Raai Laxmi

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Raai Laxmi [1]
Born Lakshmi Rai
(1982-05-05) 5 May 1982 (age 32)[2][3]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Actress, model, stage performer
Years active 2005–present
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Raai Laxmi (formerly Lakshmi Rai) is an Indian film actress appearing in South Indian films. She has appeared in many successful Tamil productions, most popular being Muni 2: Kanchana and Mankatha (both 2011). Raai made her debut in Malayalam in 2007, starring in Rock N' Roll, which performed poorly at the box office. But she followed it up with several successful films such as 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]

Raai Lakshmi was born in Bangalore, Karnataka,[4] and 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 and Fair & Lovely.

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 (Raai Lakshmi) sizzles even as she is supposed to play the court professional who is caught in the web of smuggling drugs".[5] 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),[6] 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.[7] 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 film Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam.[7]

Raai Lakshmi'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.[8][9] Both films emerged high financial success.[8] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake too.[10] Her latest release Arabiyum, Ottakavum, P. Madhavan Nairum opposite Mohanlal is declared superhit by trade.[citation needed]

2014 will see the release of her films Aranmanai [11] and Irumbu Kuthirai in Tamil,[12] Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam [13] and Shrungara in Kannada.[14]

In June 2014 she changed her name from Lakshmi Rai to Raai Laxmi. [15]

Awards[edit]

Based on an online poll conducted by The Times of India Raai Laxmi won the "Best Actor Award in a Negative Role - Female" for Mankatha.[16] In 2012, Raai Laxmi won the Stylish Star of South Indian Cinema - Female[17] at South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Awards 2012.

Filmography[edit]

Laxmi dancing at a CCL2 curtain raiser event
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 aka Christina Honai Malayalam
2009 Muthirai Kavya Tamil
2009 Vaamanan Pooja Tamil
2009 Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa Tamil
2009 Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam
2009 Evidam Swargamanu Advocate 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 aka Christina Honai 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
Malayalam Double role
2012 Casanovva Hana 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 IPS Malayalam
2013 Balupu Herself Telugu Special appearance
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Christina Tamil
2014 Rajadhi Raja Radha Malayalam
2014 Aranmanai Maya Tamil
2014 Shrungara Kannada Filming
2014 Preview Malayalam Filming[18]
2014 Arabian Safari Malayalam Filming[19]
2015 Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema Tamil Filming

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It’s Raai Laxmi from now!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://spicyonion.com/actress/lakshmi-rai-biography/ spicyonion.com Actress Lakshmi Rai biography
  3. ^ http://www.southdreamz.com/portfolio/lakshmi-rai/ southdreamz.com Lakshmi Rai biography / biodata
  4. ^ Back to Kannada Friday Review Bangalore, The Hindu, Feb 22, 2008
  5. ^ "DHAAM DHOOM – MOVIE REVIEW CAST Jayam Ravi Kangana Ranaut Lakshmi Rai". Behindwoods.com. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lakshmi Rai’s hat trick with Mammootty!". Sify. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Lakshmi is happy with life". The Times Of India. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Prakash KL (6 September 2011). "Lakshmi Rai Ravishing | Ajith Kumar Mankatha". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "I'm on cloud nine, says Lakshmi Rai". ppSify. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lakshmi in Kanchana Kannada remake". The Times Of India. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lakshmi signs her next film with Sundar C - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  12. ^ "Lakshmi's a biker in her next with Atharvaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  13. ^ "Lakshmi Rai teams up with Mammootty again - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  14. ^ "Lakshmi Rai signs a new Kannada film - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  15. ^ "Laskhmi Rai changes her name to Raai Laxmi on June 2". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Chennai Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2012: Winners List". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Sivanand, Sibin (2012-07-09). "Dream cast for Hashim Marikar's Preview". Theater Balcony. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  19. ^ "Lakshmi Rai in Arabian Safari - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 

External links[edit]

Raai Laxmi at the Internet Movie Database