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Ustad Hotel opens

USTAD HOTEL opens – Today.

The expectations from this film nearly scare me. Lets admit it – its the first time that something I have written is being termed “commercial”.

I dont even know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing! As far as I am concerned, a story is a story is a story… but even about that the questions come pouring in…

is it a love story? is it a music band story? is it a food story? is it a family story?

The only correct answer is “all of the above”!

But at its core, USTAD HOTEL is a simple tale of relationships … the kind that you and I know about. 🙂

I shall end with a quote of Karimka in Ustad Hotel : “Every Sulaimani needs a bit of Mohabbat in it.”

So here it is for you – with love from us.  Really hope you like it!

Comments: 90

  • sreeraj June 29, 201212:57 am

    All the Very Best ….

  • kiran June 29, 20121:00 am

    hey chechi, I am going for noon show…will let u know the response…..tc…sleep tight.

  • RAK June 29, 20121:52 am

    Good luck! Expectations are definitely sky high, for several reasons. Whatever the box-office results, I think the winner is definitely Kerala cinema with the new crop of directors/actors.

  • gauthamkalikrishna June 29, 20122:01 am

    HI MAM ,

  • gauthamkalikrishna June 29, 20122:29 am


  • vinjk June 29, 20127:19 am

    eagerly waiting for the movie.

    please tell your producer to release it in singapore. recently few new malayalam movies like Diamond Necklace were played in theatres here. Going to watch Spirit this Sunday.

    Hoping to see Ustad Hotel soon!

  • prasad June 29, 20128:23 am

    good luck

  • Anand G IYer June 29, 201210:42 am

    will watch it 2day itself ma’am….
    best wishes!!

  • anzeem June 29, 201211:08 am

    all the very best for ustad hotel….ipol simple subjectinu aanu scope…simple ayit nalla reethiyil kadha paranjal janangal sweekarikum…urap…:)

  • Jasil June 29, 201211:13 am

    I’ve got a good
    news, that usthad hotel
    opens today… and a bad
    news, that i’m in muscat and
    i’ll miss all these good films…

  • dikkysuraj June 29, 201211:52 am

    film has gr8 reviews

  • Deepak Ashok June 29, 20122:05 pm

    Ozum Movie Sure it ill be a big Hit………….!!!

  • Hafis June 29, 20124:19 pm

    I can’t resist my self from watching this movie, I’m off to theatre…

  • Lisam Ibrahim June 29, 20125:32 pm

    Wish u all the very best 🙂

  • varun ashok June 29, 20129:39 pm

    Ustad hotel is a movie about 4stages of life.Beautifully written and directed.This movie is very carefully excecuted and is very much within the frames of a commercial malayalam movie.But luckily end being only a commercial movie.Actually it never ends.It just goes on like the waves of the ocean.The movie begins with Feyzee,his quest to breakfree from his businessman father to a life he has setup for himself. A life a young man would love to have but as the story progresses its told to the viewer that it was all a short lived and shortsighted dream. Usthad hotel is Feyzee ‘s journey to understand the real meaning of life. There lies the novelty of the subject. This movie underlines the four stages of life. Dulquer playing the youth,Sidique playing the middle age and thilakan playing vaanaprastham.The movie tells us whatever you have in your life still your life is incomplete. Usthad hotel bridges the gaps between our incomplete life without being preachy teaches you to live.Dulquer shines in a restrained performance never trying too hard or trying to be a comnercial hero.Nithya Menon is good.Thilakan shines in his role,the real hero of the movie.
    Kudos to Anjali Menon for such a meaningful story.Anwar rasheeds conviction and brilliance to direct a different topic. A superb movie. Loved it. I think the movie will be a hit,cause Malayalam audience are a thinking audience and they dont need to be spoonfed.

  • vishnu June 29, 201210:09 pm

    Anjali Menon..Wonderful script madam..:) it’s perfect..loved it alot..:)..♥ ..The most powerful part of the movie which i feel is ur script ~ Awesome!!!

  • Manu June 29, 201210:29 pm

    s-u-p-e-r-b thought …… & background music …was M-i-N-d Blowing…
    ustadine munpe parichayam undo….

  • Aish June 30, 201212:33 am

    Usthad Hotel has every flavour of laughter, emotion, music and thrills to celebrate. It’s really an enlightenment.


  • Sree June 30, 20121:10 am

    Loved every bit of it. After coming out of theatre, I had a feel like I just had a delicious Biriyani. Way to go mam!!

