Sakshi Agarwal is an Indian film actress and model, who has appeared in Tamil films and in a few Kannada and Malayalam films. After beginning her working career as a marketing consultant, Sakshi moved towards an acting career after she garnered attention during part-time modelling commitments. She has since starred in lead and supporting roles in South Indian films. She was also one of the contestants in the Tamil reality TV show Bigg Boss Tamil 3.
A native of Nainital, Agarwal studied at Good Shepherd Convent, Chennai, completed a bachelor's degree in information technology at Anna University and then an MBA degree at Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship She then pursued a career as a marketing consultant, first working with Tata Consultancy Services and then Infosys during 2010. After taking part in a charity fashion show for a friend, Sakshi was approached by a modelling recruiter who introduced her to advertisement directors. Sakshi subsequently started taking up commercial assignments during her weekends, appearing as a model on print, television and fashion shows. She appeared in Malabar Gold's advert alongside Suriya, and later chose to quit her job at Infosys in January 2013 to take up a career as an actress. Agarwal then shot for a video album titled Jillinu Oru Kalavaram, learnt dance from Shiamak Davar and worked on acting skills with Ratan Thakore Theatre Group, to prepare herself for the film industry. She sought out acting opportunities in the Tamil and Kannada film industries, and signed her first film projects during early 2013.
She was first cast by director Tejaswi in a Kannada film titled Heddari, which she completed filming by August 2013. Her first release was a little known Tamil tele-film titled No Parking, while her first theatrical release was Atlee's Raja Rani (2013), where she portrayed a small role in one scene. Among her early films, Heddari and another proposed Kannada-Tamil bilingual titled Karaab Story by Prathap Gowda did not eventually release. Her first film release in a leading role was the Kannada comedy drama, Software Ganda (2014), where she portrayed an office worker. In 2015 and 2016, she appeared in a series of low-budget Tamil films as the main lead featuring in a variety of roles. For one particular song in Ka Ka Ka Po, she dressed up in nine different avatars, while in Adhyan, she played a fashion student. Other films she was attached to in the period were the unreleased Jeyikkira Kuthira, where she played a negative role, and Brahma.com, which she later opted out from.