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Lakshmi Menon, a Dubai based Tamil and Malayalam film actress, who hails from Thrippunithura, a suburb of the city of Kochi. She was born to Ramakrishnan and Usha Menon, Ramakrishnan a Dubai based artist and Usha Menon being a dance teacher at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Munshi Vidyashram in Kochi. She completed her schooling from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 's Munshi Vidyashram in Kochi, the same school where her mother is a teacher. Lakshmi is well versed in different dance forms including Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathakali. She gives the credit for her dancing talent to her mother who taught her dancing right from the age of three. This early heads up in dance and related performance has helped boost her confidence and career to a great extend. She was a bright and studious lad throughout her schooling and at the same time excelled in all extra curricular activities. Lakshmi Menon is regarded as the fastest rising superstar in Tamil film industry with her back to back box office hits. Within a span of over 2 years Lakshmi Menon has emerged a face of Tamil movies. She has also acted in few malayalam movies along side actors like Dileep.
Career of Lakshmi Menon
Lakshmi Menon started off her career as a model, appearing in many TV advertisements including that of Josco Jeweller and Fair and Lovely. She also starred in Falguni Pathak's music album Meri Chunar Ud Ud Jaye. Lakshmi Menon started her film career with Raghuvinte Swantham Raziya, directed by Malayalam director Vinayan in 2011. While doing this film, Lakshmi Menon was in her eighth grade. Vinayan spoted her in a telecast of Bharatnatyam and had approached with the proposal of the film. Soon after her success in Raghuvinte Swantham Raziya, Ali Akbar casted her for his film 'Ideal Couple' in which she was starred against Vineeth. Afer her back to back success in malayalam movies she started to appear as the cover girl of many magazines whe drew attention to many directors even directors apart from malayalam film industry. Director Prabhakaran, who was impressed with Lakshmi Menon's talents offered her the lead role in his film Sundarapandian opposite M. Sasikumar. This was the first Tamil film of Lakshmi Menon, produced by M. Sasikumar. Lakshmi Menon's performance in Malayalam films drew the attention of director Prabu Solomon, who proposed to cast her in his film Kumki opposite to Vikram Prabhu. This movie was a debut film for Vikram Prabhu and had won many hearts.
After her success in two Tamil films Sundarapandian and Kumki, Lakshmi Menon was approached by director M.Muthaiah for his film, Kutti Puli. The film was a grand hit in the box office and collected 220 million rupees worldwide. After this Lakshmi Menon ventured into a Tamil action movie Pandiya Naadu, directed by Suseenthiran and produced by Vishal. She played the role of a school teacher Malar in the film. She again paired up with Vishal in her next Tamil romantic psychological thriller film directed by Thiru and produced by UTV Motion Pictures. Lakshmi Menon was then cast for Sippai directed by Saravanan. After theses Lakshmi Menon also starred in Manja Pye with Vimal and Jigarthanda along with Siddharth. Lakshmi is regarded as the fastest rising star in Tamil film industry with her back to back hits at the box office. After this Lakshmi Menon came back to malayalam film industry with the action thriller film Avatharam, directed by Joshiy.
Awards and nominations
Lakshmi is a brilliant actress and dancer who is well equipped with dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathakali. She was awarded with the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her film Sundarapandian, The Chennai Times Film Award for Compromising Newcomer (Female), SIIMA Award for Best Female Debutant and Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Sundarapandian.
Upcoming Projects of Lakshmi Menon
There are many movies of Lakshmi Menon that are yet to release in the coming days which include a Telugu, Tamil as well as Malayalam films. 'Chikkadu Dorakadu' a Telugu action thriller film with Siddharth is to be released on 22nd September 2014. She is also to appear in Oru Oorla Rendu Raja a romantic action Tamil film, directed by R. Kannan a. In this film Lakshmi Menon is giving vocals to the song Kukkuru Kukkuru. Following this two more Tamil films Sippai and Komban are to release on November 2014 and February 2015. Lakshmi Menon is also to star in a malayalam film Saddam Sivan alongside Dileep which is due to release on June 2016. Lakshmi has a promising career ahead with a lot of upcoming releases and other projects.