Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Madhu Shalini, Sonia Agarwal and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar at CCL3 (cropped) 2.jpg
Born (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 33)
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesVaru[2]
OccupationFilm actress
Years active2012–present
Parent(s)R. Sarathkumar (Father)
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.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Varalaxmi was born to actor Sarathkumar and Chaya on 5 March 1985, while her stepmother is Raadhika.[5] She is the eldest of four children, and has a younger sister Pooja, a younger half-brother Rahul and step-sister Rayanne Hardy.[6][7] 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.[8].


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".[9] 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".[10] The film also performed moderately at the box office, and performed particularly well in the multiplexes.[11] 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.[12] 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".[13]

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 October 14th.

Her antagonist role in the Tamil movie, Sarkar, starring with Vijay is a powerful role and can take her places in the movies to come.


Year Film Role(s) As Language Notes
2012 Podaa Podi Nisha Tamil
2014 Maanikya Sindhu Kannada
2015 Ranna Herself Cameo appearance in the song, What to do?
2016 Tharai Thappattai Sooravali Tamil
Kasaba Kamala Malayalam
2017 Vikram Vedha Chandra Tamil
Nibunan / Vismaya Vandana Bilingual Tamil-Kannada film
Kaattu Muthulekshmi Malayalam
Sathya Anuya Bharathwaj Tamil
Masterpiece ACP Bhavani Durga Malayalam
2018 Mr. Chandramouli Bairavi Tamil
Echcharikkai - Idhu Manidhargal Nadamaadum Idam Swetha
Sandakozhi 2 Pechi
Sarkar Komalavalli
Maari 2 Vijaya Post-production
2019 Velvet Nagaram TBA Tamil Filming
Kanni Raasi TBA Filming
Ammayi TBA Delayed
Madha Gaja Raja Maya Delayed
Neeya 2 TBA Filming

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
2017 Edison Award for Best Character Role Vikram Vedha Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Technofes Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Vijaya Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Varalaxmi is Excited about Maanikya". 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (3 April 2018). "Varalaxmi's fan moment with Kamal Haasan". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Simbu follows Ajith". The Times of India. Times News Network. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. ^ Mangandan, K.R. (20 October 2012). "Worth the wait". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  5. ^ Devi, Kanchana (7 November 2012). "Tamil movie releases for Diwali 2012 – Podaa Podi". Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Varalakshmi: I always wanted to become an actress".
  7. ^ "Varalakshmi: Rayanne Hardy Varalakshmi Sister Details".
  8. ^ "Varalakshmi: I always wanted to become an actress".
  9. ^ "Review: Varalakhsmy shines in Poda Podi".
  10. ^ "Review : (2012)".
  11. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (27 June 2015). "Star scions" – via
  12. ^ "'Kasaba': Mammootty's next with Renji Panicker's son starts rolling".
  13. ^ ""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.

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