Birthday: 10-06-1974
Age: 45
Star sign: Cancer

Rajesh Pillai is a Mollywood filmmaker who made his debut in the field of cinema in 2005. His first film was ‘Hridayathil Sookshikkan’ which had actors like Kunchacko Boban and Bhavana playing the main characters. The film was based on the American film ‘Meet the Parents’. After a gap of six years, he again made his second film ‘ Traffic’ which was written by Bobby and Sanjay, who are screenwriters duo in Malayalam cinema. The film ‘Traffic’ is credited to have led to a new wave in Malayalam cinema. The screenwriters’ duo worked for more than two years to complete the scripting of ‘Traffic’ (2011), which was inspired by true incidents. The film was very well received in Kerala and Rajesh Pillai’s efforts were acknowledged. This was also the last film of actor Jose Prakash. Due to Traffic’s success in Mollywood, the film was remade in Kannada and Tamil. But Malayalam version was said to be better than other remakes. In 2014, ‘Traffic’ was adapted into Hindi by Suresh Nair and music was composed by Mithoon. It has stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Divya Dutta and Amol Parashar in the lead roles. The film was not a big success in Hindi. In August 2012, he shelved his announced project titled ‘ Motorcycle Diaries’ and went ahead with another movie titled ‘ Mili.' ‘

Mili’ was a heroine-centric film which had Amala Paul in the title role along with Nivin Pauly as the male lead. The shooting of the film ‘Mili’ was completed on 9 November 2014 and the film released on 23 January 2015 to positive reviews. Director Rajesh Pillai was a success in attempting a motivational film for the society; he showed an introvert girl Mili, who was depressed, rising above the challenges and take back the reins of her life. The subject of the film was appreciated, and it became one of the profitable Malayalam films in the first half of 2015.

On October 2015, Rajesh Pillai announced another film ‘ Vettah’ with Kunchacko Boban and Manju Warrier as the lead actors. The principal photography of the film started on October 7, and the schedule finished on November 2015. The second schedule of the film started on December 7, 2015.

Shyamaprasad Malayalam Actor

Shyamaprasad

Shyamaprasad is an eminent screenwriter, director, and actor in Malayalam cinema. Although he had made a very few films, his art and meaningful cinema has always had a sweet flavor. His notable films include ‘Agnisakshi’, ‘Akale’, ‘Arike’ and ‘Ore Kadal’. He always made his movies based on some novels. Novels had inspired him a lot, and he tried to create a literary masterpiece in celluloid. Since film and novels are two different media, hence he always had urged people not to compare his films with the novel as he had tried to be as close in spirit to the work which inspired him a lot. For instance, ‘Agnisakshi’ had released on 1999, but he wanted to make the films ten years ago. That was his spirit. ‘Agnisakshi’ was a critically acclaimed film on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Lalithambika Antharjanam. The film received many awards and was showcased in many international film festivals. Agnisakshi won the National Film Award for Best feature film in Malayalam. ‘Agnisakshi’ was his debut film, and it also won the State award for best film of 1998. Also, he had been even named the best director of the year by Kerala government. Way back in the 1980s, he joined Doordarshan in Thiruvananthapuram. He is a student of School of Drama and is the son of a BJP leader, O. Rajagopal. Earlier, he made a telefilm ‘Nilaavu Ariyunnu’ which fetched him an award in Germany. After finishing his course in School of Drama, he had gone to England to study cinematography in the University of Hull and then made a dozen of telefilms such as Venalinte Ozhivu, Peruvazhiyile Kariyila, Viswavikhyathamaya Mooku, Uyirthezhunelppu, Niramillatha Chitrangal to name a few. His telefilms were also the adaptation of literary works and he won the best Television Director prize for the year 1993, 1994, and 1996. In 2004, he directed a Malayalam film ’Akale’ which was produced by Tom George Kolath. The film starred Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sheela, Geetu Mohandas along with Tom George. This film was based on the American classic play ’The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams. This film fetched Tom the National Award from The President of India as it was judged as the best film in Malayalam in national level. Even Sheela received National Film Award for best-supporting actress. In 2007, he directed a film ‘Ore Kadal’ which was based on a Bengali novel Hirak Deepthi written by Sunil Gangopadhyay. The film starred Mammootty and Meera Jasmine in the lead roles. ‘Ore kadal’ received the National Film Award for the best feature film in Malayalam and even won National Film Award for best music direction award for Ouseppachan. In 2009, he made the most iconic film ‘Ritu’. If all his previous films were the adaptation of published novels or plays, ‘Ritu’ was based on the original screenplay written by Joshua Newtonn. The film represented the changing face of Malayalam cinema. In 2010, he made ‘Elektra’ and had cast Nayantara and Manishak Koirala in the lead roles. This film fetched him the best director from Kerala State. Shyamaprasad had adapted several classics on celluloid so far. ‘Arike’ (2012) was based on a Bengali short story by Sunil Gangopadhyay. Another film ‘Artist’ was the latest in the list of his novel adaptation, and it was based on the English novel ‘Dreams in Prussian Blue’ which was written in Malayalam by a Paritosh Uttam, a techie- turned-writer. In 2015, he directed ‘Ivide’ which was not a best cinematic effort at all. He is married to Sheeba and has two children Vishnu and Sivakami. His films had always been screened in various international film festivals and even Indian Panorama film festivals.

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Salim Ahamed

A multi-tasker who has mastered the roles of a director, screenwriter and producer. Born with the zeal to be a director, decided to become a travel consultant since he believed that being a director someday would be worse than impossible. However, unable to rid away with his passion for filmmaking, he decided to pursue courses in the School of Drama, Thrissur, Kerala. After having nurtured and moulded himself, he went on to work as a Creative Director and a Scriptwriter for Surya TV. His show Rasikaraja No:1 gained a great amount of TRP, thereby labelling it a hit in his career. After this, he caught himself a break as an assistant director for the film, Saphalyam. Having worked as a scriptwriter for both TV shows and certain films, he saved every penny he could pocket to bring about the biggest break he couldn’t fathom. Salim Ahmed conscious about every penny he had to put, into his directorial debut alongside a partial producer, made sure he shot every aspect of the film with such detail and meaning. The script for this film, ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’ came about as he worked as a travel agent, listening to people’s stories. He had three scripts in hand but decided to go ahead with this since many of friends loved this script. The film went on to receive critical acclaims, four National Awards, four Kerala state film awards, the Best foreign film at the International Film Festival of India. It was also chosen to represent India’s filmography and longlisted under the category of ‘Best Foreign Film’ in the 84th Academy Awards. Salim went on to star Kerala’s superstar Mammootty in his second film, ‘Kunjananthante Kada’ in the year 2013, which was just an average hit. However in the year 2015, Salim hit the box office with a bang, once again with Mammootty, in the film, ‘Pathemari’, which went on to be critically acclaimed.

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