Rakul made her debut in films with the 2009 Kannada film, Gilli, a remake of Selvaraghavan’s 7G Rainbow Colony when she was 18-years-old. She stated that she signed up for her first film “with the aim to earn a little extra pocket money” and that she was unaware “how big south Indian films were”.She won critical acclaim for her role in the film before returning to complete her degree and compete in the Miss India pageant.
She subsequently returned in 2011 and featured opposite debutant Siddharth Rajkumar in Keratam, though critics noted that she “got very little screen time”.The film was also made in Tamil simultaneously with the same cast but a different director as Yuvan, though the film is yet to release. In 2012, she starred in a supporting role in the Tamil film Thadaiyara Thaakka, playing a supporting role alongside Arun Vijay and Mamta Mohandas, for which she was kept by the producers in the dark to create suspense around the character.
Rakul will be next seen opposite Aadi Saikumar in the film, Rough. Her other upcoming films are Autonagar Surya and Venkatadri Express in Telugu, apart from Yennamo Yedho, the Tamil remake of the Tollywood hit, Ala Modalaindi.She is also going to make her debut in Bollywood with Divya Kumar’s directorial debut Yaariyaan.