UNNI R. writes short stories and screenplays in Malayalam. He is the author of six collections of short stories. He is known for his distinct idiom and black humour, sparse style and incisive social criticism. Unni has received numerous honours for his writing, including the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the short story collection Vaanku (Call for Prayer). A film based on the titular story in the collection received a special jury mention at the 68th National Film Awards, while a film adapted from the short story 'Ozhivudivasathe Kali' (Holiday Fun) won the 46th Kerala State Film Award for Best Film in 2015. Unni won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay for Charlie in the same year.