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    No barriers - Lakshmi Rai

    Tuesday, May 17, 2005
    Lakshmi Rai in her first film in Tamil `Karka Kasadara’ has got her lot of attention. Her first film in Telugu is Kanchanganga cablewala and Valmiki in Kannada is soon to release. A chat with the actress

    How did you land up in Tamil films?

    From 2002 to 2004 I was the Miss Belgaum. My portfolios reached director Uthayakumar. He asked me to come over. He screen tested me and thus I landed up in films. I was thrilled to work with a director who discovered Soundarya. The entire credit goes to the director for bringing out a film with all new star cast and crew. I am immensely grateful to him for having the confidence that I will be able to act. Vikraanth (cousin of Vijay) was of great help. He used to tell me the meaning of the dialogues.

    Were your parents supportive of your film career?

    Yes. Very much. Foremost the parents must be supportive of the daughter’s entry into films. They must be the backbone to their daughter’s career. Ours is very close knit family. We are three sisters. I am the youngest and hence the most pampered girl. Whenever we are at home we have our share of fights and fun. I am Lush to my sisters while my mother calls me Lucky. My father had expected the last kid to be a boy and so he calls me Krishna

    How was the Telugu filmdom?

    I heard that Andhra filmdom is full of heroes with big egos. Srikanth my hero in Kanchanawala cable TV is such down to earth person and has no airs about him. I have yet to see a hero like him. I hope my Telugu film too becomes a hit.

    Is it going to be the glam doll image that you hoping to get?

    Today’s youth who come to films want to see glamour. I want to be their heart throb. . I will be sensuous and sexy but not vulgar on screen. Once you have come to films then you should be ready to wear any dress and draw no barriers.

    Will advise girls of your age to come to films?

    I feel that young girls can make it in films. Some may be lucky to get the right break. Next is the right kind of person who should give you the right break. If all this happens then filmdom is a nice place.

    Your lucky number?


    Your assets?

    My smile and eyes

    Fav food?

    Corn flakes



    Your fav one liner?

    Do not disturb,,, Great Mind at Work.

    Are you related to Aishwarya Rai?

    (laughs) Somebody has circulated this rumour. Both of us hail from Belgaum and we are from the Rai family. Now we are in the same profession. Apart from this there is no other connection.

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