  • Krishnan June 30, 20121:37 am

    Two day before I saw the Movie “Manjadikuru”, movie was so beautiful…
    That give me the confidence to go this one.
    Usthad Hotel – A beautifully crafted, lovely piece of movie !

  • Anoop AS June 30, 20124:56 am

    I heard a lot about manjadikuru but I didn’t see yet, now ustad hotel,
    When we completely lost the feudal upper-class colonialism from our life, many movies came out to serve the same in silver screen. Now we are in another historic end, end of voluble relation’s here I take your view in my heart “Every Sulaimani needs a bit of Mohabbat in it.” No doubt Anwar rasheed is a proven director Anajali menon? Waiting to see how much mohabbat I can get from the ustad hotel sulaimani………

  • Suryan June 30, 20129:18 am

    Every Sulaimani needs a bit of Mohabbat in it !!!

    Ustad Hotel is one of the best movies I watched this year. Well portrayed story with genuine humor and makes this movie great.

    …a story of love and relationship, a story of Ustad hotel, a film with an outstanding and refreshing tale!

    Very Good Movie ! Hats off to the entire Ustad hotel Team!!

    A movie like this should never fail in box office.

  • hijas habeeb June 30, 20129:35 am

    Usthad Hotel…
    Hw can i describe…!!!
    A renovated Anwar rasheed…
    Beauty of anjali’s story…
    Awesme cinematography…
    Gopi sunder’s soulful music n
    Last but not the least superb performance by dulquar and thilakan. . .

    Hats off <3

  • umshere June 30, 20129:45 am

    oo dear …wht to say ..film was fantabulous….
    dulqar with his charisma and body language excells as faizee.. thilakan back with a bang .. a veteran who can barely walk steals our heart with his mind blowing acting ..
    all thanks for anwarjee and u for excellent direction and script ….

    i never heard such a beautiful bg score in any of recent Malayalam movies..
    kudos to Gopisunder..

  • Nithin June 30, 201212:32 pm

    Thanks for providing a wonderful script to Malayalam movie viewers.
    Script/Background scrore/Art Direction/Editing/Music/DIRECTOR all are very different & soothing…
    Hope this trend in Malayalam cinema with the new generation continues & give us many more such films..

  • Lalitha Alexander June 30, 201212:58 pm

    Hey Anjali, am in dubai for the next 3 months at least. I missed Manjadikuru in Bglore. I hope Ustaad Hotel releases in Dubai 🙂 All the best though…have already got good reviews from my friends in Kerala .. its such a relief we have good realistic stories and cinema being appreciated right now…you’ll go a long way 🙂

  • shamnad June 30, 20122:16 pm

    great work by usthad hotel team. thanks to all. its a gifted movie to youngsters and malayalam industry.i am a big fan of urs madam.i am expecting good movies like usthad hotel from u in the future tooo…..

  • abhijith June 30, 20127:51 pm

    suleimani kudichale adhinte madhuram ariyu. so jus go n see the movie n u will realise that the best gift in our life is our life itself.!!!!! And Life is what we have to respect more than anything in this world, And i hope evry1 can realize that after seeing the movie.
    The whole team of the movie has done a brilliant job!!
    and the movie- thechaalum maaychaalum ente manasil ninnum maayila!!!

  • gautham June 30, 20128:10 pm

    awesome movie! i got really emotional. i’m not going write anything in detail. anjali mam..thanks a lot for this movie 🙂

  • AJ June 30, 20128:20 pm

    Didn’t get tickets for the matinee.
    It’s running jam packed full houses here at Kottayam.

  • Vysakh Alexander June 30, 20129:21 pm

    Ustad Hotel- A movie with perfection embedded in every frame

    I aspire myself to become a filmmaker and your works has been always a great source of inspiration for me.

    Wishing you very best for all your future endeavors.

  • Ligin Issac June 30, 201211:45 pm

    Thank you very much for giving such a wonderful movie………….wish you all the best for your future projects

  • Rajil Vijayan July 1, 20121:19 am

    Ustad Hotel….Karim Ikkayude Biriyanike….enthoru swaad !!! Brilliant Movie

    Rajil Vijayan – on twitter @final_word

  • aiswariya July 1, 201211:54 am

    njan film kandu 1st day 2nd show supper

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  • shamil July 1, 20126:15 pm

    eagerly waiting for d films release at Abudhabi? when is it?

