Pillai in 2012
10 July 1974|
Haripad, Kerala, India
27 February 2016 (aged 41)|
Rajesh Raman Pillai (10 July 1974 – 27 February 2016) was an Indian film director best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He is credited with setting a new trend in Malayalam cinema with his thriller, Traffic (2011).
Rajesh Pillai made his directional debut with Hridayathil Sookshikkan (2005) which turned out to be a commercial and critical failure. His second film Traffic, written by brothers Bobby and Sanjay was released in 2011. The film has its narrative in a hyperlink format is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai. The film was a notable success and is widely regarded as one of the defining movies of the Malayalam New Wave.
In August 2012, the director announced his next movie titled Motorcycle Diaries. However Pillai put the project on hold and started the work of Mili, a heroine-centric film with Amala Paul in title role opposite Nivin Pauly. The film released in January 2015 and received positive reviews from critics and became an above average grosser at box office.
Vettah, a psychological thriller starring Kunchacko Boban, Manju Warrier, Indrajith Sukumaran and Kadhal Sandhya, scripted by Arunlal Ramachandran, and is touted to be the first ever mind game movie in Malayalam was released on 26 February 2016, a day before Pillai's death. Manju Warrier plays the role of Sreebala IPS, the City Police Commissioner in this film.
|2005||Hridayathil Sookshikkan||Kunchacko Boban, Bhavana, Nithya Das, Bhanupriya, Siddique||Kalavoor Ravikumar|
|2011||Traffic||Sreenivasan, Kunchacko Boban, Rahman, Anoop Menon, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Lena, Sandhya||Bobby Sanjay||Won, Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay |
Won, Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Script
Won, Lohithadas Award for Best Script
Won, Asianet Film Award for Best Script
Won, Asiavision Movie Award for Best Screenplay
Won, Mathrubhumi Film Award for Best Screenplay
Won, Kochi Times Award for Best Script
Won, Amrita Film Award for Best Script
Won, Reporter TV Film Award for Best Script
Remade in Tamil as Chennaiyil Oru Naal
|2015||Mili||Nivin Pauly, Amala Paul||Mahesh Narayanan||A heroine-centric film|
|2016||Vettah||Manju Warrier, Kunchacko Boban, Indrajith Sukumaran, Sandhya||Arunlal Ramachandran||Released a day before his death
|2016||Traffic||Manoj Bajpai, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jimmy Shergill, Parambrata Chatterjee, Divya Dutta, Sachin Khedekar||Bobby Sanjay
Suresh Nair, Piyush Mishra, Prashant Pandey
|Hindi remake of Traffic .|
Awards and nominations
- Won – 1st South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Direction – Traffic
- Won – Jaihind Film Awards 2012 for Best Direction – Traffic
- Won – Reporter TV Film Awards 2012 for Best Direction – Traffic
- Won – Nana Film Awards for Best Direction – Traffic
- Won – Amritha Film Award - Trend Setting Film Director
- Won – Aimfill Inspire Film Award - Best Innovative Film
- Won – National Film Promotion Council 2011 - Pratheeksha Puraskaram
- Won –Mathrubhumi Film Awards 2011 - Path Breaking Movie of the Year
- Won – Minnalai Film TV Awards-Best Director - 2011
- Won – Audi-Ritz Icon Award 2012 - Iconic Film of the Year Malayalam
- Won – Santhosham South Indian Film Award 2011
- Won – Southspin Fashion Award-2012
- Nominated – Asianet Film Awards 2012 for Best Direction – Traffic
- Nominated – Surya Film Awards for Best Direction – Traffic
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