From nowhere, actress Lakshmi Rai has managed to strike a deadly double blow. No, we aren’t talking about any assault she made; it’s only that she has just had two back-to-back hits in ‘Kanchana’ and ‘Mankatha’. Till a few months back, Lakshmi Rai was struggling with no significant hit to her credit except for a significant role in the hit film ‘Dhaam Dhoom’ which had ‘Jayam’ Ravi and Bollywood’s Kangna Ranaut in lead roles.
Things changed dramatically when Anushka opted out of Ragava Lawrence’s ‘Kanchana’ and Lakshmi Rai was drafted in as the heroine. The film, which recently crossed 50 days, has become a phenomenal hit all over Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Without an iota of doubt, the film’s success has surely upped Lakshmi Rai’s stakes in Kollywood and Tollywood.
As if that wasn’t enough, Lakshmi Rai has also played a small but significant role in Ajith’s latest landmark film ‘Mankatha’, which has also been declared hit by the tradepundits. The press was lavish in its praise that the film showed Lakshmi Rai like never before as her ‘true beauty’ was visible in the film. For some reasons, though, Lakshmi Rai has decided to have some ‘hiatus’ from starring in Tamil films.
The actress surprised many by her portrayal of the ‘vamp’ in Mankatha and just when producers and directors are queueing outside her house to sign her up for their films, news about her reported ‘hiatus’ from Kollywood comes. The reason given by the actress is that she has a handful of Kannada, Malayalm and Telugu films and can come back to Tamil films only after completing all her pending assignments.
She feels that this ‘break’ would make her fans yearn for her presence in films. If it happens that way, it’d be alright; but what would Lakshmi Rai do if the notion that ‘out of sight, out of mind’ becomes true?