  • francis July 1, 20128:00 pm

    USTAD HOTEL………….

    a movie which correctly defines ‘new generation movies………….padam kalakki………….. everything was magnificiently perfect…………
    but i have an opinion …….dont take it as crticism…………eventhough pictures showing tasty foods were ther there were no powerful dialogues to emphasize the tasteness and to make audience hungry……..just like there is a marvellous description about making appam and chicken curry in short story കാളവര്‍കി which mouth waters everyone …….the film was too good that there are no words to describe it………well done Anjali chechy……….waiting eagerly for the next venture …………….

  • prasad nambeesan July 1, 201210:40 pm

    Hi ,
    Went with a good appetite and Usthad hotel did server a delicious meal . What a nice movie .
    No Doubt old wine tastes better , What a performance by Thilakan and Dulqar is promising .
    Thanks Anjaly ,Anwar and crew for serving a visual treat .

  • dileep g menon July 1, 201210:48 pm

    innalekalil ningal ente aarum allayirunnu. pakshe innu ningal ente aarokeyo aanu. karanam njan nalla cinimakale ishta petunnu. ningal thannathenthanennu ningalkkariyumo ennennikkariyilla.pakshe njangal aagrahichathu njangalkku. kiitty. Thanks to u a lot.

  • RABEESH July 2, 20129:54 pm

    excellent movie,brilliant script, superb perfomance of dulqar and thilakan

  • shajahan July 3, 201212:21 am

    ustad hotel super….congrats anjaly

  • unaiz July 3, 20121:39 pm

    ആസ്വാദനത്തിന്‍റെ പുത്തന്‍ വിഭവങ്ങളുമായി ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടല്‍!!!!!!.!!!

    ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടലിനായുള്ള കഴിഞ്ഞ കുറേ നാളത്തെ കാത്തിരിപ്പ് വിഫലമായില്ല. ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടലും അവിടുത്തെ വിഭവങ്ങളും അക്ഷരാര്‍ത്ഥത്തില്‍ പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ മനസ്സ് നിറച്ചു.
    കോഴിക്കോട് ബീച്ചിന്‍റെ തൊട്ടടുത്തുള്ള ഒരു പ്രസിദ്ധമായ ഹോട്ടലാണ് ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടല്‍. ഉസ്താദ്‌ എന്ന് അറിയപ്പെടുന്ന കരീംക്ക (തിലകന്‍)യാണ് ഈ ഹോട്ടല്‍ നടത്തുന്നത്. വിദേശത്ത് പഠനത്തിന് ശേഷം അവധിക്ക് നാട്ടില്‍ തിരിച്ചെത്തിയ ഫൈസി ( ദുല്‍ഖര്‍ സല്‍മാന്‍), ഷെഫ്‌ ആവാനുള്ള തന്‍റെ തീരുമാനം ഉപ്പ (സിദ്ധീഖ്)യെ അറിയിക്കുകയും തുടര്‍ന്നുണ്ടാവുന്ന പ്രശ്നങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ശേഷം അവിചാരിതമായി തന്‍റെ ഉപ്പുപ്പയുടെ ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടലിലെക്ക് എത്തി ചേരുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. വിദേശത്ത് ജോലിയും ആഡംബരപൂര്‍ണമായ ജീവിതവും സ്വപ്നം കണ്ടു നടന്ന ആധുനിക കാലഘട്ടത്തിന്‍റെ വക്താവായ ഫൈസിയെ കരീംക്കയും ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടലും എങ്ങനെ സ്വാധീനിക്കുന്നു എന്നാണ് തുടര്‍ന്നങ്ങോട്ട് സിനിമ ചര്‍ച്ച ചെയ്യുന്നത്. ഇവയെക്കളെല്ലാമുപരി ഭക്ഷണം എന്തിനു വേണ്ടിയാകണം എന്ന ശക്തമായ സന്ദേശവും ഈ സിനിമ സമൂഹത്തിന്‍റെ മുന്നില്‍ വെയ്ക്കുന്നു. പലപ്പോഴും സിനിമയിലെ രംഗങ്ങള്‍ പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ മനസ്സില്‍ യാതൊരു ചലനവും ഉണ്ടാക്കാതെ കേവലം നേരംപോക്ക് മാത്രമായി ഒതുങ്ങുമ്പോള്‍ ഇതിലെ ചില രംഗങ്ങളെങ്കിലും പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ ഹൃദയത്തില്‍ നിലനില്‍ക്കും എന്നതില്‍ യാതൊരു സംശയവുമില്ല.
    താരാജാക്കന്മാരെ നായകരാക്കി കച്ചവടചിത്രം എടുത്തിരുന്ന അന്‍വര്‍ റഷീദ്‌ കേരള കഫേയിലെ ബ്രിഡ്ജ് മുതല്‍ ഒരു സംവിധായകന്‍ എന്ന നിലയില്‍ വേറിട്ട വഴി തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കാന്‍ കാണിച്ച ചങ്കൂറ്റം ശരിയാണ് എന്ന് ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടല്‍ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലൂടെ കാലം തെളിയിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. കഴിഞ്ഞ കുറേ നാളുകളായി മെട്രോ നഗരങ്ങളിലും ഫ്ലാറ്റുകളിലും കുടിയേറിയ മലയാള സിനിമയെ ഇവിടെ നിന്നെല്ലാം മോചിപിക്കുക കൂടിയായിരുന്നു അന്‍വര്‍ ഇക്കുറി ഈ ചിത്രത്തിലൂടെ. സിനിമ സംവിധായകന്‍റെ കലയാണ് എന്ന യാഥാര്‍ത്ഥ്യം 100% അന്വര്‍ത്തമാക്കുന്ന രീതിയിലാണ് അന്‍വര്‍ ഈ സിനിമയെ സമീപിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. കണ്ടുമടുത്ത ഫ്രയിമുകളോ ക്ലീഷേ രീതികളോ ഒന്നും തന്നെ ഇതില്‍ ഇല്ല എന്നതും പ്രധാനകഥാപാത്രങ്ങള്‍ തൊട്ട് ഒന്നോ രണ്ടോ സീന്‍ മാത്രമുള്ള കഥാപാത്രങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പോലും ഏറ്റവും അനുയോജ്യരായ നടന്‍മാരെ കണ്ടെത്തിയതുമെല്ലാം ആ സമീപനത്തിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും മികച്ച തെളിവുകളാണ്.
    വലിയ അഭിനയസാധ്യതയുള്ള വേഷമൊന്നുമല്ലെങ്കിലും ഒരു തുടക്കക്കാരനെന്ന രീതിയില്‍ സ്വന്തമായി ഒരു ലേബല്‍ ഉണ്ടാക്കാനും മെഗാ സ്റ്റാര്‍ മമ്മൂട്ടിയുടെ മകന്‍ എന്ന നിഴലില്‍ നിന്നും മാറിനില്‍ക്കാനും ദുല്‍ഖറിന് ഈ ചിത്രത്തിലൂടെ സാധിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. മാത്രവുമല്ല ചില രംഗങ്ങളിലെ ദുല്‍ഖറിന്‍റെ പ്രകടനം മലയാളസിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഭാവിയില്‍ ഇനിയും ഒരുപാട് കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ ഈ താരത്തില്‍ നിന്നും പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാം എന്നതിന്‍റെ ശക്തമായ സൂചനകള്‍ നല്‍കുന്നുണ്ട്. എപ്പോഴതെയും പോലെ തിലകന്‍ എന്നാ മഹാ നടന്‍ ഇത്തവണയും അദേഹത്തിന്‍റെ അഭിനയശൈലി കൊണ്ട് നമ്മെ അത്ഭുതപ്പെടുത്തുന്നു. തിലകന്‍ എന്ന നടന് പകരം മറ്റൊരാളെയും കരീംക്ക എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിന്‍റെ സ്ഥാനത്ത്‌ സങ്കല്‍പ്പിക്കാന്‍ പറ്റില്ല, അത്രയ്ക്ക് ഹൃദ്യമായി അദ്ദേഹം ഇതില്‍ അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. നിത്യമേനോനും മാമുക്കോയയും സിദ്ദീഖുമെല്ലാം അവരവരുടെ വേഷങ്ങള്‍ ഉജ്വലമാക്കി.
    ഉസ്താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടലിലെ ഏറ്റവും സ്വാദിഷ്ടമായ വിഭവം അഞ്ജലിമേനോന്‍റെ രചനയാണ് എന്നതില്‍ രണ്ടു പക്ഷമുണ്ടാവില്ല. ഒരു ചെറിയകഥ വളരെ രസകരമായി കോഴിക്കോടിന്‍റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ ഒരു നല്ല സന്ദേശവും കൂടി ഉള്‍പെടുത്തി അഞ്ജലി മേനോന്‍ അവതരിപ്പിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. സിനിമയുടെ ഒരു ഘട്ടത്തിലും പ്രേക്ഷകരെ മുഷിപ്പിക്കുന്ന ഒരു സീനോ അലോസരപെടുതുന്ന ഒരു സംഭാഷണമോ ഇല്ല എന്നത് തന്നെയാണ് ഒരു എഴുതുകാരിയെന്ന നിലയില്‍ അഞ്ജലി മേനോന്‍റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ വിജയം.
    എസ്‌. ലോകനാഥന്‍റെ ചായാഗ്രഹണവും ഗോപി സുന്ദറിന്‍റെ പശ്ചാത്തലസംഗീതവും പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ക്ക്‌ മികച്ച അനുഭവം സമ്മാനിക്കുന്നു. ഗോപി സുന്ദര്‍ തന്നെ ഒരുക്കിയ ഇതിലെ ഗാനങ്ങളും ചിത്രത്തോട് ചേര്‍ന്ന് നില്ക്കുന്നു. പ്രവീണ്‍ പ്രഭാകറിന്റെ എഡിറ്റിങ്ങും ബിജു ചന്ദ്രന്‍റെ കലാസംവിധാനവും സമീറ സനീഷിന്‍റെ വസ്ത്രാലങ്കാരവും എല്ലാം തന്നെ നന്നായി വന്നിട്ടുണ്ട്.
    എല്ലാറ്റിലുമുപരിയായി എടുത്ത്പറയേണ്ടത്‌ ലിസ്റ്റിന്‍ സ്റ്റീഫന്‍ എന്നാ നിര്‍മാതാവിനെയാണ്. നല്ല സിനിമകളുടെ ഭാഗമാവനുള്ള ഈ ചെറുപ്പകാരന്റെ ശ്രമങ്ങള്‍ അഭിനന്ദനം അര്‍ഹിക്കുന്നു. ഈ ശ്രമങ്ങള്‍ കൊണ്ട് തന്നെയാണ് ട്രാഫിക്കിനും ചാപ്പാ കുരിശിനും ശേഷം ഇങ്ങനെയൊരു ചിത്രം ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിന് നിര്‍മിക്കാന്‍ സാധിച്ചതും…

