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Jose Prakash - Profile

Mr Jaison Jose Oct 6, 2009 ,

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
Harishchandra  1955
Bhaktha Kuchela 1961
Ollavum Theeravum  1969
CID Nazir 1971
Jesus 1973
Pancha Thanthram 1974
Eeta  1978
Lisa  1978
Puthiya Velicham 1979
Avano Atho Avalo 1979
Mamangam 1979
Love in Singapore 1980
Manushya Mrugam  1980
Sakthi 1980
Aarathi 1981
Thrishna 1981
Raktham  1981
Ahimsa  1981
Ariyappedatha Rahasyam 1981
Sara Varsham  1982
Ithu Njangalude Katha  1982
John Jaffer Janardhanan 1982
Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam 1982
Oru Mukham Pala Mukham  1983
Belt Mathai 1983
Koodevide  1983
Parannu Parannu Parannu 1984
Koottinilamkili 1984
Piriyilla Naam 1984
Swanthamevide Bandhamevide 1984
Ente Kanakkuyil 1985
Eeran Sandhya 1985
Ee Sabdam Innathe Sabdam  1985
Aa Neram Alppa Dooram 1985
Nirakkoottu 1985
Rajavinte Makan 1986
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku  1986
Snehamulla Simham 1986
Adukkan Entheluppam 1986
Vrutham  1987
Aankiliyude Tharattu  1987
Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku 1987
Dhinarathrangal 1988
Loose Loose Arappiri Loose  1988
Adikkurippu 1989
Adharvam  1989
Indrajaalam 1990
Orukkam 1990
Veena Meettiya Vilangukal 1990
Kottayam Kunjachan 1990
Ee Kannikoodi 1990
Maanthrika Cheppu 1992
Akashadoothu 1993
Devasuram 1993
Bheesmacharya  1994
Man of the Match 1996
Meenathil Thalikettu 1998
Pathram 1999
Vazhunnor 1999
Mr. Brahmachari 2003
Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum 2003
Traffic 2011



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