Rhea Pillai

About Rhea Pillai

Who is it?: Model
Birth Year: 1965
Birth Place: London, United Kingdom, Indian
Occupation: Model
Spouse(s): Sanjay Dutt (m. 1998; div. 2002)
Children: 1
Relatives: Zubeida (maternal grandmother)

Rhea Pillai

Rhea Pillai was born on 1965 in London, United Kingdom, Indian, is Model. Rhea Pillai is a Indian model who is famous for her work in advertising and television. She is the former partner of popular tennis star Leander Paes as well as the ex-wife of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Though Pillai is known as a successful Indian model, she has not been working in the entertainment industry from the past few years. However, she had a minor role in the Bollywood movie ‘Corporate’. Currently she is an instructor at Art of Living, the foundation led by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar. She is also a brand ambassador of many products. Pillai, who is known to be an independent, strong woman, was once honored with the title of ‘Woman of the Year’ on International Women's Day along with Anoushka Shankar, Ritu Beri and Raveena Tandon. This event was promoted by the Indian Television Academy, Asmi Diamonds and Indiatimes, and was conducted to honor people for their social services.
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Pillai was born the daughter of Raymond Pillai and his wife Durr-e-shahwar Dhanrajgir. Both of her parents were of mixed communal heritage, and theirs was also a mixed marriage. Her father, Raymond Pillai, was the son of a Malayalam-speaking Nair father and an Anglo-Indian mother, and he was raised as a Christian. Pillai's mother, Durr-e-shahwar Dhanrajgir, was the daughter of Maharaja Narsinghraj Dhanrajgir Gyan Bahadur, a Hindu and one of the top noblemen of Hyderabad state, by his consort Zubeida, a small-time Actress who hailed from a family of Muslim royals and who had acted in the first Indian sound film Alam Ara (1931).


In 1998, Pillai married actor Sanjay Dutt, but they separated after a few years. She stated in 2006 that they remain close friends. After the divorce became official in 2008 and details of the settlement were published by the tabloid MiD DAY, the broadsheet newspaper The Telegraph criticised Pillai for her materialism and her conduct in relation to Dutt.


Pillai had a live-in-relationship with Indian tennis player Leander Paes in 2005. The couple has a daughter, Aiyana. She has filed a case against Paes and his father alleging domestic violence in June 2014 at a local metropolitan court.

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