    My verdict about the movie : Its such an owesome treat, so just go & have it
    My rating : 7.75/10

    Unaiz Nazeer

  • Dittu Alex July 3, 20122:03 pm

    Excellent Script Anjali,

    It turned out to be a good film and an entertainer. But Manjadi Kuru was exceptionally good. 🙂 Good work 😀

  • madhu murali July 3, 20123:51 pm

    ഒരു ലക്ഷ്യബോധമില്ലാത്ത സിനിമയായിട്ടാണ്‌ തോന്നിയത്‌. വൈകല്യമുള്ള കുട്ടികളെയും മറ്റും ചിത്രീകരിച്ചു കാണിക്കുന്നത്‌ ചിലമ്പരശന്റെയും വിജയ്‌യുടെയും കൊമേഴ്‌സ്യല്‍ സിനിമകളിലെ ഒരു സ്ഥിരം നമ്പറായിരുന്നു. ഇപ്പോള്‍ അവര്‍ പോലും അത്‌ നിര്‍ത്തി. ഈ കാര്യങ്ങളുടെ ഒരു റിയാലിറ്റി കാഴ്‌ച ബാലയുടെ നാന്‍ കടവുളില്‍ മാത്രമാണ്‌ കണ്ടിട്ടുള്ളത്‌. മറ്റു പലപ്പോഴും ഇത്തരം രംഗങ്ങള്‍ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നത്‌ അല്‌പം സ്ഥാപിത താത്‌പര്യങ്ങള്‍ക്ക്‌ വേണ്ടിയാണ്‌. ഉസ്‌താദ്‌ ഹോട്ടലും ഇതില്‍ നിന്നും വേറിട്ടു നില്‍ക്കുന്നില്ല. പിന്നെ പല കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളും കടന്നു വരുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കിലും നായക കഥാപാത്രത്തില്‍ മാത്രമാണ്‌ ഫോക്കസ്‌ നിന്നത്‌. നായകന്റെ അച്ഛന്‍ പെട്ടന്നൊരു ദിവസം മനമാറ്റമുണ്ടായി വന്നതെങ്ങനെ എന്നും മനസിലായില്ല.
    മ്യൂസിക്ക്‌ ബാന്‍ഡ്‌, കോഴിക്കോട്‌ സൗഹൃദ കാഴ്‌ചകള്‍ ഇവയൊന്നും സിനിമയില്‍ പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായും വികസിക്കപ്പെട്ടിട്ടില്ല. എവിടെ ഫോക്കസ്‌ ചെയ്യണമെന്ന സംശയത്തോടെ ചിത്രീകരിച്ച ഒരുസിനിമയായിട്ടാണ്‌ മൊത്തത്തില്‍ അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടത്‌. ദൃശ്യഭംഗി തന്നെയാണ്‌ എപ്പോഴും സിനിമയില്‍ മുന്നിട്ടു നിന്നത്‌.

