That's the actual pic without any effects
I wouldn't call her as ugly looking in this film. My concern is with her being unknown to Tamil viewers. Her last film as lead actress in Tamil film was in 2014 which failed. Infact both the Tamil films where he played lead heroine were flops & smaller films for her to leave a mark. So she has hardly anything to contribute here. ARM's last two were with Vijay & heroines were Kajal Aggarwal & Samantha Ruth Prabhu. (if Hindi included then Sonakshi Sinha). The only industry where Rakul has some screen presence is Telugu & there Mahesh's face value is enough.