Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998) - The big debut
Lal Josetook his first step into direction with his big debut ‘Oru Maravathoor Kanavu’’(A Maravathoor dream) with Mammootty in lead role. The film was noted because of its fresh narrative style and it presented Mammootty in a different, down to earth character with a tinge of humor, which was different from his usual roles.
Chandranudikkunna Dikkil (1999) - Visual charm sans borders
Chandranudikkumnna Dikkil (Where the moon rises), is a proof for a director’s penchant for capturing rural beauty at its best. The movie depicts a poignant love story set at a quaint village in Kerala-Karnataka border.
Randam Bhavam (2001)- Action with a difference
Though it did not get much attention in theaters, Randam Bhavam (The second turn), was widely acclaimed as one of the best action films of 2000. The story of the film, which presents Suresh Gopi in double role, was scripted by Ranjan Pramod.
Meesa Madhavan (2002) - Robs a big box office success
Lal Jose teamed up with Ranjan Pramod once again, and the result was Meesa Madhavan – one of the big box office successes in the history of Malayalam film. This is the humorous chronicle of a village thief named Madhavan aka ‘Meesamadhavan’. The film also gave impetuous to acting career of Dileep.
Pattalam (2003) – soldier with a smile
Pattalam (Army), provides lead star Mammootty with a humorous characterization. This film revolves around the incidents happening in a small village after army sets up a temporary camp there.
Rasikan (2004) – about hero-worship
Rasikan or the fan, another film from the director tracks the life of a man who is an ardent fan of superstar Mohanlal. This film reveals a cross section of some young film viewers in Kerala.
Chandupottu (2005) - Meet Radha, he is man
Chandu pottu (the bindi) is a movie with an unusual story and fresh narrative style. The movie portrays the life of Radhakrishnan aka Radha who has been brought up like a girl by his grand mother. Set in the coastal belt, the film sensitively (but at the same time with a humorous narrative style) shows us how ‘Radha’ goes through many challenges in his life. The screenwriter of the film is Benny P. Nayarambalam.
Achchanurangatha veedu (2006) – Mirrors a terrifying reality
In Achchanurangatha Veedu, Lal Jose makes Salim Kumar, who was then doing run-of-the-mill comedy roles, as his central character. This very decision reflects the directorial guts of this director, and he was proved right in this decision. His sensitivity to social circumstances is reflected in Achchanurangatha Veedu. It was awarded the second best film and the actor honored with second best performance of 2005 by Government of Kerala.
Classmates (2006)- Nostalgia with a non-linear narration
Classmates, a suspense thriller, is the story of a group of youngsters who gets together to relive their nostalgic college memories. Scripted by James Albert, this film created an unprecedented box office magic in Mollywood.
Arabikkadha (2007) – story of ‘Cuba Mukundan’
Arabikkadha has been awarded as the best film at various occasions. The film elicits popular opinion regarding the ideological and practical fallouts in Kerala's communist party leadership. It is also acclaimed as a film made in the Gulf reflecting genuine feelings and aspirations of non resident keralites towards their home land.
Mulla (2008) – romantic drama
Lal Jose presents a romantic drama with ‘Mulla’(Jasmine). This is a village love story told in the backdrop of underworld.
PuramKazhchakal (2009) - a short film
Lal Jose created this short film to be included in ‘Kerala Café’, a unique venture by Ranjith. Kerala Café was a compilation of interconnected (though in a subtle sense) short films. Lal Jose made Puramkazhchakal, based on C. V. Sreeraman's short story of the same name.
Neelathamara (2009) – a nostalgia ‘re-bloomed’
Neelathamara is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name, scripted by M.T. Vasudevan Niar and directed by Yusuf Ali Kechery. The remake in 2009 by Lal Jose received laurels for its aesthetic value. The movie stars newcomers Kailash and Archana Kavi in lead roles.
Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010) – This high range girl wins many hearts
Lal Jose made Elsamma Enna Aankutty (A Boy Called Elsamma) in 2010, and it became an impressive success though there were no big names in its cast. The movie told the story of Elsamma, an young girl who faces various challenges and hurdles in life with impressive confidence. The movie starring Kunchacko Boban, Ann Augustine, and Indrajith, had its story scripted by M. Sindhuraj.
