Porinju Mariam Jose

Theatrical release poster

Directed byJoshiy
Written byAbhilash N. Chandran
Produced byJoju George
StarringJoju George
Nyla Usha
Chemban Vinod Jose
CinematographyAjay David Kachappilly
Edited byShyam Sasidharan
Music byJakes Bejoy


David Kachappilly Productions
Kirthana Movies
Appu Pathu Pappu Production House

Distributed byChand V Creations

Release date

  • 23 August 2019

Running time

150 minutes
Budget₹ 5.65 crore [1]
Box office₹ 35.8 crore[2]

Porinju Mariam Jose is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language period action thriller film directed by Joshiy and written by Abhilash N. Chandran. Joju George, Nyla Usha, and Chemban Vinod Jose portrays the titular characters, and also features Rahul Madhav, Vijayaraghavan, and Sudhi Koppa in supporting roles. The original soundtrack of the film was composed by Jakes Bejoy. The story is loosely based on events that occurred in 1980s-1990s Thrissur.[3][4]

The film was released in theatres across India on 23 August 2019 to positive reviews. It turned out to be a commercial success. It was the 5th film of 2019 after Lucifer,Kumbalangi Nights, Uyare and Virus to successfully complete 100 days in theaters.[5]


In 1965, Porinju Joy and Puthanpally Jose are best friends in their youth, and Jose tries to persuade Porinju to confess his love to Alappattu Mariyam Varghese, but a then timid Porinju could not. One day at school, a boy bullies Mariyam and a fight ensues between Porinju and the boy. Since the boy was from an influential family and Porinju was from a poor family, the teacher punishes Porinju alone, striking him repeatedly. Porinju and Jose shout at the teacher and leave the school never to come back. Mariyam openly condemns the teachers attitude in front of the class, for which she is scolded.

In 1985, Porinju is known as Kattalan (hunter, literally man of the forest) Porinju, now a village butcher and henchman of Iype Muthalali, a wealthy and powerful man at the locality. Porinju is very close to Iype, but Iypes sons do not like their relationship. Jose is an aspiring disco-dancer and performs his moves at the annual Perunnal of the church. Mariyam is now a money lender. The three of them still keep a close relationship, even though Mariyam has now become critical of Porinju and Jose for their troublesome life. Porinju now often openly woos Mariyam, which she ignores.

On a perunnal night, a procession is going on in front of Mariyams house, Jose dances along with Mariyam. Meanwhile, Iypes grandson Prince gropes Mariyam, she humiliates him in front of public. Jose beats Prince and drives him away back to his house. As the procession advances later towards Iypes house, Prince tells his uncles about the incident and together they beat Jose. Porinju breaks up the fight, but Prince still beats him, leading to him and Jose beating up Prince and the uncles. Iype, though seeing his sons getting beaten up, ignores it.

In a flashback, Mariyam was about to elope with Porinju but her father Varghese ties a rope around his neck and threatens to hang from a tree if she ran away. However, he loses his grip and accidentally hangs himself. Due to this, she lives alone without marrying Porinju.

A year later, as the Perunnal nears, Prince arranges hitmen to kill Porinju and Jose. Jose gets killed while at a movie theater. For this, Porinju takes revenge and hacks Prince to death in front of the Perunnal procession. Princes uncles arrange other hitmen to kill Porinju, but Porinju kills them and scares the uncles away, sparing them. Meanwhile, Mariyam arranges to get bail for Porinju in case he goes to court for the killings.

Iypes household, including Iype himself, is mourning for Princes death. The Perunnal procession passes by the house, and he comes out to greet them. Porinju also arrives and the two dance together happily. However, Iype takes out a hidden knife and stabs Porinju multiple times, saying that his grandsons life matters to him, but not Porinjus. The bystanders surround Iype, but Porinju snatches the knife and tells everyone to back off, and orders Iype to go back to his own house. Mariyam arrives, and he dies in her arms.

In the end, Mariyam stands in front of Porinjus gravestone. The stone also has her name inscribed on it, with a vacant death date. Mariyam then watches a fight going on between some children while they are playing football, and she smiles.



Abhilash N. Chandran has penned the story and screenplay.[6] Manju Warrier has been initially approached to do the role of Mariyam, but she backed out due to date issuses. The role went to Nyla Usha which became a break for her and careerbest. Later due to schedule conflicts, Biju Menon was replaced by Joju George while Chemban Vinod Jose was earlier confirmed.


