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Gopika 2008.jpg
Gopika in 2008
Born Girly Anto
(1984-08-21) 21 August 1984 (age 30)
Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–2009, 2013
Religion Saint Thomas Christian[1][2][3]
Spouse(s) Ajilesh Chacko (2008–present)

Gopika (born 26 August 1984[4][5] 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[6] 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.[7]


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 Superstar Mohanlal. 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.

She has acted in many advertisements.

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. A daughter, Amy, was born to them in Belfast on 14 April 2010. 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 Paired with Vineeth Kumar & Jayasurya
2004 4 the People Divya Malayalam
Vesham Revathi Malayalam Winner, Asianet Best Supporting Actress Award Paired with Indrajith
Autograph Lathika Tamil
Kanasina Lok Kannada
Naa Autograph Latika Telugu
Letha Manasulu Bhanu Telugu
2005 Finger Print Preethi Varma Malayalam Paired with Jayaram
Chanthupottu Malathi Malayalam Paired with Dileep
Nerariyan CBI Anitha Malayalam Paired with Jishnu (actor)
The Tiger Suhara Ahammed Malayalam Paired with Vineeth Kumar
Kana Kandaen Archana Tamil
Ponniyin Selvan Kani Tamil
2006 Pachakuthira Nimmi Malayalam Paired with Dileep
The Don Zaheeda Malayalam Paired with Dileep
Keerthi Chakra Jayakumar's wife Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress Winner, Asianet Best Star Pair Award (shared with Jeeva)
Pothan Vava Gladis Malayalam Paired with Mammootty
Thotti Jaya Brindha Tamil
Aran Tamil
Emmtan-Magan Janani Tamil
Veedhi Seeta Mahalakshmi Telugu
2007 Mayavi Indu Malayalam Paired with Mammootty
Smart City Devi Malayalam Paired with Jayasurya
Ali Bhai Ganga Malayalam Paired with Mohanlal
Nagaram Radhika Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Snehamanassu 2004 Malayalam
Veerappu Bharathi Tamil Remake of Malayalam blockbuster film Spadikam
2008 Malabar Wedding Smitha Malayalam Paired with Indrajith
Janmam Malayalam
Annan Thambi Lakshmi Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress Paired with Mammootty
Twenty:20 Devi Malayalam Paired with Mammootty
Velli Thirai Mythili Tamil
Veruthe Oru Bharya Bindu Sugunan Malayalam Winner, Asianet Best Actress Award
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress Paired with Jayaram
Rajamudhra Malayalam
Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu Swathi Telugu
2009 Swantham Lekhakan Vimala Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress Paired with Dileep
2013 Bharya Athra Pora Priya Sathyanathan Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress Paired with Jayaram


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