Suchitra Pillai

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Suchitra Pillai
Suchitra Pillai-Malik at MAMI Film Festival 2017 (06) (cropped).jpg
Pillai at MAMI Film Festival 2017
Born (1970-08-27) 27 August 1970 (age 49)
Occupationactress, Voice actress, model, engineer, anchor, VJ
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Lars Kjeldsen

Suchitra Pillai (born 27 August 1970)[1] is an Indian actress, model, anchor and VJ. A graduate in electronic engineering, she chose a career in arts over engineering.[2] Apart from roles in movies including Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Page 3 (2005), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), and Fashion (2008), Suchitra is a singer in the Indi pop and rock genre with an album Such is Life released in 2011 [3] She is also an accomplished theater artiste.

Film career[edit]

While in school in Mumbai, Pillai was very much interested in theatre but she graduated in electronic engineering. She left for London soon after, where she became involved in children's theatre.[3] She started acting in movies in 1993 when she was offered her first role in a French film Le prix d'une femme as well as a role in the English film Guru in Seven.

Pillai then returned to Mumbai and was offered the job as a veejay. She first appeared in a music video by Apache Indian and then in Bally Sagoo's "Dil cheez hai kya" video. She has also forayed into television with shows like Simply South, Red Alert, Hip Hip Hurray, Beintehaa, and Cabaret Cabaret. Pillai appears in the 2016 Hollywood film The Other Side of the Door,[4] and in the 2017 indie film The Valley, for which she won the Best Actress award at both The Long Island International Film Festival[5] and The Milan International Filmmakers Festival in 2017.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Suchitra married Lars Kjeldsen, an engineer from Denmark, after meeting at a mutual friend's house. They have one daughter Annika.[7]


Year Title Role Other notes
1993 Le prix d'une femme French film
1998 Guru in Seven English film
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine Jessica Hindi film
Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai A Reporter
Dil Chahta Hai Priya
2003 Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II Shalu
88 Antop Hill Mrs. Antara Shelar
2005 Page 3 Fashion Designer Sonal Roy
2006 Shiva Manasi
Karkash Manasi
Pyaar Ke Side Effects Anjali/Dracula
2007 Marigold: An Adventure in India Rani
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Michelle
2008 Fashion Avantika Sarin
Dasvidaniya Suchi
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya Jasmine
2016 Fitoor Reporter
2016 The Other Side Of The Door Piki
2016 Oppam School Principal Malayalam film
2017 The Valley Roopa


(2003-2005) KKOI Dil Mein Hai
Year Title Role Channel Other notes
1998 Hip Hip Hurray Alaknanda Ma'am Zee TV Indian Weekend Soap Era
2013 24 Mehek Ahuja Colors TV Indian Weekend Soap Era
2001 Pradhan Mantri (Zee) Journalist Zee TV Indian Weekend drama
2013–2014 Beintehaa Surraiya Usman Abdullah Colors TV Indian Daily Soap Era
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Guest Colors TV Reality show
2016-17 Ek Shringaar-Swabhiman Sandhya Chauhan Colors TV Indian Daily Soap Era

Dubbing career[edit]

In 2007, she performed her first dub-over role in the Hindi version of the American movie, Live Free or Die Hard- Maggie Q's role of Mah Linh.[8] Since then she has dubbed several other roles in Hindi; the parts of Angelina Jolie (Beowulf), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight), and most recently as the voice of Hela for Cate Blanchett in the Hindi version of Thor: Ragnarok.

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live action films[edit]

Film title Actress Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release Notes
Live Free or Die Hard [9] Maggie Q Mai Linh Hindi English 2007 2007
The Dark Night Maggie Gyllenhaal Rachel Dawes Hindi English 2008 2008 Katie Holmes portrayed this character in Batman Begins and was voiced by Neshma Chemburkar in Hindi.
Thor: Ragnarok Cate Blanchett Hela Hindi English 2017 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""My Birthday is on 27 August"". Twitter suchitra pillai.
  2. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Kochi : Brains and Beauty".
  3. ^ a b "Suchi's life and her many loves". The Hindu. 23 September 2012. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "The Other Side of the Door reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. ^ "2017 LIIFE Nominees & Winners - The Long Island International Film Expo". The Long Island International Film Expo. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Suchitra Pillai on cloud nine with award for 'The Valley' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Suchitra Pillai and Lars Kjeldsen is a perfect pair - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ MumbaiMirror
  9. ^ "Mohan-Suchitra dub for 'Die Hard 4' - Entertainment - DNA". 20 June 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2012.