Malayalam film director Rajesh Pillai dies day after ‘Vetta’ release

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016,12:11 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Prominent director of Malayalam young generation cinema, Rajesh Pillai (41), died at a private hospital here.

Pillai, who was undergoing treatment for non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis, was admitted to PVS hospital in Kochi earlier this week.

His situation became extremely critical Saturday, and was on ventilator for life support.

He was hospitalized several times during the shooting of his latest movie, Vetta, which was released Friday. He was infected with pneumonia during the final sound mixing works for Vetta, which worsened his health.

Rajesh began his film career in 2005 by directing Hridayathil Sookshikkan. His second film, Traffic, was a notable success and is widely regarded as one of the defining movies of the Malayalam New Wave cinema.

His next movie titled Mili, a heroine-centric film with Amala Paul in title role opposite Nivin Pauly, received positive reviews from critics and had good collection at box office.

Vetta, a psychological thriller starring Kunchacko Boban and Manju Warrier, is touted to be the first ever mind game movie in Malayalam.