Tadimalla Village, Nidadavole, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Other names||Gauthami, Gowthami|
|Occupation||Actress, Television Host, Costume Designer|
|Children||Subbulakshmi (b. 1999)|
Gautami was born in West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. She made her first appearance at the age of 19 in the Telugu film Dayamayudu, that was produced by her cousin. She was introduced to Tamil films through Guru Shishyan, a film that starred Rajinikanth and Prabhu. She was most active in Tamil cinema from 1987 to 1998 and was a competitor to the other heroines of the time, Kushboo and Bhanupriya. Her filmography includes classics like Apoorva Sagodharargal, Raja Chinna Roja, Thevar Magan, Panakkaran, Guru Sishyan, Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu, Dharma Durai, Rickshaw Mama as well as Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997), which co-starred Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Nassar and Revathi.
She acted almost with all the Tamil heros of her time like Rajinikanth, Kamalhassan, Vijayakanth, Prabhu Ganesan, Karthik Muthuraman, Arjun Sarja, Arvind Swamy, Murali (Tamil actor), Ramki, Rahman (actor), Sarath Kumar whereas most of them with Sathyaraj and Ramarajan.
She has done several films in Malayalam, notably His Highness Abdulla (starring Mohanlal), Dhruvam (starring Mammootty), and Daddy (opposite Arvind Swamy). Her role in Sukrutham was penned by M. T. Vasudevan Nair.
She has acted in the Tamil serial Indira in the lead role. She made a guest appearance in the song "Chikku Bukku Railu" with Prabhu Deva in the film Gentleman. She had hosted a talk show in Sun TV titled Anbudan which was launched to compete with Koffee with Anu running on STAR Vijay. She acted in the serial Abhirami which was telecast on Kalaingar TV. She made a comeback to the film industry in the late 2000s as a costume designer for films starring her partner Kamal Haasan. She won the Vijay Award for Best Costume Designer for Dasavathaaram.
Gautami was married to businessman Sandeep Bhatia in 1998 with whom she has a daughter Subbulakshmi born in 1999. She divorced Sandeep Bhatia in 1999. Since 2005, she and acclaimed Indian actor Kamal Haasan have been in a live-in relationship. The couple met on the sets of Apoorva Sagodharargal in 1989 and have since remained close friends. She and Kamal have refused to marry each other, citing 'lack of faith in marriage' as the main reason. Gautami was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35, and successfully fought against it.
- 1990 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Namma Ooru Poovatha
- 1991 – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for Nee Pathi Naan Pathi
- 1991 – Cinema Express Awards for Special Best Tamil Actress for Nee Pathi Naan Pathi
- 2009 – Vijay Award for Best Costume Designer for Dasavathaaram
|1987||Gandhinagar Rendo Veedhi||Telugu|
|1987||Elu Suttina Kote||Raani||Kannada|
|1988||Enga Ooru Kavalkaran||Poovayi||Tamil|
|1988||Kakki Sattai Potta Machan||Tamil|
|1988||Namma Oor Nayagan||Tamil|
|1989||Pongi Varum Kaveri||Kaveri||Tamil|
|1989||Enga Ooru Mappillai||Panjavarnam||Tamil|
|1989||Raja Chinna Roja||Sumathi||Tamil|
|1989||Naan Sonnathey Sattam||Tamil|
|1990||Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga||Tamil|
|1990||Ooru Vittu Ooru Vandhu||Panchavarnam||Tamil|
|1990||Avasara Police 100||Tamil|
|1990||Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata||Telugu|
|1990||Namma Ooru Poovatha||Poovatha||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize|
|1990||His Highness Abdullah||Radhika||Malayalam|
|1990||Raja Kaiya Vacha||Vijaya||Tamil|
|1991||Dharma Dorai||Parvathi Dharmadorai||Tamil|
|1991||Nee Pathi Naan Pathi||Nivedha||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|1992||Periya Gounder Ponnu||Deepa||Tamil|
|1992||Pyar Hua Chori Chori||Radha||Hindi|
|1994||Oru Vasantha Geetham||Uma||Tamil|
|1994||Janta Ki Adalat||Hindi|
|1994||Teesra Kaun?||As herself||Hindi||Guest Appearance|
|1995||God and Gun||Sujatha Singh||Hindi|
|1995||Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan||Radhika||Malayalam|
|1997||Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law||Sneha Saxena||Hindi|
|2006||Sasanam||Visalakshi||Tamil||Filmed in 1990, Released in 2006|
- Rediff On The NeT, Movies: An interview with Gauthami. Rediff.com (1999-06-12). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- Friday Review Chennai / Interview : Determined to make a mark, again. The Hindu (2007-07-20). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- Gauthami enters small screen – Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2009-11-25). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- Univercell 3rd Vijay Awards – Winners List – Tamil Movie News. IndiaGlitz (2009-06-15). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- Gauthami – The brave ones. Lifestyle.in.msn.com (2011-01-13). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) | Look | A tale of changing relationships. Telegraphindia.com (2008-07-20). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- The stepmom factor. Deccan Chronicle (2012-02-19). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- Gauthami: ‘Don’t feel scared of breast cancer’ | startrack – Movies. ChennaiOnline (2012-03-09). Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
- Gautami narrates her experience of fighting breast cancer The Hindu
- Don’t let mediocrity be the standard:Kamal The Times of India
- It's the genes at play India Today
- "Chinna Thambhi Bags Cinema Express Award". The Indian Express. 1992-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
- Kamalhassan bags 4 awards for Dasavatharam ~. Yoory.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-11.