Ustad Hotel Story
Director: Anwar Rasheed
Cast: Dulquer Salmaan as Faizal, Thilakan as Kareem Bhai, Siddique as Abdul Razak, Nithya Menen as Shahana, Lena as Fatima, Asif Ali as himself
Faizi, the youngest child of Abdul Rasaq has been brought up by his four sisters in Dubai after his mother dies while giving him birth. He goes to Switzerland to study hotel management and returns with the qualifications to be a chef. Humiliated and feeling cheated, Abdul Rasaq takes custody of Fazi's passport and other certificates. Faizi decides to run away to his grandfather Kareem Ikka who runs a small hotel named Ustad Hotel at Kozhikode.
During his stay with his grandfather, Faizi starts to help him at the hotel and learn new things. And with Kareem Ikka's recommendation, he also gets a job as a chef in a grand hotel nearby. Meanwhile, a five-star hotel named Beach Bay tries to acquire the land of Ustad Hotel and bribes the food inspector to close down the hotel citing unhygienic conditions. Faizi, by collecting money from employees manages to renovate the hotel and reopens it. The restaurant becomes successful and he clears all the debt.
Faizi is offered the job of a chef in France. But Kareem Ikka asks him to go to Madurai to meet his friend Narayanan Krishnan whom Kareem has been funding to feed the poor. The journey changes Faizi and his outlook towards life. By the time Faizi comes back, Kareem leaves everything behind and goes on pilgrimage. Faizi decides to run Ustad Hotel. He marries Shahana. In the end, Faizi's father changes his mind and lends him his support.
Anwar Rasheed's Ustad Hotel which is scripted by Anjali Menon opened to incredibly rave reviews. The movie which ran over 100 days in theatres The film grossed Rs. 7.65 Crore in 28 days from 60 screens in Kerala alone. It is touted to have collected Rs. 8.5–9 crores at the Kerala box office alone.
Ustad Hotel Trailer