Murali Gopy

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Murali Gopy
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Native name മുരളി ഗോപി‍  (Malayalam)
Born (1972-03-04) 4 March 1972 (age 46)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, journalist, singer, author
Spouse(s)
Anjana Pillai
(m. 1999; d. 2015)
Children Gowri Gopy
Gowrav Gopy
Parent(s)
Website mgvanguard.blogspot.in

Murali Gopy, is an Indian screenwriter, actor, author, singer and journalist.[1] He wrote and acted in Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Tiyaan, Left Right Left and Kammara Sambhavam, which are considered path breakers in their respective genres. He has won numerous awards including Filmfare Awards South and South Indian International Movie Awards for his work on screen and behind it.

Career[edit]

Journalist[edit]

Murali Gopy joined The New Indian Express in 1995, immediately after completing PG in Journalism at Institute of Journalism, Thiruvananthapuram, and worked as sub-editor and reporter there. Later, he joined The Hindu, as sub-editor and Features Editor. He then shifted base to UAE, and became chief sub-editor with Arab-Allied Media, Dubai, for the sports magazines Cleanbowled and Sports Today.[2] In 2008, he was appointed chief editor of MSN India Entertainment. In 2012, he resigned the job to be more active in films. His writings on various topics can be found in his blog mgvanguard.blogspot.in.[3]

Author[edit]

Murali is a screenwriter and short story writer. He published his first short story "Ayur Rekha" in Kalakaumudi in 1991 at the age of 19. He has often stated that he started writing stories to bring a smile to his father, thespian Bharat Gopy, who was debilitated by a massive stroke in 1986.[4] Murali Gopiyude Kadhakal, a compilation of his stories, has been published by Mathrubhumi Books, the third edition of which is now running.[5][6] He has also sketched illustrations for The Hindu, Kalakaumudi and DC Books.

Screenwriter[edit]

Murali Gopy made his debut as a screenwriter, actor and singer in the Lal Jose movie Rasikan (2004). The 2012 film Ee Adutha Kaalathu, scripted by Murali, is considered a pathbreaker in Malayalam cinema, for its innovative method of weaving story threads together.[7] It was opined to be "the cinema of 21st century" by stalwart writer N. S. Madhavan.[8][9][10][11] His next screenplay was for Left Right Left, also directed by Arun Kumar Aravind. The basic essence of the movie is that a man is part DNA, part unknown and part what he sees and goes through as a child. It is a social thriller set in three periods – the 60s/70s, the 80s/90s and the present. The movie, which opened to excellent reviews on its release, has achieved cult status among fans and observers.[12][13][14] The 2017 movie Tiyaan, written by him was noted for its bold theme that focused on the current socio-political scenario in India. His next script is for Lucifer, starring Mohanlal, which will be actor Prithviraj Sukumaran's directorial debut.[15][16]

Actor[edit]

Murali's debut acting role in Rasikan was as the villain Kala Bhaskaran. His notable performances include the role of Ajay Kurien, an impotent and abusive husband in Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Che Guevara Roy, a partially paralyzed left activist in Left Right Left, Father Michael Plathottathil a young priest in Kanyaka Talkies, the double role as Dr.Hari Narayan and Ravi Narayan in the psychological thriller 1 by Two, Devassy Pappan, an 80 year old patriarch in Pa Va and Mahashay Bhagvan, a self-proclaimed Godman in Tiyaan. As an actor, Murali has been praised for his attention to minute details and realistic acting style.[17][18] His onscreen portrayals have won him many accolades including the 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Known to be greatly selective, Murali Gopy has worked only in a limited number of movies since his foray into film industry in 2004.[19]

Singer[edit]

Murali, who is passionate about his singing, has rendered songs for many films. His "The LRL Anthem" in Left Right Left, "Pakalinu Veyil" in 1 by Two, "Kalippu" in Premam and "Bham Bham Shiv Bole" in Tiyaan, were super hits. He has won Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing for "LRL Anthem".[20]

Lyricist[edit]

Murali Gopy has ventured into lyrics writing with the song "Neti" in Tiyaan, which describes the path to spiritual enlightment.

Personal life[edit]

Murali is the son of renowned actor Bharath Gopi and Jayalakshmy. He was married to Anjana Pillai,Asst.Manager SBI and has two children, Gowri and Gowrav. Anjana died at the age of 38, on 26 April 2015 after suffering a heart attack.[21]

Murali has launched a website in memory of his father Bharath Gopi (www.bharatgopy.com).

Awards[edit]

