Mahalakshmi made her singing debut with A R Rahman in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se (1998). She also recorded for the movie Dus, which was Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s debut as music directors. Later, she went on to work frequently with them.
Since then she has sung over thousand songs in films, Serials jingles and original albums. She was part of several successful soundtracks such as Mission Kashmir, Yaadein and Saathiya and worked with some of the biggest music composers like A R Rahman, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit and more.
She has also sung for all of the Yash Raj Productions’ biggest hits like Dhoom 2, Bunty Aur Babli, Salaam Namaste and Fanaa and most recent successful albums like Ta Ra Rum Pum and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
During her career, she was known for her performances in songs like Kabhi Sham Dhale from Sur: The Melody of Life (2002), Har Taraf from Rishtey (2002) and for hit songs like Chup Chup Ke from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Aaj Ki Raat from Don (2006) and Bol Na Halke Halke from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
She also sang on the Academy Award winning song “Jai Ho” for A R Rahman in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Specifically, she sang the Urdu words between the short “Jai Ho” chants, as well as portions of the verses (most of which were sung by Sukhwinder Singh).