5 May 1989
Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Raai has completed over 14 years in the film industry, acting in over 50 films in several languages.
Early career (2005–2010)Edit
In 2005, at the age of 15, 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. 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". 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), 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. 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.
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. Both films emerged as high financial successes. Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake, Kalpana (2012).
Recent work (2016–present)Edit
In 2016, she signed two Tamil films, Bangalore Naatkal and Sowkarpettai. After a brief gap, she performed her second item number opposite Pawan Kalyan in his Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016). She debuted a Hindi film Akira.
In 2019, she starred in horror movies Where Is the Venkatalakshmi in Telegu then Neeya 2 in Tamil that were failures.She also starred in the Bollywood film, Officer Arjun Singh IPS Batch 2000.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Kanchanamala Cable TV||Kanchana||Telugu|||
|Rock N' Roll||Daya Sreenivas||Malayalam|||
|2008||Velli Thirai||Herself||Tamil||Cameo appearance|||
|Dhaam Dhoom||Aarthi Chinappa|||
|2009||2 Harihar Nagar||Maya / Christina Honai / Serina||Malayalam|||
|Naan Avanillai 2||Deepa|||
|Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali||Charanya|||
|Evidam Swargamanu||Advocate Sunitha|||
|2010||In Ghost House Inn||Maya / Christina Honai / Serina||Guest appearance|||
|Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam||Pakki||Tamil|||
|Pen Singam||Herself||Special appearance in the song "Adi Aadi Asaiyum Edupu"|||
|Oru Marubhoomikkadha||Meenakshy Thampuran,
|Mayamohini||Maya / Katrina|||
|2013||Vana Yuddham||Vijetha Vasisht|||
|Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha||Fouzia Hassan IPS||Malayalam|||
|Balupu||Herself||Telugu||Special appearance in the song "Lucky Lucky Rai"|||
|Sardaar Gabbar Singh||Herself||Telugu||Special appearance in the song "Tauba Tauba"|||
|2017||Khaidi No. 150||Herself||Telugu||Special appearance in the song "Ratthaalu"|||
|Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance in the song "Hara Hara Mahadevaki"|||
|2018||Oru Kuttanadan Blog||Sreejaya||Malayalam|||
|2019||Where Is the Venkatalakshmi||Venkatalakshmi||Telugu|||
|Neeya 2||Malar / Naharani||Tamil|||
|Officer Arjun Singh IPS Batch 2000||Durga Dayal Singh||Hindi|||
|Jhansi I.P.S||Jhansi||Kannada||Post Production|
|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
- 2008 : Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year - Rock N' Roll
- 2010 : Asianet Most Popular Actress Award - Evidam Swargamanu
Surya TV awardsEdit
- 2010 : Nominated - Best Actress - 2 Harihar Nagar
Filmfare Awards SouthEdit
- 2008 : Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil - Dhaam Dhoom
- 2010 : Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Evidam Swargamanu
- 2011 : Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil - Mankatha
Chennai Times Film AwardsEdit
South Indian International Movie AwardsEdit
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