Sushma Raj is from a Telugu family settled in Bangalore and pursued a degree in fashion designing, before becoming an actress. Sushma made her acting debut with the Kannada romantic film, Madarangi in which she won positive reviews for her portrayal of her character. The film had a low-key release but became a sleeper hit at the box office and fetched further offers for the actress. Her breakthrough role was in the Telugu romantic thriller film, Maaya, directed by G. Neelakanta Reddy. She was subsequently seen in Joru opposite Sundeep Kishan, though the film fared poorly at the box office. Sushma next appeared in the Tamil romantic comedy, India Pakistan, won positive reviews for her portrayal of a lawyer. Her upcoming movies are Nayaki, Nayagi, Eedu Gold Ehe, Jindhaa.