Gayathri Raguram

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Gayathri Raghuram
Born 23 April 1983 (age 34)
Chennai
Occupation Choreographer, actress
Years active 2016-2019–present
Partner(s) kothavaranga owner Shaju.M HIT

Gayathri Raghuram is an Indian choreographer and actress who has worked in the South Indian film industry. The daughter of prominent choreographer Raghuram, Gayathri began her career as an actress in the 2002 film Charlie Chaplin and after a career break, she began working as a choreographer in films during 2008.

Career[edit]

Gayathri Raghuram started acting at fourteen.[1] Early in her career, she insisted on being known by her full name to avoid confusion with another actress, Gayatri Jayaraman, who was also active in the period.[2] Her debut film, Sakthi Chidambaram's comedy drama Charlie Chaplin (2002), featured her in an ensemble cast alongside Prabhu Deva, Prabhu and Abhirami. She was selected for the film after Gayatri Jayaraman had earlier opted out of the project.[3] The film enjoyed commercial success, with a critic from The Hindu stating "the new heroine's expertise in dance is particularly impressive".[4] In 2002, she appeared in three more films: the Kannada film Manasella Neene directed by choreographer Sundaram, the Tamil film Style alongside choreographer Raghava Lawrence and the Malayalam film, Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari, where she starred opposite Prithviraj. Her four consequent releases in 2003 fared less well at the box office and failed to garner her more film offers. In concern of her performance in the horror film Whistle (2003), a critic from The Hindu wrote "Gayathri Raghuram's face is and her expressions are just right but rotundity seems to come in the way of wholesome appeal".[5] Likewise, a critic wrote "Gayathri, as the garrulous friend of the hero, begins well, and even when you think she might have a solid role to play, she turns out to be just another weighty heroine in tow", in regard of her appearance in the Arjun-starrer Parasuram (2003).[6] Subsequently, she quit films and relocated to pursue a qualification in Visual Communications in Iowa, USA.[7]

Gayathri returned to the film industry in 2008 as a choreographer with films like Jayam Kondaan (2008) and Poi Solla Porom (2008) and has since worked in big budget productions including Madrasapattinam (2010), Deiva Thirumagal (2013), Osthe (2011) and Anjaan (2014).[1][8] Her work in the crime thriller Kanthaswamy (2009) and the satire Tamil Padam (2010) were well received by critics.[9] By 2014, she had choreographed around 100 films and has regularly specialised in working on romantic montages.[1]

She made a return as an actress in Vai Raja Vai (2015) at the insistence of her friend Aishwarya Dhanush by portraying the sister of the film's lead character Gautham Karthik.[1] Likewise, she made an extended guest appearance in director Bala's village drama Tharai Thappattai (2016), where she also featured in a karakattam-based song. After announcing her intentions of directing a film in 2012, she began work on her first directorial venture Yaadhumagi Nindraai during 2016.[10][11]

In 2017, Gayathri was a contestant on the Tamil reality show Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan.[12] She was evicted from the show on day 56, after having attracted widespread criticism for her behaviour inside the Bigg Boss House. In particular, her constant harassment and bullying of contestants Bharani, Julie and then Oviya were widely criticised. A police complaint was filed against her for using derogatory words and hurting the sentiment of others, while on the show.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Gayathri was born as the second daughter to dance choreographers Raghuram and Girija Raghuram.[15] Her elder sister Suja is a prominent dancer, who has also previously worked as an actress.[16] She is the great grand-daughter of director Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam. Her mother, Girija comes from a family of choreographers, which includes Brinda and Kala.[17] In August 2006, Gayathri had an arranged marriage with US-based software engineer Deepak Chandrasekar in California, and the pair subsequently held a Hindu ceremony in December 2006 which was attended by several actors and politicians from Tamil Nadu. In 2008, Gayathri filed for divorce on the grounds of domestic abuse from Deepak and his parents. The divorce was subsequently granted in 2010.[18]

In November 2015, Gayathri was appointed as Bharatiya Janata Party's secretary for arts in Tamil Nadu. She had earlier joined the party in 2014 in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Actress
Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Charlie Chaplin Susi Tamil
Manasella Neene Renuka Kannada
Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran
Avanundoru Rajakumari
Aswathy Malayalam
Style Viji Tamil
2003 Maa Bapu Bommaku Pellanta Mohana Telugu
Parasuram Meena Tamil
Whistle Anjali Tamil
Vikadan Gowri Tamil
2011 Vaanam Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Who Am I?"
2012 Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi Fitness Instructor Tamil Special appearance in the song "Azhaipaya Azhaipaya"
Love Failure Telugu Special appearance in the song "Inthajare Inthajare"
2015 Vai Raja Vai Gayathri Tamil
Idhu Enna Maayam Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Irikkirai"
2016 Tharai Thappattai Herself Tamil Guest appearance
Director
  • Yaadhumagi Nindraai (2017)
Television
  • Odi Vilayadu Pappa (2016)
  • Bigg Boss (2017)
  • Mrs. Chinnathirai (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
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  3. ^ "Arts & Culture". Tamilguardian.com. 3 April 2002. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ thmrn. "The Hindu : Charlie Chaplin". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "The Hindu : "Whistle"". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Parasuram". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  7. ^ "Gayathri Raghuram bids goodbye ". IndiaGlitz.com. 2005-04-01. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Gayathri Raghuram follows her dad ". IndiaGlitz.com. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  9. ^ V Lakshmi (2010-03-08). "I want to try my hand at direction: Gayathri ". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Gayathri Raghuram turns director - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Gayathri Raghuram turns director". Deccanchronicle.com. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  12. ^ "Kamal Haasan's Bigg Boss Tamil begins: Meet the 15 contestants of the show, see photos". Indianexpress.com. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  13. ^ "Action sought against Gayathri Raghuram". Newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "Police complaint against Gayatri Raghuram, trouble for Bigg Boss continues - Asianet Newsable - DailyHunt". M.dailyhunt.in. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Tamil Cinema News - Tamil Movie Reviews - Tamil Movie Trailers - IndiaGlitz Tamil". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  16. ^ "Suja Manoj - Film Connection Students". Film.rrfedu.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  17. ^ [2][dead link]
  18. ^ "Gayathri Ragurama's marriage on the rocks?". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  19. ^ "Gayathri Raghuram". Thehindu.com. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 

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