B. Gopal

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B. Gopal
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Born
Bejawada Gopal

24 July
OccupationDirector
Years active1977 – present

Bejawada Gopal is an Indian film director who works in Telugu cinema. He has directed over 30 Telugu films, including successful films such as Bobbili Raja, Lorry Driver, Assembly Rowdy, State Rowdy, Rowdy Inspector, Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu, Indra, Maska. He won Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the film Samarasimha Reddy. He also directed two Hindi films, Insaaf Ki Awaaz and Kanoon Apna Apna.

Childhood and early years[edit]

B. Gopal was born at M. Nidamanuru village near Tangutur, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh to B. Venkateswarulu and Mahalakshmi. He has two siblings, one brother Subba Rao and sister Suseela. He did his schooling in Karumanchi. Later he attended C.S.R.Sarma college in Ongole. After finishing his education, With his father permission he chose to pursue his career in movies.[1] He is the uncle of Telugu film Actor Venu Thottempudi.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He started his career working as an assistant director under P.C. Reddy. After working in two movies with P.C. Reddy, he got an opportunity to work as an assistant director in the film Adavi Ramudu under K. Raghavendra Rao.[2] He considers K. Raghavendra Rao as his Mentor and Guru in Telugu cinema industry. He worked under him for almost 12 years and for movies like Adavi Ramudu, Devatha, Justice Chowdary, Agni Parvatam etc. In 1982, while he was working as an associate director for the movie Devatha under K. Raghavendra Rao, he was spotted by the producer of the movie Dr. Daggubati Ramanaidu. Impressed by B. Gopal, Ramanaidu offered him the chance to direct a movie under his banner. This led to B. Gopal's debut movie as director Prathidvani with Sharada, Arjun and Rajani. The movie was released in 1986.

He went on to direct many commercially successful movies like Bobbili Raja, Lorry Driver, Assembly Rowdy, Rowdy Inspector, Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu, Indra etc. His association with Paruchuri Brothers is well known in Telugu cinema industry and they worked together on many successful movies. He is also famously known to collaborate with Nandamuri Balakrishna to do movies. He was the only director to have three Industry Hits, those being Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu and Indra until 2017,then with the release of Baahubali 2 S.S.Rajamouli became 2nd director to have 3 industry hits, those being Magadheera, Baahubali: The Beginning, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Gopal's career hit a rough patch when his subsequent ventures like Palnati Brahmanayudu with Balakrishna and Narasimhudu with Jr. NTR becoming disasters in box office. After a gap of four years, he directed Maska with Ram Pothineni which was released in 2009. The movie was commercially declared a hit.[3] In 2011, it was announced that he would again collaborate with Balakrishna in a project called Hara Hara Mahadeva but the project got stalled after the launch.[4] In 2017, he directed Aaradugula Bullet starring Gopichand and Nayanthara but due to financial problems, the movie was delayed to 8 October 2021.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • All films are in Telugu unless otherwise noted
Year Film Cast Notes
1986 Prathidvani Arjun, Rajani
1986 Insaaf Ki Awaaz Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Richa Sharma Hindi film
1987 Collector Gari Abbai Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna
1988 Raktha Tilakam Venkatesh, Amala
1988 Aswathama Krishna, Vijayashanti
1989 Vijay Akkineni Nagarjuna, Vijayashanti
1989 State Rowdy Chiranjeevi, Radha, Bhanupriya
1989 Kanoon Apna Apna Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Hindi film
1990 Lorry Driver Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
1990 Bobbili Raja Venkatesh, Divya Bharti
1991 Assembly Rowdy Mohan Babu, Divya Bharti
1992 Chinarayudu Venkatesh, Vijayashanti
1992 Brahma Mohan Babu, Aishwarya, Shilpa Shirodkar
1992 Rowdy Inspector Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
1993 Mechanic Alludu Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
1994 Gangmaster Rajasekhar, Nagma
1995 Street Fighter Vijayashanti
1995 Khaidhi Inspector Suman, Maheswari
1997 Collector Garu Mohan Babu, Sakshi Sivanand
1997 Adavilo Anna Mohan Babu, Roja
1999 Samarasimha Reddy Nandamuri Balakrishna, Anjala Zaveri, Simran, Sanghavi
2000 Ravanna Dr. Rajasekhar, Soundarya
2000 Vamsi Mahesh Babu, Namrata Shirodkar
2001 Narasimha Naidu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Simran, Preeti Jhangiani
2002 Allari Ramudu N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Aarthi Agarwal
2002 Indra Chiranjeevi, Aarthi Agarwal, Sonali Bendre
2003 Palnati Brahmanaidu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Aarthi Agarwal, Sonali Bendre
2004 Adavi Ramudu Prabhas, Aarthi Agarwal
2005 Narasimhudu N. T. Rama Rao Jr, Ameesha Patel, Sameera Reddy
2009 Maska Ram, Hansika, Sheela
2021 Aaradugula Bullet Gopichand, Nayanthara Releasing after 4 years

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B. Gopal Video Interview". Guest Hour (Interview). Interviewed by TeluguOne. Youtube. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Adavi Ramudu". telugucinema. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Maska's soaring profits - Telugu News". 27 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Balayya-Gopal-Paruchuri teaming after 7 years - Telugu News". November 2011.
  5. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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