Actress Raai Laxmi who was formerly known as Lakshmi Rai was born on 5th May 1989 in Belgaum, Karnataka state. She is from a Bunt community of mangalore culture. She entered modeling when she was just eight years old appearing in a small advertisement in her home town.
She took modeling seriously and worked for reputed brands like Bru Coffee, Fair & Lovely, Saravana Stores etc. She made her acting debut in 2005 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara.
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 feedbacks 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”. 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),
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. 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.
Gopika and Shivani bhai, 2 Harihar Nagar co-starring Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish and Ashokan, Vaamanan co-starring Jai, Rahman, Priya Anand and Santhanam, Chattambinadu co-starring Mammootty and Siddique,
Evidam Swargamanu co-starring Mohanlal, Priyanka Nair and Sreenivasan, Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam co-starring Lawrence Raghavendra, Padmapriya, Sandhya and Nassar, Muni 2:
Kanchana co-starring Raghava Lawrence and Sarathkumar, Mankatha co-starring Ajith Kumar, Arjun Sarja and Trisha Krishnan, Oru Marubhoomikkadha co-starring Mohanlal, Mukesh and Bhavana, Mayamohini, Kalpana with Upendra and Sai kumar, among other films.