Spanish Masala (2012) - Taste of Love
Spanish Masala, released in the first months of 2012, tells the story of a youth who lands in Spain and falls in love with a Spanish girl. The movie portrayes his eventful life in Spain with a tinge of humour.
Diamond Necklace (2012)
Diamond Necklace, the new film by Lal Jose is all set to hit the screens on May 4. Cast includes Fahad Fazil, Srinivasan, Maniyanpillai Raju,Samvritha sunil,Gouthami, and Anusree.
Immanuel is a Malayalam drama film about Immanuel and his struggles to meet both ends. Mammootty plays the titular character and it is about his integrity during crisis and in the face of adversity.
It is a drama film about Gopan played by Kunchacko Boban, a hapless youth trying hard to feed his family of four. While he is struggling, things go to new level horrendous level after his unintentional statement puts his rival Kavvalaykal Kuriachan in the police station. How he strives to settle the issue forms the rest of the plot.
Ezhu Sundara raathrikal (2013)
Rima Kallingal and Dileep plays the lead role in this comic ride. It is about the events that follows a bachelor party which was hosted by the hero seven days after his wedding.
The movie stars Dulquar Salman and Unni Mukundan as Adithyan and Vikram, two rivals. The movie is about how Vikram tries to degrade Adithyan yet he comes back to face and stand up against the ones who teased him as a “thief’s son”.
The movie is a whole new experience that depicts the urban life. It is about the lives of Nalini (Ann Augustine) and Neena (Deepti Sati). Neena enters the life of Nalini and her husband and film follows their life in the metropolitan scenario.
In real life or reel life, he never wanted to follow the beaten path. That is why he set out for Chennai after graduation to pursue his directorial ambitions, instead of adjusting for a ‘secure’ life. Lal Jose was born in Valppad of Thrissur district, a typical village. This village life and the people who come across in his life must have made a big influence in forming his directorial vision as we can see astonishingly charming rural visuals in his films. He did his schooling at NSS KPT School and had his graduation at NSS College Ottapalam.
Lal Jose stepped into the world of direction assisting director Kamal. He worked with Kamal in 16 films, from Pradheshika Varthakkal to Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu. He has also worked with other directors like Thampy Kannamthanam, Lohithadas, and Harikumar. Oru Maravathoor Kanaavu, his directorial debut, in which Mammootty did the central character, won him laurels. The next film Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (2000), which portrayed beautifully a love story in the background of a quaint village, also became a success. The next movie ‘Randam bhavam’ in which Suresh Gopi donned double role won acclaim among critics owing to its directorial uniqueness.
It is with ‘Meesamadhavan’ (2002) , which created a blockbuster record in Mollywood, his career graph soared to new heights. Classmates was also another turning point in his career for Lal Jose. This suspense thriller on the backdrop of 90’s campus life, has an impressively fresh way of narrative and it created an unprecedented box office magic in Mollywood That Lal Jose is also concerned about the realities around him is evident in his movies like Achanurangatha Veedu and Arabikkadha. He also directed a story with Mammootty as lead in Kerala Cafe in 2010. He then directed the hit film Elsamma Enna Aankutty without multistars, and it became a big box office success.
Asianet Film Awards
During 2007 Asianet Film awards, Lal jose bagged award for the best director for Arabikkadha, which portrayed the life of Cuba Mukundan, ‘the impractical idealist’’. Arabikkadha elicits popular opinion regarding the ideological and practical fallouts in Kerala's communist party leadership. It is also acclaimed as a film made in the Gulf reflecting genuine feelings and aspirations of non resident keralites towards their home land.
Ramu Karyat Awards
2010: Best Director Award for Elsamma Enna Aankutty
Lal Jose bagged Ramu Karyat award(2010) for the best director for his ‘Elsamma enna Ankutty’. The movie told the story of Elsamma, a young girl who faces odds with impressive confidence. The movie starring Kunchacko Boban, Ann Augustine, and Indrajith, had its story scripted by M. Sindhuraj.