Raai Laxmi

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Raai Laxmi
Raai Laxmi at Filmfare South Awards 2014.jpg
Born Lakshmi Rai
(1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 28)[note 1][1]
Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Residence Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, model, Stage performer
Years active 2005–present
Parent(s) Ram Rai
Manjula Rai

Raai Laxmi (born as Lakshmi Rai; 5 May 1989)[3][4] is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly appears in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu and few Kannada films. She is making her debut in Bollywood with the film Julie 2 (2017).

Raai has completed over a decade in the film industry, acting over 50 films in multiple languages.[5]

Early life[edit]

Raai Lakshmi was born on 5 May 1989 in Belgaum, Karnataka to Ram Rai and Manjula Rai. She hails from the region of Saurashtra in Gujarat.[6][7]


Raai Lakshmi made her debut at the age of 15 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara in 2005.[8] 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 feedback 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".[9] 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),[10] 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.[11] 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.[11]

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

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.[12][13] Both films emerged as high financial successes.[12] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake.[14]

She performed her first item number opposite Ravi Teja in his Telugu film Balupu (2013).

Her latest release Arabiyum, Ottakavum, P. Madhavan Nairum opposite Mohanlal was met with mixed reviews but turned out to a commercial success. Her 2014 films were Aranmanai[15] and Irumbu Kuthirai in Tamil,[16] Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam[17] and Shrungara in Kannada.[18]

Debut in Bollywood (2015–present)[edit]

In 2015, she signed two Malayalam films, Arabian Safari and Santhoshayi Gopiyetta and three Tamil films Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema,[19] Sowkarpettai and Arjun, Divya Matrum Karthik.[20] After a brief gap of two years she performed her second item number opposite Pawan Kalyan in his Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016).[21]

Later she signed two Hindi films Akira[22] and Julie 2.[23][24]

In May 2016 she signed to perform her third item number in Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva.[25] In October 2016 she signed to perform her fourth item number with Chiranjeevi in his 150th film Khaidi No. 150.[26][27]


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.[28] In 2012, Raai Laxmi won the Stylish Star of South Indian Cinema - Female[29] at SIIMA, 2012.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
No Year Film Role Language Notes
1 2005 Karka Kasadara Anjali Tamil Tamil debut
2 2005 Kanchanamala Cable TV Kanchana Telugu Telugu debut
3 2005 Kundakka Mandakka Roopa Tamil
4 2005 Valmiki Kannada Kannada debut
5 2006 Neeku Naaku Saranya Telugu
6 2006 Dharmapuri Valarmathy Tamil
7 2007 Nenjai Thodu Asihwarya Tamil
8 2007 Rock N' Roll Daya Sreenivas Malayalam Malayalam debut
Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
9 2007 Snehana Preethina Lakshmi Kannada
10 2008 Velli Thirai Herself Tamil cameo appearance
11 2008 Annan Thambi Thenmozhi Malayalam
12 2008 Minchina Ota Lakshmi Kannada
13 2008 Parunthu Rakhi Malayalam
14 2008 Ragasiya Snehithane Jenny Tamil
15 2008 Dhaam Dhoom Aarthi Chinappa Tamil Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
16 2009 2 Harihar Nagar Christina Honai (Maya) Malayalam
17 2009 Muthirai Kavya Tamil
18 2009 Vaamanan Pooja Tamil
19 2009 Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa Tamil
20 2009 Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Charanya Tamil
21 2009 Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam
22 2009 Evidam Swargamanu Advocate Sunitha Malayalam Asianet Most Popular Actress Award
Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
23 2010 In Ghost House Inn Christina Honai (Maya) Malayalam cameo appearance
24 2010 Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Pakki Tamil
25 2010 Pen Singam Herself Tamil cameo appearance
26 2011 Christian Brothers Sofia Malayalam
27 2011 Kanchana Priya Tamil
28 2011 Mankatha Sona Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
29 2011 Oru Marubhoomikkadha Meenakshy Thampuran,
Manasi Thampuran
Malayalam Dual role
30 2012 Casanovva Hana Malayalam
31 2012 Mayamohini Maya
32 2012 Adhinayakudu Deepthi Telugu
33 2012 Kalpana Priya Kannada
34 2012 Thaandavam Geetha Tamil
35 2013 Vana Yuddham Vijayata Vashisht Tamil
36 2013 Attahasa Kannada
37 2013 Onbadhule Guru Sanjana Tamil
38 2013 Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Fouzia Hassan IPS Malayalam
39 2013 Balupu Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Lucky Lucky Rai"
40 2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Christina Tamil
41 2014 Rajadhi Raja Radha Malayalam
42 2014 Aranmanai Maya Tamil
43 2016 Bangalore Naatkal Lakshmi Tamil
44 2016 Sowkarpettai Maya Tamil
45 2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Tauba Tauba"
46 2016 Akira Maya Hindi Hindi debut,
Extended Cameo
47 2017 Khaidi No. 150 Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Ratthaalu"
48 2017 Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Hara Hara Mahadevaki"
49 2017 Julie 2 Films that have not yet been released Hindi Post-Production
50 2017 Untitled Mithraj Jawahar project Telugu


Year Show Role Language Channel Notes
2015 Star Challenge Contestant Malayalam Flowers TV Reality show


  1. ^ Birth date validated at OTRS ticket # 2016051310004058


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  2. ^ TNN (Jul 29, 2014). "I'm not a bunt, don't speak to me in Tulu: Raai Laxmi". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "It’s Raai Laxmi from now!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lakshmi Rai is now Raai Laxmi"
  5. ^ "50 FILMS IN JUST 10 YEARS". 
  6. ^ "I was brought up like a boy: Raai Laxmi"
  7. ^ "Lakshmi Rai flooded with messages on birthday"
  8. ^ "Why Raai Laxmi doesn't share space with Sonakshi Sinha"
  9. ^ "DHAAM DHOOM – MOVIE REVIEW CAST Jayam Ravi Kangana Ranaut Lakshmi Rai". Behindwoods.com. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lakshmi Rai’s hat trick with Mammootty!". Sify. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Lakshmi is happy with life". The Times Of India. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Prakash KL (6 September 2011). "Lakshmi Rai Ravishing | Ajith Kumar Mankatha". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "I'm on cloud nine, says Lakshmi Rai". ppSify. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Lakshmi in Kanchana Kannada remake". The Times Of India. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Lakshmi signs her next film with Sundar C - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  16. ^ "Lakshmi's a biker in her next with Atharvaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  17. ^ "Lakshmi Rai teams up with Mammootty again - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  18. ^ "Lakshmi Rai signs a new Kannada film - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  19. ^ "Sexy Laxmi to Go 'Hungry' for Lawrence!"
  20. ^ "Raai Laxmi Recovering from Injury: Leggy Lass Thanks Fans for their Prayers"
  21. ^ "Excited to work with Pawan Kalyan: Raai Laxmi"
  22. ^ "Raai Laxmi lands a special role in ‘Akira’"
  23. ^ "Raai Laxmi will sport a bikini in Julie 2"
  24. ^ "Bold and beautiful 'Julie 2' poster: Raai Laxmi sets temperature soaring!"
  25. ^ "Raai Laxmi to shake a leg with Lawrence"
  26. ^ "Laxmi Raai starts shooting for Khaidi No 150"
  27. ^ "Raai Laxmi to shake a leg with Chiru"
  28. ^ "The Chennai Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2012: Winners List". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "Raai Laxmi in remake of 100 Degree Celsius"

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