A native of Thiruvananthapuram, Anvar Ali is known as poet, translator, scriptwriter, documentary filmmaker and lyricist. His first poetry collection is titled ‘Mazhakkalam’. Anvar Ali has translated Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s famous novel Totto Chan to Malayalam. He is one of the scriptwriters for the movie –Margam-directed by Rajiv Vijayaraghavan. ‘Maruvili’ is the first independent documentary by Anvar Ali. He has published three poetry collections and one novel. He is a recipient of many awards including Kunju Pilla Smaraka Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Kanakashree Endowment, Best Biopic Award (Signs Documentary Festival). He has penned the lyrics for songs in movies Kammattippadam and Eeda.