Mollywood  director Joseph Manu James'
Malayalam director Joseph Manu James Image Credit: insta/ ajuvarghese

Even before his career's first film could release, Malayalam debut director Joseph Manu James died. He was 31. The last rites were held on Sunday at Kuravilangad of Kerala's Kottayam district.

Joseph Manu James passed away on Friday while undergoing treatment for hepatitis at a private hospital in Aluva. He had recently completed shooting for his first directorial venture 'Nancy Rani' and post-production work is still in progress.

The movie features Ahaana Krishna, Sunny Wayne, Aju Varghese, and Arjun Ashokan, among others.

"Gone too soon brother," actor Aju Varghese posted on his Instagram handle.

Starting off as a child actor in 2004 in 'I am curious', Manu Joseph went on to become an assistant director in Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi movies. The Malayalam film fraternity has expressed shock and dismay over the demise of the young filmmaker.

Joseph Manu James is survived by his wife Naina, and siblings.