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Born Girly Anto
(1984-08-21) 21 August 1984 (age 30)
Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala
Ethnicity Indian[1]
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2003–2009, 2013
Spouse(s) Ajilesh Chacko (2008–present)
Children Amy,Aiden[2]

Gopika (born 26 August 1984[3][4] as Girly Anto) is an Indian film actress, who has predominantly starred in Malayalam films. Starting her career as a model, she ventured into acting with the film Pranayamanithooval (2003). She went on to appear in over 35 films, working in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries as well.

Early life[edit]

Gopika was born as Girly Anto in a Syrian Christian family[5] to Anto Francis and Tessy Anto in Ollur in Thrissur, Kerala. She has one sister, Glini. After completing her 12th standard in St. Raphael's Convent Girls High School, Ollur, she studied sociology from the Calicut University. She learnt classical dance from her teacher Kamalher. She was crowned as Miss College during her farewell. The beauty contest Miss Thrissur was turning point in her life. Though she did not win the title, she stood as the first runner up in the contest which gained her few modeling assignments. She claims that she never wanted to be an actress, and her ambition was to be airhostess.[6]


Her first film was Pranayamanithooval, in which she starred with Jayasurya and Vineeth. Pranayamanithooval, directed by Director Thulasi Das did not do well but got her recognition in the industry. She got a second film 4 the People which was a blockbuster and had its prints dubbed in many Indian languages. It was directed by Jayaraj and she acted opposite Bharath. The song "Lejjavathiye Ninde Kalla Kadaikkannil" from the film was a big hit in Kerala. Renowned Tamil movie director Cheran signed her up for his film Autograph which was another big hit in 2004. She also acted in Kana Kandaen.

Among her other work she has acted in Kannada film Kanasina Loka and the Telugu remake of Azhagi. Her Telugu film Leta Manasulu directed by Raju Upati crashed at the box office. She starred in the Malayalam movie Kirtichakra opposite Jiiva. Directed by Major Ravi the movie tells the story about a soldier against the backdrop of Kargil war. Apart from Kirtichakra, she did another movie with Dileep: Pachakuthira. Her previous film with Dileep Chanthupottu was a big hit. Veruthe Oru Bharya was a phenomenal hit, and it fetched her the Asianet Best actress award of 2008.

Personal life[edit]

On 17 July 2008, Gopika married Ajilesh Chacko, a doctor working in Northern Ireland. She returned to the cinema industry after marriage, acting in Swantham Lekhakan and says that she will act in more films if she gets good opportunities and likes the script. She says that her husband doesn't mind her acting and that she is getting a lot of support from him and her family.They have a daughter Amy and a son Aiden.[7] Gopika made a comeback to the Malayalam cinema in Bharya Athra Pora with Jayaram, directed by Akku Akbar.[8]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Pranayamanithooval Meera Malayalam
2004 4 the People Divya Malayalam
Vesham Revathi Malayalam Asianet Best Supporting Actress Award
Autograph Lathika Tamil
Kanasina Lok Kannada
Naa Autograph Latika Telugu
Letha Manasulu Bhanu Telugu
2005 Finger Print Preethi Varma Malayalam
Chanthupottu Malathi Malayalam
Nerariyan CBI Anitha Malayalam
The Tiger Suhara Ahammed Malayalam
Kana Kandaen Archana Tamil
Ponniyin Selvan Kani Tamil
2006 Pachakuthira Nimmi Malayalam
The Don Zaheeda Malayalam
Keerthi Chakra Havildar Jaikumar's wife Malayalam Asianet Best Star Pair Award (shared with Jeeva)
Pothan Vava Gladis Malayalam
Thotti Jaya Brindha Tamil
Aran Havildar Jaikumar's wife Tamil
Emmtan-Magan Janani Tamil
Veedhi Seeta Mahalakshmi Telugu
2007 Mayavi Indu Malayalam
Smart City Devi Malayalam
Ali Bhai Ganga Malayalam
Nagaram Radhika Malayalam
Snehamanassu 2004 Malayalam
Veerappu Bharathi Tamil Remake of Malayalam film Spadikam
2008 Malabar Wedding Smitha Malayalam
Janmam Malayalam
Annan Thambi Lakshmi Malayalam
Twenty:20 Devi Malayalam
Velli Thirai Mythili Tamil
Veruthe Oru Bharya Bindu Sugunan Malayalam Asianet Best Actress Award
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Rajamudhra Malayalam
Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu Swathi Telugu
2009 Swantham Lekhakan Vimala Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2013 Bharya Athra Pora Priya Sathyanathan Malayalam


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