Born Gayathrie Shankar
2 May 1993
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Film actress
Years active 2012 - present

Gayathrie Shankar is a Tamil film actress, who has appeared in leading roles. Her debut film, N. Krishna's Yen Ippadi Mayakkinai remains unreleased, though she made a breakthrough after featuring in the cult comedy Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom.

Personal life

Gayathrie's family is of Tamil origin and her home town is Bangalore, Karnataka.[1] Her grandfather from Trichy worked as an army officer, while both of her parents work as bankers. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

She got her first film offer when she was in 12th class and took it up. She considered acting "just a dream" and stated that she "never really planned on working towards it or taking it seriously as a career."[1] She said that she had stage fright and was afraid of public speaking but that she got over it once she started acting. She has also said that she is "a gypsy at heart" and that she would "have travelled and done something related to psychology" if she hadn't become an actress.[1]


The actress's first release was the psychological thriller 18 Vayasu, but was recognized for her work in Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom alongside Vijay Sethupathi. In 2013 she starred in two films, Ponmaalai Pozhudhu and Mathapoo. She was next seen in Vijay Sethupathi in Rummy, a 1980s college love story, which also featured Iyshwarya Rajesh.[2]

She is currently filming for the multi-starrer Ula,[3][4] in which she plays Priya, "a very normal middle class girl who loves her family" and Mellisai co-starring with Vijay Sethupathi again, in which she will be seen as Meera, a music teacher.[1] Furthermore, her delayed film N. Krishna's Yen Ippadi Mayakkinai alongside Richard is set for release in 2014.


Year Film Role Notes
2012 18 Vayasu Gayathri
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom Dhanalakshmi
2013 Ponmaalai Pozhudhu Divya
Mathaapoo Pooja
2014 Rummy Meenaksi
2016 Puriyadha Pudhir Meera Delayed
Ula Priya Filming


  1. 1 2 3 4 Gayathrie Shankar - Interview
  2. Anupama, Subramanian (18 May 2013). "Rummy is a 1980s film". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. Gupta, Rinku (1 October 2013). "I came as a blank slate: Gayathrie". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  4. "Ajmal and Ashok kick start 'Ulaa'". The Times of India. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
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