Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, the hazel-brown eyed tri-lingual actor and danseuse, who's acted in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada movies. The acceptance in Malayalam cinema that Lakshmi has received from the audience has made her feel much obliged to Malayalam filmgoers. Her success here has also got her offers from her home ground, Kannada film industry too. Her debut Malayalam film 'Arayannangalude Veedu' got her the Kerala State Award for the best supporting actress. Her second film 'Kochu Kochu Santhosangal' too brought in much acclaim for her acting talents. Acting afforded her a different kind of exposure. "Initially I was intimidated by the profession, I was too shy to be famous," but soon felt at home.
She is very conscious about the message she conveys through her roles. "I feel a strong social responsibility as an actress. Working on her first film, Arayanangalude Veedu, with Mammootty for which she won the Kerala State Award "was a treasured experience. He has such reverence for the profession. So also the character artistes". Cast opposite many a Malayalam screen icon in different films, she has catapulted to fame in 'God's Own Country'. She says, though dance would always remain her fave metier, she loves essaying good roles in films. She reveals, like doing films that integrates semi-classical dance tracks, like Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, in which two of my classical dance numbers had become catchy tunes all over Kerala. Her star status in film firmament notwithstanding, she dreams of metamorphosing into a top-notch dancer.
Lakshmi Gopalaswamy is a serious student of Bharathanatyam and a dancer of repute. She has been performing since the age of 12 experiencing the inherent satisfaction that takes her through the fascinating journey that art unfolds to every devoted seeker. Endowed with classical features, she has grace and a naturalness that complements her attractive personality, beautiful face and expressive eyes to this art form.
A quintessential Bangalore girl, with a Master's Degree in Women's studies, Lakshmi chirps when quizzed on what tops the list while prioritizing her passions as "Unequivocally dance! Lakshmi is of the opinion that dance has taught her to discipline herself. She feels that since dance and films are allied arts, it influences each other tremendously. Her dancing prowess is vindicated from the fact that she is the first one from Karnataka to have bagged the prestigious Madras Music Academy's MGR award for Best Young Dancer. Incidentally, her mother, Dr. Uma Gopalaswamy, a PhD holder in Carnatic music, lends her voice for her dance shows.