Raai at Filmfare Awards South 2014
5 May 1989
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Occupation||Actress, model, Stage performer|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
Raai laxmi (also known as Lakshmi Rai) 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), Aranmanai (2014) and Rajadhi Raja (2014).
Raai Lakshmi was born to a Tulu speaking Father and Gujarati speaking Mother in Bengaluru, and brought up at Belgaum, Karnataka. 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 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". 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), 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. 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.
Public recognition and success (2011-2014)
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. Both films emerged high financial success. Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake too. Her latest release Arabiyum, Ottakavum, P. Madhavan Nairum opposite Mohanlal was met with mixed reviews but tunred out to a commercial success. In 2014, her films released were Aranmanai  and Irumbu Kuthirai in Tamil, Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam  and Shrungara in Kannada.
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. After brief gap of two years, after starring along with Ravi Teja in Balupu (2013) she signed another Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh opposite Pawan Kalyan in September 2015.
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. In 2012, Raai Laxmi won the Stylish Star of South Indian Cinema - Female at SIIMA, 2012.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2005||Kanchanamala Cable TV||Kanchana||Telugu|
|2007||Rock N' Roll||Daya Sreenivas||Malayalam||Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year|
|2008||Velli Thirai||Herself||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2008||Dhaam Dhoom||Aarthi Chinappa||Tamil||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil|
|2009||2 Harihar Nagar||Maya aka Christina Honai||Malayalam|
|2009||Naan Avanillai 2||Deepa||Tamil|
|2009||Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali||Charanya||Tamil|
|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||Mankatha||Sona||Tamil||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil|
|2011||Oru Marubhoomikkadha||Meenakshy Thampuran,
|2012||Mayamohini||Maya / Katrina||Malayalam|
|2013||Vana Yuddham||Vijayata Vashisht||Tamil|
|2013||Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha||Fouzia Hassan IPS||Malayalam|
|2015||Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema||Tamil||Filming|
|2015||Arjun, Divya Matrum Karthik||Tamil||Filming|
|2016||Sardaar Gabbar Singh||Telugu||Filming|
- Star Challenge (Flowers TV)
- "It’s Lakshmi Rai from now!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- "Lakshmi Rai is now Raai Laxmi"
- Back to Kannada Friday Review Bangalore, The Hindu, Feb 22, 2008
- "DHAAM DHOOM – MOVIE REVIEW CAST Jayam Ravi Kangana Ranaut Lakshmi Rai". Behindwoods.com. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Lakshmi Rai’s hat trick with Mammootty!". Sify. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Lakshmi is happy with life". The Times Of India. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Prakash KL (6 September 2011). "Lakshmi Rai Ravishing | Ajith Kumar Mankatha". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "I'm on cloud nine, says Lakshmi Rai". ppSify. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Lakshmi in Kanchana Kannada remake". The Times Of India. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Lakshmi signs her next film with Sundar C - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- "Lakshmi's a biker in her next with Atharvaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- "Lakshmi Rai teams up with Mammootty again - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- "Lakshmi Rai signs a new Kannada film - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- "Raai Laxmi Recovering from Injury: Leggy Lass Thanks Fans for their Prayers"
- "Excited to work with Pawan Kalyan: Raai Laxmi"
- "Raai Laxmi lands a special role in ‘Akira’"
- "Raai Laxmi will sport a bikini in Julie 2"
- "Raai Laxmi teams up with Natty in 'Bongu'"
- "The Chennai Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- "SIIMA Awards 2012: Winners List". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Lakshmi Rai in Arabian Safari - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- "Jayaram - Raai Laxmi in Santhoshayi Gopiyetta - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
- "Why Raai Laxmi doesn't share space with Sonakshi Sinha"
- "Raai Laxmi to shake a leg with Pawan Kalyan"
- "Raai Laxmi joins the cast of 'Bongu'"