Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Varalaxmi at CCL 3 Chennai Rhinos vs Karnataka Bulldozers (cropped).jpg
Varalaxmi at CCL 3 Chennai Rhinos vs Karnataka Bulldozers
Born (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 35)[1]
Other namesVaru[3]
Alma materHindustan Arts & Science College (B. Sc)
University of Edinburgh (Masters in Management)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active2008–present
Parent(s)R. Sarathkumar (father)
Raadhika (step-mother)

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar (born 5 March 1985) is an Indian actress who has appeared in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her debut with the Tamil film Podaa Podi (2012), portraying a London-based dancer.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Varalaxmi was born to actor Sarathkumar and Chaya on 5 March 1985. Her stepmother is actress Raadhika.[1][6]

She is the eldest of four children, with a younger sister Pooja, a younger half-brother Rahul and step-sister Rayanne Hardy. Varalaxmi is a graduate in Microbiology from Hindustan Arts and Science college, Chennai with a Master in Business Management from the University of Edinburgh. She honed her acting skills at Anupam Kher’s Acting School in Mumbai, before becoming a professional actress.[6]

Career[edit]

Varalaxmi auditioned for Shankar's Boys (2003) and was selected to play the lead role, before her father requested her to turn down the opportunities. Likewise, she also missed out on opportunities to act in Balaji Sakthivel's Kaadhal (2004) and Venkat Prabhu's Saroja (2008).[7]

Varalaxmi signed on to star in Vignesh Shivan's romantic drama film Podaa Podi (2012) during June 2008, citing that the opportunity to portray a London-based dancer had excited her. The film went through a protracted development, taking four years to make, before being released in October 2012. Co-starring alongside Silambarasan, Varalaxmi won critical acclaim for her performance. Rediff.com noted she was the "scene stealer" and added "she comes across as a genuine, warm person, able and willing to accept those around her for themselves, and rattles off her dialogues with such spontaneity and charm that she wins you over right away".[8] Likewise, a critic from Sify.com wrote she "is the big surprise here as she makes a promising debut and brings alive her character with not just those smart lines, but with the kind of confidence and candour".[9] The film also performed moderately at the box office, and performed particularly well in the multiplexes.[10] Soon after the film's release, Varalaxmi worked on Sundar C's masala film Madha Gaja Raja, alongside Vishal, but the film remains unreleased owing to financial troubles.

Her second release was the Kannada film Maanikya (2014), alongside actor Sudeep, and the film went on to become amongst the most profitable Kannada films of the year. In 2014, she began filming for Bala's Tharai Thappattai (2016), where she had to lose ten kilograms to portray a karakattam dancer.

In 2016, she announced on Twitter that she has been cast alongside Mammootty in the Malayalam film Kasaba. In her tweet, the actress said that the big opportunity to work alongside Mammootty came to her apparently due to her performance in the Tamil film Tharai Thappattai.[11] Varalaxmi was also committed to starring in Aakasha Mittaayee, the Malayalam remake of the Tamil film Appa but left, citing the behaviour of its producers who she called "mannerless".[12] Varalaxmi is currently awaiting the release of two of her films, Sathya and Echcharikkai. In the latter, she essays the role of a dancer who has been kidnapped for money. Varalaxmi turned as Host for a TV show titled "Unnai Arindaal" which will be aired on every Sunday in Jaya TV from 14 October. She played antagonist in the Tamil movie, Sarkar.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role(s) Language Notes
2012 Podaa Podi Nisha Tamil
2014 Maanikya Sindhu Kannada
2015 Ranna Herself Cameo appearance in "What to do?" song
2016 Kasaba Kamala Malayalam
Tharai Thappattai Sooravali Tamil
2017 Vikram Vedha Chandra
Nibunan Vandana
Vismaya Kannada
Sathya Anuya Bharathwaj Tamil
Kaattu Muthulekshmi Malayalam
Masterpiece ACP Bhavani Durga
2018 Mr. Chandramouli Bairavi Tamil
Echcharikkai Swetha
Sandakozhi 2 Pechankarasi
Sarkar Komalavalli
Maari 2 Vijaya
2019 Neeya 2 Devi
Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL Varalaxmi Devi Telugu
2020 Velvet Nagaram Usha Tamil
Danny Kunthavai ZEE5 film
Kanni RaasiFilms that have not yet been released Anjali Post-production
RanamFilms that have not yet been released TBA Kannada Post Production[13]
KaatteriFilms that have not yet been released Maathamma Tamil Post Production
PambanFilms that have not yet been released TBA Post Production[14]
ChasingFilms that have not yet been released Athira Filming
KrackFilms that have not yet been released Jayamma Telugu Filming
Piranthal ParasakthiFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming[15]
NaandhiFilms that have not yet been released Aadhya Telugu Filming[16]
ColorsFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming[17]
YaanaiFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Network Language Ref.
2018 Enga Veetu Mapillai Herself Colors Tamil Tamil
2018 Unnai Arindhaal Host Jaya TV Tamil
2019 High Priestess Pooja Zee5 Telugu Guest appearance in Episode 6[18]
2020 Kodeeswari Herself Colors Tamil Tamil Guest
2020 Addham Psychiatrist Aha Telugu

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Result
2012 Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress Podaa Podi Won
Edison Award for Best Debut Actress Won
2016 6th South Indian International Movie Awards for Critics Choice Best Actress Tharai Thappattai Won
6th South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Debut Actress Kasaba Nominated
Behindwoods Gold Medals Tharai Thappattai Won
2017 Edison Award for Best Character Role – Female Vikram Vedha Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil Nominated
Techofes Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
7th South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actress Won
2018 Behindwoods Gold Medals Sarkar & Sandakozhi 2 Won
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards for Best Villain — Female Sarkar & Sandakozhi 2 Won
Techofes Award for Best Female Villan Sarkar & Sandakozhi 2 Won
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Sarkar & Sandakozhi 2 Won
Techofes Award for Best Negative Role Sarkar & Sandakozhi 2 Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Happy Birthday Varalaxmi Sarathkumar: The Complete Actress of South Cinema". The Times of India. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Varalaxmi is Excited about Maanikya". newindianexpress.com. 29 April 2014.
  3. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (3 April 2018). "Varalaxmi's fan moment with Kamal Haasan". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Simbu follows Ajith". The Times of India. Times News Network. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  5. ^ Mangandan, K.R. (20 October 2012). "Worth the wait". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Varalakshmi: I always wanted to become an actress".
  7. ^ "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar opens up about her movies before Podaa Podi". Behindwoods. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Review: Varalakhsmy shines in Poda Podi".
  9. ^ "Review : (2012)". www.sify.com.
  10. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (27 June 2015). "Star scions". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  11. ^ "'Kasaba': Mammootty's next with Renji Panicker's son starts rolling".
  12. ^ ""Can't Work With Male Chauvinists.": Actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Walks Out Of A Movie Set!". Just For Women. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ A. Sharadhaa (21 February 2019). "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar returns to Kannada cinema". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  14. ^ India Today Web Desk (19 February 2018). "Pamban: Varalaxmi joins dad Sarath Kumar in his next". India Today. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Sarathkumar, Radhika and Varalakshmi join hands for Peranthal Parasakthi". Sify. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Allari Naresh's first look from the film Naandhi - Times of India". The Times of India. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  17. ^ Raman, Shruthi (4 March 2020). "Shoot at Site: Colors is female-driven action drama with a twist - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Telugu web series 'High Priestess' explores psychic world". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 7 December 2019.

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