  • 2014 - Amrita Film Award for The Best Actor in Supporting Role[22][23]
  • 2014 - South Indian International Movie Awards for The Best Actor in Supporting Role[24]
  • 2014 – 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role[25]
  • 2014 – Jaihind Film Award for The Best Script[26]
  • 2014 – Yuva Award (2012–2013)[27]
  • 2013 – Thikkurissi Sukumaran Foundation Award for The Best Supporting Actor
  • 2013 – Nana Film Award – Man of the Year[28]
  • 2013 – Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing
  • 2013 – Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Screenplay
  • 2013 – Santosham South India Film Awards for The Best Supporting Actor
  • 2013 – Jaycey Foundation Award – Special Award
  • 2013 – Jaihind Film Award – Special Jury Award
  • 2013 – Vanitha Film Award for The Best Anti-Hero
  • 2013 – Asianet Film Award for The Best Villain
  • 2013 - Reporter Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor
  • 2012 – P. Bhaskaran Foundation Award for The Best Story
  • 2012 – Nana Film Award for the Best Script Writer
  • 2012 – Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Anti-Hero
  • 2012 – Asiavision Movie Awards for The New Sensation in Script
  • 2012 – Mohan Raghavan Award for The Best Script Writer
  • 2009 – The Sathyan Memorial Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor[29]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Title Year Role Director Notes
Thakkol 2018 Father Mankunnath Paili Kiran Prabhakaran
Kammara Sambhavam Kelu Nambiar Rathish Ambat
Aami Madhav Das Kamal
Kaattu 2017 Chellappan Arun Kumar Aravind
Tiyaan Remakant Mahashay Jiyen Krishnakumar
Pa Va (Paappanekkurichum Varkkiyekkurichum) 2016 Devassy Paappan Sooraj Tom
Pavada Chandramohan (Special appearance) G. Marthandan
Lukka Chuppi 2015 Sidharth Ram Bash Muhammed Screened in the Indian Panorama section of the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).[30]
Naku Penda Naku Taka 2014 Anton Kulasingham (Special appearance) Vayalar Madhavankutty
1 by Two Dr.Hari Narayan/Ravi Narayan Arun Kumar Aravind
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal 2013 'Tyson' Alex Lal Jose
Kanyaka Talkies Father Michael Plathottathil K R Manoj Selected for the competition section at the 15th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival[31]
Selected as the opening film at the 44th International Film Festival of India[32]
Won FIPRESCI Award for The Best Malayalam Film at the International Film Festival of Kerala[33]
Selected by Forbes India magazine as one of the five must watch Indian movies in 2014[34]
Vedivazhipadu Rahul Nair Shambhu Purushothaman
Kaanchi Perungodan Narayanan G. N. Krishnakumar
Left Right Left Roy Joseph aka Che Guevara Roy Arun Kumar Aravind 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role
South Indian International Movie Awards for The Best Actor in Supporting Role
Thikkurissi Sukumaran Foundation Award for The Best Supporting Actor[35]
Amrita Film Award for The Best Actor in Supporting Role
August Club Nanda Gopan K. B. Venu
Thappana 2012 Manikuttan aka Kannukuttan Johny Antony Asianet Film Award for The Best Villain[36]
Ee Adutha Kaalathu Ajay Kurien Arun Kumar Aravind Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Anti-Hero[37]
Vanitha Film Award for The Best Anti-Hero[38]
Reporter Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor[39]
Jaihind Film Award – Special Jury Award[40]
Jaycey Foundation Award – Special Award[41]
Santosham South India Film Awards for The Best Supporting Actor[42]
Gadhama 2011 Bharathan Kamal
Bhramaram 2009 Dr. Alex Varghese Blessy Sathyan Memorial Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor
Rasikan 2004 Theliparambil Kaala Bhaskaran Lal Jose Debut as actor and screen writer

Screenwriter[edit]

Title Year Director Cast Notes
Lucifer[43] 2018 Prithviraj Sukumaran Mohanlal, Manju Warrier (Filiming)
Kammara Sambhavam Rathish Ambat Dileep, Sidharth, Namitha Pramod
Tiyaan 2017 Jiyen Krishnakumar Prithviraj, Indrajith Sukumaran, Ananya
Left Right Left 2013 Arun Kumar Aravind Indrajith Sukumaran, Lena Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Screenplay[20]
Jaihind Film Award for The Best Script
Ee Adutha Kaalathu 2012 Arun Kumar Aravind Indrajith Sukumaran,Nishan, Anoop Menon NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film at 17th International Film Festival of Kerala 2012[44]
Mohan Raghavan Award for the Best Script

Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Script
Nana Film Award for the Best Script Writer
P. Bhaskaran Foundation Award for The Best Story[45]
Jaihind Film Award – Special Jury Award

Rasikan 2004 Lal Jose Dileep, Sidharth Bharathan, Samvrutha Sunil

Discography[edit]

No. Year Song Film Language Composer Notes
1 2004 "Chaanju Nikkana" Rasikan Malayalam Vidyasagar
2 2013 "LRL Anthem – Kaal Kuzhanju" Left Right Left Malayalam Gopi Sunder Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing[20]
3 2013 "Perungodante Paattu – Raavinte Mookamaam" Kaanchi Malayalam Ronnie Raphael
4 2014 "Pakalinu Veyil" 1 by Two Malayalam Gopi Sunder
5 2015 "Kalippu" Premam Malayalam Rajesh Murugesan
6 2016 "Innu Njan Pokum" Pa. Va Malayalam Anand Madhusoodanan
7 2017 "The Mahashay Paean - Bham Bham Shiv Bole" Tiyaan Malayalam Gopi Sunder
8 2017 "Neti" (off screen version) Tiyaan Malayalam Gopi Sunder
9 2017 "Pottada Pottada" Kaattu Malayalam Deepak Dev
10 2018 "Anjandu Bharikkan" Kammara Sambhavam Malayalam Gopi Sunder

Lyricist[edit]

No. Year Song Film Notes
1 2017 "Neti" Tiyaan

Narrator[edit]

No. Year Film Director
1 2018 "Unmadiyude Maranam" Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Author[edit]

No. Year Title Publisher Source
1 2012 Ee Adutha Kaalathu (screenplay) Fabian Books
2 2014 Left Right Left (screenplay) Mathrubhumi Books [46]
3 2015 Murali Gopiyude Kadhakal (short story collection) Mathrubhumi Books [47]

Television[edit]

No. Year Show Channel Notes
1 2014 Music Mojo Season 2 Kappa TV Live performance with Bennet and Band
2 2014 Chakkarapanthal Mathrubhumi News Anchored a special commemorative episode on Rafi and Dev Anand,
on the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi
3 2015 Murali Gopy's Tribute to Guru Dutt Mathrubhumi News
4 2017 AB@75: A Musical Tribute to Amitabh Bachchan Mathrubhumi News

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Director Channel Notes
2015 Ee Stationil Ottakku Station master Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu All India Radio, Kozhikode Broadcast as part of Natakotsavam[48]

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