  • Fan July 3, 20125:21 pm

    After watching a movie, this was the first time I have spend time to tell someone they have done a beautiful job. I am sure that the movie was so close to your heart . It might be your first commercial project but I am sure the story was never commercial to you. For me this movie told me what is the difference between a need and want. The direction and the crew were awesome but it was story that blow up my mind. Great work and I wish you come out with great scripts and project like this….

  • Arjun Ramachandran July 3, 20125:52 pm

    Ustad hotel has everything in it. Go and watch the movie as soon as possible. The taste of biriyani and sulaimani is tempting me. An awesome movie crafted by the chief chefs Anjali Menon and Anwar Rasheed. Kudoos to the team.

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  • Jill July 4, 201212:31 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Nothing much to tell…One of the best movie I have seen in 2012..Keep up the good work..All the best!!

  • DAVID July 4, 20123:38 am


  • Midhun Mukund July 6, 20124:24 am

    i saw this movie today in muscat, 2nd day of release over here..good to see a malayalam movie releasing in muscat within one week of release..

    our foodie friend who saw USTAD HOTEL in kerala few days back told us that after seeing that you want to have biriyani..

    but i realised about the hunger of other people around me, who doesn’t get proper food..
    it’s a class movie with all the elements at right mix flavoured and served to us..
    thank you for writing such a brilliant script..God speed!

  • iamrahulashok July 6, 20128:13 pm

    Kalakkittundatta! 😀 😀

  • Abhilash July 7, 20123:09 am

    Superb Movie Anjali…. 🙂 watch it on First day first show, but I am going tomorrow again for this movie…. 😀

  • Divyaa July 8, 20123:28 pm

    Congrats…. Excellent Script & a good team work…. Thank you for this delicious Biriyani..
    we are expecting good movies like Usthad hotel, Manjadikuru.. from u in the future tooo…..

  • Harikrishnan July 8, 20128:05 pm

    Saw Ustad Hotel today…Awesome movie Mam…your script is the real hero of the movie !
    I found shades of ‘Swades’ in the script…

  • Chandu July 8, 201210:25 pm

    Had the sulaimani, twice! Loved it!

  • Sunoj James July 9, 20126:45 pm

    Finally..a good Malayalam movie!!! Its truly LEGENDARY!!

  • Jithin joseph July 9, 201210:22 pm

    Amazin story anjali..hats off 2 ur skills in blendin both fiction nd reality..i cudnt really recolect tht person 2 whom 1 of ur character cmpletly resembles..i remembr votin 4 tht gret man in CNN awards..evn i hav done promotion n fb 4 him..can u get his name pls?

  • arunkumar July 11, 20127:13 pm

    Anjali mam, i saw Ustad Hotel just this afternoon. I go to every movie like someone who’s very hungry going to a hotel. Not every movie satisfied my hunger , some partially , some left me with nausea. Ustad Hotel completely fulfilled my hunger. Good Script. Good direction.All the very best for your future projects.

  • nura July 12, 201210:45 pm

    the movie was interesting…commercially viable….but what was the story that u wanted us to c through the movie???

  • Konat Venugopalan July 13, 201210:32 pm

    HI Anjali,

    Ustad HOtel is a different treat and class apart for a beginner. Your messages are clear and Malayalam cinema has been lacking these. Until the interval i will grade it excellent. Slignhtly draggin in the second half, no worries. Ligt comedies pregnant with meaning.

    Excellent job. Keep it up.

  • mathews philip (@mathewzphilip) July 13, 201211:01 pm

    Very touching story…liked it till the very end. special thanks to u for coming up with a surprising hit. and Anwar rasheed , i should say he has become a top director in India with the directing.

  • mathews philip (@mathewzphilip) July 13, 201211:05 pm

    and i may probably be going for it a 3rd time…its quite a long tym since i watched a movie not just once, twice , thrice in theatres. last time i did it was DR. love. but that was not a movie which worth 3 views on the big screen. But this one is really BIG….i ll love to watch it in the theatres even more times.
    surely, i ll watch manjaadikuru asap.

  • Billy John Thomas July 14, 20128:30 pm

    Dear Madam,

    Appreciate your efforts in coming up with 2 good movies that touched my heart – Manjadikuru and Ustad Hotel. I just felt that the State Government should have run the movies tax free. After watching the movies, I was touched by the part in Ustad Hotel where you portrayed the differently abled children and the situation they are in. Just made be realise the value of life and good health.
    Would like to visit these children sometime.

