Malayalam film scriptwriter Dennis Joseph passes away; Mammootty, Mohanlal tweet condolences

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Popular Malayalam film scriptwriter Dennis Joseph, whose scripting of two huge blockbusters established the reign of both Mammootty and Mohanlal as superstars in Malayalam cinema in the late 1980s, died at a private hospital here on Monday, film industry sources said.

He was 63.

Joseph was rushed to the hospital from his home due to uneasiness in the evening. He died of a heart attack at the hospital, they said.

Joseph debuted in films in 1985, through Nirakkoottu.

The screenplay for the 1986 box office hit Rajavinte Makan was written by Joseph. Mohanlal rose to stardom through this film directed by Thampi Kannanthanam.

Similarly, Mammootty also emerged as a megastar in Malayalam films through the Joseph-scripted movie--New Delhi. Directed by Joshi, this film broke several collection records in 1987.

Joseph, who ruled the box office in the late 80s and early 90s, penned scripts for several super hits.

This includes Kottayam Kunjachan, Akashadoothu, Palayam, F.I.R, Nair Saab and No 20 Madras Mail.

He has also directed five films, including Mammootty-starrer Manu Uncle which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film in 1988.

Mohanlal, Mohanlal took to social media to tweet condolences

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(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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