Lakshmi better known as Lakshmi Narayan hails from a South Indian family.
She became a star in South India in the 1970s and acted in all four South Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Her Malayalam film Chattakari (1974) was remade in Hindi as Julie (1975) and in Telugu as Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). In addition to the Filmfare Best Actress Award, she won an award from the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for most outstanding work of the year, for her work in Julie.She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the Tamil film Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal Laxmi took a break from acting to host two talk shows, including the Tamil talk show achamillai, achamillai. After the talk shows ended, she returned to acting in films.
When her career as a leading lady ended in the 1980s, she started playing supporting roles as mother and later as grandmother. She played Aishwarya Rai's grandmother in Jeans and Kareena Kapoor's grandmother in Hulchul