Actor

Mar 03, 1985  in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is an Indian movie actress who is predominantly seen in Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam movies. She made her movie debut in 2012 with Tamil movie Podaa Podi for which she won the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress and the Edison Award for Best Debut Actress.
Early Life
Born on the 3rd of March, 1985 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, Varalaxmi is the eldest among the four siblings. She is the daughter of actor R. Sarathkumar and Chaya, who divorced in 2000. Her father, however, married actress Raadhika in 2001, with whom he has a son named Rahul. Varalaxmi has a younger sister Pooja, a half-brother Rahul, and a stepsister Rayanne Hardy, daughter of Raadhika Sarathkumar and her ex-husband Richard Hardy.
Varalaxmi graduated in microbiology from Hindustan Arts and Science College, after which she pursued a master's degree in Business Management from the University of Edinburgh. She then joined Anupam Kher's acting school, Actor Prepares, before joining the film industry. She is also a trained Bharatanatyam, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet dancer, and was a part of dance group Hot Shoe Dance Company for eight years.
Acting Career
After completing her training at the acting school, Varalaxmi was offered Vignesh Shivan's romantic drama Podaa Podi where she played the role of a London-based dancer. Although she was signed in the year 2008, the movie took four years to be completed and released only in 2012. The debutante's performance was well-received and garnered a lot of critical acclaim. For her performance, she went on to win the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress and the Edison Award for Best Debut Actress.
The same year, she was cast in Sundar C's Madha Gaja Raja opposite Vishal Krishna Reddy, but due to financial issues was not released. As on 2016, the movie has still remained unreleased. Given that the movie remained unreleased Varalaxmi's second release was Kannada movie Maanikya in 2014, where she was cast opposite Sudeep. Maanikya became one of the most commercially successful Kannada movies of 2014. After her second successful performance, she was seen in Bala Pazhanisaamy's 2016 release Tharai Thappattai, where she essayed the role of a karakattam dancer, for which she had to lose 10 kgs.
In 2016, she was then cast alongside Mammootty in Kasaba, which released on Eid (7th of July) and went on to collect 0.25 crore (US$37,000) on its first day in Kerala and went on to become the highest first day collecting Malayalam movie, breaking the record of previous record holder Kali.

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