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Yami Gautam
Yami Gautam Dhar during the screening of A Thursday enhanced.jpg
Dhar in 2022
Born (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 33)
  • Actress
Years active2008–present
(m. 2021)
RelativesSurilie Gautam (sister)

Yami Gautam Dhar (born 28 November 1988) is an Indian actress known predominantly for her work in Hindi films.[2] She sprang into prominence after doing some commercials for Glow & Lovely and began her acting career in television shows, followed by South Indian films and eventually progressed to Bollywood.[1][3]

Gautam's initial success had been playing lead roles in TV shows like Chand Ke Paar Chalo (2008–2009) and Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam (2009–2010), post which she became a part of numerous Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films. It was her highly acclaimed Hindi film debut role in the critically and commercially successful satirical rom-com Vicky Donor (2012), that gave her wider appraisal and fame.[4][5]

Though followed by few unprofitable features, with the exception of the thriller Badlapur (2015), Gautam reinforced and gained high critical and commercial success with her highest grossing releases including the revenge drama Kaabil (2017), the action war film Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019) and the satirical comedy Bala (2019).[6][7]

Early life and background[edit]

Yami Gautam was born in a Hindu Brahmin[8] family in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh and was brought up in Chandigarh.[9] Her father Mukesh Gautam is a Punjabi film director. He is the VP of PTC Network.[10] Her mother is Anjali Gautam.[11] She has a younger sister Surilie Gautam, who made her big screen debut with the Punjabi film Power Cut.[12][13][14] 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.[15] 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.[16] She is fond of reading, interior decoration and listening to music.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Yami Gautam married Aditya Dhar on 4 June 2021.[17][18] After marriage, she changed her name to Yami Gautam Dhar.[19]


Television career (2008–2010)[edit]

Gautam was 20 when she moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in movies.[20] 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,[21] which aired on Colors.[22] She has also participated in reality shows Meethi Choori No 1 and Kitchen Champion Season 1.

Film career (2009-present)[edit]

Debut and early career (2009–2018)[edit]

Yami at an event

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 Vicky Donor (2012). Co-starring opposite debutante Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia, 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.[23] 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.

Gautam and Ajay Devgn at the trailer launch of Action Jackson in 2014

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.[24] 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, with Gautam's performance receiving praise.[25]

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 critical and commercial failures.[26]

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-to-positive 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.

Breakthrough and success (2019-present)[edit]

Yami at an event

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 high critical acclaim, with Gautam's performance receiving high praise, and the film grossed over 3.36 billion (US$54 million) worldwide. She reunited with Khurrana in Amar Kaushik's comedy-drama Bala, a satire on physical attractiveness, which was released on 7 November 2019.

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.[27] In 2021, she appeared in Pavan Kirpalani's horror comedy Bhoot Police, co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez.[28] It received mixed reviews. She next had a special appearance as Mannat in Shava Ni Girdhari Lal.

Her first release in 2022 is Behzad Khambata's thriller A Thursday, alongside Neha Dhupia and Atul Kulkarni.[29] She essayed the role of Naina Jaiswal, a playschool teacher who takes 16 children as hostages..

Upcoming projects

As of February 2021, Gautam began shooting for a social comedy film Dasvi, produced by Dinesh Vijan's Maddock Films and Jio Studios, alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Nimrat Kaur.[30] She has also committed to appear as protagonist in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary’s untitled social drama.[31] and will also appear in OMG 2 – Oh My God! 2.

Brand endorsements[edit]

Her brand endorsements include Glow & Lovely, Cornetto, Samsung Mobile, Chevrolet, Revlon among others.[32]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2009 Ullasa Utsaha Mahalakshmi Kannada
2011 Ek Noor Rabiha Punjabi
Nuvvila Archana Telugu
2012 Vicky Donor Ashima Roy Hindi
Hero Gauri Menon Malayalam
2013 Gouravam Yazhini Tamil
Gouravam Yamini Telugu
2014 Total Siyapaa Asha Hindi
Yuddham Madhumita Telugu
Action Jackson Anusha Hindi
2015 Badlapur Misha Verma Hindi
Courier Boy Kalyan Kavya Telugu
2016 Sanam Re Shruti Hindi
Junooniyat Suhani Kapoor Hindi
Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum Kavya Tamil
2017 Kaabil Supriya Bhatnagar Hindi
Sarkar 3 Annu Karkare Hindi
2018 Batti Gul Meter Chalu Advocate Gulnaar Rizvi Hindi
2019 Uri: The Surgical Strike Pallavi Sharma/Jasmine Almeida Hindi
Bala Pari Mishra Hindi
2020 Ginny Weds Sunny Ginny Hindi [27]
2021 Bhoot Police Maya Hindi [33]
Shava Ni Girdhari Lal Mannat Punjabi Special appearance [34]
2022 A Thursday Naina Jaiswal Hindi [35][36]
Dasvi Jyoti Deswal Hindi [37]
Lost Films that have not yet been released Shikha Sharma Hindi Completed [38]
OMG 2 – Oh My God! 2 Films that have not yet been released Sanjana Tripathi Hindi Filming [39]


