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Raai Lakshmi
Raai at the trailer launch of her film Julie 2
Born Lakshmi Rai
(1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 28)[note 1][1]
Belagavi, Karnataka, India
Residence Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality  Indian
Occupation Actress, model, stage performer
Years active 2005–present
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Raai Lakshmi (born as Lakshmi Rai on 5 May 1989)[2][3] is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly appears in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. She made her debut in Bollywood with the film Julie 2 (2017).[4][5]

Raai has completed over a decade in the film industry, acting over 50 films in multiple languages.[6]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Public recognition and success (2011–2014)
    • 2.2 Debut in Bollywood (2015–present)
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Films
    • 4.2 Television
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Raai Lakshmi was born on 5 May 1989 in Belagavi, Karnataka to Ram Rai and Manjula Rai. [7][8]


Raai Lakshmi her debut at the age of 17 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara in 2005.[9] 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 Lakshmi) sizzles even as she is supposed to play the court professional who is caught in the web of smuggling drugs".[10] 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, 2 Harihar Nagar (2009),[11] 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, she played a glamorous supermodel.[12] 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.[12]

Public recognition and success (2011–2014)[edit]

Raai at Celebrity Cricket League 2012

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.[13][14] Both films emerged as high financial successes.[13] Following Kanchana's success, she was signed on to reprise the role in its Kannada remake.[15]

She performed her first item number opposite Ravi Teja in his Telugu film Balupu (2013).

Her latest release Arabiyum, Ottakavum, P. Madhavan Nairum opposite Mohanlal was met with mixed reviews but turned out to a commercial success. Her 2014 films were Aranmanai[16] and Irumbu Kuthirai in Tamil,[17] Rajadhi Raja in Malayalam[18] and Shrungara in Kannada.[19]

Debut in Bollywood (2015–present)[edit]

In 2015, she signed three Malayalam films, Arabian Safari "Preview" and Santhoshayi Gopiyetta and three Tamil films Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema,[20] Sowkarpettai and Arjun, Divya Matrum Karthik.[21] After a brief gap of two years she performed her second item number opposite Pawan Kalyan in his Telugu film Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016).[22]

Later she signed two Hindi films Akira[23] and Julie 2.[24][25] Julie 2 is her first Hindi film as the main lead.[26]

In May 2016 she signed to perform her third item number in Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva.[27] In October 2016 she signed to perform her fourth item number with Chiranjeevi in his 150th film Khaidi No. 150.[28][29]


Based on an online poll conducted by The Times of India, Raai Lakshmi won the "Best Actor Award in a Negative Role - Female" for Mankatha.[30] In 2012, Raai Lakshmi won the Stylish Star of South Indian Cinema - Female[31] at SIIMA, 2012.



Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Karka Kasadara Anjali Tamil Tamil debut
Kanchanamala Cable TV Kanchana Telugu Telugu debut
Kundakka Mandakka Roopa Tamil
Valmiki Kannada Kannada debut
2006 Neeku Naaku Saranya Telugu
Dharmapuri Valarmathy Tamil
2007 Nenjai Thodu Asihwarya Tamil
Rock N' Roll Daya Sreenivas Malayalam Malayalam debut
Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
Snehana Preethina Lakshmi Kannada
2008 Velli Thirai Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
Annan Thambi Thenmozhi Malayalam
Minchina Ota Lakshmi Kannada
Parunthu Rakhi Malayalam
Ragasiya Snehithane Jenny Tamil
Dhaam Dhoom Aarthi Chinappa Tamil Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Christina Honai (Maya) Malayalam Nomination, Surya TV Award For Best Actress
Muthirai Kavya Tamil
Vaamanan Pooja Tamil
Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa Tamil
Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Charanya Tamil
Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam
Evidam Swargamanu Advocate Sunitha Malayalam Asianet Most Popular Actress Award
Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
2010 In Ghost House Inn Christina Honai (Maya) Malayalam Cameo appearance
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Pakki Tamil
Pen Singam Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
2011 Christian Brothers Sofia Malayalam
Kanchana Priya Tamil
Mankatha Sona Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Meenakshy Thampuran,
Manasi Thampuran
Malayalam Dual role
2012 Casanovva Hana Malayalam
Mayamohini Maya
Adhinayakudu Deepthi Telugu
Kalpana Priya Kannada
Thaandavam Geetha Tamil
2013 Vana Yuddham Vijayata Vashisht Tamil
Attahasa Kannada
Onbadhule Guru Sanjana Tamil
Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Fouzia Hassan IPS Malayalam
Balupu Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Lucky Lucky Rai"
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Christina Tamil
Rajadhi Raja Radha Malayalam
Aranmanai Maya Tamil
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Lakshmi Tamil
Sowkarpettai Maya Tamil
Sardaar Gabbar Singh Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Tauba Tauba"
Akira Maya Hindi Hindi debut,
Extended Cameo
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"
Julie 2 Julie Hindi


Year Show Role Language Channel Notes
2015 Star Challenge Contestant Malayalam Flowers TV Reality show


  1. ^ Birth date validated at OTRS ticket # 2016051310004058