Speaking about Dennis Joseph on his passing, his contemporary John Paul Puthusery said, “I am in shock since I heard the news. I knew him from the time he was a journalist in Kochi. He had a thirst and a passion for cinema.”
Dennis Joseph wrote some of the biggest blockbusters – the original ‘mass entertainers’ – of the 1980s and 90s, such as Rajavinte Makan and New Delhi, which have gone on to become cult classics and gave Mohanlal and Mammootty their superstar status. The prolific writer gripped audiences with political and mystery thrillers – working together mostly with the Thampi Kannanthanam and Joshiy – to create films such as Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar, Nirakkoottu and Nair Saab.
He also worked with top-line directors such as Bharathan, KG George and TS Suresh Babu and wrote popular family dramas and youthful comic capers, like Shyama, Pranamam, Kottayam Kunjachan, No 20 Madras Mail and Akashadoothu, among others.
Manu Uncle, a children’s film starring Mammootty and Soman, with a cameo by Mohanlal, directed and scripted by him won both the National Film Award and the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Children’s Film in 1988. He also directed Adharvam, Appu, Thudar Katha, Agrajan.