Lakshmi Rai (born May 6, 1989) is an Indian film actress and model from Mangalore, Karnataka, 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.