Bharat Gopy

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Bharat Gopy
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Born
Gopynathan Velayudhan Nair

(1937-11-02)2 November 1937
Died29 January 2008(2008-01-29) (aged 70)
Other namesKodiyettam Gopy
Alma mater University College, Thiruvananthapuram
Years active1972–2008
Spouse(s)Jayalakshmy S. V.
Children Murali Gopy
Dr. Minu Gopy
Parent(s)
  • Velayudhan Pillai
  • Parvathyamma
Awards
Website bharatgopy.com

Gopynathan Velayudhan Nair (2 November 1937 – 29 January 2008), popularly known by the stage names Bharat Gopy, Kodiyettem Gopy, was an Indian film actor, producer and director. He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave cinema movement in Kerala during the 1970s.

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Bharat Gopy has won many awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Sankarankutty in Kodiyettam (1977), [1] 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. He won four Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor for various roles.

As a filmmaker he is known for Ulsavapittennu (1989) and Yamanam (1991). He produced the 1993 film Padheyam directed by Bharathan. In 1991 the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. [2] In 1994, he authored the book Abhinayam Anubhavam, which won the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema.

Early life and family

Bharat Gopy 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 University College, Thiruvananthapuram. Immediately after his studies, he was employed as Lower Division Clerk in the Kerala Electricity Board. [3]

He is married to Jayalakshmy S. V. The couple has a son, writer-actor Murali Gopy, and a daughter, Dr. Minu Gopy.

Career

Stage actor

Gopy 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. [3]

Film actor

Gopy became interested in cinema through the Chitralekha Film Society, founded by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. [4] 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. [5] 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 . [5] Gopy was a film director and producer as well. Gopy was paralysed by a stroke on 20 February 1986, at the zenith of his career. [5] [6]

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991. [7]

In 1979, Gopy directed the movie Njattadi with Murali in lead role. The movie was only screened twice and the print is now lost. [8] 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, Gopy was hospitalised with chest pain. [9] He died five days later following a cardiac arrest. His last role was in Balachandra Menon's De Ingottu Nokkiye (2008). [10] [11]

Author

Gopy authored two books. His book Abhinayam Anubhavam (Acting, Experience), won the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema in 1994. [4] In 2003, Nataka Niyogam, his book on drama won the Kerala State Drama Awards for Best Book on Drama. [12]

Filmography

Actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972 Swayamvaram an unemployed youth
1977 Kodiyettam SankarankuttyNational 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 RameshScreened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival [13]
1980 Greeshmam
1981 Vida Parayum Munpe Dr. Thomas
1982PalangalVasu Menon
1981 Kallan Pavithran Maamachan
1982 Yavanika Tabalist Ayyappan
1982 Ormakkayi Nandu, the deaf and dumb sculptorKerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1982)
1982Snehapoorvam MeeraAbraham
1982 Gaanam
1982AalolamMukundan Menon
1982 Marmaram Naxalite Gopy
1983 Rachana SriprasadKerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)
1983 Purappadu
1983 Asthi Mohan
1983 Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal Unni
1983 Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback Suresh Babu
1983 Kattathe Kilikoodu Shakespeare Krishna PillaiKerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)
1983 Oru Swakaryam
1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku VinodKerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)
1983 Ashtapadi
1983 Asthram Capt. C. S. Nair
1983 Eenam Kaimal
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. Gopynathan
1984 Aarorumariyathe Stephan George
1984 Aksharangal VP Menon
1984 April 18 Constable Gopy Pillai
1984 Oru Painkilikatha Swami
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Krishnankutty Nair
1985 Kayyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu
1985 Chidambaram MohandasKerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1985)
1985 Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Mahadevan Thampi
1985 Aghaat Krishnan RajuHindi Film
1985 Principal Olivil Vasavan Pillai
1985 Onathumbikkoru Oonjaal Augustine
1985 Archana Aradhana Advocate Rajendran
1985 Kanathaya Penkutty Devadas Menon
1985 Karimpinpoovinakkare Chellan
1985 Scene No 7 Menon
1985 Puli Varunne Puli Chairman
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Chellappan Pillai
1985 Irakal Bishop
1986 Nilavinte nattil Balachandra Panikkar
1986 Meenamasathile Sooryan EK Nayanar
1986 Chekkeraanoru Chilla
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Balan Menon
1986 Udayam Padinjaru Thampi
1986 Neram Pularumbol
1986 Ice Cream Panikkarshanta Ram
1993 Padheyam K. V. Raghavan
1994 Swaham Screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival [14]
1994 Vardhakya Puranam Rama Pothuval
1995 Agnidevan K. K. Menon
1995 Ormakalundayirikkanam 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
2001Mookkuthy
2001Namukoru Koodaram
2002DesamUppa
2003Varum Varunnu VannuKathanar
2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Fr. Gomez
2004WantedAnu's Father
2006 Rasathanthram Balan Master
2007 Nivedyam Ramavarma Thampuran
2007 Paradesi
2007 Nasrani Narayana Swamy
2008 Aakasha Gopuram Abraham Thomas
2008 De Ingottu Nokkiye Bhuminadha KurupPosthumous film
2009Bharya Swantham SuhruthuPosthumous film

Director

YearTitleNotes
1979 Njattadi
1989 Ulsavapittennu
1991 Yamanam Best Film on Other Social Issues
2002Ente Hridayathinte Udama

Producer

YearTitleNotes
1993 Padheyam V. Shantaram award for the producer of the Best film

Awards

International awards and honours

Civilian awards

National Film Awards

V. Shantaram Award

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

Other awards

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