Gautham Karthik is an Indian actor who predominantly works in the Tamil entertainment industry. In 2018, he appeared in the Tamil film Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu in which he played the lead role of Veera.
Gautham Karthik was born on Tuesday, 12 September 1989 (age 33 years; as of 2022) in Madaras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu. Gautham did his schooling at Herbon International School, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, a boarding school. Gautham, during an interview, talked about his experience of studying in a boarding school. He said,
Since I studied in a Christian Convent in Ooty and was put up in a hostel, I couldn’t spend Diwali with my family in Chennai. The hostel also had a ‘no crackers’ rule, so we used to just sit and watch the fireworks in Ooty from the hostel. After coming to Chennai, Diwali has become a memorable family affair. It’s a new experience for me. This Diwali would be ‘Mersal’.”
A childhood image of Gautham Karthik with his father
After completing his schooling in 2008, Gautham enrolled at Chris University, Bangalore (now Bengaluru), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and English.
Height (approx.): 6′ 2″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Gautham belongs to a South Indian family in Tamil Nadu.
Parents & Siblings
Gautham Karthik’s father, Karthik Muthuraman, is a famous actor in the Tamil entertainment industry.
Gautham karthik (left) and his father, Karthik Muthuraman
Gautham’s mother, Ragini Karthik, is a Kollywood actress.
Gautham Karthik with his mother
Gautham has a younger brother named Ghayn Karthik.
Gautham Karthik (right) and his younger brother, Ghayn Karthik
In 1992, Gautham Karthik’s father, Karthik Muthuraman, got married to Rathi, an actor in the South Indian entertainment industry. Reportedly, Rathi is the younger sister of Ragini Karthik, Karthik Muthuraman’s first wife. In an interview, Karthik Muthuraman talked about his and said,
One half of this is true. I have two wives. My first wife, Ragini has two children, Gautam and Kayan. My second wife is Rathi. She has a son, Dheeran, who is 1 year old. Rathi is Ragini’s younger sister.It is true that there occurred problems between Ragini and me when I married Rathi. However, she did not leave me and go to Ooty. She went to Ooty to put her children in a good school. As of now, we do not have any problem. We are happy. My first son Gautam wants to become a Cinema Hero. Either next year, or the year after next he will definitely become a hero.”
Gautham Karthik has a stepbrother named Thiran Karthik.
On 28 November 2022, Gautham Karthik got married to his longtime girlfriend Manjima Mohan, a Tamil actress. Gautham and Manjima met in 2019 while filming the Tamil film Devrattam. Later, they started dating each other. Gautham, during an interview, talked about his engagement with Manjima Mohan and said,
Ours is not a great love story. I proposed to Manjima and she took two days to agree. Now, we have decided to get married. Our families are extremely happy with our decision.”
Gautham Karthik and his wife, Manjima Mohan
Before his engagement with Manjima Mohan, he was dating her.
Gautham Karthik follows Hinduism.
In 2013, Gautham Karthik made his acting debut with Mani Ratnam’s film Kadal in which he played the lead role of Thomas; however, the Tamil film Kadal flopped. In an interview, Gautham Karthik talked about his experience of working in Tamil film and said,
Everybody thought the film would be a big hit and I would become a star overnight. Unfortunately, it didn’t do as well as we expected although there are people who loved it. But I learnt a lot about the process of making a film. For instance, Rajeev Menon would talk to me in detail about camera angles, lenses and about how to light a frame. While I was dubbing for the film, Mani Ratnam would tell me how he was going to edit the film. In hindsight, I think I got a lot out of the film.”
Gautham Karthik as Thomas in a still from the film Kadal (2013)
In 2014, Gautham worked on the Tamil film Yennamo Yedho, a remake of the Telugu film Ala Modalaindi (2011). Subsequently, he has appeared in various Tamil films like Rangoon (2015), Indrajith (2017), Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren (2018), Anandham Vilayadum Veedu (2021), and Yutha Satham (2022).
A poster of the film Yutha Satham (2022)
In 2017, Gautham Karthik was slammed by a section of netizens after he made a comment related to South Indian actor Rajnikanth’s political journey. According to sources, Gautham talked about Rajnikanth and said he should stick to films and refrain from entering politics. However, according to Gautham, his comment was misinterpreted by Rajnikanth’s fans. Later, he posted a video on Twitter to clarify his statement about actor Rajnikanth. In the video, Gautham said,
There is a controversy doing the rounds based on a recent statement of mine. I would like to say that it’s a complete misunderstanding. I was asked if I supported Rajinikanth Sir’s entry into politics. To which I replied I didn’t understand politics and that I would like to see him only as a superstar. But, my statement has been taken out of context and has been misconstrued as I didn’t support his entry. I am here only to be part of films and I love watching Rajinikanth Sir’s films.”
• In 2014, he won the Special Award as the Best Male Debutant for the Tamil film Kadal (2013).
• In 2014, he won the South Indian International Movie Awards for the Best Male Debutant for the Tamil film Kadal (2013).
• In 2014, he won the Filmfare Awards South as the Best Male Debutant for the Tamil film Kadal (2013).
Gautham Karthik after winning the Filmfare Awards South as the Best Male Debutant for the Tamil film Kadal (2013)
He owns a Harley Davidson- 2014 Dyna.
Gautham Karthik posing with his bike
Comedian(s): Goundamanni and Vadivel
Sport(s): Basket Ball, Hockey, and Soccer
Singer: Melvin Ranjan from the band Incarcerated
TV Show(s): Big Bang Theory (2007) & Walking dead (2010)
Colour(s): Blue, Red, White
- In 2009, before becoming an actor, Gautham Karthik was a lead guitarist and backup vocalist in his college musical band named ‘Dead End Street.’ In an interview, he talked about this and said,
Recently, we had to disband the group. I was the lead guitarist and back-up vocalist. It gets tough to jam even if one member is missing.”
- He follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Gautham Karthik’s father, Karthik Muthuraman, has two wives.
- Gautham is an animal lover and has a pet cat named Luna. He often shares pictures of Luna on his social media handle.
Gautham Karthik’s pet cat Luna
- According to Gautham, initially, he never wanted to pursue a career in acting. In an interview, Gautham talked about this and said that before making his acting debut, he had a fear of facing the camera. He said,
Honestly, I never ever imagined that I could be an actor someday. Though I come from a filmi background, I was never drawn towards cinema, probably because I have always been uncomfortable with the camera. So, when my dad told me that Mani Ratnam sir wants to meet me, I had thought I would be assisting him. But then, he asked me to audition for the lead role and eventually selected me. I couldn’t believe it as I thought I am really going to be uncomfortable in front of the camera. But, you know what, it was the wait before my first shot that made me more nervous.
- He is a fitness fanatic. He often shares post workout pictures of him on his social media.
A post workout picture shared by Gautham Karthik