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Lakshman Narayan is an Indian actor who has appeared in Tamil language films. He made his debut in Bharathiraja's Annakodi (2013), before going on to win critical acclaim for his supporting role in Suseenthiran's sports film Jeeva portraying a cricketer.
Early life and family
Lakshman Narayan is the son of Manivannan, a noted industrialist based in Theni, Tamil Nadu. He did his schooling in Bala Vidyamandir Adayar in Chennai and then moved on to further education in Theni. A talented cricketer, Lakshman represented the Tamil Nadu cricket team at the under-15, under-17, under-19, under-22 and under-25 categories as a right handed batsman and a leg break bowler. He subsequently pursued his another course at Loyola College, Chennai and went on to play for South Zone universities.
Lakshman Narayan was offered to play the leading role in Bharathiraja's romantic drama film Annakodi (2013) portraying a villager opposite Karthika Nair. Playing the titular role of Kodiveeran, before the film changed it's name, the project went through several changes in cast and script and took two years to make. The film opened to negative reviews in June 2013 with most critics labelling it as a "disappointment" in comparison to Bharathiraja's previous work. A reviewer from Sify.com noted "Lakshman needs to do a crash course in acting, before doing his next film", while another critic also lampooned his performance noting "he doesn’t fit the rural guy role in the movie" and "it is very surprising to see that a lead actor from Bharatiraja movie failing miserably."
He then went on to feature in a supporting role in Suseenthiran's sports film Jeeva portraying a cricketer. Featuring alongside Vishnu and Sridivya, the film opened to positive reviews in September 2014. Lakshman won positive reviews for the portrayal of Ranjith in the film, with critics praising his cricketing ability for making his role look realistic.