Manikya, Vikram Vedha, and Tarai Thappatai heroine Varalaxmi Sarathkumar (Varu) celebrates her 33rd birthday today. The South Indian actress was born into a family of film actors and has received critical acclaim for her performances. Here are five lesser known facts about Varu. 

1) Filmi background

Varalaxmi is the daughter of popular actor Sarathkumar, who has acted in a number of Kannada films including Ram, Myna, Sarathi, Seetharama Kalyana, Santheyalli Nintha Kabeera. She lives with her mother Chaya. Her step-mother, Radhika Sarathkumar is a big name in the Tamil film and TV industry. She has a younger sister Pooja and a step-sister Rayanne Hardy and step-brother Rahul.

2) Education

Varalaxmi graduated with a degree in microbiology from Hindustan Arts and Science college, Chennai. She also has master’s in business management from the University of Edinburgh.

3) Acting

Varalaxmi is not one to rest on her filmy background. She certainly believes in learning the craft too. She also has a degree from Anupam Kher’s Acting School in Mumbai.

4) Relationship

She was in a relationship with actor Vishal Krishna for seven years, but the couple recently broke up and Vishal is currently engaged to Anisha Alla. Varalaxmi is currently single, but more importantly, she never lets her relationship come in the way of her success.

5) Best performance

Varalaxmi has not only played the girl next door and glamorous characters but she has also won critical acclaim in movies like Tharai Thappatai and Vikram Vedha. She is working in seven films this year. This is an example of how popular Varalaxmi is an actress, but more so, this goes to show hardworking this actor is.