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Gayathri Raguram
State President of the Cultural Wing
(Tamil Nadu)
Assumed office
PresidentEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded byPosition established
Member of BJP
Assumed office
PresidentJagat Prakash Nadda
Preceded byPosition established
1st Secretary for Arts
In office
PresidentAmit Shah
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition removed
Personal details
Born (1984-04-23) 23 April 1984 (age 37)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Political partyBJP (2014-present[1]
Deepak Chandrasekhar
(m. 2006; div. 2010)
  • Choreographer
  • actress
  • politician
  • director

Gayathri Raguram is an Indian actress and politician who has worked in the South Indian film industry. Gayathri began her career as an actress in the 2002 film Charlie Chaplin and after a career break, she began working as a choreographer in films from 2008 till 2019. In 2020 she became a politician and became a member in BJP and decided to no longer acts in films.

Personal life[edit]

Gayathri was born in a Tamil family as the second daughter to dance choreographers Raghuram and Girija Raghuram.[2][3] Her elder sister Suja is a prominent dancer, who has also previously worked as an actress.[4] She is the great granddaughter of director Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam. Her mother, Girija comes from a family of choreographers, which includes Brinda and Kala.[5] In August 2006, Gayathri had an arranged marriage with US-based software engineer Deepak Chandrasekar in California, and the pair subsequently held a Hindu ceremony in December 2006 which was attended by several actors and politicians from Tamil Nadu. In 2008, Gayathri filed for divorce on the grounds of domestic abuse from Deepak and his parents. The divorce was subsequently granted in 2010.[6]

In November 2015, Gayathri was appointed as Bharatiya Janata Party's secretary for arts in Tamil Nadu. She had earlier joined the party in 2014 in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah.

Drunk and driving case[edit]

Gayathri was booked for drunk and driving in November 2019 by Abhiramapuram Traffic Control Police. Police reported that she left a party at a star hotel in MRC Nagar organized for film personalities and was on her way home when she was intercepted by the police, she admitted that she had drunk alcohol when she was asked to blow into the breathing analyzer. A police officer later drove her to her house in Adyar and confiscated her car. A case under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act was filed on her and she was also fined for the incident. Gayathri however claimed it was fake news.[7][8][9]


On October 26, 2020, Raguram was permanently suspended from social media platform Twitter for violating Twitter's rules after posting a series of tweets relating to the controversy over VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan's statement on Manusmriti.[10]


Gayathri Raghuram started acting at the age of fourteen.[11] Early in her career, she insisted on being known by her full name to avoid confusion with another actress, Gayatri Jayaraman, who was also active in the period.[12] She initially was cast in S. Thanu's production Enna Solla Pogiray in 2001, but the project was later dropped.[13][unreliable source?]

Her debut film, Sakthi Chidambaram's comedy drama Charlie Chaplin (2002), featured her in an ensemble cast alongside Prabhu Deva, Prabhu and Abhirami. She was selected for the film after Gayatri Jayaraman opted out of the project.[14] The film enjoyed commercial success, with a critic from The Hindu stating "the new heroine's expertise in dance is particularly impressive".[15] In 2002, she appeared in three more films: the Kannada film Manasella Neene directed by choreographer Sundaram, the Tamil film Style alongside choreographer Raghava Lawrence and the Malayalam film, Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari, where she starred opposite Prithviraj. Her four consequent releases in 2003 fared less well at the box office and failed to garner her more film offers. In concern of her performance in the horror film Whistle (2003), a critic from The Hindu wrote "Gayathri Raghuram's face is and her expressions are just right but rotundity seems to come in the way of wholesome appeal".[16] Likewise, a critic wrote "Gayathri, as the garrulous friend of the hero, begins well, and even when you think she might have a solid role to play, she turns out to be just another weighty heroine in tow", in regard of her appearance in the Arjun-starrer Parasuram (2003).[17] Subsequently, she quit films and relocated to pursue a qualification in Visual Communications in Iowa, USA.[18]

Gayathri returned to the film industry in 2008 as a choreographer with films like Jayam Kondaan (2008) and Poi Solla Porom (2008) and has since worked in big budget productions including Madrasapattinam (2010), Deiva Thirumagal (2013), Osthe (2011) and Anjaan (2014).[11][19] Her work in the crime thriller Kanthaswamy (2009) and the satire Tamil Padam (2010) were well received by critics.[20] By 2014, she had choreographed around 100 films and has regularly specialised in working on romantic montages.[11]

Gayatri acted once more in Vai Raja Vai (2015) at the insistence of her friend Aishwarya Dhanush by portraying the sister of the film's lead character Gautham Karthik.[11] Likewise, she made an extended guest appearance in director Bala's village drama Tharai Thappattai (2016), where she also featured in a karakattam-based song. After announcing her intentions of directing a film in 2012, she began work on her first directorial venture Yaadhumagi Nindraai during 2016.[21][22]

Bigg Boss[edit]

In 2017, Gayathri was a contestant on the Tamil reality show Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan.[23] She was evicted from the show on day 56, after having attracted widespread criticism for her behaviour inside the Bigg Boss House. In particular, her constant harassment and bullying of contestants Bharani, Julie and then Oviya were widely criticised. A police complaint was filed against her for using derogatory words against Oviya by saying that Oviya has seri behaviour (Slum behaviour) and hurting the sentiment of others, while on the show.[24][25] Post her appearance on the show, Gayathri returned to choreography, and also appeared as a judge on the television show, Mrs Chinnathirai.[26]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Charlie Chaplin Susi Tamil
Manasella Neene Renuka Kannada
Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran
Avanundoru Rajakumari
Aswathy Malayalam
Style Viji Tamil
2003 Maa Bapu Bommaku Pellanta Mohana Telugu
Parasuram Meena Tamil
Whistle Anjali Tamil
Vikadan Gowri Tamil
2011 Vaanam Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Who Am I?"
2012 Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi Fitness Instructor Tamil Special appearance in the song "Azhaipaya Azhaipaya"
Love Failure Telugu Special appearance in the song "Inthajare Inthajare"
2015 Vai Raja Vai Gayathri Tamil
Idhu Enna Maayam Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Irukkirai"
2016 Tharai Thappattai Herself Tamil Guest appearance in song "Aarambam Aavadhu"
2019 Aruvam Scientist Tamil
2020 Yaadhumagi Nindraai Thamarai Tamil Film released on ZEE5
2021 Rang De Arjun's sister Telugu




  • Jayam Kondaan (2008)
  • Poi Solla Porom (2008)
  • Panchamirtham (2008)
  • Kanthaswamy (2009)
  • Kola Kolaya Mundhirika (2009)
  • Daddy Cool (2009)
  • Madrasapattinam (2010)
  • Tamil Padam (2010)
  • Anwar (2010)
  • Osthe (2011)
  • Makeup Man(2011)
  • Salt N' Pepper(2011)
  • I Love Me (2012)
  • Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu (2012)
  • No.66 Madurai Bus (2012)
  • Aravaan (2012)
  • Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (2012)
  • Deiva Thirumagal (2013)
  • Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (2013)
  • SIM (2013)
  • Thalaivaa (2013)
  • Memories (2013)
  • Anjaan (2014)
  • To Noora with Love (2014)
  • Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014)
  • Nimirndhu Nil (2014)
  • Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014)
  • 100 Days of Love (2015)
  • Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi (2015)
  • Chandrettan Evideya (2015)
  • Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015)
  • As I'm Suffering From Kadhal (2017)
  • Thalaivi
  • Maha



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