Bharath Gopi passed away

published on January 30, 2008

Thiruvananthapuram: Renowned Film actor and Hindutva Co-Traveller and BJP leader Shri Bharath Gopi passed away today at KIMS Hospital here. Bharath Gopi was admitted to the following heart attack on Wednesday night while participating in a film shoot at Krishnapuram Palace near Kayamkulam. He is survived by his wife Jayalakshmi and children V G Murali Krishnan and Minu Gopi.Shri Bharat Gopi was the convenor of State BJP’s cultural cell during th etime of his demise.

The body of Bharat Gopi has been brought to his residence in Peyad. He won the prestigious Bharath Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film Kodiyettam. Gopinathan Nair was born in Chirayinhizh, Trivandrum, Kerala, in 1937. He became famous as Bharath Gopi after winning the Bharath award.He and Sadhu Mehr are the only actors in the history of Indian Cinema to be awarded the National Best actor award in their debut in the lead role. Considered one of the greatest actors of India, Gopi was awarded Padmasri in 1991. Winner of the presitigious Asia-Pacific international award for his performance in ‘Kaathathe Kilikkodu (A bird’s nest in the wind’) and several state and regional awards, the actor suffered a paralytic stroke in 1986, while at the peak of his career.

Gopi made his screen debut with a cameo in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Swayamvaram’ (1972). A known amateur theatre artiste and activist before his entering films, Gopi won the national award for the best actor for his portrayal of Sankarankutty in Adoor’s Kodiyettam (1977)– his second film, and the first in the lead role. He is known for his sterling performances in almost all the films he did (Kodiyettam, Ormakkayi, Yavanika, Kallan Pavitran, Sandhya mayangum neram, Chidambaram, ..to name a few). His has also acted in two hindi movies– Aghat (directed by Govind Nihalani) and Satah se udta admi (directed by Mani Kaul).Gopi has directed three films, one of which (Yamanam) was adjudged the best film on social issues by the natonal award jury of 1991. He has also won the national award for the best book on cinema for his “Abhinayam Anubhavam” (An Actor’s experience).

Awards

Special Jury award at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival, Tokyo (1985)
National award for the best actor–kodiyettam- 1977.
Five state awards for best actor (1977, 1980 (supporting actor), 1982,1983,1985).
Four filmfare awards.
Four critics awards.
National award for the best film on social issues–Yamanam–1991. National award for the best book on cinema–Abhinayam Anubhavam.
V. Shantaram award for the producer of the Best film–Padheyam–1991 Awarded Padmasri in 1991.

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