Jude Anthany Joseph Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Kochi
Wife: Diyana Ann James
Age: 40 Years

Jude Anthany Joseph

Birth NameSijo Joseph [1]The Times of India
Profession(s)• Director
• Actor
• Writer
• Software Engineer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper (semi bald)
DebutAs a Director
Film: Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014)
A poster of the film 'Ohm Shanthi Oshaana' (2014)
As an Actor
Film: Premam (2015) as 'Dolly D’Cruz'
Jude Anthany Joseph as 'Dolly D'Cruz' in a still from the film 'Premam' (2015)
• Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Best Debutant Director for the film ‘Ohm Shanthi Oshaana’
• Mohan Raghavan Film Award for Best Script for the film ‘Ohm Shanthi Oshaana’

• Mazhavil Entertainment Award in the category of The Entertainment of the Year – Director
Jude Anthany Joseph with The Entertainment of the Year -Director Award 2023
• Icon of the Year in Art
Jude Anthany Joseph (centre) while receiving the Icon of the Year in Art award
• Best Movie of the Year, Best Director, and Best Screenplay award for the film ‘2018’ at Big Screen Awards
Jude Anthany Joseph's Facebook post about winning the awards at the Big Screen Awards 2023
• Kalashreshta Puraskaram, received from the Chief Whip and MLA N. Jayaraj and politician Dean Kuriakose
Jude Anthany Joseph while receiving the Kalashreshta Puraskaram from the Chief Whip and MLA N. Jayaraj (left) and politician Dean Kuriakose (right)
Personal Life
Date of Birth25 April 1983 (Monday)
Age (as of 2023) 40 Years
BirthplaceKochi, Kerala
Zodiac signTaurus
SchoolSt. Aloysius High School, North Paravur, Kerala (1999)
College/University• Union Christian College, Aluva (2001)
• L. B. S. College of Engineering, Kerala (2005)
Educational QualificationBachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering [2]Jude Anthany Joseph - Facebook [3]Onmanorama
Religion/Religious ViewsChristianity [4]Onmanorama

Note: In 2014, he changed his name from Sijo Joseph to Jude Anthany Joseph as a tribute to his deep admiration for Jude, one of Jesus's Twelve Apostles. In an interview, he mentioned about visiting the St. Jude Church in Angamaly, Kerala. There, he prayed for a solution to a personal issue and made a vow; he promised that if his prayers were answered, he would spread the saint's name in the world. When his prayers were fulfilled, he decided to change his name to 'Jude Anthany Joseph' as a way to fulfill the promise he had made in gratitude for the answered prayers.
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [5]Jude Anthany Joseph - Facebook
ControversiesAltercation with Mayor: In April 2017, Joseph faced legal trouble when he was arrested following a complaint lodged by Mayor Soumini Jain. The Mayor, in the complaint, alleged that Joseph had verbally abused her after she denied permission for a film shoot at Subhash Bose Park in Kochi, Kerala. Joseph, however, was later granted bail. [6]The New Indian Express

Controversial Comment Amid 'Kasaba Misogyny Row': Joseph was criticised for making a controversial comment on social media during the 'Kasaba Misogyny Row' in December 2017. The controversy began when actress Parvathy Thiruvothu criticized the portrayal of women in films during the International Film Festival of Kerala earlier that year; she used the film 'Kasaba' as an example to explain her perspective at the event. [7]The New Indian Express In response, Joseph later expressed his opinions and criticised Parvathy's comments on the matter. He took to social media and wrote,

A monkey gets into a circus tent. It does tricks according to what the circus master says. Finally, the monkey becomes known all over the town as an acrobat. Then, it starts to abuse the circus performers and owners, cribbing that they were exploiting it. The monkey could have gone back to the forest in the beginning. But if it had done that, who would have heard about it?"

Accusations Against Antony Varghese: In 2023, Jude Anthany made accusations against actor Antony Varghese for backing out of a project despite receiving an advance payment of Rs. 10 lakh. In an interview, Anthany claimed that Varghese had withdrew from the project just ten days before shooting was scheduled to begin and allegedly used the money for his sister's wedding. Varghese, on the other hand, refuted these claims, in an interview, asserting that he had already returned the money to the film's producers and had not used it for his sister's wedding. Varghese explained that he was initially committed to the project but became uncertain after reading the script, leading to his decision to withdraw. Varghese, moreover, mentioned that his mother had filed a complaint against Jude for making baseless allegations against him and his family. [8]The Indian Express
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date14 February 2015
A picture from Jude Anthany Joseph and Diyana Ann James' wedding
Note: In an interview, Joseph revealed that getting married on Valentine's Day was his dream.
Wife/SpouseDiyana Ann James
ChildrenDaughter- 2
• Izabel Anna Jude
Jude Anthany Joseph with his family
ParentsFather- Joseph Thaliath
Mother- Rosamma PV (teacher)
Jude Anthany Joseph's parents
SiblingsSister- Jisa Joseph (worked at Cognizant)
Jude Anthany Joseph with his sister
Note: Jude Anthany Joseph has an elder brother as well.
Style Quotient
Car CollectionRenault Lodgy [9]Jude Anthany Joseph - Facebook

