V. Gowthaman is a well-known Tamil film actor and director. He started his career as a director in the 1999 Tamil film, Kanave Kalayadhe, which features Murali and Simran in the lead roles. This film is an average grosser, however, he did not receive many directorial offers after this. But he directed two tele-series for Makkal TV; one is based on the life of
Auto Shankar and the other one was based on the life of Veerappan entitled Santhanakaadu. In 2010, he was debuted as an actor and directed the Tamil film, Magizhchi, which is based on Neela Padmanabhan’s novel entitled Thalaimuraigal.
However, the film failed miserably at the box office. Prior to this, he did a short sting in the 1990 Tamil film, Neengalum Herothaan. Subsequently, he directed a short film entitled Vetti, which became controversial after the police find it offensive against the national flag. From then, he became vocal with regards to social issues and started to voice out his opinions about different things such as Jallikattu or bull riding. This 2017, he staged a protest and blocked the Kathipara bridge with an iron chain in support of fisherman and farmers in the state. The police arrested him as it causes huge traffic and after his group refused to move away.