Bharath Gopi

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Bharath Gopi
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Born Gopinathan Velayudhan Nair
(1937-11-02)November 2, 1937
Chirayinkeezhu, Travancore, British India
Died January 29, 2008(2008-01-29) (aged 70)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Other names Kodiyettam Gopi
Years active 1972–2008
Spouse(s) Jayalakshmy.S.V
Children Murali Gopy, Dr.Minu Gopy
Parents Velayudhan Pillai, Parvathyamma
Awards

National Film Awards
1995: Best Book on Cinema -
Abhinayam Anubhavam
(Acting and the Experience)
1992: Best Film on Social Issues -
Yamanam
1978: Best Actor - Kodiyettam

Kerala State Film Awards
1977: Best Actor - Kodiyettam
1982: Best Actor - Ormakkayi
1983: Best Actor - Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku, Eenam, Ettillam, Kattathe Kilikoodu
1985: Best Actor - Chidambaram
Website
bharatgopy.com

Gopinathan Velayudhan Nair, also known as Bharat Gopy; Malayalam: ഭരത് ഗോപി; 2 November 1937 – 29 January 2008 was an Indian film actor, producer, and director.[1] He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave cinema movement in Kerala during the 1970s.[2]

He has won many awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Sankarankutty in Kodiyettam (1977),[3] and hence he got the name Bharath. His well known roles include Aiyappan in Yavanika, Vasu Menon in Palangal, Prof. "Shakespeare" Krishna Pillai in Kattathe Kilikoodu, Dushasana Kurup in Panchavadi Palam, Nandagopal in Ormakkayi, Mammachan in Adaminte Vaariyellu, Shankaran in Chidambaram, and Krishnan Raju in Aghaat.

As a filmmaker he is known for Ulsavapittennu (1989) and Yamanam (1991). He produced the movie Padheyam (1993) directed by Bharathan. In 1991 the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. On 24 January 2008, Gopi was hospitalized with chest pains. He died five days later following a cardiac arrest.

Early life[edit]

Bharath Gopi was born on 2 November 1937 at Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram District of the state of Kerala as the youngest of four children to Kochuveetil Velayudhan Pillai and Parvathyamma. He completed his BSc. Degree from Thiruvananthapuram University College. Immediately after his studies, he was employed as Lower Division Clerk in the Kerala Electricity Board.[4]

Family[edit]

He is married to Jayalakshmy.S.V. The couple have a son actor Murali Gopy and a daughter Dr.Minu Gopy.

Career[edit]

Stage actor[edit]

Gopi began his acting career as a theatre actor at Prasadhana Little Theatres under G. Sankara Pillai. His first stage appearance was in the role of Raaghavan in the play Abhayarthikal. Later on, he became associated with Thiruvarange under Kaavalam Narayana Panicker. He has also written five plays and directed three.[4]

Film actor[edit]

Gopi became interested in cinema through the Chitralekha Film Society, founded by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.[5] He made his movie debut in Adoor's Swayamvaram in 1972 in a small role. He did the lead role of Sankarankutty in Adoor's next film, Kodiyettam (1977), a performance for which he won the National Award for Best Actor.[6] He was also noted for his performances in movies like Ormakkayi, Yavanika, Panchavadi Palam and Adaminte Vaariyellu. Besides Malayalam movies, he acted in two Hindi movies, Aaghat and Satah Se Uthata Aadmi.[6] Gopi was a film director and producer as well. Gopi was paralyzed by a stroke on February 20, 1986, at the zenith of his career.[6][7]

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991.[8]

In 1979, Gopi directed the movie Njattadi with Murali in lead role. The movie was only screened twice and the print is now lost.[9] He directed three more movies Ulsavapittennu, Yamanam and Ente Hridhayathinte Utama. His Yamanam, about a physically handicapped person, was awarded Best Film on social issues by the National Award Jury in 1991.

