Lakshmi Rai

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Lakshmi Rai
Born Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Actress, model, stage performer
Years active 2005–present

Lakshmi Rai is an Indian film actress from Bangalore, Karnataka,[1] appearing in South Indian cinema. Since her debut in the Tamil film, Karka Kasadara (2005), Rai has appeared in many successful Tamil productions, most popular being Kanchana and Mankatha (both 2011). Rai's most notable works in Malayalam-language films have been in Annan Thambi (2008), 2 Harihar Nagar (2009), Chattambinadu (2009), Evidam Swargamanu (2009), Oru Marubhoomikkadha (2011) and Mayamohini (2012), thus establishing herself as a successful actress in the industry. She also enjoys popularity in Kannada and Telugu films, after appearing in Kalpana and Adhinayakudu (both 2012).

Early life and career[edit]

Lakshmi Rai was born in Bangalore and was brought up at Belgaum. She initially worked as a model before entering the film industry. She appeared in television ads such as Sylcon Footwears, Josco Jewellers, Saravana Stores, Emmanuel Silks Bru Coffee. Her mother tongue is Tulu.

She made her acting debut in 2005 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara. Subsequently she appeared in a number of Tamil films, including the comedy film Kundakka Mandakka (2005) opposite R. Parthiban, Perarasu's action-masala flick Dharmapuri (2006), and the romance film Nenjai Thodu (2007). In 2008, she began working in more serious films such as the drama film Velli Thirai, in which she played herself, and the action thriller Dhaam Dhoom directed by Jeeva. She received positive feedbacks forher portrayal of a lawyer in the latter. A review from Behindwoods wrote: "The latter (Lakshmi Rai) sizzles even as she is supposed to play the court professional who is caught in the web of smuggling drugs".[2] She won her first Filmfare Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.

She made her debut in Malayalam in 2007, starring in Rock & Roll opposite Mohanlal. She was noticed by the film field although film was a commercial failure. She followed it up with several successful films such as Annan Thambi, 2 Harihar Nagar (2009),[3] Evidam Swargamanu (2009) opposite Mohanlal, and Chattambinadu (2009) opposite Mammootty. She appeared in three Tamil films in 2009, Muthirai, Vaamanan and Naan Avanillai 2. In Vaamanan, she played a glamourous supermodel.[4] In 2010, she was seen in three films. She made special appearances during song sequences in two of them, In Ghost House Inn and Pen Singam and portrayed a cowgirl in the Tamil western adventure film Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam.[4]

Lakshmi Rai's first 2011 release was Christian Brothers opposite Mohanlal, which was a huge commercial success. Her next two films were Tamil projects, the comedy horror Kanchana and the Venkat Prabhu-directed action thriller Mankatha, starring Ajith Kumar. She essayed a negative character in the latter, which was received positively by critics.[5][6] Both films emerged high financial success.[5] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake too.[7] Her latest release Arabiyum, Ottakavum, P. Madhavan Nairum opposite Mohanlal is declared superhit by trade.[citation needed]

Her first 2012 release was Casanovva is a romantic action thriller opposite Mohanlal and the movie is directed by Rosshan Andrrews. The film was released on 26 January 2012 in India and gained a large opening, collecting INR 2.50 crore, thanks to the 1,000 first-day shows, the highest ever for a Malayalam movie. Mayamohini is a Malayalam comedy oppost Dileep and the movie is directed by Jose Thomas it became the highest grossing Malayalam film of 2012 and ran for more than 100 days in major release centers. Adhinayakudu starring Balakrishna is a Telugu film written and directed by Parachuri Murali The movie was later dubbed in Hindi under the title "The Action Man Adhinayakudu". Kalpana is a Kannada Comedy horror film oppost Upendra. The film is a remake of the 2011 Tamil film Kanchana. The film did well at the box office and was a 'Super Hit'. Thaandavam is a Tamil suspense thriller film directed by A. L. Vijay. Thaandavam was released worldwide on 28 September 2012 to highly positive critical reception. Its dubbed Telugu version, Siva Thaandavam, was released on 5 October 2012. he film opened extremely well 90% - 98% occupancy on first day collected INR132 million (US$2.1 million) at the box office. On its opening weekend, Thaandavam grossed INR458 million (US$7.3 million) worldwide.The film grossed INR59 million (US$940,000) in Chennai, £40,520 in the UK and $90,969 in the USA respectively. The film grossed INR560 million (US$9.0 million) in five days worldwide. The film remained at No.1 in the Chennai box office for four consecutive weeks. The film final worldwide gross INR1002 million (US$16 million) at the box office.Box office declared hit grosser at the box office.

