Raai Laxmi

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Raai Laxmi
Raai Laxmi at Filmfare South Awards 2014.jpg
Born Lakshmi Raibagi
(1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 26)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Actress, model, Stage performer
Years active 2005–present
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)

Raai laxmi(also known as Lakshmi Rai)[1] is an Indian film actress and model who primarily appears in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films. Raai made her debut in Malayalam film Rock N' Roll. She then appeared in several successful films such as Annan Thambi (2008), 2 Harihar Nagar (2009), Chattambinadu (2009), Evidam Swargamanu (2009), Oru Marubhoomikkadha ,Muni 2: Kanchana,Mankatha (2011),Mayamohini (2012), Kalpana(2012), Balupu (2013) and Aranmanai (2014) and Rajadhi Raja (2014).

Thus establishing herself as a successful actress in South Indian film industry and as one of the most popular celebrities in South India.

In June 2014 she changed her name from Lakshmi Rai to Raai Laxmi.[2]

Early life[edit]

Raai Lakshmi was born in Bangalore, Karnataka,[3] 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.


Debut (2005-2010)[edit]

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 for her 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".[4] 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 followed it up with several successful films such as Annan Thambi, 2 Harihar Nagar (2009),[5] 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 glamorous supermodel.[6] 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.[6]

Public recognition and success (2011-2014)[edit]

Raai at CCL 2012

Raai Lakshmi's first 2011 release was Christian Brothers , 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 played a negative character in the latter, which was received positively by critics.[7][8] Both films emerged high financial success.[7] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake too.[9] Her latest release Arabiyum, Ottakavum, P. Madhavan Nairum opposite Mohanlal is declared below average by trade.[citation needed]

In 2014, her films released were Aranmanai [10] and Irumbu Kuthirai in Tamil,[11] Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam [12] and Shrungara in Kannada.[13]


Currently in 2015, she signed two Malayalam films namely Arabian Safari and Santhoshayi Gopiyetta and three Tamil films Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema, Sowkarpettai and Arjun, Divya Matrum Karthik.[14] After brief gap of two years, after starring along with Ravi Teja in Balupu(2013) she signed a another Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh opposite Pawan Kalyan in September 2015.[15]

Later, she also signed two Hindi films Akira[16] and Julie 2[17]


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.[18] In 2012, Raai Laxmi won the Stylish Star of South Indian Cinema - Female[19] at SIIMA, 2012.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
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
2015 Arabian Safari Films that have not yet been released Malayalam Filming[20]
2015 Santhoshayi GopiyettaFilms that have not yet been released Malayalam Filming[21]
2015 Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema Films that have not yet been released Tamil Filming
2015 Sowkarpettai Films that have not yet been released Tamil Filming
2015 Arjun, Divya Matrum Karthik Films that have not yet been released Tamil Filming
2015 Akira Films that have not yet been released Hindi Filming[22]
2015 Julie 2 Films that have not yet been released Hindi Pre-Production[17]
2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Films that have not yet been released Telugu Filming[23]

Reality Show[edit]

  • Star Challenge (Flowers TV)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "It’s Lakshmi Rai from now!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lakshmi Rai is now Raai Laxmi"
  3. ^ Back to Kannada Friday Review Bangalore, The Hindu, Feb 22, 2008
  4. ^ "DHAAM DHOOM – MOVIE REVIEW CAST Jayam Ravi Kangana Ranaut Lakshmi Rai". Behindwoods.com. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lakshmi Rai’s hat trick with Mammootty!". Sify. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Lakshmi is happy with life". The Times Of India. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Prakash KL (6 September 2011). "Lakshmi Rai Ravishing | Ajith Kumar Mankatha". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "I'm on cloud nine, says Lakshmi Rai". ppSify. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Lakshmi in Kanchana Kannada remake". The Times Of India. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lakshmi signs her next film with Sundar C - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  11. ^ "Lakshmi's a biker in her next with Atharvaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  12. ^ "Lakshmi Rai teams up with Mammootty again - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  13. ^ "Lakshmi Rai signs a new Kannada film - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  14. ^ "Raai Laxmi Recovering from Injury: Leggy Lass Thanks Fans for their Prayers"
  15. ^ "Excited to work with Pawan Kalyan: Raai Laxmi"
  16. ^ "Raai Laxmi lands a special role in ‘Akira’"
  17. ^ a b "Raai Laxmi will sport a bikini in Julie 2"
  18. ^ "The Chennai Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2012: Winners List". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Lakshmi Rai in Arabian Safari - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  21. ^ "Jayaram - Raai Laxmi in Santhoshayi Gopiyetta - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  22. ^ "Why Raai Laxmi doesn't share space with Sonakshi Sinha"
  23. ^ "Raai Laxmi to shake a leg with Pawan Kalyan"

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