Gopynathan Velayudhan Nair
2 November 1937
|Died||29 January 2008 (aged 70)|
|Other names||Kodiyettam Gopy|
|Alma mater||University College, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Years active||1972–1986, 1993–2008|
|Spouse(s)||Jayalakshmy S. V.|
Dr. Minu Gopy
Gopynathan Velayudhan Nair (2 November 1937 – 29 January 2008), popularly known by the stage name Bharat Gopy, was an Indian 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.
Bharat Gopy has won many awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Sankarankutty in Kodiyettam (1977), 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. In 1994, he authored the book Abhinayam Anubhavam, which won the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema.
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.
He is married to Jayalakshmy S. V. The couple has a son, writer-actor Murali Gopy, and a daughter, Dr. Minu Gopy.
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.
Gopy became interested in cinema through the Chitralekha Film Society, founded by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. 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. 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. 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.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991.
In 1979, Gopy directed the movie Njattadi with Murali in lead role. The movie was only screened twice and the print is now lost. 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. He died five days later following a cardiac arrest. His last role was in Balachandra Menon's De Ingottu Nokkiye (2008).
Gopy authored two books. His book Abhinayam Anubhavam (Acting, Experience), won the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema in 1994. In 2003, Nataka Niyogam, his book on drama won the Kerala State Drama Awards for Best Book on Drama.
|1972||Swayamvaram||an unemployed youth|
|1977||Kodiyettam||Sankarankutty||National 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||Ramesh||Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival|
|1981||Vida Parayum Munpe||Dr. Thomas|
|1982||Ormakkayi||Nandu, the deaf and dumb sculptor||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1982)|
|1983||Rachana||Sriprasad||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)|
|1983||Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal||Unni|
|1983||Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback||Suresh Babu|
|1983||Kattathe Kilikoodu||Shakespeare Krishna Pillai||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)|
|1983||Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku||Vinod||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1983)|
|1983||Asthram||Capt. C. S. Nair|
|1984||Adaminte Variyellu||Mamachan Muthalaly|
|1984||Sandhya Mayangum Neram||Justice Balagangadhara Menon|
|1984||Panchavadi Palam||Dushassana Kurup|
|1984||Appunni||Perattupadaveettil Ayyappan Nair|
|1984||Akkare||K. N. Gopynathan|
|1984||April 18||Constable Gopy Pillai|
|1985||Punnaram Cholli Cholli||Krishnankutty Nair|
|1985||Kayyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu|
|1985||Chidambaram||Mohandas||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (1985)|
|1985||Gaayathridevi Ente Amma||Mahadevan Thampi|
|1985||Aghaat||Krishnan Raju||Hindi Film|
|1985||Principal Olivil||Vasavan Pillai|
|1985||Archana Aradhana||Advocate Rajendran|
|1985||Kanathaya Penkutty||Devadas Menon|
|1985||Scene No 7||Menon|
|1985||Puli Varunne Puli||Chairman|
|1985||Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki||Chellappan Pillai|
|1986||Nilavinte nattil||Balachandra Panikkar|
|1986||Meenamasathile Sooryan||EK Nayanar|
|1986||Revathikkoru Pavakkutty||Balan Menon|
|1986||Ice Cream||Panikkar||shanta Ram|
|1993||Padheyam||K. V. Raghavan|
|1994||Swaham||Screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival|
|1994||Vardhakya Puranam||Rama Pothuval|
|1995||Agnidevan||K. K. Menon|
|1999||Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum|
|2000||Susanna||K P Govardhanan Pilla|
|2001||Ennum Sambhavami Yuge Yuge|
|2003||Varum Varunnu Vannu||Kathanar|
|2004||Sethurama Iyer CBI||Fr. Gomez|
|2008||Aakasha Gopuram||Abraham Thomas|
|2008||De Ingottu Nokkiye||Bhuminadha Kurup||Posthumous film|
|2009||Bharya Swantham Suhruthu||Posthumous film|
|1991||Yamanam||Best Film on Other Social Issues|
|2002||Ente Hridayathinte Udama|
|1993||Padheyam||V. Shantaram award for the producer of the Best film|
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