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.

Rajesh Pillai Malayalam Actor

Rajesh Pillai

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.

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