Anjali Menon

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Anjali Menon
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Anjali Menon in 2018
Calicut, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2006–Present
Spouse(s)Vinod Menon

Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter who made her writing and directional debut with the feature film Manjadikuru (Lucky Red Seeds), for which she got the FIPRESCI award for the Best Malayalam film and Best Indian Debut[1] Her second feature film is Bangalore Days and she has written the critically and commercially acclaimed Ustad Hotel.

She grew up in Dubai. She did graduation work in communication studies from Pune University.[2] Anjali post graduated from the London Film School in 2003, with distinction honours in editing, producing and directing film.[3][4] Her graduation film Black Nor White,[5] (credited as Anjali), featuring Rez Kempton and Archie Panjabi with Asif Kapadia as Executive Producer was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.[6]

Anjali started her career with short fiction and documentary projects in India, Middle East and UK. In 2006, she and Vinod Menon started Little Films India, a film company in Mumbai.[3] Anjali is a published writer with her screenplays as well as Monsoon feast – a collection of short stories where she has contributed a story. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and son. She wrote a story for Malayala Manorama Onam Special publication Named 'Tea and Toast'


Year Title Director Screenwriter Notes
2000 Black Nor White Yes Yes Short film
2009 Kerala Cafe (Happy Journey segment) Yes Yes [7]
2012 Manjadikuru Yes Yes [8]
2012 Ustad Hotel Yes [9]
2014 Bangalore Days Yes Yes [10]
2018 Koode Yes Yes [11]


National Film Award
  • 2012 - 60th National Film Awards - Best Dialogues (Ustad Hotel)[12]
Kerala State Film Awards
Popular Awards
  • 2013 - Asianet Film Awards - Best Screenplay (Ustad Hotel)
  • 2015 - Filmfare Awards South - Best Director (Bangalore Days)[13]
  • 2015 - Asianet Film Awards - Best Director (Bangalore Days) and Best Popular Film (Bangalore Days)[14]
  • 2015 - Vanitha Film Awards - Best Director (Bangalore Days) and Best Popular Film[15]
  • 2015 - SIIMA Film Awards - Best Director (Bangalore Days) and Best Film[16]
International Film Festival awards and selections
  • 2008: Hassankutty Award for Best Debut Director (Manjadikuru)[17][18]
  • 2008: FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film ( Manjadikuru)[19][20]


  1. ^ "Parque Via wins best film award". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Cut to Anjali". The Hindu. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b Lucky Red Seeds and Profile NFDC
  4. ^ "Anjali Menon's First Feature Wins Awards". London Film School News. 28 May 2009. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Black Nor White". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Black Nor White website".
  7. ^ "Review: Kerala Cafe". Sify.
  8. ^ "Seeds of a success story". The Hindu. 26 December 2008.
  9. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (21 June 2012). "Beachside hotel". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Anjali Menon's movie is Bangalore Days". The Times of India. 24 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Anjali Menon's movie is Koode". The Times of India.
  12. ^ ":: National Film Award 2012 ::" (PDF). India Government. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Filmfare Awards South". Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Asianet Film Awards".
  15. ^ "Vanitha Film Awards 2015".
  16. ^ "SIIMA awards 2015".
  17. ^ ":: IFFK 2008 ::". Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  18. ^ "Parque Via wins best film award". The Hindu. 2008-12-20. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  19. ^ "Awards - Festival Awards 2008". Fipresci. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  20. ^ "Festival Reports - Kerala 2008 - "Lucky Red Seeds"". Fipresci. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-30.

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