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Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry.[1] She made her writing and directorial debut with the feature film Manjadikuru.[2] Anjali Menon won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay- Dialogues for Ustad Hotel at the 60th National Film Awards.[3]

Anjali Menon
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Anjali Menon in 2018
Born
Calicut, Kerala, India
Alma materLondon Film School
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2006–Present
Spouse(s)Vinod Menon
Children1

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Personal LifeEdit

Anjali grew up in Dubai, and pursued her graduation in communication studies from Pune University.[4] She post graduated from the London Film School in 2003, with distinction honours in editing, producing and directing film.[5][6] She lives in Mumbai with her husband and son.[7]

CareerEdit

Anjali’s graduation film Black Nor White[8], (credited as Anjali), featuring Rez Kempton and Archie Panjabi with Asif Kapadia as Executive Producer was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.[9]

She made her writing and directorial debut with the feature film Manjadikuru (Lucky Red Seeds, 2012) for which she got the FIPRESCI award for the Best Malayalam film and Best Indian Debut [10]. She also received Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay for the movie.[11]

Anjali has also written the critically and commercially acclaimed Ustad Hotel (2012).[12] She has received National Film Award for Best Screenplay - Dialogues for Ustad Hotel.[13] The film fetched her second Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam.[14][15]

Having worked on various projects in India, the Middle East, and the UK, Anjali along with Vinod Menon started Little Films India in 2006, a film company in Mumbai where she leads the content and production affairs.[16]

Her most recent film Koode (2018) starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Nazriya Nazim was a wide commercial success in India and internationally.[17][18]

Other worksEdit

She is also a published writer with Monsoon feast – a collection of short stories where she has contributed a story.[19] She wrote a story for Malayala Manorama Onam Special publication Named 'Tea and Toast'.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Director Screenwriter Notes
2000 Black Nor White     Short film
2009 Kerala Cafe (Happy Journey segment)     [20]
2012 Manjadikuru     [21]
2012 Ustad Hotel   [22]
2014 Bangalore Days     [23]
2018 Koode     [24]

AwardsEdit

National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Popular Awards
International Film Festival awards and selections

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aravind, Indulekha (14 July 2018). "What makes 'Bangalore Days' director Anjali Menon a rarity in Indian cinema". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  2. ^ Jun 23, Arun Janardhanan | TNN | Updated:; 2012; Ist, 2:28. "'Manjadikuru' girl lives a sad life off the screen too | Chennai News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ pib.nic.in (PDF) http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2013/mar/d2013031801.pdf. Retrieved 31 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Cut to Anjali". The Hindu. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  5. ^ Lucky Red Seeds and Profile NFDC
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Dutta, Nandita. "How Anjali Menon went from successful writer to director of one of Malayalam cinema's biggest hits". Scroll.in. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  8. ^ "British Council Film: Black Nor White". film.britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Black Nor White website".
  10. ^ Aravind, Indulekha (14 July 2018). "What makes 'Bangalore Days' director Anjali Menon a rarity in Indian cinema". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  11. ^ Reporter, Staff (2 March 2013). "Row over film unfounded, says Anjali Menon". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  12. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (21 March 2013). "Savouring the success". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  13. ^ "60th National Film Awards: List of some winners". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Scene change". The Week. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". filmfare.com. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Little Films India". www.littlefilmsindia.com. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Koode movie review: Prithviraj, Nazriya's film is a heart wrenching poem in motion". Hindustan Times. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  18. ^ Koode Movie Review {3.5/5}: Critic Review of Koode by Times of India, retrieved 31 July 2019
  19. ^ Tharoor, Shashi (1 November 2012). A Monsoon Feast: Short stories to celebrate the cultures of Kerala and Singapore: Short stories to celebrate the cultures of Kerala and Singapore. Monsoon Books. ISBN 9789814358842.
  20. ^ "Review: Kerala Cafe". Sify.
  21. ^ "Seeds of a success story". The Hindu. 26 December 2008.
  22. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (21 June 2012). "Beachside hotel". The Hindu.
  23. ^ "Anjali Menon's movie is Bangalore Days". The Times of India. 24 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Anjali Menon's movie is Koode". The Times of India.
  25. ^ ":: National Film Award 2012" (PDF). India Government. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Kerala state awards given away". Sify. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Kerala State Awards 2014: The complete list". OnManorama. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  28. ^ www.thenewsminute.com https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/folk-artist-raghu-dixit-compose-songs-anjali-menon-s-next-flick-74887?amp. Retrieved 31 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  29. ^ "Filmfare Awards South". Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Asianet Film Awards".
  31. ^ "Vanitha Film Awards 2015".
  32. ^ "SIIMA awards 2015".
  33. ^ ":: IFFK 2008". Iffk.keralafilm.com. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  34. ^ "Parque Via wins best film award". The Hindu. 20 December 2008. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Awards - Festival Awards 2008". Fipresci. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  36. ^ "Festival Reports - Kerala 2008 - "Lucky Red Seeds"". Fipresci. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014.

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