Anil's directorial debut North 24 Kaatham fetched him the National Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam. This movie also became a commercial success, well received by critics and audience alike. Fahadh Faasil got the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for the role in this movie. Anil's second movie Sapthamashree Thaskaraha: was produced by Prithviraj's production company 'August Cinemas' and had Prithviraj, Asif Alli, Nedumudi Venu etc. in pivotal roles. This movie has also become a huge success and received well by critics as well.