Gautam Rode (born 14 August 1977) is an Indian actor and television host.
He has appeared in many television shows which include Baa Bahu Aur Baby, Lucky, Saraswatichandra and Maha Kumbh: Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani.
He made his Bollywood debut with the 2002 film, Annarth. He has also done small roles in some Bollywood films.
Currently, he is playing the role of Karna in Sony TV’s show, Suryaputra Karn. Apart from acting he has also hosted some reality shows.
Rode made his debut to Indian television with the show Jahan Pyaar Mile on Zee TV. In 2000, he played episodic roles in TV shows such as Rishtey, Apna Apna Style and Thriller at 10. In 2002, he made his debut to Bollywood with the film Annarth co-starred Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and Preeti Jhangiani. He played the role of Inspector Sameer Deshmukh in this film. Taran Adarsh of entertainment portal of Bollywood Hungama wrote of his performance, “Newcomer Gautam Rode has good screen presence and impresses as an actor. He does very well in stunts.” Annarth grossed ₹23.4 crore (US$3.5 million) domestically.
In 2005, he appeared in his second film, U, Bomsi & Me alongside Sonal Sehgal and Vivek Madan. He played the role of Sam Mac Patel a radio jockey who wants to be a writer and a famous one at that. Taran Adarsh wrote of his performance, ” Gautam, who made his debut in ANNARTH [with Sanju, Suniel], has evolved as an actor. He is excellent in [emotional] sequences when his wife walks out on him.”In 2005, he played his first noticeable role of television of Anish Kotak in Baa Bahu Aur Baby.
In 2013, he played the lead and title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s show, Saraswatichandra opposite Jennifer Winget. The show proved to be a turning point in his career and got him lot of popularity and appreciation. In 2013, he also hosted Nach Baliye 6 alongside Karan Wahi. The show Saraswatichandra ended on 20 September 2014.
In 2015, he did yet another show, Maha Kumbh: Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani a mythological thriller.He played the role of Rudra in the show who is a “Garud”, who has the duty of saving mankind. The show failed to impress the audience and ended in April 2015. In 2015, he entered the show Suryaputra Karn as the lead of the show, Karna.