Rakul Preet Singh made her acting debut with Kannada film Gilli co-starring Gururaj Jaggesh and Yethiraj Jaggesh in 2009 but the film failed to impress box-office. She subsequently worked for numerous commercial hits like Thadaiyara Thaakka co-starring Arun Vijay and Mamta Mohandas, Venkatadri Express co-starring Sundeep Kishan and Brahmaji, Yaariyan co-starring Himansh Kohli and Nicole Faria, Current Theega co-starring Srinivas Gudur, Jagapati Babu and Sunny Leone, Loukyam co-starring Gopichand, Brahmanandam, Hamsa Nandini and Mukesh Rishi, among other films.
She returned to films in 2011, featuring 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 appeared in a supporting role in the Tamil film Thadaiyara Thaakka 2013 she was seen in two films,Puthagam in Tamil and Venkatadri Express in Telugu, the latter becoming a commercial success and earning her a Best Actress nomination at the 61st Filmfare Awards South.
In 2014, Rakul debuted in a starring role in Bollywood with Divya Kumar’s directorial debut Yaariyan, after which her third Tamil film Yennamo Yedho released. By mid-2014, she was working on four Telugu films simultaneously, which were directed by Sriwaas, G. Nageswara Reddy, Srinivas Reddy and Gopichand Malineni, respectively. Sriwaas’ Loukyam and G. Nageswara Reddy’s Current Theega were her next releases. Her roles are a mix of urban, fashionable & glamorous and as well as rural, innocent & rustic She received positive reviews for her performances in both films
Rakul was then selected as the female lead in half-a-dozen, four of which are high-profile Telugu films: Surender Reddy’s Kick 2 oppositeRavi Teja, Srinu Vaitla’s Bruce Lee opposite Ram Charan, Sukumar’s Nannaku Prematho opposite Jr. Ntr and Boyapati Srinu’s Sarrainodu opposite Allu Arjun. She also has a Hindi film, Ramesh Sippy’s Shimla Mirchi, coming up.
In January 2016 she signed a film under the direction of Boyapati Srinu opposite Bellamkonda Sreenivas for which she charged ₹1.5 crore .
In February 2016 she signed Surender Reddy’s untitled film opposite Ram Charan. In early March 2016 she signed Gopichand Malineni’s untitled film starring opposite Sai Dharam Tej for the first time.