A bit of magic on a piece of celluloid. That’s all. That’s all?
Anjali Menon’s first feature Manjadikuru was described as “Beautiful and haunting … rhaphsodic” by FIPRESCI Jury Chris Fujiwara in his review. A coming of age drama of sixteen days in 1979 seen through the eyes of a 10 year old boy.
Anjali’s first release however was Kerala Cafe an anthology film by 10 filmmakers made around the theme of journeys in Kerala. Menon’s short film Happy Journey was noted for its crisp humour and sharp take on gender politics.
Anjali wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues of Ustad Hotel which created records at the box office with the story of a grandfather and grandson who discover each other in a quaint restaurant over dollops of Sufi philosophy. Directed by Anwar Rasheed the film went on to win the National Awards for Most Popular Film and Best Dialogues.
Anjali’s next directorial Bangalore Days, was another record breaking hit and went on to become popular with Malayalees and non-Malayalees alike. A tale of three cousins who arrive simultaneously in a new city to find their dreams. The film had a dream run at the box office and also won a slew of awards for its cast and crew.
Anjali’s most recent film Koode, was an adaptation of Marathi film Happy Journey and has been lauded for its deep performances and distinct treatment. It told the story of Joshua a migrant worker who grapples with emotional trauma until he finds solace in illusory fantasy.