The Beautiful Lakshmi Rai: Malayalam and Tamil Actress
If you've seen the films Karka Kasadara (2005), Annan Thambi (2008), 2 Harihar Nagar (2009), Evidam Swargamanu (2009) and Oru Marubhoomikkadha (2011), you know that Lakshmi Rai is one of the hottest young Indian actresses working in Malayalam and Tamil film. Since her screen debut in 2005, Rai has acted in over 37 movies and TV shows, appearing in roughly 5 productions per year.
Like many Indian movie stars before her, Lakshmi Rai started as a model before transitioning to film. While still in school she starred in television commercials for Josco Jewellers and Emmanuel Silks, as well as a number of print advertisements. Her first foray into Indian cinema was in the Tamil-language film Karka Kasadara, in which she played the supporting role of Anjali.
Since 2005, she has expanded her repertoire to include Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada language movies.
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More About Lakshmi Rai
Lakshmi Rai was born in the South Indian city of Bangalore, Karnakata in 1989, but she grew up in nearby Belgaum. Other actresses born in Bangalore include Meghana Raj, Rathi, and Sanjjanaa. After proving her acting skills in Kollywood (Tamil-language cinema), directors and casting agents called on her to play more roles in Mollywood (Malayalam-language cinema).
Like the other famous Rai -- Aishwarya Rai -- Lakshmi is famed for her beautiful gray eyes. Light eyes are common in the northern part of India, but much rarer in the south where Lakshmi was born and raised. Though less than 1% of India's total population has gray or green eyes, about 7% of the top Indian film actresses do.
Being a sensitive and versatile actress, Rai is often cast as a villain as well as a protagonist. The Times of India conducted a nation-wide poll of the best actors in a negative role and Lakshmi Rai won by a wide margin over the next runner up. Audiences are enthralled by her convincing portrayals of complex and bad characters.
Lakshmi Rai's Selected Filmography
For such a young Indian actress, Lakshmi Rai is remarkably prolific. She often manages to complete five or more projects a year, though admittedly many of these are minor or supporting roles. Here is a small sample of the many films and TV shows she has appeared in since 2005.
2005: Kundakka Mandakka, Valmiki
2006: Neeku Naaku, Dharmapuri
2007: Nenjai Thodu, Snehana Preethina
2008: Annan Thambi, Ragasiya Snehithane
2009: Vaamanan, Chattambinadu
2010: In Ghost House Inn, Pen Singam
2011: Christian Brothers, Oru Marubhoomikkadha
2012: Adhinayakudu, Thaandavam
2013: Onbadhule Guru, Arabian Safari
In 2013 Lakshmi Rai began filming Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha (ASK), a movie about six women whose fates are intertwined as they search for success in life and professional sports. She also began work on Arabian Safari, a female-centered adventure film set in the Middle East.