'There's a thrill in doing horror films'

Looking Ahead

Lakshmi Rai has had two big releases in Malayalam this year — Oru Marubhoomikkadha and ‘Casanovva’ with Mohanlal. Needless to say, both did exceptionally well and the young lass is now flooded with offers.

She is also one of those actresses who is ready to bare. “What’s wrong in wearing a bikini? If you have a good body, why not flaunt it?” she asks. Lakshmi has come a long way after her debut in 2005 in the Tamil film Karka Kasadara.

She has worked her way up as an actress. Romance, horror, comedy... she seems to carry it all off with ease. “I worked non-stop last year and all those films will release this year. I’ve signed a couple of interesting projects and I am looking forward to a year of releases, if everything goes well,” Lakshmi says.

Recalling the role of Hanan in ‘Casanovva’, she says, “It was a very strong character. I didn’t know the impact it had until people gave me the feedback. Working with Mohanlal was rewarding.” 

Lakshmi has also signed her first Bollywood project, Tere Bina Jiya Nahin Jaye, opposite Himesh Reshammiya. “I play a Punjabi girl but I have not done any lengthy preparation for it. Working in Hindi films is a different ball game altogether,” she avers.

Lakshmi confesses that many of the roles she receives are glamourous ones. But she says dark characters excite her and the horror genre is something that she likes although she has done it before. “There’s a certain thrill in doing horror films, provided it is shot well,” she observes.

Lakshmi, who is popular in the Malayalam film industry, has also done some memorable roles in Tamil films like Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam, where she plays a cowgirl. And in Dhaam Dhoom, she sizzled as a lawyer. “It never gets monotonous as an actor because with every new film, you are playing a new character. You discover the actor in you,” she sums up.

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