We have come across yet another sad news. Legendary Malayalam screenwriter Dennis Joseph has passed away. He reportedly passed away this evening. Denis Joseph had been admitted to a hospital and he suffered a heart attack this evening and breathed his last. Dennis Joseph has extensively worked in the Malayalam cinema having written amazing scripts and directed a few films in the 1980s and 1990s. He started working as a sub-editor for a magazine before turning to scrip-writing in 1985 with Eeran Sandhya followed by Nirakkoottu that starred Mammootty, Urvashi, Lizzy and Sumalatha in the lead. The film was a massive success post which Joseph went on to write several films. One of his biggest hits being New Delhi starred Mammootty, Sumalatha, Suresh Gopi, Urvashi, B. Thiagarajan, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Mohan Jose, Devan, and Jagannatha Varma.
It is being said that his screenwriting played a pivotal role in establishing Mammootty as an actor and a legendary superstar in the industry. The films include names such as Nirakkoottu, Shyama, Nyayavidhi, Veendum, Thanthram to name a few. His directorial debut was Manu Uncle that starred Mammootty, M. G. Soman, Prathapachandran, Lissy, and B. Thyagarajan in key roles. Superstar Mohanlal had a cameo in the film too. Manu Uncle won the National Award for Best Film that year. Talking about Mohanlal and Dennis Joseph's collaboration, they worked together in films such as Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar, Rajavinte Makan and Gandharvam.
As per the reports, Dennis Joseph had been working on a comeback called Powerstar. His last work was back in 2013's Geethanjali which was a horror film by Priyadarshan starring Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Nishan, Keerthy Suresh, Swapna Menon, Siddique, Madhu, Innocent, and K. B. Ganesh Kumar. Noted industry expert Sreedhar Pillai took to his Twitter handle and revealed the same. His tweet read, "Top Malayalam script writer of 80&90’s director #DennisJoseph passes away in Kottayam following a heart failure. He had written scripts 4 @mammukka super hits - #NewDelhi, #NairSaab, #Number20Mail, #Nirakoodu, with @mohanlal #RajavinteMagan, #ManuUncle & 45 other films #RIPDennis."
Rest in peace.
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