Jose Prakash was born on 14th April, 1925, a singer turned actor who had appeared in more than 300 films mostly in Antagonist roles. He was awarded with the J. C. Daniel Award for 2012.He died at the age of 86.
Jose Prakash was working in army before entering film industry. Like other actors of that age he was not a theatre or stage artist. He had served for British Indian army for 8 years. He later left army and return to his homeland and start small business. Having interest in cinema and music from childhood he started a small club with his friends called Kottayam Arts Club in which he was the lead singer. Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair once saw his performance and called him as a singer for his debut directorial film Shariyo Thetto. It was Thikkurissy who gave him the name Jose Prakash.
Jose Prakash started his early career as a singer who lend his voice for Prem Nazir, Sathyaneshan Nadar etc. Malayalam industry was not professional at early 1950s usually actors sing for themselves. Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair introduced him to V. Dakshinamoorthy who liked his voice and lend his voice for the film Shariyo Thetto in 1953 directed by Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair. In this film philosophical number "Paadu pettu paadangalil" sung by Jose Prakash introduced a new trend in Malayan cinema. He also did a small role in the movie. He was not at all a professional singer and does not attend any musical class. In the early 1960s Malayalam film industry became professional and the introduction of talented singers like A. M. Rajah, K. J. Yesudas ended the careers of all non professional singers. Up to 1960's he had sung around 60 songs for various actors like Prem Nazir etc.
During his singing career he had done small roles and cameos for films. His first break as an actor was Bhakta Kuchela in 1961.But his major break as a villain was Olavum Theravum in 1969 and he later went on to do many films mostly in villain roles.He and KP Ummer dominated Malayalam film industry in the role of Antagonist and was a hard target for Heroes. Up to date he had acted for more than 350 films in Malayalam language. He retired from film industry in 2003 due to health reasons. His last film was Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum directed by Sibi Malayil. After a long gap of 8 years he did a small cameo role in Traffic.
He was born as the eldest of 8 children of K.J.Joseph & Eliyamma Joseph. He has a younger brother Prem Prakash who is also an actor. He was settled around 30 years in Madras and later moved to Cochin. In 2003 his right leg had to be amputated due to Diabetics. After 2003, he retired from the film industry due to this reason. He has 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. He was residing with his elder son in Cochin till his death on 24th March 2012.
|Jose Prakash - Film List|
|Sheriyo Thetto-Debut Film as singer and actor||1953|
|Avano Atho Avalo||1979|
|Love in Singapore||1980|
|Ithu Njangalude Katha||1982|
|John Jaffer Janardhanan||1982|
|Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam||1982|
|Oru Mukham Pala Mukham||1983|
|Parannu Parannu Parannu||1984|
|Ee Sabdam Innathe Sabdam||1985|
|Aa Neram Alppa Dooram||1985|
|Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku||1986|
|Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku||1987|
|Loose Loose Arappiri Loose||1988|
|Veena Meettiya Vilangukal||1990|
|Man of the Match||1996|
|Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum||2003|