Gautam hails from Delhi and did his schooling from Army Public School, Delhi & earned Degree from Bhagat Singh College in Delhi. His father was a stock broker and wanted his son to continue his career in his business but he had a different destiny so he chose to be an actor and a top model.
Rode introduced himself to Indian television with the serial Jahan Pyaar Mile in the year 1995. In 2002, he made his debut with a small role in Bollywood with the movie Annarth co-starred Sunil Shetty, Sanjay Dutt and Preeti Jhangiani.
Looking at his star power, Rode was roped in to anchor India's Got Talent alongside Meiyang Chang. He also hosted Nach Baliye. He played the main role of Saraswatichandra in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's show Saraswatichandra for which he was heavily praised for delivering an outstanding performance.
He got huge attention of the audience for portraying Karn in Suryaputra Karn. Rode is all set for his Bollywood comeback in Aksar 2 opposite Zarine Khan.