Raai Laxmi

Lakshmi Rai (born 5 May 1989), professionally credited as Raai Laxmi[2][3] is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly appears in Tamil, Malayalam as well as Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

Raai Laxmi
Laxmi in 2017
Lakshmi Rai

(1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 31)[1]
  • Film actress
  • model
Years active2005–present

Raai has completed over 14 years in the film industry, acting in over 50 films in several languages.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Raai Lakshmi was born on 5 May 1989 in Belgaum, Karnataka to Ram Raibagi and Manjula Raibagi.[5][6]


Early career (2005–2010)Edit

In 2005, at the age of 15,[7] Laxmi made her film debut in the Tamil-language Karka Kasadara after director R. V. Udayakumar saw her performance in the Kannada short film Valmiki.[8] 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 Laxmi) sizzles even as she is supposed to play the court professional who is caught in the web of smuggling drugs".[9] 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 (2008), 2 Harihar Nagar (2009),[10] 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 (2009), she played a glamorous supermodel.[11] 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.[11]

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.[12][13] Both films emerged as high financial successes.[12] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake, Kalpana (2012).[14]

Her 2014 films were Irumbu Kuthirai, Aranmanai in Tamil and Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam.

Recent work (2016–present)Edit

Laxmi at 'Welcome Back' premiere

In 2016, she signed two Tamil films, Bangalore Naatkal and Sowkarpettai.[15][16] After a brief gap, she performed her second item number opposite Pawan Kalyan in his Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016).[17] She debuted a Hindi film Akira.[18]

she signed to perform her fourth item number with Chiranjeevi in his 150th film Khaidi No. 150 (2017),[19][20] and later in Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva (2017) in Tamil with Raghava Lawrence.[21]

Raai Laxmi portrayed the lead role in Julie 2 (2017).[22] In 2018, she made her comeback to Malayalam cinema with the Mammootty starrer Oru Kuttanadan Blog.[23]

In 2019, she starred in horror movies Where Is the Venkatalakshmi in Telegu then Neeya 2 in Tamil that were failures.[24][25]She also starred in the Bollywood film, Officer Arjun Singh IPS Batch 2000.[26]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Language Notes Ref.
2005 Karka Kasadara Anjali Tamil [27]
Kanchanamala Cable TV Kanchana Telugu [28]
Kundakka Mandakka Roopa Tamil [29]
Valmiki Lakshmi Deshpande Kannada [30]
2006 Neeku Naaku Saranya Telugu [31]
Dharmapuri Valarmathy Tamil [32]
2007 Nenjai Thodu Aishwarya [33]
Rock N' Roll Daya Sreenivas Malayalam [34]
Snehana Preethina Lakshmi Kannada [35]
2008 Velli Thirai Herself Tamil Cameo appearance [36]
Annan Thambi Thenmozhi Malayalam [37]
Minchina Ota Lakshmi Kannada [38]
Parunthu Rakhi Malayalam [39]
Ragasiya Snehithane Jennifer Tamil [40]
Dhaam Dhoom Aarthi Chinappa [41]
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Maya / Christina Honai / Serina Malayalam [42]
Muthirai Kavya Tamil [43]
Vaamanan Pooja [44]
Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa [45]
Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Charanya [46]
Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam [47]
Evidam Swargamanu Advocate Sunitha [48]
2010 In Ghost House Inn Maya / Christina Honai / Serina Guest appearance [49]
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Pakki Tamil [50]
Pen Singam Herself Special appearance in the song "Adi Aadi Asaiyum Edupu" [51]
2011 Christian Brothers Sofia Malayalam [52]
Kanchana Priya Tamil [53]
Mankatha Sona [12]
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Meenakshy Thampuran,
Manasi Thampuran
Malayalam [54]
2012 Casanovva Hana [55]
Mayamohini Maya / Katrina [56]
Adhinayakudu Deepthi Telugu [57]
Kalpana Priya Kannada [58]
Thaandavam Geetha Tamil [59]
2013 Vana Yuddham Vijetha Vasisht [60]
Attahasa Kannada [61]
Onbadhule Guru Sanjana Tamil [62]
Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Fouzia Hassan IPS Malayalam [63]
Balupu Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Lucky Lucky Rai" [64]
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Christina Tamil [65]
Rajadhi Raja Radha Malayalam [66]
Aranmanai Maya Tamil [67]
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Lakshmi [68]
Sowkarpettai Maya [69]
Sardaar Gabbar Singh Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Tauba Tauba" [70]
Akira Maya Hindi [71]
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Ratthaalu" [72]
Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Hara Hara Mahadevaki" [73]
Julie 2 Julie Hindi [74]
2018 Oru Kuttanadan Blog Sreejaya Malayalam [75]
2019 Where Is the Venkatalakshmi Venkatalakshmi Telugu [76]
Neeya 2 Malar / Naharani Tamil [77]
Officer Arjun Singh IPS Batch 2000 Durga Dayal Singh Hindi [78]
2021 Mirugaa Lakshmi Tamil [79]
Jhansi I.P.S  Jhansi Kannada Post Production
Cinderella  Tamil Filming
Anandha Bhairavi  Telugu Filming
Gangster 21  Tamil Filming
Ottakkomban   Malayalam Filming


Year Show Role Language Channel Notes
2015 Star Challenge Contestant Malayalam Flowers TV Reality show
2020 Poison 2 Sara Hindi Zee5 Web series
2020 Bigg Boss (Telugu season 4) Guest Telugu Star Maa Reality show

Awards and nominationsEdit

Asianet Film AwardsEdit

Surya TV awardsEdit

Filmfare Awards SouthEdit

Chennai Times Film AwardsEdit

  • 2011 : Best Actor Award in a Negative Role - Female for Mankatha[80]

South Indian International Movie AwardsEdit


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