Studied mass communication in college. Landed in Mumbai to intern with Sidharth Kak. Joined advertising; worked with IBW, Bates Clarion and Lowe Lintas. Worked as an ad film director for many years before making her directorial debut in English Vinglish (2012). The main character of the film is based on Gauri's mother, a Marathi woman, who runs her own pickle business in Pune. Was named in the list of 25 Indians To Watch by Financial Times in 2012. Featured on the list of Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012 by Rediff.