Gautam in 2018
|Family||Surilie Gautam (sister)|
Yami Gautam (born 28 November 1988) is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Hindi films. She came to prominence after starring in a series of Glow & Lovely commercials. She later made her television debut in Chand Ke Paar Chalo (2008–2009) and also appeared in Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam (2009–2010). Following this, she appeared in several South Indian films.
Gautam made her Hindi film debut in 2012 with the comedy Vicky Donor, which was a critical and commercial success. For her performance, she received praise as well as nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She went on to star as a young wife in the crime film Badlapur (2015), and a blind woman in the thriller Kaabil (2017). In 2019, she starred as an intelligence officer in the war film Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), one of the highest-grossing Indian films, and garnered critical acclaim for playing a TikTok star in the satire Bala (2019).
Early life and background
Yami Gautam was born in a Hindu Brahmin family in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh and was brought up in Chandigarh. Her father Mukesh Gautam is a Punjabi film director. Her mother is Anjali Gautam. She has a younger sister Surilie Gautam, who made her big screen debut with the Punjabi film Power Cut. She did her regular schooling, and later entered college to pursue a graduate degree in law honours. She had aspired to join Indian Administrative Services (IAS) as a young girl, but at the age of 20, decided to venture into an acting career. Though she was pursuing studies in Law Honors (first-year PU Student of law), she left full-time studies for acting. Recently, she has been doing her part-time graduation from Mumbai. She is fond of reading, interior decoration and listening to music.
Gautam was 20 when she moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in movies. She made her television debut in Chand Ke Paar Chalo,. She continued to play the lead in Raajkumar Aaryyan. Following this, she played her most notable role in television in, Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam, which aired on Colors. She has also participated in reality shows Meethi Choori No 1 and Kitchen Champion Season 1.
After making her debut in lead with the 2009 Kannada film Ullasa Utsaha, Gautam made her Bollywood debut in a leading role in Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy-drama Vicky Donor (2012). Co-starring opposite debutante Ayushmann Khurrana and Annu Kapoor, she portrayed Ashima Roy, a Bengali woman who falls in love with the titular character, a Punjabi lad from the Arora family, and gets to know about his past after marriage. The film, which marked Bollywood actor John Abraham's production debut, received positive reviews from critics and proved to be a major commercial success and one of the highest-grossing films of the year with worldwide grossing of ₹645 million (US$3.9 million). For her debut performance, Gautam received critical acclaim as well as several awards and nominations, including the Best Female Debut (tied with Ileana D'Cruz for Barfi!) trophy at the Zee Cine Awards, and a nomination under the same category at the 58th Filmfare Awards.
After a two-year absence from Bollywood films, Gautam returned in 2014 and appeared in two films, the first of which was Eeshwar Nivas's romantic comedy film Total Siyappa, co-starring Ali Zafar, Anupam Kher, and Kirron Kher, in which she played the love interest of Zafar's character. Gautam's second Bollywood release that year was Prabhu Deva's action thriller Action Jackson, in which Ajay Devgn portrayed a double role, while she and Sonakshi Sinha featured as the love interests of his characters. Both Total Siyappa and Action Jackson under-performed at the box office.
In 2015, Gautam appeared alongside Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Sriram Raghavan's action thriller Badlapur. The film, which focuses on the story of a man (Raghu, played by Dhawan) who over the course of 15 years avenges the murder of his wife (Misha, played by her) and son, emerged as a critical and commercial success, collecting ₹770 million (US$11 million) worldwide. Gautam's performance was praised.
In 2016, Gautam played Pulkit Samrat's love interest in two romances–Divya Khosla Kumar's Sanam Re and Vivek Agnihotri's Junooniyat. In the former, she played a high-school girl who falls in love with Samrat's character, and in the latter, she portrayed a Punjabi girl who falls in love with an army officer. Both Sanam Re and Junooniyat were commercial failures.
The following year, Gautam collaborated with Hrithik Roshan on Sanjay Gupta's revengeful romantic thriller Kaabil (2017), which tells the story of a blind man who avenges the rape of his blind wife. The film, as well as her performance, received mixed reviews and the film emerged as a financial success, earning ₹1.96 billion (US$28 million) worldwide. Later in 2017, Gautam featured briefly in Ram Gopal Varma's political thriller Sarkar 3, the third installment of Varma's Sarkar franchise, alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, and Amit Sadh. Sarkar 3 failed to do well at the box office. Gautam's next release was the Shree Narayan Singh directed-social problem dramedy Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018), in which she played a lawyer alongside Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, and Divyendu Sharma. The film was a commercial failure.
Gautam's greatest success came in 2019 when she appeared in Aditya Dhar's military action thriller film Uri: The Surgical Strike, alongside Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, and Kirti Kulhari. Based on the 2016 Uri attack, Gautam portrayed Pallavi Sharma, a nurse-turned-an intelligence officer. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews and emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time, grossing over ₹3.36 billion (US$54 million) worldwide. Her performance was critically praised. She reunited with Khurrana in Amar Kaushik's comedy-drama Bala, a satire on physical attractiveness, which was released on 7 November 2019. The film emerged as a critical and commercial success and her prtrayal of Tiktok star Pari Mishra was praised by critics.
