Gautami Tadimalla is an actress who had a lot of competitors like Amala, Revathi, Shobana, or Khushboo, but yet this actress made her identity of her own in Tamil cinema. She was born in West Godavari (Andhra Pradesh) on 2nd July 1968. She was not beautiful or pretty in the traditional way, but she was indeed cute in many of her roles that she played with innocent looks. She had a good chemistry with all superstars of Tamil cinema like Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.
She was very much content to do all glamour roles mostly with
Kamal Haasan. But she was equally at ease when she was paired with
Sarath Kumar, Sathyaraj or Prabhu. She also was noted for her brilliant performance with Kamal Hassan in films like Devar Magan, Aboorva Sagodharargal, etc. Sometimes she could rise to the occasion when the role demanded it, be it with
Arvind Swamy, Murali.
She became one of the top most actresses in Tamil cinema, and many of her co-stars had envied her position. She had a good chemistry with Rajinikanth and Prabhu in ‘Guru Shishyan’. ‘Guru Shishyan’ was her first film in Tamil film industry, and the film secured her a place as a heroine in South Indian cinema. However, Gautami made her debut in Telugu with the film ‘Dayamayudu’ (1987). She then appeared in films like ‘
Srinivasa Kalyanam’ (Telugu film in 1987) with Venkatesh and Bhanupriya and ‘Elu Suttina Kote’ (Kannada film in 1987) with Ambarish.
Besides, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films, she also appeared in Hindi movies. She acted with actors like
Jackie Shroff, Shahrukh Khan and
Anil Kapoor in Subhash Ghai’s ‘Trimurti’. The film did not do well at the box office but her dancing skills and village girl character was noticed by all. She acted in Mani Ratnam's ‘
Her notable performances in Malayalam films include ‘His Highness Abdulla’ with Mohanlal, ‘Dhruvam’ with Mammootty and in Tamil include films like ‘Namma Ooru Poovatha’ with Murali and ‘Nee Pathi Naan Pathi’ with Rashin Rahman. In 1998, Gautami married businessman Sandeep Bhatia in and got divorced in 1999. She had daughter Subbalakshmi out of this marriage. Later, while filming with Kamal Hassan on the sets of ‘Aboorva Sagodharargal’, she moved closer to him and married to the actor in 2005. She later turned costume designer for some of Kamal Hassan films. She took a break from acting and again made her come back by doing talk shows in Sun TV and even acted with Kamal Hassan in ‘
Papanasam’ (2015). She will be again seen in ‘
Kabali’ in 2016.