Anjali Menon

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Anjali Menon Odunghat
Born Calicut, Kerala, India
Alma mater London Film School
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1997–Present
Spouse(s) Vinod Menon

Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter best known for her work in Malayalam cinema.

She made her directional debut with the feature film Manjadikuru (Lucky Red Seeds) starring Prithviraj, for which she got the FIPRESCI award for the Best Malayalam film at the 2008 International Film Festival of Kerala.[1] In 2009, the film swept the awards at South Asian International Film Festival at New York, winning five Grand Jury Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer & Best Emerging Talent.[2] She then directed a short film, "Happy Journey", for the Malayalam anthology film, Kerala Cafe (2009). She won the National Film award for Best dialogue writer, for the film Ustad Hotel (2012). Her latest release is Bangalore Days (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Calicut, Kerala, Anjali grew up in Dubai and studied in Our Own English High School. She did her high school education in Calicut and graduated with a degree in commerce from Providence Women's College, Calicut. She acquired her post-graduation degree in Communication Studies, specialising in Television production, from Pune University.[3] In 2000, she joined the London Film School, specialising in Film Direction, and graduated with overall distinction honours in editing, producing and directing film.[4][5][6]


Anjali Menon started her career in 1997 with television, working on various documentaries, telefilms and program designing projects in India, the Middle East and UK, including, The Time to Blossom, a documentary on Rubiya, a classical Indian dancer from Malappuram, Kalyani, a tele-film on street children and Ila, a dance film based on a world music track. In 2006 she started Little Films, a film production company in Mumbai.[4]

She made her feature film debut with Manjadikuru (2008), the story a 10-year-old boy who returns to his village to attend the funeral of his grandfather. The film premiered at the 2008 International Film Festival of Kerala, where it won the FIPRESCI Award for best Malayalam film and Hassankutty award for best debutant Indian director.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2014, she is based in Mumbai, where she formed the Little Films company, though her family stays in Calicut.[6] Anjali Menon is married to Vinod Menon. They have a son, Madhav.


Year Film Cast Role Notes
2009 Kerala Cafe Jagathy Sreekumar, Nithya Menen Director and writer (segment Happy Journey)
NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam film at IFFK
2012 Manjadikuru Prithviraj, Jagathi Sreekumar, Urvashi, Padmapriya, Thilakan, Murali, Rahman, Kaviyoor Ponnamma Director and writer FIPRESCI Award for Best Malayalam film at IFFK
Hassankutty Award at IFFK[9]
Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay
2008 Film festival release; theatrical release in May 2012
2012 Ustad Hotel Dulquer Salman, Thilakan, Nithya Menen Screenwriter National Award for Best Popular Film
Asianet Film Award for Best Script Writer
National Film Award for Best Dialogue
Ujala Film Awards for Best Scriptwriter
Vanitha Film Award for Best Scriptwriter
2014 Bangalore Days Fahadh Faasil, Dulquer Salman, Nivin Pauly,
Nazriya Nazim, Parvati Menon, Nithya Menen, Isha Talwar, Sajid Yahiya
Director and writer The film was released on 30 May 2014. The film received positive reviews upon release.'s reviewer gave the verdict as "Good" and said, "Bangalore Days" is a young, vibrant film that is colourful and peppy."Krishnanunni U. of rated the film 4 in a scale of 5 and described it as a "perfect youth entertainer."


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Award
IFFK Awards
Other Awards

Other International Awards


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