Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Tamil and Kannada language films. She made her debut with the Tamil film Podaa Podi (2012).
Varalaxmi was born to actor Sarathkumar and Chaya on 5 March 1985, while her stepmother is Raadhika Sarathkumar. She is the eldest of four children, and has a younger sister Pooja, a younger half-brother Rahul and step-sister Rayanne Hardy.
Varalaxmi is graduate in microbiology with a Master’s in Business Management degree from the University of Edinburgh, and honed her acting skills at Anupam Kher’s Acting School in Mumbai, before becoming an actress.
Varalaxmi signed on to star in Vignesh Shivan’s romantic drama film, Podaa Podi (2012) during June 2008, citing that the opportunity to portray a London-based dancer had excited her. The film went through development hell and took four years to make, before being released in October 2012. Co-starring alongside Silambarasan, Varalaxmi won critical acclaim for her performance.
Her second release was the Kannada film, Maanikya (2014) alongside actor Sudeep, and the film went on to become amongst the most profitable Kannada films of the year. In 2014, she began filming for Bala’s Tharai Thappattai (2016), where she had to lose ten kilograms to portray a karakattam dancer.