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Padmashri Bharath Gopi
Born V. Gopinathan Nair
November 8, 1933(1933-11-08)
Chirayinkil, Travancore, British India
Died January 29, 2009 (aged 75)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Years active 1972 - 2009
Spouse(s) Jayalakshmi

V. Gopinathan Nair (1933 - 2009), more popularly known as Bharath Gopi, was an Indian actor, filmmaker and producer.[1] He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave Cinema movement in Kerala.

He is considered one of the greatest film actors in India and 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 Variyellu, Mohandas in Chidambaram, and Krishnan Raju in Aghaat.

As a filmmaker he is known for Ulsavapittennu (1989) and Yamanam (1991). And he produced Bharathan's Padheyam (1993). In 1991 the Government of India honored him with the Padmashri for his contributions towards Indian cinema.



Born on 8 November 1933 at Chirayankil in Thiruvananthapuram District of the State of Kerala,Gopi began his acting career as a theatre actor. He became interested in cinema through the Chitralekha Film Society, founded by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.[2] He made his movie debut in Adoor's Swayamvaram in 1972. He got the lead role in Adoor's next film, Kodiyettam (1977), a performance for which he won the National Award for Best Actor.[3] He was also noted for his performances in movies like Ormakkayi, Yavanika, Panchavadi Palam and Aadaminte Vaariyell. Besides Malayalam movies, he acted in two Hindi movies, Aghat and Satah Se Udta Aadmi.[3] Gopi was a film director and producer as well. Gopi was paralyzed by a stroke in 1986, at the peak of his career.[3] His Yamanam, about a physically handicapped person, was awarded Best Film on social issues by the National Award Jury in 1991. He was an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) until his death. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991.[4] The recipient of several regional, national and international awards, he also wrote "Abhinayam Anubhvam", for which he got the National Award for the best book on cinema.[2] On 24 January 2009, Gopi was hospitalized with chest pains.[5] He died five days later following a cardiac arrest.[1] . His last role was in Venu Nagavalli's Bharya Swantham Suhurthu (2009).

Filmography as actor

A complete list of Gopi's movies is given below:[1]

  • Bharya Swantham Suhurthu (2009)
  • Aakasha Gopuram (2008)
  • Nasraani (2007)
  • Nivedhyam (2007)
  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Wanted (2004)
  • Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004)
  • Varum Varunnu Vannu (2003)
  • Vasanthiyum Lakshimiyum pinne nhanum
  • Elavamkodu Desam (1998)
  • Ormmakalalundayirikanam (1995)
  • Agni Devan (1995)
  • Swaham (1994)
  • Padheyam (1992)
  • Irakal (1986)
  • Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986)
  • Karimpinpoovinakkare (1985)
  • Aghaat (1985)
  • Chidambaram (1985)
  • Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu (1985)
  • Meenamasathile Sooryan (1985)
  • Aarorumariyathe (1984)
  • Akkare (1984)
  • Appunni (1984)
  • Panchavadi Palam (1984)
  • Sandhya Mayangum Neram (1984)
  • Eettillam (1983)
  • Adaminte Variyellu (1983)
  • Asthram (1983)
  • Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983)
  • Kattathe Kilikoodu (1983)
  • Lekhayude Maranam: Oru Flashback (1983)
  • Marmaram (1983)
  • Rachana (1983)
  • Alolam (1982)
  • Ormakkayi (1982)
  • Yavanika (1982)
  • Kallan Pavithran (1981)
  • Palangal (1981)
  • Greshamam (1980)
  • Satah Se Uthata Aadmi (1980)
  • Peruvazhiyampalam (1979)
  • Thampu (1978)
  • Kodiyettam (1977)
  • Swayamvaram (1972)
  • Punnaram Cholli Cholli(year unknown)

Filmography as film director

  • Ente Hridhayathinte Utama (2002)
  • Yamanam (1991)
  • Ulsavapittennu (1989)
  • Njattadi (1979)

Filmography as producer

  • Padheyam (1993)


International Awards:

Civilian Awards:

National Film Awards:

  • Best Actor - Kodiyettam - 1977
  • Best Film on Social Issues - Yamanam - 1991
  • Best Book on Cinema - Abhinayam Anubhavam - 1995
  • V. Shantaram Award for Best Film - Padheyam - 1991 (as producer)

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards:

  • Four critics awards
  • Two Gulf Malayali association awards


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