It appears Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar, who proved her acting talents in films like Poda Podi and Bala's Thaarai Thappattai, is opting for roles with negative shades these days.
Following the hit film Sathya, where she portrayed a powerful role with grey shades, Lingusamy roped her in for Vishal starrer Sandakozhi 2 for a baddie character, while Keerthi Suresh is the lead heroine.
More recently, Varalaxmi was brought on board for Dhanush's Maari 2, which has Sai Pallavi in the lead in the sequel. Director Balaji Mohan, in an earlier interview, said that it is a crucial role. Now close sources reveal that it may be a negative character but with a lot of scope for performance. However, clarifying the rumours, Varalaxmi said, “I never told anyone that I am playing a grey character.
It's a powerful role and that's it”. The actress, who is vocal with her views, is actively involved in social initiatives like the Signature campaign #Save Shakti initiative a few years ago, the main aim of which was to motivate women to stand up for themselves. Last Sunday, she led the ‘Walk a Mile In Her Shoes,’ a campaign to stop violence against women where many celebrities from different walks of life participated.