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Vettah Director Rajesh Pillai Passes Away


People often make headlines for their passion and sacrifices for the love of films. But here's one talented filmmaker who passed away after neglecting his own health to complete his latest film. Ironically, the director passed away just one day after the film's release. Popular Malayali director Rajesh Pillai, who directed the super hit film Traffic, breathed his last at 11:40 am today at a private hospital in Kochi. Rajesh was only 41 years old. Rajesh had been suffering from liver cirrhosis since a long time and was admitted to hospital several times in the last few months.

Apparently, Rajesh was advised to undergo a liver transplantation several months ago, but the director delayed it as he wanted to complete his yesterday's release, Vettah. In fact, there were days when Rajesh went to the shooting sets straight from the hospital. During the final sound mixing for Vettah, Rajesh had also contracted pneumonia which deteriorated his health. He was kept on life support since yesterday. Rajesh made his directorial debut in 2005 with Hridayathil Sookshikkan. He also directed Amala Paul's comeback film, Mili.

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