George, Padmarajan, Akira Kurosawa,Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola,[33][34] Pellissery often uses non-linear style of narrative.[16] His early films had established actors in the lead roles but Angamaly Diaries marked a change where almost the entire cast were newcomers with 86 new actors making their debut, and subsequently accomplishing a triumph in the form of a 11-minute uninterrupted long take in the climax.[35] [36]

Creative worksEdit

Filmography as directorEdit

Year Title Cast Screenwriter Notes
2010 Nayakan Indrajith, Siddique, Thilakan P. S. Rafeeq
2011 City of God Prithviraj, Rima Kallingal, Indrajith, Parvathy Babu Janardhanan
2013 Amen Fahadh Faasil, Swati Reddy, Indrajith P. S. Rafeeq
2015 Double Barrel Prithviraj, Indrajith, Asif Ali, Arya Lijo Jose Pellissery
2017 Angamaly Diaries Antony Varghese, Anna Rajan Chemban Vinod Jose
2018 Ee.Ma.Yau Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose, Dileesh Pothan P. F. Mathews
2019 Jallikkattu Antony Varghese,Chemban Vinod Jose S Hareesh, R. Jayakumar
2020 Churuli Vinay Forrt, Chemban Vinod Jose Vinoy Thomas, S Hareesh
2021 Anti Christ Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahad Fazil P.F. Mathews

Anti Christ||Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahad Fazil||P.F. Mathews

As producerEdit

Year Title Director
2015 Double Barrel Himself
2018 Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil Tinu Pappachan
2019 Thamaasha Ashraf Hamza
2019 Jallikkattu Himself
2020 Churuli Himself

As actorEdit

Year Title Director Role
2010 Nayakan Lijo Jose Pellissery A smuggling agent
2011 Bombay March 12 Babu Janardhanan Terrorist
2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Anil Radhakrishnan Menon Priest
2016 Aakashavani Khais Millen Thomas
2016 Darvinte Parinamam Jijo Antony Himself
2017 Oru Cinemakkaran Leo Thaddeus Himself
2017 Mayaanadhi Aashiq Abu Director Len Prasad
2018 Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil Tinu Pappachan Lawyer
2018 Padayottam Rafeek Ibrahim Britto


Kerala State Film AwardsEdit

Kerala State Film Award for Best Director

International Film Festival of India IFFI Silver Peacock Award for Best Director

International Film Festival of Kerala Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Director

Asianet Film Awards

Best Director

Cinema Paradiso Club Award

Best Director

Other Awards

Atlas Film Critics Award

  • Best popular movie -


Royal Reel Award-Canada Film Festival

Sinema Zetu International Film Festival Award SZIFF 2019

Film Critics Circle of India


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