Gowtham Sundararajan

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Gowtham Sundararajan
Born Gautham
(1969-08-23) 23 August 1969 (age 49)
Other names Major Gowtham
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Kokila (m.1995–present)
Children Dhuruva PADMANABAN(b.2000)

Gowtham Sundararajan is an Indian film actor and choreographer who has worked on Tamil-language films and in television dramas.[1]


Gowtham Sundararajan was born to Tamil actor Major Sundarrajan and Shyamala in Madras, Tamil Nadu. He studied at Vivekananda College and graduated in 1989, before attempting to make a breakthrough in the film industry by appearing in item numbers, featuring in various projects including K. Balachander's Azhagan (1990). He married Kokila Hariram in September 1996.[2] In 1998, along with his wife, he founded the Academy of Modern Dance, Chennai's first formal Western dance school.[3] The pair also worked on choreographing for films, with their biggest venture being their first film, the Kamal Haasan-starrer Aalavandhan (2001). They continued to work on other film projects including the incomplete R. Madhavan-Jyothika starrer Acham Thavir, which they travelled to Syria to shoot.[4]

Gowtham then began a career in acting, notably starring as one of Tamizhselvan's aides in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997). As an actor, he mostly appeared in the films of Sundar C. and Arjun Sarja. His inability to make it as a leading actor in films, saw him also pursue a career in television while appearing in supporting roles in films. He turned producer alongside Sundar C for the film, Ainthaam Padai (2009).[5]

In 2016, his first directorial project, Kannula Kaasa Kattappa featuring Aravind Akash, Ashwathy Warrier and Chandini Tamilarasan in the lead roles, was released.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Azhagan Theatre artiste Dancer in "Kozhi Koovum" song
1992 Vaaname Ellai
1992 Naalaya Theerpu Rocky
1993 Karpagam Vanthachu Raja
1994 Thai Maaman Folk dancer Dancer in "Enge Kula Saamy" song
1994 Jaihind
1997 Iruvar Arivazhagan
1997 Thedinen Vanthathu
1997 Sishya
2002 Ezhumalai
2004 Giri
2004 Udhaya David John
2006 Pattiyal Saroja's Boss
2009 Thee
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam
2012 Maasi
2014 Aadama Jaichomada Naattamai
2014 Jaihind 2
2014 Aranmanai
2015 Aambala
2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Assistant Commissioner


  1. ^ "Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema - Major Sundarrajan". Kalyanamalai Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2002/08/29/stories/2002082900160300.htm
  3. ^ Hemalatha Raghupathi. "Avant garde dance teachers". Chennai: Education World Online. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_j-9SkiDU4
  5. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/major-sundararajan-s-son-into-production-tamil-news-32416
  6. ^ https://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/tamil/I-Wanted-to-Play-Role-of-a-Slum-Dweller/2015/12/23/article3190987.ece[permanent dead link] Retrieved 9 January 2016.

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