Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Madhu Shalini, Sonia Agarwal and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar at CCL3 (cropped) 2.jpg
Born Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
(1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 32)
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India[1]
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Varu
Occupation Film actress
Years active 2012–present
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Parent(s) Sarathkumar (Father)
Chaya (Mother)
Relatives Raadhika (Step-mother)

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar (born 5 March 1985) is an Indian film 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.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Varalaxmi was born to actor Sarathkumar and Chaya on 5 March 1985, while her stepmother is Raadhika Sarathkumar.[4] She is the eldest of four children, and has a younger sister Pooja, a younger half-brother Rahul and step-sister Rayanne Hardy.[5] Varalaxmi is graduate in microbiology from Hindustan Arts and Science college, Chennai with a Master’s in Business Management degree from the University of Edinburgh, and honed her acting skills at Anupam Kher’s Acting School in Mumbai, before becoming an actress.[6]


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. 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".[7] Likewise, a critic from 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".[8] The film also performed moderately at the box office, and performed particularly well in the multiplexes.[9] 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.[10] 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".[11]

Varalaxmi is currently awaiting the release of two of her films, Sathya and Echcharikkai. In Echcharikkai, she essays the role of a dancer who has been kidnapped for money.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Podaa Podi Nisha Tamil Won , Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Edison Award for Best Debut Actress
2014 Maanikya Sindhu Kannada
2016 Tharai Thappattai Sooravali Tamil Won , SIIMA Critics Choice Best Actress - Tamil
Kasaba Kamala Malayalam Nomination, SIIMA Best Debut Actress - Malayalam
2017 Vikram Vedha Chandra Tamil
Nibunan Vandana Tamil
Vismaya Kannada
Kaattu Muthulekshmi Malayalam
Sathya ACP Anuya Bharathwaj Tamil
Masterpiece Durga Prasad Malayalam
2018 Sandakozhi 2 Tamil Filming
Echcharikkai Tamil Filming
Kadhal Mannan Tamil Filming
Shakthi Tamil Filming
Mr. Chandramouli Tamil Filming
Ammayi Tamil Delayed
Madha Gaja Raja Maya Tamil Delayed


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