The film was released in India and Gulf Cooperation Council territories on 23 August 2019.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $309,267 from 39 screens in the opening weekend (23 – 25 August) in the United Arab Emirates and $541,287 in three weeks.[7] It earned $8,133 (₹5.77 lakh) from 7 screens in the opening weekend (20 – 22 September) in the United States.[8] It was the 5th film of 2019 after Lucifer, Kumbalangi Nights, Uyare and Virus to successfully complete 100 days in theaters.

Critical reception[edit]

The New Indian Express rated 3.5 in a scale of 5 and called it an intense, high-voltage thriller, and that the storytelling is not exactly fresh, but the actors and the cathartic violence make Joshiys latest film compelling.[9] Sify rated 3.5 in a scale of 5, but called it an average masala entertainer and said the film may be far from perfect but is well packaged and is genuinely engaging, but situations are mostly predictable and at times, unconvincing. But praised the performances of Joju, Nyla and Jose.[10] Manorama Online rated 3 out of 5 and wrote: Joshiy engineers the twin shades of noir and romance, deftly interchanging them at the right moments, for a smooth glide of the narration. DOP by Ajay David Kachappilly and the brilliant music by Jakes Bejoy compliment each other and elevate the movie to several notches above.[11]

Rating 3 out of 5 stars, The News Minute called it a lovely drama and Joshiy makes it a very enjoyable movie to watch, but the second half does not keep up with the neatly built-up first half.[12] The Times of India also rated 3 out of 5 and said the film has good story, cast and reasonable performances (particularly Joses), but Porinju Mariyam Jose gets tad bit predictable. But one may watch it for the spectacle at offer by the narrative genius and the unrequited love story in the sidelines.[13] Deccan Chronicle rated 3 out of 5 stars and stated that in spite of a slightly stretched storytelling and a predictive second half, PMJ is a good watch.[14]

The Hindu wrote that in the film, one gets to see a filmmaker who has been closely watching the changing rules of the game, and trying to adapt, but the film is fairly predictable, and at times tame ... but what makes it watchable are the array of characters, and the performances, especially of Chemban and Joju. They are all colourfully written, and there is a lot of life to them.[15] HuffPost had the opinion that the film may have worked better in the 80s, the talented cast is let down by a clichéd narrative and a director stuck on his old-school filmmaking skills.[16] Firstpost rated 1.75 in 5, saying that the basic story is interesting, and there is a lot this film could have been, but with a weak writing of its leads, it is unsurprising that Porinju Mariam Jose fails to be an involved, emotionally engrossing narrative.[17]


  1. ^ Joshiy and Biju Menon to team up for a film?. The News Minute. 25 January 2021.
  2. ^ Joshiy and Biju Menon to team up for a film?. The News Minute. 25 January 2021.
  3. ^ Porinju Mariam Jose (2019). Filmibeat.
  4. ^ Joshys Porinju Mariam Jose to release on August 15. newindianexpress.com.
  5. ^ Porinju Mariyam Jose movie review highlights. timesofindia.
  6. ^ Rahul Madhav in Porinju Mariyam Jose. timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  7. ^ Porinju Mariam Jose. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  8. ^ Dream Girl collects 3.21 mil. USD [Rs. 22.76 cr.] in overseas. Bollywood Hungama. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  9. ^ Porinju Mariyam Jose review: An intense, high-voltage thriller. The New Indian Express.
  10. ^ Porinju Mariyam Jose review - An average masala entertainer. Sify.com.
  11. ^ Porinju Mariam Jose Review: To thrill beyond finish. OnManorama.
  12. ^ Porinju Mariam Jose review: Joju, Chemban and Nyla star in lovely drama set in 80s. The News Minute. 23 August 2019.
  13. ^ Porinju Mariyam Jose Movie Review {3.0/5}: Critic Review of Porinju Mariyam Jose by Times of India – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  14. ^ Nair, Vidya (24 August 2019). Porinju Mariyam Jose movie review: Not-so-regular masala movie. Deccan Chronicle.
  15. ^ Praveen, S. r (24 August 2019). Porinju Mariam Jose review: Lack of a solid script proves to be the undoing of Joshiys latest – via www.thehindu.com.
  16. ^ Porinju Mariam Jose Review: This Joshiy Film May Have Worked Better In The 80s. HuffPost. 23 August 2019.
  17. ^ Porinju Mariam Jose movie review: Love in the time of class bias, an independent heroine and average writing -Entertainment News , Firstpost. Firstpost. 24 August 2019.

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