Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter who predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry. She made her directorial debut with the film Manjadikuru. She won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay (Dialogues) for Ustad Hotel at the 60th National Film Awards. She was one of the founding members of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), an organization that focuses on gender equality in the Malayalam film industry.
|Alma mater||London Film School|
Anjali was born to T. Madhavan Nair and Sarada Nair. She grew up in The United Arab Emirates and was educated at Our Own English High School, Fujairah, and then at Presentation High School, Calicut. She graduated from Providence Women's College, Calicut, and then studied Communication Studies at Pune University, during when she made documentaries. She studied filmmaking at London Film School, graduating in 2003. film. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and son.
Anjali's graduation film Black Nor White, produced by Asif Kapadia and featuring Rez Kempton and Archie Panjabi, was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and won the BFI award for Best Short film. She made her feature debut with Manjadikuru (2012), a coming of age drama set in 1979. It won the FIPRESCI award for the Best Malayalam film and Best Indian Debut. She also received Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay for the movie. However, her first release was Kerala Cafe (2009), an anthology film for which she contributed the segment 'Happy Journey', centered around gender politics. She then wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues of the critically and commercially acclaimed Ustad Hotel (2012), directed by Anwar Rasheed. She received the National Film Award for Best Screenplay - Dialogues for the film, which also won the National Awards for Most Popular Film. The film also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam. She then directed Bangalore Days (2014), revolving around the life of three Malayali cousins in Bengaluru, which became a huge commercial success. Her next film was the commercially and critically acclaimed Koode (2018), which showcased issues of caste, migration and child sexual harassment as it dealt with themes of loss and solace.
Anjali was one of the founders of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), an organization of women in Malayalam cinema, formed at the wake of the sexual assault of a prominent actress. Dileep, a prominent Malayalam actor who was among the accused in the case, was supported by AMMA, the organization of Malayalam film actors, prompting the formating of WCC. WCC focuses on gender violence and discrimination within the Malayalam film industry.
Anjali has also written short stories, including 'Tea and Toast' which was published in the Malayala Manorama Onam Special, and as part of the collection Monsoon Feast. She blogs about her filmmaking experiences at anjalimenon.wordpress.com
|2000||Black Nor White||Short film|
|2009||Kerala Cafe (Happy Journey segment)|||
|Hassankutty Award for Best Debut Director||2008||Manjadikuru|
|FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film||2008||Manjadikuru|
|60th National Film Awards for Best Dialogues||2012||Ustad Hotel|
|Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay||2012||Ustad Hotel|
|Asianet Film Awards - Best Screenplay||2013||Ustad Hotel|
|Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay (Original)||2014||Bangalore Days|
|Filmfare Awards South - Best Director||2015||Bangalore Days|
|Asianet Film Awards - Best Director and Best Popular Film||2015||Bangalore Days|
|Vanitha Film Awards - Best Director and Best Popular Film||2015||Bangalore Days|
|SIIMA Film Awards - Best Director and Best Film||2015||Bangalore Days|
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