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 Chand Ke Paar Chalo Sana
2008 Raajkumar Aaryyan Rajkumari Bhairvi
2010 CID Ananya Episode 642: "Kabarwali Ladki"
2009–2010 Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam Leher Mathur Vajpayee
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant
Kitchen Champion Season 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Yami Gautam awards and nominations
Yami Gautam at Lokmat Most Stylish Awards 2019 (7) (cropped).jpg
Yami Gautam at Lokmat Most Stylish Awards 2019
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2012 5th Boroplus Gold Awards Rising Film Stars From TV Vicky Donor Won [40]
Bhaskar Bollywood Awards Fresh Entry of the Year Nominated [41]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female) Nominated [42]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Female Won [43]
2013 ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Female) Nominated [44]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated [45]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated [46]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won [47]
Stardust Awards Best Actress Nominated [48]
Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated [48]
Star Guild Awards Best Female Debut Nominated [49]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut – Female Nominated [50]
IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Won [51]
2020 Screen Awards Best Comedian Bala Won [52]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Nominated [citation needed]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [53]

Other honours[edit]

  • 2013: iTimes's No. 12 Most Desirable Woman of 2012.[54]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Busy Birthday for Yami". Indo Asian News Service (IANS). 28 November 2012. Archived from the original on August 2014 – via Yahoo News.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
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  4. ^ "Vicky Donor actress Yami Gautam believes in 'breaking the mould' of a Hindi film heroine". Press Trust of India. India Today. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Vicky Donor is a HIT" Indicine. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013
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  7. ^ Hooli, Shekhar (23 April 2012). "Vicky Donor gets very good reviews from film critics". Filmibeat. Oneindia. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
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  10. ^ "Yami Gautam". Koimoi. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
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  13. ^ "Yami Gautam's sister to marry Jaspal Bhatti's son ". The Times of India. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  14. ^ 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". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
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  16. ^ a b Gautam, Yami. "Gautam's Biography". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Yami Gautam ties the knot with Aditya Dhar". The Indian Express. 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  18. ^ Keshri, Shweta (4 June 2021). "Yami Gautam marries Uri director Aditya Dhar in intimate wedding". India Today. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Yami Gautam has changed her name post marriage to Aditya Dhar, here's what she chose". Hindustan Times. 17 August 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Vivek Bhatia (20 June 2012). Yummylicious. Filmfare.
  21. ^ "First look: Chand Ke Paar Chalo". 11 September 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  22. ^ "Come, fall in love". Screen. 12 February 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  23. ^ "Yami Gautam remembers bagging role in Vicky Donor: 'I knew it was going to be something special'". Hindustan Times. Indo Asian News Service. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
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  25. ^ "Yami Gautam to play Varun Dhawan's wife in 'Badlapur'". The Indian Express. Bollywood Hungama. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  26. ^ "Yami Gautam tells why Junooniyat is not Sanam Re 2!". The Statesman. IANS. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  27. ^ a b Sharma, Priyanka (20 September 2020). "Netflix film Ginny Weds Sunny to premiere on October 9". The Indian Express.
  28. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (28 January 2021). "Yami Gautam celebrates wrap up of Bhoot Police with a chocolate cake : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  29. ^ "A Thursday: Yami Gautam shares first look as the 'mastermind'. See photo". The Indian Express. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  30. ^ "'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.
  31. ^ "Yami Gautam to star in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's next". Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  32. ^ "Yami-Gautam-too-big-for-her-boots".
  33. ^ "Yami Gautam celebrates wrap up of Bhoot Police with a chocolate cake". Bollywood Hungama. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  34. ^ "'Shava Ni Girdhari Lal' launches its trailer; surprises viewers with Yami Gautam in a Punjabi flick after 10 years". The Tribune. 2 December 2021. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  35. ^ "A Thursday: Yami Gautam shares first look as the 'mastermind'". The Indian Express. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  36. ^ "Yami Gautam announces official production wrap for 'A Thursday'". ANI News. 23 November 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  37. ^ "Yami Gautam wraps up filming for Dasvi, says 'goodbyes on certain films are difficult'". Firstpost. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  38. ^ "Yami Gautam gets emotional as she finishes shooting for 'Lost'". The Times of India. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  39. ^ "Pankaj Tripathi to start shooting for Oh My God 2 from today; Akshay Kumar back as Lord Krishna". Bollywood Hungama. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  40. ^ "Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami of VICKY DONOR bag Gold Awards". Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  41. ^ "Newcomers Nominations: Fresh Entry of the Year". Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  42. ^ Kumar, Ravi. "People's Choice Awards 2012 Nominees". Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  43. ^ "3rd Annual BIG Star Entertainment Awards Nominations". Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  44. ^ "ETC Bollywood Business Awards 2012 / 2013 – Nominations". Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  45. ^ "Yaami Gautam—Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  46. ^ "Nominations for 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards". Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  47. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2013: Team 'Barfi!', Vidya Balan, Salman Khan bag big honours". Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  48. ^ a b "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2013" Retrieved 27 January 2013
  49. ^ "8th Star Guild Apsara Awards Nominations: Shahrukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan or Priyanka Chopra – who will win?". Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  50. ^ "TOIFA 2013 nominations". The Times of India. 7 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  51. ^ "IIFA Awards 2013: The winners are finally here!". Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  52. ^ "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.
  53. ^ "IIFA Awards 2020 nominations are out".
  54. ^ "Times Most Desirable Women 2012 – Results". ITimes. Retrieved 20 June 2013.

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