Lakshmi Rai is the latest to join a long list of actresses who have opted for a name change. The actress has now changed her name to Raai Laxmi from Lakshmi Rai.
Says a source close to the actress, "Lakshmi is now doing action roles and feels her old name gives the impression of being a soft person. So, she has now chosen to change her name to Raai Laxmi, in tune with the action roles that she is doing now."
When Chennai Times got in touch with the actress, she confirmed the news, saying, "Yes, my name in now Raai Laxmi. It is not exactly a name change. It is the same name but it is just that I am shuffling it a bit. I have added an extra 'a' to the Rai as it is going to be my first name."
Explaining why she had opted for a name change, she says, "I was supposed to do this almost a year ago, but couldn't because of prior commitments. One needs some time to do something like this as everyone knows me as Lakshmi Rai. My family named me after the Goddess. But nobody calls me Lakshmi."
"People have always called me either Rai or Lakshmi Rai. Even at home, they call me just Raai. Moreover, we have moved many places right from my childhood. So, I haven't been able to spare the time for the name change."
"My dad has been insisting for a long time that I change my name to Raai as it goes with my personality. Even now, it all seems to be happening automatically. From now on, all my films will credit me as Raai Laxmi."