    Thank you madam bringing out the movies – both entertaining and portraying a cause!

    • Abraham Francis July 15, 20126:41 pm

      Hi, Madam I have seen your latest films Ustad hotel and manjadikuru . Both are extraordinary.I very much like the Sufi character Tilakan played in ustad hotel .Especially the dialogues. I have a small story with me .It is about a stock market trader and his transformation into Buddha. If you found this interesting please mail me.

  • Dizney July 15, 201212:04 pm

    Kaanunawarudae wayarum manasum orupolea nirakan usthad hotelnu saadichu! Namuku chuttumula, nammal palapoyum kaanadae pokuna pattinipaawangaludae jeevithanubhawangal namuk kanichu thanu anjali chechi! Realy its touches our heart! U r d lucky redseed of malayala cinema! Manjadikuru polea ormakalil sookshichu wekan orupad chitrangal eniyum njngl prateekshikunu… My passion is 2 b a filmmakr like u! All d best dear anjali chechi….

  • Dizney July 15, 201212:13 pm

    Manjadikuru 13thnu aanu kollathu erangiyadu, annu thanea njn poyi kandu… Suprb movie…

  • K.V.SURESH BABU ,Thodupuzha camp at Aurangabad Maharashtra July 15, 20122:01 pm

    hi chechi, today morning I saw you in Asia net news channel with wonderful dosa and chatni from ustad hotel and made by u ,and I saw your happy face with thrill. I will definitely watch the movie at any cost while I going to Kerala. Cachi I wish you to a wonderful journey in the ciema field. Cachi am also doing writing songs and now I have completed almost 740 songs in different languages. Am trying to get entry to cinema. Hope your help.

  • Pushya July 17, 201211:18 pm

    Dearest Anjali

    Just saw ustad hotel ysday..so stunned to see such a beautiful movie…how do u write such beautiful stories? thanks for giving a wonderful experiance of 2 hrs..and for once again reminding abt the true purpose of our lives and how we always tends to forget that!!

  • Anoop K Nair July 20, 20123:19 am

    Anoop K Nair

    ‎”USTAD HOTEL ” – A Feel good movie .There were scenes where u feel u have lump in ur throat ..Kudos to Anjali Menon for a wonderful script. Group of young minds taking malayalam film industry to its old Glory …bunch of beautiful cinemas… Simple/ Realistic /Meaningful movies …Yes, we are back on track …Three cheers !!!

  • Bindu July 22, 20124:47 pm


    proud of you as woman after seeing ustad hotel.
    Very nice job


  • Dheeraj.N.D. July 23, 20125:13 pm

    Missed Manjadikuru.. At that time decided not to miss the next one… The wait was worth and delicious to watch.. Waiting for the CD release of Manjadikuru.

  • Prajeesh July 24, 20125:52 pm

    Loved the Sulaimaani. Thirsty for more.

  • Renjith Nair July 31, 20122:22 pm

    Kudos Anjali…I have a feeling that you should have directed this film…..no one else can understand the un-written script you must be having in your mind about this story..had it been directed by you, would have naturally reflected in the film

  • Asha August 30, 201210:41 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    watched Ustad Hotel for Thiruvonam!!! for me the definition of a movie has been demonstrated in this one….your narration of life’s simplicity is amazing and that too for the entire stretch of the movie, there wasnt even one dull moment….even the short story from Kerala Kafe was so gripping that to this day I laugh at the climax of that one!!! i havent seen Manjadikuru, but i for one as a gulf kid used to collect manjadikurus and have them stored…..there are so many stories linked to that collection…indeed seeds of memory for me…..Please do keep these simple stories coming…..wishing you the very best….and u are true inspiration!!!! Cheers….Asha

  • shine September 7, 20121:13 pm

    Regarding the script……
    Before writing any script you should learn the law of the land.But in your script is not logic in terms of legal point of view.In India we don’t have FDA.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescriptionand over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), andveterinary products.In your so lengthy and flat script, you have mentioned FDA in 2 tomes!.We have o FOOD & SAFETY DEPARTMENT only.The office of the Commissioner of Food Safety has been created for the implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.So, pls. keep in mind that viewers are not STUPIDS.

    • InseadGuy November 9, 20124:16 am

      Oh please, readers are not stupid, agreed. It is also very very safe to assume that all the readers/viewers do not go to cinema with a Ph.d in Food Safety and Health Adminisation.
      By over simplification of the topic Anjali’s wonderful script helped the director to convert story into a canvas. Please understand that. Nothing wrong in it and does not have to be technical correct as well.