On 24 January 2008, Gopi was hospitalized with chest pain.[10] He died five days later following a cardiac arrest.[1] His last role was in Balachandra Menon's De Ingottu Nokkiye (2008).[11] [12]

Author[edit]

Gopi authored two books. His book Abhinayam Anubhavam (Acting, Experience), won the national award for the best book on cinema in 1994.[5] Nataka Niyogam, his book on drama won the state award for best book on drama in 2003.[13]

Filmography as actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Swayamvaram an unemployed youth
1977 Choondakkari
1977 Kodiyettam Sankarankutty National Film Award for Best Actor
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor
1978 Thampu Panicker, the circus manager
1979 Peruvazhiyambalam Vishwambharan, the tea shop owner
1980 Satah Se Uthata Aadmi Ramesh Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival[14]
1980 Greshamam
1981 Vida Parayum Munpe
1982 Palangal Vasu Menon
1981 Kallan Pavithran Maamachan
1982 Yavanika Tabalist Ayyappan
1982 Ormakkayi Nandu, the deaf and dumb sculpturer Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1982)
1982 Snehapoorvam Meera Abraham
1982 Gaanam
1982 Alolam Mukundan Menon
1982 Marmaram Naxalite Gopi
1983 Rachana Sriprasad Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)
1983 Purappad
1983 Asthi
1983 Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal Unni
1983 Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback Suresh Babu
1983 Kattathe Kilikoodu Shakespeare Krishna Pillai Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)
1983 Oru Swakaryam
1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku Vinod Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)
1983 Ashtapadi
1983 Asthram Capt. C. S. Nair
1983 Eenam
1984 Adaminte Variyellu Mamachan Muthalaly
1983 Eettillam Moitheen Bawa
1984 Sandhya Mayangum Neram Justice Balagangadhara Menon
1984 Panchavadi Palam Dushassana Kurup
1984 Swantham Sarika Basheer
1984 Appunni Perattupadaveettil Ayyappan Nair
1984 Akkare K. N. Gopinathan
1984 Aarorumariyathe Stephan George
1984 Aksharangal
1984 April 18 Constable Gopi Pillai
1984 Oru Painkili Katha
1986 Nilavinte nattil
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Krishnankutty Nair
1986 Meenamasathile Sooryan School Teacher
1985 Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu
1985 Chidambaram Mohandas Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1985)
1985 Gayathri Devi Ente Amma
1985 Aghaat Krishnan Raju
1985 Principal Olivil
1985 Onathumpikkoroonjal
1985 Archana Aradhana Advocate Rajendran
1985 Kanathaya Penkutty
1985 Karimpinpoovinakkare Chellan
1985 Scene No 7
1985 Puli Varunne Puli
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Chellappan Pillai
1985 Irakal
1986 Nilavinte Nattil
1986 Chekkeranoru Chilla
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Balan Menon
1986 Udayam Padinjaru Thampi
1986 Neram Pularumbol
1986 Ice Cream Panikkar shanta Ram
1993 Padheyam K. V. Raghavan
1994 Swaham Screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival[15]
1994 Vardhakya Puranam Rama Pothuval The film follows the adventures of three retirees. Mahendran Thambi, Ommanakuttan Pillai, and Cherian Thomas. Thambi comes up with the plan of starting a theatre troupe. Vardhakya Puranam (1994)[16]
1995 Agnidevan K. K. Menon
1995 Ormmakalalundayirikanam Thakaran
1998 Elavamkodu Desam Agnisarmman
1998 Samaantharangal Musaliyar
1999 Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum
1999 Devadasi Shanta Ram
2000 Susanna K P Govardhanan Pilla
2001 Ennum Sambhavami Yuge Yuge
2001 Mookuthy
2001 Namukoru Koodaram
2002 Desam Uppa
2003 Varum Varunnu Vannu Kathanar
2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Fr. Gomez
2004 Wanted
2006 Rasathanthram Balan Master
2007 Nivedyam Ramavarma Thampuran
2007 Paradesi
2007 Nasrani Narayana Swamy
2008 Aakasha Gopuram Abraham Thomas
2008 De Ingottu Nokkiye Bhuminadha Kurup
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu

Filmography as director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1979 Njattadi
1989 Ulsavapittennu
1991 Yamanam Best Film on Other Social Issues
2002 Ente Hridhayathinte Utama

Filmography as producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1993 Padheyam V. Shantaram award for the producer of the Best film

Awards[edit]

International awards and honours[edit]

Civilian awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

V. Shantaram Award[edit]

  • Best Film Award - Padheyam - 1991 (as producer)

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

  • Four critics awards
  • Two Gulf Malayali association awards

References[edit]

External links[edit]