Gautham Karthik is an Indian film actor, working in the Tamil film industry. He made his acting debut in Mani Ratnam's Kadal (2013).
Gautham Karthik was born to Tamil film actor Karthik Muthuraman and actress Ragini Karthik. He is the grandson of actor R. Muthuraman. He spent his growing years in Udhagamandalam and was graduating at Christ University, Bangalore, until film maker Mani Ratnam approached him. Before that, Gautham was not connected with the film industry. In college he performed as a guitarist and vocalist in his band 'Dead End Street'. He has two siblings, Ghayn Karthik and Thiran Karthik.
Reports as early as 2006 suggested that actor Karthik was interested in directing a film with his son in the lead role, though the project never took off. During a press meet in December 2009, Karthik revealed that his son, Gautham, would make his debut in Mani Ratnam's next venture after completion of Ratnam's bilingual films Raavan and Raavanan.
After a brief postponement and speculation, Mani Ratnam announced that Gautham would make his debut in Kadal in February 2012. Gautham revealed that he initially felt Ratnam had approached him to be a part of the technical crew and was surprised when he was handed the lead role. Gautham briefly took acting lessons from Kalairani and began to shoot for Kadal across regions in South India for close to a year.
After the shootings were completed, he was introduced to the media at the music launch event for the Telugu version of the film in Hyderabad. The film opened in February 2013 to mixed reviews, though Gautham Karthik's performance of a deprived youngster caught in between the characters played by Arvind Swamy and Arjun was unanimously praised.
A critic noted "Gautham delivers in his very first film. He scores in action as well as dance department too", while a reviewer from Rediff.com wrote that the actor "pulled it off with elan", labelling him as "a natural performer and is surely here to stay".
He is currently working in three films simultaneously, including a project with Aishwarya Dhanush in Vai Raja Vai opposite Priya Anand. He will also be seen in Saravanan's Sippai opposite Lakshmi Menon, while he will also reprise Nani's role in the Tamil remake of the Telugu film, Ala Modalaindi to be directed by debutant Ravi Thyagarajan, opposite Rakul Preet Singh.