    • Thariq July 1, 20146:28 pm

      Dude, out of the whole movie, this is the error you found out. Who the hell cares FDA is in India or not. Watch the movie for its story, its screen play, its bgm and music, its characters, acting and foremost the direction. Its one of the best movies to have come out in malayalam in recent times.

  • shinoj September 22, 20126:03 pm

    i saw that more than 6 or 7, all were asking wats there in that movie. i dnt no…ts bz of cast selection, story , cinematography..editing nd cool musics..main thig s ts colorful…. i like yr style…like ranjith nd goutam menon…

  • K Govindan Nampoothiry October 23, 201212:04 pm

    Dear Anjali Menon,

    I watched Ustad Hotel previous day. After watching that movie, I feel disappointed. Because, I couldn’t watch this ‘simple but a touching movie’ at cinemas. May be I am unlucky…

    The way you narrated the bonding between Thilakan and Dulquer Salmaan was amazing. Even though there were logical mistakes (For instance, Dulquer stealing the confidential document from PA’s cabin, the death of Thilakan etc), totally the movie has come out well. The message of serving food to needy people is the highlight, thanks a ton for adding that relevant subject in script. As you mentioned in one of our posts, Thilakan proved that he is an Ustad in acting. Once again he conquered our hearts, it is hard to believe that he is no more….I couldn’t stop my tears when he said – “Povandorku eppayaalum poye pattu”. His combination scenes with Dulquer were so touching.

    Appreciates you for scripting such a nice movie and your camera man for excellent shots.

  • jaya October 30, 20129:12 am

    testerday i saw your film ustad hotel.it was soooooooooooo tuching.having a good message. i saw that with my daughter ammu. she is 4 yrs old. having no patience to c any movie yet. but this time she sit with me and saw the last part. i cant write to u. brilliant job. u can do so many things. may god give you more oppertunities and prove your abilities.

  • theshimla877 November 17, 201211:25 am

    Anjali nice blog post great informations ………..

  • Nuzil Moopen January 18, 20139:12 am

    Thanks.. 🙂

  • An Urban Mystic February 16, 20131:43 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I thought you did a fantastic job with Ustad Hotel. It was great to see a Malayalam movie which was able to pull together three different generations, as well as varying cultural backdrops and sensibilities so effortlessly without losing any of the subtle nuances of each. At it’s heart , it’s really is movie about relationships which, in it’s own unique way, could apply to anywhere and to anyone. I enjoyed the movie very much and I’m looking forward to seeing your future offerings.
    Well done! 🙂

  • Raj Mohan April 13, 20131:32 pm

    There is a Sufi song used during end titles,
    anybody know that song’s name?

  • Anish krishnan June 30, 201310:53 pm

    The only movie that made me cry for days, because that was the life i was dreaming about (thilakan’s) after 45, where the men want’s to status and money to show everyone how big they are. All i wanted have is such a life. I wanted to study hotel management but as per my parents suggestion i had to join my mca that was the first reason that stroke me, the next was that i love food, not like having a bulky stomach, but like to discover more and more tastes and present the taste to others. The part where which my heart broke was, the children giving thanks to him. And that is not just a tear i felt when my college took me to a orphanage, and i couldn’t recognize that thanks gave by those children.

    thumps up to this movie

  • Saphalya Swain July 11, 20146:09 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    First and foremost I am not a malyalee, I am a Odiya who loves movies
    I discovered your work by hearing from my Mallu freinds while they were discussing about this road movie by “Dulquer Salmaan” I saw the movie and liked it and that made me watch Ustad Hotel with english subtitiles. I was not able to make the nitty gritty of the movie but I loved the movie premise and the story telling was very good (as per my understanding).
    Keep up the good work and will some day see Bangalore Day’s
    PS: As happy as I am watching such a nice malyalee movie, I am that much sad on the way my own Odiya movie industry is taking. hoping for the day when some mallu will write a similar comment for a Odiya movie

  • Jessy George October 20, 201411:04 pm

    Anjali, was recommended to watch your movie.. and boy oh boy did i love it!! Write from the start till the finish, every shot is flawless. Kudos to you for bringing back my hope in malayalam movies. Watched Bangalore Days as well and loved it too. All the actors have contributed to making these movies a success. Look forward to watching more interesting work from you.

  • mahshooqmohamed May 3, 201512:09 pm

    I still can’t believe how you copy calicut this perfect…wondeful job ma’m…nobody will ever forget karimka, faisy, their biriyani, sulaimani and mohabbat….kudos!

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