She starred in the 2003 Bollywood film Boom, alongside Katrina Kaif and Madhu Sapre, as one of three supermodels who are accused of stealing diamonds.
She played the role of Geeta in Paul Mayeda Berges's 2005 film The Mistress of Spices.
The lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out." She also revealed a 1986 sexual assault in 2018, in which she was raped at the age of 16.
She wrote, "It took me decades to talk about this with intimate partners and a therapist.
Now, 32 years after my rape, I am stating publicly what happened.
Lakshmi has appeared on the covers of Redbook, Vogue India, FHM, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel India, Asian Woman, Avenue, Industry Magazine, Marie Claire (India Edition), Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Newsweek.
In 2002, she made a guest appearance as alien princess Kaitaama in "Precious Cargo," the 37th episode of the science fiction TV series Star Trek: Enterprise.
She portrayed Madhuvanthi in the TV series Sharpe's Challenge (2004-05).
In 2009, Lakshmi launched her first line of jewelry, "Padma". The first, "The Padma Collection," is a line of dinnerware composed of Moroccan ceramics and Turkish glass.
The second, "Easy Exotic", is a line of more casual kitchenware.