As of October 2020, she appeared in the film Ginny Weds Sunny opposite Vikrant Massey directed by debutant Puneet Khanna and produced by Vinod Bachchan, which is available for streaming on Netflix from 9 October 2020.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2012||Vicky Donor||Ashima Roy||Hindi|
|Courier Boy Kalyan||Kavya||Telugu|
|Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum||Kavya||Tamil|
|Sarkar 3||Annu Karkare|
|2018||Batti Gul Meter Chalu||Advocate Gulnaar Rizvi|
|2019||Uri: The Surgical Strike||Pallavi Sharma/Jasmine Almeida|
|2020||Ginny Weds Sunny||Ginny||Release on Netflix|
|2008–2009||Chand Ke Paar Chalo||Sana||NDTV Imagine|
|2008||Raajkumar Aaryyan||Rajkumari Bhairvi||NDTV Imagine|
|2010||CID - Episode 642 - Kabarwali Ladki||Ananya||Sony TV|
|2009-2010||Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam||Leher Mathur Vajpayee||Colors|
|2010||Meethi Choori No 1||Contestant||Imagine TV|
|Kitchen Champion Season 1||Contestant||Colors|
Awards and nominations
|2012||5th Boroplus Gold Awards||Rising Film Stars From TV||Vicky Donor||Won|
|Bhaskar Bollywood Awards||Fresh Entry of the Year||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards India||Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female)||Nominated|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Female||Won|
|2013||ETC Bollywood Business Awards||Most Profitable Debut (Female)||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer – Female||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Nominated|
|Star Guild Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Times of India Film Awards||Best Debut – Female||Nominated|
|IIFA Awards||Star Debut of the Year – Female||Won|
|2017||Lux Golden Rose Awards||Versatile Beauty of the Year Award||N/A||Nominated|
|Lux Golden Rose Awards||Break Through Performer Of The Year Award||Kaabil||Nominated|
|2020||Screen Awards||Best Comedian||Bala||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Film Awards||Best Actor (Female)||Nominated|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Pending|
- 2013: iTimes's No. 12 Most Desirable Woman of 2012.
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- "Busy Birthday for Yami – IANS". Archived from the original on August 2014.
- "Yami Gautam looks like a dream at Kaabil promotion".
- "Vicky Donor actress Yami Gautam believes in 'breaking the mould' of a Hindi film heroine". 31 December 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
- "Vicky Donor is a HIT" Retrieved 26 January 2013
- Retrieved 26 January 2013
- "Total Siyapaa: Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam at Screen Preview". The Financial Express. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
- "Yami Gautam: There is a reason why people think Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan are intelligent". bollywoodlife.com.
- "Mother day".
- "Yami Gautam's sister to make her debut". Mid-day.com. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Yami Gautam's sister to marry Jaspal Bhatti's son – Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Subhash K Jha & VICKEY LALWANI 26 October 2012, 10.05AM IST (26 October 2012). "Jaspal Bhatti died a day before son's debut film release – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Gautam, Yami. "Yami's Personal Life". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Gautam, Yami. "Gautam's Biography". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Yummylicious. Filmfare. 20 June 2012
- "First look: Chand Ke Paar Chalo". rediff.com. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- "Come, fall in love". Screen. 12 February 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- "Yami Gautam remembers bagging role in Vicky Donor: 'I knew it was going to be something special'". Hindustan Times. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- "Yami Gautam relates to 'Total Siyapaa' character". Business Standard India. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- "Yami Gautam to play Varun Dhawan's wife in 'Badlapur'". The Indian Express. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- "Yami Gautam tells why Junooniyat is not Sanam Re 2!". The Statesman. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- Sharma, Priyanka (20 September 2020). "Netflix film Ginny Weds Sunny to premiere on October 9". Indian Express.
- "'Dasvi' First Look Posters: Abhishek Bachchan, Yami Gautam & Nimrat Kaur To Team Up For New Social Comedy". ABP Live. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- "Yami Gautam celebrates wrap up of Bhoot Police with a chocolate cake". Bollywood Hungama. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- "Abhishek Bachchan stars as Ganga Ram Chaudhary in Dasvi, shooting begins". Bollywood Hungama. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami of VICKY DONOR bag Gold Awards". Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Newcomers Nominations: Fresh Entry of the Year". Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- Kumar, Ravi. "People's Choice Awards 2012 Nominees". Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
- "3rd Annual BIG Star Entertainment Awards Nominations". Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "ETC Bollywood Business Awards 2012 / 2013 – Nominations". Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Yaami Gautam—Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- "Nominations for 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards". Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Zee Cine Awards 2013: Team 'Barfi!', Vidya Balan, Salman Khan bag big honours". Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2013" Retrieved 27 January 2013
- "8th Star Guild Apsara Awards Nominations: Shahrukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan or Priyanka Chopra – who will win?". Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- "TOIFA 2013 nominations". Times of India. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "IIFA Awards 2013: The winners are finally here!". Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Star Screen Awards: Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday add glam as Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh win top awards. Read complete winners list". Hindustan Times. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
- "Winners and Nominees of Critics' Choice Film Awards 2020". The Indian Express.
- "IIFA Awards 2020 nominations are out".
- "Times Most Desirable Women 2012 – Results". ITimes. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
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