Faizi, an aspiring chef, returns to his hometown in India when he fails to receive support from his father. He tries to fulfil his dream by helping his grandfather, Kareem, run his hotel.
Movie : Usthad Hotel
Year : 2012
Banner : Magic Frames
Cast : Dulquer Salmaan, Thilakan, Nithya Menen, Siddique, Assim Jamal, Mamukkoya, Lena, Asif Ali, Jishnu
Music : Gopi Sundar
Lyrics : Rafeeq Ahammed
Story-Screenplay-Dialogues : Anjali Menon
Direction : Anwar Rasheed
Producer : Listin Stephen
Genre : Drama, Romance, Comedy
Runtime : 151 min
Release Date : 29 June 2012
- National Film Awards 2012 - Best Popular Film
- National Film Awards 2012 - Best Dialogues (Anjali Menon)
- National Film Awards 2012 - Special Mention (Thilakan)
- Anamorphic Widescreen Enhanced (16:9) DVD
- English Subtitles
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- DVD Text
- Jacket Picture
- NTSC - All Regions
- Interactive Menus of Songs & Scenes for Easy Access
The story is about a young man named Faizal, known as Faizi (played by Dulquer), who studies in Switzerland as a chef against the wishes of his father (played by Siddique). When this matter comes to light, his father snatches away his passport to prevent him from taking up his new job in UK. As the relation between father and son deteriorates, Faizi is forced to work as a cook in a restaurant in Kozhikode (Calicut) run by his grandfather Karim (played by Thilakan) till he can plan something alternate.
A strong bond develops between Karim, an elderly Sufi Muslim, and his educated grandson who, over the course of the story, learns about servitude and the purpose of his profession. He eventually decides to work permanently in the restaurant.
The film goes beyond its fun-filled moments to discuss issues of poverty, under-privilege and tensions between rich and poor in India. Food and its role in basic sustenance and bonding between people, becomes a central character.