Varalaxmi Sarathkumar (born 5 March 1985) is an Indian actress who appears in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. She made her debut with the Tamil film Podaa Podi (2012).[2][3][4][5]

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Varalaxmi in 2014
Born (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 39)
Other namesVaru[1]
Education
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present
Parent(s)R. Sarathkumar (father)
Raadhika (step-mother)

Early life and family edit

Varalaxmi was born to actor Sarathkumar and Chaya on 5 March 1985 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.[6][7] Her stepmother is actress Raadhika.[6][8]

Varalaxmi did her schooling at St. Michael's Academy, Chennai.[9] She is a graduate in Microbiology from Hindustan Arts and Science college, Chennai[10] 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.[8]

Personal life edit

On 2 March 2024, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar was engaged to Nicholai Sachdev, who is a gallerist based in Mumbai.[11]

Career edit

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).[12]

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".[13] 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".[14] The film performed moderately at the box office but performed well in the multiplexes.[15] 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.

In 2014, she embarked on her second venture, the Kannada film Maanikya (2014), starring alongside actor Sudeep. This film proved to be a major success and emerged as one of the highest-grossing Kannada films of that year. Additionally, in the same year, she commenced shooting for Bala's Tharai Thappattai (2016), in which she had to undergo a weight loss of ten kilograms to convincingly 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.[16] 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 whom she called "mannerless".[17] In 2017, Varalaxmi appearedin Vikram Vedha, Nibunan, Vismaya, Sathya, Kaattu and Masterpiece. Varalaxmi turned as Host for a TV show titled Unnai Arindhaal (2018) on Jaya TV.[18] She played the antagonist's role in Sandakozhi 2 (2018) and Sarkar (2018).[19][20] She worked on her first Telugu film, Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL (2019).[21] She has played a role in investigative thriller Danny (2020) in which she tried out the role of a cop.[22] The makers have chosen to bestow the title Makkal Selvi on Varalaxmi in the title credits and all the promotional materials of the film.[23]

Filmography edit

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released

Films edit

List of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar film credits
Year Film Role(s) Language Notes Ref.
2012 Podaa Podi Nisha Tamil credited as Varu Sarathkumar
2014 Maanikya Sindhu Kannada
2015 Ranna Herself Kannada Special Appearance in the Song "What to do?"
2016 Kasaba Kamala Malayalam
Tharai Thappattai Sooravali Tamil
2017 Vikram Vedha Chandra Tamil
Nibunan Inspector Vandhana CB-CID Tamil
Vismaya Kannada
Sathya ACP Anuya Bharathwaj Tamil
Kaattu Muthu Lakshmi Malayalam
Masterpiece ACP Bhavani Durga IPS Malayalam
2018 Mr. Chandramouli Bairavi Tamil
Echcharikkai Swetha Tamil
Sandakozhi 2 Pechankarasi (Pechi) Tamil
Sarkar Komala Valli (Pappa) Tamil
Maari 2 Vijaya Tamil
2019 Neeya 2 Devi Tamil
Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL Varalakshmi Devi Telugu
2020 Velvet Nagaram Usha Tamil
Danny Inspector Kunthavai Tamil
Kanni Raasi Anjali Tamil
2021 Krack Jayamma Telugu
Zombie Reddy Anjamma Telugu
Naandhi Adv.Aadhya Mullapudi Telugu
Ranam Police officer Kannada
Chasing Athira Tamil
Singa Paarvai Divya Tamil
2022 Pakka Commercial Lawyer Telugu Cameo
Iravin Nizhal Prema Kumari Tamil
Poikkal Kuthirai Rudhra Tamil
Kaatteri Mathamma Tamil [24]
Yashoda Madhu Bala Telugu [25]
2023 V3 Sivagami Tamil
Veera Simha Reddy Bhanumathi Reddy Telugu
Michael Kannamma Telugu
Kannitheevu Madhi Tamil [26]
Kondraal Paavam Mallika Tamil [27]
Agent Ricky's mother Telugu [28]
Maruthi Nagar Police Station Archana Tamil
Kota Bommali PS Razia Ali Telugu
2024 Hanu Man Anjamma Telugu [29]
Sabari Sanjana Telugu [30]
Raayan TBA Tamil Post-production

Television edit

List of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar television credits
Year Series Role Network Language Note
2018 Enga Veetu Mapillai Herself Colors Tamil Tamil
Unnai Arindhaal Host Jaya TV
2019 High Priestess Vaishnavi Zee5 Telugu Web Series; Guest Appearance in Episode 6[31]
2020 Addham Shruti Aha Anthology Web Series;
Segment: The Unwhisperable Secret
Ummadi Kutumbam Tho Kammati Bhojanam[32] Herself Zee Telugu
2023 Mansion 24[33] Amrutha Disney+Hotstar


Awards and nominations edit

List of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar awards and nominations
Year Award Film Result Ref.
2012 Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress Podaa Podi Won [citation needed]
Edison Award for Best Debut Actress Won [citation needed]
2016 6th South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Debut Actress Kasaba Nominated [citation needed]
6th South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (Critics) Tharai Thappattai Won [citation needed]
Behindwoods Gold Medals Won [citation needed]
2017 Edison Award for Best Character Role – Female Vikram Vedha Won [citation needed]
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil Nominated [citation needed]
7th South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actress Won [citation needed]
2018 Behindwoods Gold Medals Sarkar & Sandakozhi 2 Won [citation needed]
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards for Best Villain – Female Won [citation needed]
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Won [citation needed]
17th Santosham Film Awards Won [citation needed]

References edit

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