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Lakshmi Rai
Born May 5, 1981 (1981-05-05) (age 28)[1]
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003 - Present

Lakshmi Rai (Tulu: ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ರೈ ; born May 6, 1981) is an Indian film actress and model from Mangalore, Karnataka,[2] predominantly appearing in Tamil and Malayalam films.



Lakshmi Rai initially worked as a model before entering the film fraternity. She has modeled in several ads such as Sylcon Footwears, Josco Jewelers and Emmanuel Silks. She made her acting debut in 2004 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara oppsoite Vikranth. Subsequently she appeared in a number of Tamil films, including the comedy film Kundakka Mandakka (2004) alongside R. Parthiban, Perarasu's Dharmapuri (2006) opposite Vijayakanth and Nenjai Thodu (2007), all of which, however, were unsuccessful. In 2008, she finally got noticed as she starred in the films Velli Thirai, which was a moderate success, and the action thriller Dhaam Dhoom, which brought her high critical acclaim. Her portrayal of Aarthi Ponappa, a lawyer, was widely appreciated, which eventually resulted in her first Filmfare nomination in the category for Best Supporting Actress.

However, she became more popular and gained more success in Kerala, appearing in Malayalam-language films. She made her debut in Malyalam in 2007, starring in Rock N Roll. She followed it up with some highly successful films like 2 Harihar Nagar, Ividam Swargamanu and Chattambinadu, regularly acting alongside Malayalam acting legends Mammootty and Mohanlal. She is currently working on four Malayalam films and one Tamil film.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Karka Kasadara Anjali Tamil
Kanchanamala Cable TV Kanchana Telugu
Kundakka Mandakka Roopa Tamil
Azhagiya Aabathu Tamil
Valmiki Kannada
2006 Neeku Naaku Telugu
Dharmapuri Valarmathy Tamil
2007 Nenjai Thodu Aishwarya Tamil
Rock N Roll Daya Sreenivas Malayalam Winner, Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
Snehana Preethina Lakshmi Kannada
2008 Velli Thirai Lakshmi Rai Tamil
Annan Thambi Thenmozhi Malayalam
Minchina Ota Lakshmi Kannada
Parunthu Rakhi Malayalam
Ragasiya Snehithane Jenny Tamil
Dhaam Dhoom Aarthi Chinappa Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award (Tamil)
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Maya Malayalam
Muthirai Kavya Tamil
Vaamanan Pooja Tamil
Naan Avanillai 2 Deepa Tamil
Ividam Swargamanu Sunitha Malayalam Winner, Asianet Most Popular Actress Award
Chattambinadu Gouri Malayalam Winner, Mathrubhumi-Amrita Best Popular Actress Award
2010 Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam Tamil Post-production
Casanova Malayalam Filming
In Ghost House Inn Malayalam Filming
Christian Brothers Malayalam Filming
HHey Gujju Hindi Filming
Yodha 2 Malayalam Filming


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