V. Gowthaman
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Occupationactor, director, politician
Years active1998-present

V. Gowthaman (Tamil: வ. கவுதமன்) is a Tamil film director and actor. He has directed few Tamil films. These include Magizhchi,[1] Kanave Kalaiyadhe. He has also directed the famous thriller biography serials of Auto Shankar and Veerappan in the name of Auto Sankar and Santhanakkaadu[2] in Makkal TV. He is preparing to direct a new film based on Neela Padmanaban's novel. He has participated in Jallikatu demonstration in Chennai.


Gowthaman made his directorial debut with Kanave Kalaiyadhe (1998) starring Murali and Simran. In 2001, he started a film titled Poranthaalum Pompalaiyaa Porakkakkoodaathu with Livingston and Pandiarajan in the lead, though the film was later dropped.[3]

After a long gap he directed a tele series for Makkal TV based on the life of serial killer Auto Shankar and "Santhanakaadu" based on Veerappan. He made his comeback as a director with Magizhchi (2010) in which he also made his debut as an actor.[4] Gowthaman was working with the screenplay of the movie for 12 years.[5] The film, received good reviews for its content and went unnoticed due to its low key release.[6][7][8]

He went on to direct a short film called "Vetti" which received controversy as the police felt that it was insulting against national flag.[9][10]





Politics and activism

Gowthaman have organized and participated many protest favoring Tamil people interests.[11][12][13] He has been part of Jallikattu protest, Cauvery water dispute, farmer related issues, katchatheevu reinstatement and other issues.[14][15][16]

He floated a new party Tamil Perarasu Katchi and contested in 2019 by-election held in Vikravandi constituency in Tamil Nadu.[17][18]


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  11. ^ "Protests in Chennai in support of TN farmers in Delhi, Director Gowthaman leads agitation". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  12. ^ B.a, Pon Vasanth (14 January 2017). "Jallikattu protesters lathi-charged in Avaniyapuram". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  13. ^ Scott, D. j Walter (23 February 2018). "Film director Gowthaman denied permission to visit Katchatheevu". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Jallikattu: Tamil film director injured in police station".
  15. ^ "Chennai: Film director, others arrested for agitation on farmers issue". Deccan Chronicle. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  16. ^ Shalini Lobo (9 April 2018). "Tamil Nadu film directors call for IPL boycott over Cauvery water dispute - India News". India Today. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  17. ^ Oct 5, Karal Marx | Times News Network |; 2019; Ist, 04:03. "12 in fray after withdrawal of nominations in Vikravandi | Puducherry News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  18. ^ 100010509524078 (17 December 2019). "Cash for vote case in Vikravandi bypoll closed". dtNext.in. Retrieved 28 March 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)