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
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’ 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.