Jude Anthany Joseph

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jude Anthany Joseph

  • Jude Anthany Joseph, an Indian software engineer, actor, director, and writer, predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry. He gained recognition for his work as a director for films like ‘Ohm Shanthi Oshaana’ (2014) and ‘2018: Everyone is a Hero’ (2023).
  • During his time at L. B. S. College of Engineering in Kerala, Jude was in a relationship that ended when the girl left him. In an interview, he talked about this and disclosed that this experience led him to decide never to get married. He, however, later crossed paths with Diyana Ann James and fell in love with her. Joseph and Siyana were connected through a Facebook comment; Diyana once left a comment on one of Joseph’s Facebook posts related to the film ‘Ohm Shanthi Oshaana.’ [10]Onmanorama
  • In 2006, Joseph joined Infosys as a software engineer and worked there till April 2009.
  • In March 2011, he joined Mazhavil Manorama in Kerala as an associate program producer. He worked there till April 2011.
  • According to some sources, Joseph first started working as an assistant director. His work as an assistant director includes films like ‘Malarvaadi Arts Club’ (2010) and ‘Thattathin Marayathu’ (2012).
  • After making his directorial debut in 2014, Joseph worked as a director and scriptwriter for many films including ‘Oru Muthassi Gadha’ (2016) and ‘Sara’s’ (2021). In 2023, he directed an epic survival drama film titled ‘2018’ (also known as ‘2018: Everyone is a Hero’); the film was co-written by Jude Anthany Joseph and Akhil P. Dharmajan. It not only became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever but also ranked among the top-grossing Indian films of 2023. On 27 September 2023, the film was selected as India’s official entry for the 2024 Oscars.

    A poster of the film '2018: Everyone is a Hero'

    A poster of the film ‘2018: Everyone is a Hero’

  • Joseph has worked as an actor as well. He appeared in many films such as Vijnanakoshy in the film ‘Velipadinte Pusthakam’ (2017), driver Shinoj in ‘Love Action Drama’ (2019) and Gireesh in ‘Voice of Sathyanathan’ (2023).
  • Joseph holds a deep admiration for actor Mammootty. In 2014, he directed a short film titled ‘Nakshathrangalude Rajakumaran.’ The film was a biography of Mammootty.

    Jude Anthany Joseph and Mammootty

    Jude Anthany Joseph and Mammootty

  • In the same year, Joseph directed another short film, ‘The Yellow Pen,’ and in 2020, he was featured in the short film ‘Mattoru Kadavil Kuliscene 2.’

    Jude Anthany Joseph in the short film 'Mattoru Kadavil Kuliscene 2' (2020)

    Jude Anthany Joseph in the short film ‘Mattoru Kadavil Kuliscene 2’ (2020)

  • He appeared as a judge on Zee Keralam’s reality show ‘Dance Kerala Dance’ from 2018-2019.

    Jude Anthany Joseph (left) as the judge of the show 'Dance Kerala Dance'

    Jude Anthany Joseph (left) as the judge of the show ‘Dance Kerala Dance’

  • Joseph is a strong advocate for the ‘Karigar Apnao Sanskriti Bachao Abhiyan’ (Adopt an Artisan, Save our Culture) initiative, conducted by the Uthhan organization. In 2018, he made a financial contribution to fund the construction of a shelter for the homeless in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. This initiative was carried out through a foundation run by philanthropist M. S. Sunil, with a primary mission of providing housing for those in need. [11]The Hindu
  • In an interview, Joseph talked about the making of the film ‘2018’ and his personal connection to it. He revealed that despite his own losses during the 2018 Kerala floods, including his home in Athani, he decided to create a short film at the request of an NGO named Bodhini. Joseph added that although he was in shock and distress, he made the short video, which later helped him battle his depression. He revealed that he soon started doing research into the Kerala flood, and it laid the foundation for the film ‘2018.’ [12]India Today
  • Joseph has a deep affection for animals. He has many rabbits as pets.

    Jude Anthany Joseph's Instagram post about his pets

    Jude Anthany Joseph’s Instagram post about his pets

  • Joseph likes trying out different styles, and he has kept a variety of looks.

    A collage of Jude Anthany Joseph's pictures showcasing his different looks

    A collage of Jude Anthany Joseph’s pictures showcasing his different looks