Rajeev Pillai

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Rajeev Govinda Pillai
Rajeev Pillai during a shoot.jpg
Rajeev Govinda Pillai at CCL Party, Vizag, India, 2011
Born Rajeev Govinda Pillai
(1982-02-18) 18 February 1982 (age 35)
Vallamkulam, Thiruvalla, Nannoor, Kerala, India

Vallamkulam, Thiruvalla, Kerala

Kochi, Kerala/Mumbai
Nationality India
Occupation Film Actor
Years active 2009–present

Rajeev Govinda Pillai (Malayalam: രാജീവ്‌ ഗോവിന്ദ പിള്ള; born 18 February 1982) is an Indian film actor from Malayalam cinema.[1] Rajeev rose to stardom with Celebrity Cricket League.[2][3] His acting debut was in the movie City of God (2011).

Pillai is originally a dentist, the fashion bug bit him while doing his masters in London. After leaving dentistry he left for Mumbai to follow a career in fashion. His successful run in the fashion industry motivated many Kerala youth to take up modelling as he is still considered as one of the pioneers in the industry from Kerala. In 2011 he debuted in movies with Lijo Jose Pellissery's City of God (2011 film) as one of the leads. It was his 32nd audition which eventually gave him success. His upcoming films are Oru Muthassi Gada , Isabella[4] and Tamil movie 7 naatkal.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born in a village called Nannoor in the south of Kerala, Rajeev had the childhood of any village kid. His father worked in Muscat and mother worked as Sanskrit teacher in the school he studied. After finishing his 10th grade from National high school as topper of the school, he moved to NSS Hindu College, Changanassery for his pre degree. He joined Bachelor of Dental Surgery in KVG Dental College, Sullia [6]


In 2011, Rajeev made his acting debut as the lead role in the film City of God, which was directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery.

Before making the debut in movies he had a successful run in all the major fashion weeks in India and did model for a few international brands as well. After a stint in the theatre in Mumbai he decided to try his luck in movies .[7][8][9]

Rajeev Pillai has played for Kerala Strikers team in the 2012 and 2013 seasons of the Celebrity Cricket League.[10]


Asiavision Awards


Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 City of God Sony Vadayattil Malayalam Debuted in a lead role
2011 Bombay March 12 Mushruf Malayalam Guest Appearance
2012 Veendum Kannur Mohit Nambiar Malayalam
2012 Kaashh Sarath Malayalam
2012 Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Gogo Hindi
2012 Karma Yodha ACP K. Tony Malayalam
2013 My Fan Ramu Abhiram Malayalam
2013 Oru Yathrayil Malayalam
2013 Thalaivaa Raju Tamil
2013 D Company Sanjay Malayalam Segment "Gangs of Vadakkumnathan"
2013 Second Innings Manu Madhav Malayalam
2013 Guru Dakshina Hindi
2014 1983 Mohith Malayalam Guest Appearance
2015 Aambala Pasupathy's son Tamil
2015 Bhaskar The Rascal Malayalam
2016 Aviyal Garudan Tamil Segment "Eli"
2016 The Legend Malayalam
2016 Oru Muthassi Gadha Milind Malayalam
2017 7 Naatkal Siddharth Raghunath Tamil
2017 Isabella Malayalam
2017 Who Vinod Bharve English, Malayalam
2017 Angarajyathe Gymmanmar Malayalam


Other references[edit]

1. http://migpeg.com/kerala-strikers-beat-mumbai-heroes-in-kochi/ 2. http://stats.cclt20.in/Players/1199/1199133/1199133.html 3. http://www.metromatinee.com/artist/Rajeev%20Govinda%20Pillai-2516 4. http://indianterminal.com/forum/chillujalakam/91729-hottie-on-the-ramp-interview-with-model-and-upcoming-actor-rajeev-govinda-pillai.html 5. http://ccl5.com/runs-scorer-celebrity-cricket-league-ccl/ 6. http://smartcriclive.com/