Gowtham Sundararajan

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

Gowtham Sundararajan

Other namesRaja, Major Gowtham
Years active1986–present
SpouseKokila (m.1995–present)


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 starring Aravind Akash, Ashwathy Warrier and Chandini Tamilarasan, was released.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Kathai Kathaiyam Kaaranamam Dancer in "Kathai Kathayam" song
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 Elango
1997 Sishya Gowtham
1997 Thedinen Vanthathu
2002 Ezhumalai
2004 Giri
2004 Udhaya David John
2006 Pattiyal Azhagu
2009 Thee
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam
2012 Maasi
2014 Aadama Jaichomada Naattamai
2014 Jaihind 2
2014 Aranmanai
2015 Aambala
2016 Kannula Kaasa Kattappa
2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Assistant Commissioner
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Prakash's brother
2019 Kee
2020 Ponmagal Vandhal Police officer Cameo appearance in song "Pookalin Parvai"
2022 Vikram Veerapandian


Year Title Role Channel
1999–2000 Marmadesam - Iyanthira Paravai Valarinathan Sun TV
2005–2006 Selvi
2006–2008 Lakshmi
2010–2012 Chellamay
2017 Nandini
2022–2023 Jamelaa Haneefa Colors Tamil


  1. ^ "Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema - Major Sundarrajan". Kalyanamalai Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ "The Hindu : Anchored to success". thehindu.com. Archived from the original on 9 March 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  3. ^ Hemalatha Raghupathi. "Avant garde dance teachers". Chennai: Education World Online. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ "- YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  5. ^ "Major Sundararajanan's son into production - Tamil News". www.indiaglitz.com. 18 July 2007.
  6. ^ "'I Wanted to Play Role of a Slum Dweller'".

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