Mohan Raghavan had played an important role in Malayalam television industry as a writer of many TV series. He started his journey when television industry was in its nascent stage. In the beginning, he gained attention by writing scripts for television serials that went to fetch him popularity and even awards. He completed his graduation from the School of Drama in Thrissur and even completed his post graduation in Theater Arts at Madurai Kamaraj University. Ever since his completion of studies in theater and arts, he was drawn to the cinema and felt that his creative pursuits would make him success in the cinema world. He started exploring the local television industry of Kerala and chose to write a script for a short film ‘Diary of a House Wife.' This fetched him national recognition. Slowly, he found roots in the film industry and even found out time to engage himself in theater activities. 

Mohan Raghavan soon came across noted theater personalities of Kerala such as .V.Karanth, John Martin, Kavalam Narayana Panicker and Maya Tangberg. Soon, he directed some well-known plays like Macbeth, Woyzeck, Antigone, etc. Later, various opportunities knocked his door to work as an associate director in the local film industry. His creativity in the medium of direction came to limelight with a Malayalam film ‘T D Dasan Std VI-B’, which won him acclaim in the International Film Festival and even won good responses from pubic. The film traveled to many international film festivals such as Pune, Chennai, Shanghai and even New York. But his success in the medium was short-lived as he passed away at a young age of 47.

He was also associated with another film as an associate director in 1994. He was just associated with four films (documentaries, short films, etc.) in his career. The only feature film that he directed was ‘T. D. Dasan Std. VI B’ and he died a year after the release of the film. Since this film brought laurels to the state and even to the country, many critics feel that he could have really done more wonders in the industry as a film director. He was born on 22 January 1964 in Thrissur and passed away on 25 October 2011.

Anjali Menon Malayalam Actress

Anjali Menon

Anjali Menon is a Malayalam film director who came to limelight with films like “Kerala Cafe’ and ‘Ustad Hotel’. She was born in Calicut ( Kerala). She is the daughter of T. Madhavan Nair and Sarada Nair. She grew up in Dubai but had completed her post-graduate in Communication from Pune University and later even became a graduate from the London Film School in 2003 where she learned the techniques of editing, producing and directing a film. Being an alumna of the London Film School, the choice of film-making as a career was just a progression.  Her completion of studies in London Film School made her attempt a film named ‘Black Nor White’ that was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was produced by Asif Kapadia and had featured Rex Kempton and Archie Panjabi.  Anjali is married to Vinod Menon and lives in Mumbai. In 2006, she also had founded a film company ‘Little Film India’ with her husband, in Mumbai. She began her career with short films and documentaries, and they were appreciated in the Middle East, the USA and Dubai.  In her first film ‘’Kerala Café’’ she got to work with multiple directors like Ranjit, Revathi, Lal Jose, Shaji Kailash and others. It was a good experience for Anjali to assist in directing big stars like Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Dileep and others. This film was a teamwork of multiple directors and actors. The film had ten different cinematographers wielding a camera and told ten different stories; the film provided ample scope for each director to convey the message equally. The film received good response from critics.   In the year 2012, Anjali evolved as an independent director for a film ‘Manjadikuru’ which was produced by her husband Vinod Menon and herself. Anjali Menon wrote the story and screenplay for the film. The film received multiple awards from international film festivals, and Anjali was considered as the best debut director. The film got released after it swept many awards in the international film festival.  Anjali’s next project was ‘Ustad Hotel’ for which she contributed as a writer. She received the best dialogue writer award in National Film Awards. In 2014, she directed ‘Bangalore Days’ and the film was the top grossing film in Kerala in 2014. Anjali Menon wrote the story of the film, and it had Dulquer Salmaan, Nazriya Nazim and Nivin Pauly in the lead roles. The film received a better response from critics, and this proved that Anjali Menon can work for both commercial and art cinema. 

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