Director Lal Jose is a busy man. After three films in 2012, he is all set to kick off 2013 with Emmanuel starring Mammootty. “It’s a soft, subtle film,” he says, “sans any kind of cacophony”. The story revolves around Emmanuel, a middle aged man working in a publishing house who loses his job and struggles to get a grip on his life. He is also introducing a new face, Reenu Mathew, a model and cabin crew for Emirates Airlines, who will play Mammootty’s wife in the film. “I was drawn to the central character, when scriptwriter 0Vijeesh narrated it,” Lal Jose says. So will the film have the special Lal Jose touch? “I have love within me and it will reflect in my films, and that has to be the ‘Lal Jose touch’,” he says. He has also signed another film, Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum with Kunchacko Boban in the lead.