Raai Laxmi

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Raai Lakshmi
Raai Laxmi at Filmfare South Awards 2014.jpg
Raai at Filmfare South Awards 2014
Lakshmi Rai

(1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 30)[1]
ResidenceBangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
OccupationActress, model, stage performer
Years active2005–present

Raai Lakshmi (born as Lakshmi Rai on 5 May 1988)[2][3] is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam as well as Telugu and Kannada films. She made her Bollywood debut with the film Julie 2 (2017).[4][5]

Raai has completed over a decade in the film industry, acting in over 50 films in several languages.[6]

Early life[edit]

Raai Lakshmi was born on 5 May 1988 in Belagavi, Karnataka to Ram Rai and Manjula Rai. [7][8] She is a Saurashtrian (Gujarati) from the Kutchi community.[9]


Raai Laxmi made her debut at the age of 17 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara in 2005, after the director R. V. Udayakumar had been impressed with her performance in a short film titled Valmiki.[10][11] 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".[12] 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),[13] 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.[14] 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.[14]

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.[15][16] Both films emerged as high financial successes.[15] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake.[17]

She performed an item item number in the movie Pen Singam which went unnoticed. However, She performed her first successful item number opposite Ravi Teja in his Telugu film Balupu (2013) following which she signed to perform various item numbers with small cameo roles in films like "Money Money" in Vaamanan.

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[18] and Irumbu Kuthirai in Tamil,[19] Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam[20] and Shrungara in Kannada.[21]

Debut in Bollywood (2015–present)[edit]

In 2015, she signed three Malayalam films, Arabian Safari Preview and Santhoshayi Gopiyetta and three Tamil films, Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema,[22] Sowkarpettai and Arjun, Divya Matrum Karthik.[23] After a brief gap of two years, she performed her second item number opposite Pawan Kalyan in his Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016).[24]

Later she signed two Hindi films Akira[25] and Julie 2.[26][27] Julie 2 is her first Hindi film as the main lead.[28]

In May 2016 she signed to perform her third item number in Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva.[29] In October 2016 she signed to perform her fourth item number with Chiranjeevi in his 150th film Khaidi No. 150.[30][31]

In 2018 she made her comeback to Malayalam cinema with the Mammootty starrer Oru Kuttanadan Blog

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asianet Film Awards[edit]

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]

Surya Tv awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Other awards

Based on an online poll conducted by The Times of India, Raai Lakshmi won the "Best Actor Award in a Negative Role - Female" for Mankatha.[33]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Karka Kasadara Anjali Tamil Tamil debut
Kanchanamala Cable TV Kanchana Telugu Telugu debut
Kundakka Mandakka Roopa Tamil
Valmiki Kannada Kannada debut
2006 Neeku Naaku Saranya Telugu
Dharmapuri Valarmathy Tamil
2007 Nenjai Thodu Asihwarya Tamil
Rock N' Roll Daya Sreenivas Malayalam Malayalam debut
Snehana Preethina Lakshmi Kannada
2008 Velli Thirai Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
Annan Thambi Thenmozhi Malayalam
Minchina Ota Lakshmi Kannada
Parunthu Rakhi Malayalam
Ragasiya Snehithane Jenny Tamil
Dhaam Dhoom Aarthi Chinappa Tamil
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Christina Honai (Maya) Malayalam
Muthirai Kavya Tamil
Vaamanan Pooja Tamil
Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa Tamil
Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Charanya Tamil
Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam
Evidam Swargamanu Advocate Sunitha Malayalam
2010 In Ghost House Inn Christina Honai (Maya) Malayalam Cameo appearance
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Pakki Tamil
Pen Singam Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
2011 Christian Brothers Sofia Malayalam
Kanchana Priya Tamil
Mankatha Sona Tamil
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Meenakshy Thampuran,
Manasi Thampuran
Malayalam Dual role
2012 Casanovva Hana Malayalam
Mayamohini Maya
Adhinayakudu Deepthi Telugu
Kalpana Priya Kannada
Thaandavam Geetha Tamil
2013 Vana Yuddham Vijayata Vashisht Tamil
Attahasa Kannada
Onbadhule Guru Sanjana Tamil
Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Fouzia Hassan IPS Malayalam
Balupu Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Lucky Lucky Rai"
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Christina Tamil
Rajadhi Raja Radha Malayalam
Aranmanai Maya Tamil
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Lakshmi Tamil
Sowkarpettai Maya Tamil
Sardaar Gabbar Singh Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Tauba Tauba"
Akira Maya Hindi Hindi debut,
Extended Cameo
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Ratthaalu"
Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Hara Hara Mahadevaki"
Julie 2 Julie Hindi
2018 Oru Kuttanadan Blog Sreejaya Malayalam
Arabian Safari Aswathy Malayalam
Preview Diana Malayalam
Oolu Durga Devi Malayalam Post Production
2019 Yaar TBA Tamil Post Production
Neeya 2 Malar Tamil post production
Jhansi TBA Kannada Post Production
Cindrella TBA Tamil Filming
Miruga TBA Tamil Pre Production
Untitled Karri Balaji Cop Telugu Pre Production
Where is the Venkata Lakshmi Teacher Telugu Filming


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



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  5. ^ "Julie 2 teaser: Raai Laxmi is 'bold, beautiful and blessed' in her first Bollywood film. Watch video".
  6. ^ "50 FILMS IN JUST 10 YEARS".
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  27. ^ "Bold and beautiful 'Julie 2' poster: Raai Laxmi sets temperature soaring!"
  29. ^ "Raai Laxmi to shake a leg with Lawrence"
  30. ^ "Laxmi Raai starts shooting for Khaidi No 150"
  31. ^ "Raai Laxmi to shake a leg with Chiru"
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  33. ^ "The Chennai Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.

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