Joseph Manu James Wiki, Age, Death, Family, Biography & More

Joseph Manu James was an Indian director. In February 2023, he was admitted to the Rajagiri hospital in Kerala, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. On 24 February 2023, Manu breathed his last at Rajagiri hospital in Kerala after undergoing treatment for pneumonia and hepatitis. He died before the release of his directorial debut Malayalam film Nancy Rani.


Manu James was born on 11 June 1991 (age 31 years; at the time of death) in Kottayam, Kerala, India. His zodiac sign was Gemini. Manu completed his schooling at the Labour India Gurukulam Public School in Marangattupilly, Kerala. He pursued his engineering at Mangalam College of Engineering, Ettumanoor. For further studies, Manu attended Christ University, Bangalore. In 2020, he moved to Houston from Kerala, where he enrolled himself at the Stafford Campus at Houston Community College. Manu studied filmmaking at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
A childhood picture of Joseph Manu James (second from left)

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black

Family & Ethnicity

Joseph Manu James belonged to a Christian family.

Parents & Siblings

Manu’s father’s name is James Joseph, and his mother’s name is Cicily James. He has a sister Minna James, and a brother, Philips James, who is a film director and editor.
From left to right- Joseph Manu James, his father James Joseph, his mother Cicily James, his sister Minna James, and brother Philips James


On 6 January 2018, Joseph got married to Nyna Manu James.
Joseph Manu James with Nyna Manu James


Joseph Manu James follows Christianity.


In 2004, Manu began his career as a child artist with the film I Am Curious, directed by Sabu James. Later, he went on to become an assistant director and assisted several film directors in the Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam film industries. In 2014, Joseph worked for Reliance Entertainment as an assistant director. In 2015, he left Reliance Entertainment and started working with MTV India as a field director, program presenter, and bass guitarist. In 2016, Joseph joined as a filmmaker at the Rockstar Film Company, based in the United States. Additionally, he served as a journalist at the Indo-American Press Club, which is a group of Indian-origin media journalists, who work in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2023, Joseph made his debut as a director with the Malayalam film Nancy Rani, starring Ahana Krishna, Dhruvan, Aju Varghese, and Lal.
Poster of Joseph Manu James’ directorial debut film Nancy Rani (2023)


On 24 February 2023, Joseph Manu succumbed to death after he underwent treatment for hepatitis. He was buried on 26 February 2023 at the Major Archiepiscopal Marth Mariam Archdeacon Church, Kuravilangad, Kerala.


  • Joseph was fondly called Benhur by his friends and family members.
  • While studying at Christ University in Bengaluru, Joseph used to perform with his musical band, Rocks.

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