Interview: Anjali Menon

Posted on July 11, 2018

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Anjali Menon — director of Koode, Bangalore Days and Manjadikkuru, and writer of Ustad Hotel — talks about what Bangalore means to Malayalis, and explains the new-gen phase of Malayalam cinema. (She singles out Ranjith’s Kaiyoppu and Sameer Thahir’s Chaappa Kurishu.) She talks about Padmarajan, Bharathan, Fasil, MT Vasudevan Nair, KG George, about the improved technique in Malayalam cinema. She discusses being a “woman filmmaker” and the Women in Cinema Collective. She talks about how she directs actors like Fahadh Faasil and Dulquer Salmaan, and her sensibility (she’s also a dancer, and she says it helps her work in cinema). She talks about collaborating with technicians, making rooted cinema and being an outsider, and, lastly, about Mammooty and Mohanlal.

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