Actress and model Raai Laxmi predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam cinema. She has also starred in Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films.
Raai Laxmi started her career early. In 2005, at the age of 15, she 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), 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.
Raai Laxmi 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.
Her Tamil films - the comedy horror Kanchana and the Venkat Prabhu-directed action thriller Mankatha, starring Ajith Kumar - emerged as high financial successes.
She has performed item numbers in several films, including Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016) and Khaidi No. 150 (2017).