Actor-director Prithviraj Sukumaran will direct and star in a Hindi-language web series based on the life of Rajan Pillai, known as the “cookie baron” in India. Prithviraj will play the main role and tell the story of Pillai’s life. Yodlee Films officially announced the project on Tuesday. In a tweet, the production house shared information about the project. “A Hindi web series inspired by the life story of India’s ‘Biscuit King’ – Rajan Pillai with national award winner @PrithviOfficial starring and also directing the series,” the tweet read .
The creators also shared the actor’s first look at the series. The poster shows Prithviraj wearing sunglasses and looking at a city from what looks like an airplane window.
A businessman by profession, Rajan Pillai was a shareholder of Britannia Industries. He was based in Singapore in the mid-1970s from where he managed positions in the cookie companies Nabisco, Huntley & Palmer, Britannia among others. In 1993, he was investigated by the Singapore Department of Commerce.
On July 4, 1995, Indian police arrested him in a pre-dawn raid on the five-star Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi and took him to Tihar Prison. Pillai requested medical treatment. However, the appeal was not answered and Pillai died the next day in detention from complications from cirrhosis of the liver. At the time of his death, he was awaiting an extradition hearing
Rajan Pillai’s younger brother Rajmohan Pillai co-wrote a book with K. Govindan Kutty titled A Wasted Death – the rise and fall of Rajan Pillai, released in 2001.
The Prithviraj-starrer is currently in pre-production and will debut in mid-2022.