Lakshmi Rai's first 2013 release was bilingual Vana Yuddham(Tamil) / Attahasa(Kannada) opposite Arjun and movie was released on 14 February 2013 with positive reviews. Onbadhule Guru opposite Vinay Rai is a Tamil comedy film written and directed by P. T. Selvakumar. The film released on 8 March 2013. The film was success at the box office. Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha is a Malayalam thriller film directed by Rajesh K. Abraham. The film was recognized by the Limca Book of Awards for featuring finger dance for the first time in cinema. The award is granted to the movie as part of 100 years celebration of Indian Cinema. For this film the unique theme was composed and performed by Imitiaz Abubaker an internationally acclaimed finger dancer. Balupu (Telugu: బలుపు,) is a Telugu Action oppost Ravi Teja and the film is directed by Gopichand Malineni. The film released on 28 June 2013 in Telugu and Tamil it received positive reception from critics as well as audience and was declared a 'Super Hit' at both the Indian and Overseas Box Office

The year 2014 will see the release of the film Aranmanai and rumbu Kuthirai in Tamil, Rani Ranamma in Telugu and Arabian Safari in Malayalam.


Based on an online poll conducted by The Times of India Lakshmi Rai won the "Best Actor Award in a Negative Role - Female" for Mankatha.[8] In 2012, Lakshmi Rai won the Stylish Star of South Indian Cinema - Female[9] at South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Awards 2012.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Karka Kasadara Anjali Tamil
2005 Kanchanamala Cable TV Kanchana Telugu
2005 Kundakka Mandakka Roopa Tamil
2005 Valmiki Kannada
2006 Neeku Naaku Telugu
2006 Dharmapuri Valarmathy Tamil
2007 Nenjai Thodu Aishwarya Tamil
2007 Rock N' Roll Daya Sreenivas Malayalam Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
2007 Snehana Preethina Lakshmi Kannada
2008 Velli Thirai Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
2008 Annan Thambi Thenmozhi Malayalam
2008 Minchina Ota Lakshmi Kannada
2008 Parunthu Rakhi Malayalam
2008 Ragasiya Snehithane Jenny Tamil
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Aarthi Chinappa Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Maya Malayalam
2009 Muthirai Kavya Tamil
2009 Vaamanan Pooja Tamil
2009 Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa Tamil
2009 Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam
2009 Evidam Swargamanu Sunitha Malayalam Asianet Most Popular Actress Award
JaiHind TV Film Award for Most Popular Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
2010 In Ghost House Inn Maya Malayalam Special appearance
2010 Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Pakki Tamil
2010 Pen Singam Herself Tamil Special appearance
2011 Christian Brothers Sofia Malayalam
2011 Kanchana Priya Tamil
2011 Mankatha Sona Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2011 Oru Marubhoomikkadha Meenakshy Thampuran,
Manasi Thampuran
2012 Casanovva Hanan Malayalam
2012 Mayamohini Maya/Katrina Malayalam
2012 Adhinayakudu Deepti Telugu
2012 Kalpana Priya Kannada
2012 Thaandavam Geetha Tamil
2013 Vana Yuddham Vijayata Vashisht Tamil
2013 Attahasa Kannada
2013 Onbadhule Guru Sanjana Tamil
2013 Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Fouzia Hassan Malayalam
2013 Balupu Herself Telugu Special appearance
2013 Preview Malayalam Filming[10]
2013 Arabian Safari Malayalam Filming[11]
2013 Rani Ranamma Telugu Filming
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Tamil Filming[12]
2014 Aranmanai Tamil Filming[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Back to Kannada Friday Review Bangalore, The Hindu, Feb 22, 2008
  2. ^ "DHAAM DHOOM – MOVIE REVIEW CAST Jayam Ravi Kangana Ranaut Lakshmi Rai". 5 December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lakshmi Rai’s hat trick with Mammootty!". Sify. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Lakshmi is happy with life". The Times Of India. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Prakash KL (6 September 2011). "Lakshmi Rai Ravishing | Ajith Kumar Mankatha". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "I'm on cloud nine, says Lakshmi Rai". ppSify. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lakshmi in Kanchana Kannada remake". The Times Of India. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Chennai Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2012: Winners List". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Sivanand, Sibin (2012-07-09). "Dream cast for Hashim Marikar's Preview". Theater Balcony. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Lakshmi Rai in Arabian Safari - Times Of India". 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Lakshmi's a biker in her next with Atharvaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  13. ^ "Lakshmi signs her next film with Sundar C - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 

External links[edit]

Lakshmi Rai at the Internet Movie Database