Lal Jose, the director of the biggest hit film in the history of Malayalam films, is a very modest person. He followed his Classmates up with another offbeat hit film, Arabikatha.
The director is now taking a short break before he begins his next film. He is also directing his close friend Ranjit's new film. That is his way of taking a break from work.
When he was asked, "You had a series of hits like Chaandupottu, Classmates and now Arabikatha. You must be a very rich man...!
"I'm probably the only director in Kerala who is still financially insecure even after ten films. There are films that I have worked for free. When 'Rasigan' bombed, I returned the money that I was paid. Similar was the case with Pattaalam too. For my initial films, I had only received something like 1 lakh. That's all. When the producer of 'Achchan Urangaatha Veedu' abandoned the project midways, I had to fund the film too. Meesha Madhavan was a big hit. With the money that I had made, I bought a few cents of land. I had to sell them to repay the 'Rasigan' salary. I really don't like to maintain strict accounts with friends.
"I actually began to see some money in my hands only after Chaandupottu," he confesses.