Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry. She made her writing and directorial debut with the feature film Manjadikuru. Anjali Menon won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay- Dialogues for Ustad Hotel at the 60th National Film Awards.
Anjali was born to T. Madhavan Nair and Sarada Nair. She grew up in Dubai and was educated at Our Own English High School, Fujairah but completed her schooling at Presentation High School, Calicut and thereafter she did her graduation in commerce from Providence Women's College, Calicut before pursuing her next graduation in communication studies from Pune University. She post graduated from the London Film School in 2003, with distinction honours in editing, producing and directing film. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and son.
Anjali's graduation film Black Nor White, (credited as Anjali), featuring Rez Kempton and Archie Panjabi with Asif Kapadia as Executive Producer was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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. She also received Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay for the movie.
Anjali has also written the critically and commercially acclaimed Ustad Hotel (2012). She has received National Film Award for Best Screenplay - Dialogues for Ustad Hotel. The film fetched her second Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam.
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.
Anjali Menon wrote and directed the romantic comedy-drama film Bangalore Days (2014).
She is also a published writer with Monsoon feast – a collection of short stories where she has contributed a story. She wrote a story for Malayala Manorama Onam Special publication Named 'Tea and Toast'.
- National Film Awards
- 2012 - 60th National Film Awards - Best Dialogues (Ustad Hotel)
- Kerala State Film Awards
- 2012- Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay for Ustad Hotel
- 2014- Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay (Original) for Bangalore Days
- Popular Awards
- 2013 - Asianet Film Awards - Best Screenplay (Ustad Hotel)
- 2015 - Filmfare Awards South - Best Director (Bangalore Days)
- 2015 - Asianet Film Awards - Best Director (Bangalore Days) and Best Popular Film (Bangalore Days)
- 2015 - Vanitha Film Awards - Best Director (Bangalore Days) and Best Popular Film
- 2015 - SIIMA Film Awards - Best Director (Bangalore Days) and Best Film
- International Film Festival awards and selections
- 2008: Hassankutty Award for Best Debut Director (Manjadikuru)
- 2008: FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film ( Manjadikuru)