Prem Nazir


One of the most successful actors in Indian cinema, Prem Nazir is known for his powerful performances in Iruttinte Athmavu, Kallichellamma, Murappennu, Anubhavangal Paalichakal, Padayottam, Vida Parayum Munpe, Azhakulla Saleena, and Nadhi.

This note was written as a response to Bharat Gopy’s sudden illness and naturally found its prime place in the fund-raiser publication by his well-wishers.

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KG George


The chief apostle of the New Cinema movement in Malayalam cinema, KG George’s filmography is equally cerebral as its commercial.

Redefining middle-stream cinema, his movies have been characterised by daring collaborations, techniques and ensemble casts that have proved to be huge commercial successes and milestones in Malayalam cinema.

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Kavalam Narayana Panikker


The creative architect of the ‘Thanathu’ theatre movement of Kerala, Kavalam Narayana Panikker revived the age-old Sanskrit drama traditions, identifying interrelations between the evolved art forms and folk arts, successfully creating a fusion that has enthralled the contemporary audience since then.

Bharat Gopy had been an integral part of Thiruvarang, the precursor of Sopanam and cherished his relationship with Kavalam.

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In a career spanning more than three decades, he has acted in more than 360 films and awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor three times.

The came together for the first time for Oru Swakarayam in 1983. Mammootty was instrumental in the production of Patheyam that also brought Bharat Gopy actively back into the business of films.

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Mohanlal and Bharat Gopy came together onscreen for the first time in Navodaya’s Ente Mamattikutty Ammaykku in 1983, which remains one of the biggest commercial successes Malayalam cinema. They went on to create some memorable films together in the following years – Kattathe Kilikkodu, Appunni, Aduthaduthu, Akkare, Karimbinpoovinakkare, Rasathanthram, to name a few.

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Many Faces, Many Moods


But in an age where plot and characterisation had taken a backseat, he was a refreshing change, albeit in a film that saw the advent of ‘art’ film into the lexicon of Malayalam cinema.

His ‘Shankarankutty’ , a simpleton who ran away from life’s responsibilities including his wife and child, and his journey into self-realisation is a milestone in Malayalam, nay, Indian cinema.

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Avanavan Kadamba Revisited (2011)


Onstage in 1976, Bharat Gopy played Vadivelavan, now considered one of the most iconic performances in folk theatre along with Jagannathan’s portrayal of the lead Mendicant Revellers ( Attapandarams) and Nedumudi Venu’s lead Pattu Parisha ( Village Minstrels ). Alex Vallikunnam delves into the mystique of Kavalam’s Avanavan Katampa, that debuted in the 70’s and its relevance four decades later, in 2011 in an article originally appeared in the Janapadham Magazine in April 2011.

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The legends came together for the first time onscreen for an evergreen classic of Malayalam cinema, Yavanika directed by KG George in 1982. With Panchavadipalam, the ensemble cast led by the two gave another classic to Malayalam cinema.

It could have been sheer destiny that Thilakan was awarded the Bharat Gopy Award in 2010, instituted by the Manavaseva Welfare Society.

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Jagathy Sreekumar


From his debut in Chattambi Kalayani in 1975, with close to 1000 films as an actor, two movies as a director, Jagathy Sreekumar is mostly synonymous with pure, unbridled humor in Malayalam cinema.Jagathy’s first movie with Bharat Gopy was the seminal Yavanika in 1982. Movies like Oru Swakaryam, Panchavadipalam, Kaanathaya Penkutty and even his last movie Dey Ingottu Nokkiye are great examples of the chemistry that they brought onscreen.

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Karamana Janardhanan Nair


Karamana Janardhanan Nair and Bharat Gopy’s theatre journeys started together at a school summer camp where both performed together in the same play, “Njaan Oradhikapattaanu.” It is also rarely recalled that Swayamvaram is also as much the debut film of Karamana Janardhanan Nair’s as Bharat Gopy’s.

Close friends and peers, this fond note was published in a fund-raiser publication brought out by well-wishers ( against Bharat Gopy’s wishes) to raise funds for his treatment.

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‘വിടപറയും മുമ്പേ’യുടെ വിധി


ഭരത് ഗോപിയും എന്‍െറ സംവിധാനത്തില്‍ ആദ്യമായി അഭിനയിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു. കുറച്ച് എക്സന്‍ട്രിക് ആയ ഡോക്ടറുടെ റോളില്‍.

ആ റോളിലേക്ക് ആരെ കാസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്യും എന്ന് ആലോചിക്കുമ്പോഴാണ് വേണു, ഗോപിയുടെ പേര് നിര്‍ദേശിക്കുന്നത്. സിനിമയില്‍ സ്ഥിരം കാണുന്ന മുഖങ്ങള്‍ക്കുപകരം വ്യത്യസ്തതയുള്ള ആരെങ്കിലും വേണം എന്ന് എനിക്ക് നിര്‍ബന്ധമുണ്ടായിരുന്നു.

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