The cinematographer was Loganathan Srinivasan, the film was produced under the banner of Magic Frames, and the songs were composed by Gopi Sunder with lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed. Praveen Prabhakar edited the film, art direction was by Bipin Chandran and Sameera Sanish designed the costumes. The sound designing was done by M. R. Rajakrishnan. Ustad Hotel was in production for one-and-a-half years. Anwar says, \"From the time the script was written till it hit the screen, I was out of the house. It took one-and-a-half years.\"
Filming began in January 2012 and the main location was Calicut Beach. It took a full day for art director Anand to build the restaurant on the beach-side. A report by The Hindu said, \"There are quite a few people on the beach and they are surprised to see a new hotel named 'Ustad Hotel' that has sprung up overnight. It is only a little later that visitors to the beach realise that it's not a real hotel, but the set for Anwar Rasheed's new film Ustad Hotel!\"
\"Appangalembadum\" sung by Anna Katharina Valayil is based on a traditional Mappilappattu, which is sung during Muslim weddings. The song is portrayed in the film as being performed by a fictional band named \"Kalumekkaya\" (meaning Mussels) which is known for combining traditional folk songs with western music. The song became popular among children and young adults and was one of the biggest hits of the year. 1e1e36bf2d