Rajesh Pillai is an Indian film director working in Malayalam cinema. He began his film career in 2005 by directing Hridayathil Sookshikkan. His second film Traffic, written by brothers Bobby and Sanjay was released in 2011. The film has its narrative in a hyperlink format is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai. The film was a notable success and is widely regarded as one of the defining movies of the Malayalam New Wave.
Rajesh Pillai, passed away on February 27 2016. The 41-year-old was admitted in the PVS Hospital, Kochi in a critical condition. Rajesh was suffering from liver cirrhosis. He was under the treatment since the last few months. The sudden pneumonia attack during the final mixing of Vettah, badly affected Rajesh Pillai's health.