Known for her glamorous roles and hit numbers, Raai Laxmi is back to the Telugu film industry, with yet another movie titled Where Is The Venkatalakshmi. The actor who made a debut at the age of 16 in Tamil and Telugu is popularly known as ‘Ratthaalu’ to Telugu audience.
Set in the backdrop of Amalapuram, Where Is The Venkatalakshmi is a horror-comedy where Raai Laxmi plays the role of a primary teacher who twirls and swirls in a sari and loose hair. She says, “Working for this movie was more like working with friends. Though the team is new for me, it was fun on the sets. The director got the best out of everyone, and one will fall in love with the music composed by Hari Gaura,” says the actor who believes that people will call her papa after watching the Atthili Papa song from the movie.
The energetic beauty, who made a debut with the Kanchanamala Cable TV in Telugu film industry, has now become choosy when it comes to her characters. As an actor, she wants to explore more and not be typecast. “Success and failure, both are part of the film industry, but for an actor, acting should be appreciated,” says Laxmi, who appeared in a special number Lucky Lucky Rai song from Balupu.
She further adds, “I’m a very chilled out person, and acting next to big stars is what matters. Also, you get paid well for a special number over a movie.”
The Kanchana actor recalls, “For Khaidi No.150, I was just asked a day before shooting, and I didn’t want to miss the chance of acting with Chiranjeevi garu. There were no rehearsals, no practice, I even wonder how they organised my clothes. The song was one of its kind.”
The fitness freak, who recently uploaded pictures on social media of her sweating it out, says, “I’ve been receiving offers from Bollywood too, but I don’t want to be typecast. Here, in south, there are plenty of opportunities, and people choose you according to your talent. Also, one doesn’t have to give auditions when their work is known, but in Bollywood it has become a fashion,” says the actor who has never seen a casting director in south. It is only the director and team who decide the cast.
Directed by Kishore Kumar, and produced by M Sridhar Reddy, H Anand Reddy and RK Reddy, the film Where Is The Venkatalakshmi features Poojitha Ponnada and Ram Karthik along with Raai Laxmi in lead roles, and comedians Praveen and Madhu Nandan are the two pillars of the film. The movie also stars Brahmaji, Jabardasth Mahesh, Gemini Naresh among others.
The music lover, who is a good friend of Akon, says, “We have many common friends, and we meet in social gatherings. He is a great lover of India and its culture. It’s always nice to listen to his music and enjoy his concerts in India.” The actor is busy shooting for several projects simultaneously, and a few of her projects include Cinderella, where she is playing the main lead, being directed by debutant Vinod Venkatesh, Nagakanya and Yodha 2.