|Born||5 March 1985|
|Alma mater||Hindustan Arts & Science College (B. Sc)|
University of Edinburgh (Masters in Management)
|Parent(s)||R. Sarathkumar (father) |
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar (born 5 March 1985) is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Tamil films, in addition to Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu language films. She made her debut with the Tamil film Podaa Podi (2012), portraying a London-based dancer. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Category at South Filmfare Awards for her performance in Vikram Vedha (2017). She has been given the moniker Makkal Selvi (people's girl) for her film Danny (2020).
Early life and family
Varalaxmi did her schooling at St. Michael's Academy, Chennai. She is a graduate in Microbiology from Hindustan Arts and Science college, Chennai with a Masters 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.
Varalaxmi auditioned for Shankar's Boys (2003) and was selected to play the lead role, before her father requested her to turn down the opportunity. Likewise, she also missed out on opportunities to act in Balaji Sakthivel's Kaadhal (2004) and Venkat Prabhu's Saroja (2008).
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 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". 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". The film also performed moderately at the box office, and performed particularly well in the multiplexes. 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. 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". In 2017, Varalaxmi appears successively with, Vikram Vedha, Nibunan, Vismaya, Sathya, Kaattu and Masterpiece. Varalaxmi turned as Host for a TV show titled Unnai Arindhaal (2018) which will be aired on every Sunday in Jaya TV. She played antagonist role in Sandakozhi 2 (2018) and Sarkar (2018). She worked on her first Telugu film, Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL (2019). She has played an investigative thriller Danny (2020) in which Varalaxmi Sarathkumar tries out the role of a cop. The makers have chosen to bestow the title Makkal Selvi on Varalaxmi in the title credits and all the promotional materials of the film.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2015||Ranna||Herself||Kannada||Special Appearance in the Song "What to do?"|
|Nibunan||Inspector Vandhana CB-CID||Tamil|
|Sathya||ACP Anuya Bharathwaj||Tamil|
|Masterpiece||ACP Bhavani Durga IPS||Malayalam|
|Sandakozhi 2||Pechankarasi (Pechi)||Tamil|
|Sarkar||Komala Valli (Pappa)||Tamil|
|Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL||Vara Lakshmi Devi||Telugu|
|Yashoda||Madhu Bala||Telugu / Tamil||Filming|
|2022||Sabari||TBA||Telugu / Tamil / Malayalam / Hindi||Filming|
|2018||Enga Veetu Mapillai||Herself||Colors Tamil||Tamil|
|Unnai Arindhaal||Host||Jaya TV||Tamil|
|2019||High Priestess||Vaishnavi||ZEE5||Telugu||Web Series; Guest Appearance in Episode 6|
|2020||Kodeeswari||Participant / Herself||Colors Tamil||Tamil|
|Addham||Shruti||Aha||Telugu||Anthology Web Series;
Segment: The Unwhisperable Secret
|Ummadi Kutumbam Tho Kammati Bhojanam||Herself||Zee Telugu||Telugu|
|2021||Kanni Theevu Ullasa Ulagam 2.0||Guest||ColorsTamil||Tamil|
Awards and nominations
|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 Best Debut Actress||Kasaba||Nominated|
|6th South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (Critics)||Tharai Thappattai||Won|
|Behindwoods Gold Medals||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||Won|
|Techofes Award for Best Female Villan||Won|
|2019||8th South Indian International Movie Awards||Won|
|17th Santosham Film Awards||Won|
|Techofes Award for Best Villain||Won|
- "Happy Birthday Varalaxmi Sarathkumar: The Complete Actress of South Cinema". The Times of India. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- Sharadhaa, A (29 April 2014). "Varalaxmi is Excited about Maanikya". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
- Subramanian, Anupama (3 April 2018). "Varalaxmi's fan moment with Kamal Haasan". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Simbu follows Ajith". The Times of India. Times News Network. 9 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Mangandan, K.R. (20 October 2012). "Worth the wait". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- "Nominations for the 65th Jio Filmfare Awards (South) 2018". Filmfare. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
- Subramanian, Anupama (7 March 2019). "Varalaxmi gets a moniker". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
- "Varalakshmi: I always wanted to become an actress". Rediff. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
- "Carving their own niche". The New Indian Express. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
- "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar opens up about her movies before Podaa Podi". Behindwoods. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
- "Review: Varalakhsmy shines in Poda Podi".
- "Review : (2012)". www.sify.com.
- Raghavan, Nikhil (27 June 2015). "Star scions". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
- "'Kasaba': Mammootty's next with Renji Panicker's son starts rolling". OnManorama. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
- ""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.
- "Here's how 'Unnai Arindhal' host Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and mother Chaya helped migrant labour". The Times of India. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "It was fun playing villain in 'Sandakozhi 2': Varalaxmi". 13 October 2018.
- "Sarkar (Aka) Sarcar review". 6 November 2018.
- "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar to debut in Telugu with 'Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL'". The News Minute. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- K, Janani (3 July 2020). "Varalaxmi's Danny and Yogi Babu's Cocktail to have its digital premiere on Zee5". India Today. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "Varalaxmi is now Makkal Selvi!". The Times of India. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- India Today Web Desk (19 February 2018). "Pamban: Varalaxmi joins dad Sarath Kumar in his next". India Today. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Sarathkumar, Radhika and Varalakshmi join hands for Peranthal Parasakthi". Sify. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
- 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.
- Sharadhaa, A (19 April 2021). "Upendra-Hariprriya's Lagaam to commence shooting from April 26". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Joins The Cast Of Samantha's 'Yashoda' Movie". The Hans India. 15 December 2021.
- "Kiccha Sudeepa Unveils Varalaxmi Sarathkumar's Fierce First Look From 'HANU-MAN'". Outlook. 4 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
- "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar joins Balakrishna for upcoming Telugu movie". Telagana Today. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
- "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar to headline Sabari". The New Indian Express. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
- "Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar starrer 'Sabari' launched". The Times of India. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
- "Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Begins Shooting for Sabari". Sakshi Post. 4 April 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
- Ramachandran, Mythily (24 April 2019). "Telugu web series 'High Priestess' explores psychic world". Gulf News. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
- "Lakshmi Manchu shares an emotional note on daughter Nirvana's debut TV appearance; says, 'My real purpose in life came to light after I became a mother'". The Times of India. 10 April 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.