Joby Varghese was born on 4 June 1977 to a middle-class family in Chalakudy,Kerala, India. His father is K. T Varghese and mother, M O Mary. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Christ College Irinjalakuda. During his studies attended many film festivals and watched many world classics. Kurosawa's Rashomon, DeSica's Bicycle Thieves and Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal were among them, and they influenced him immensely. He is a self taught filmmaker. Joby Varghese debuted as director with Back to beat (2012) a short film completed in a single shot of 7mins, which competed in competition section of Signs Short Film Festival Kerala.