Bharat Gopy’s interview with media anchor and talk-show host R Sreekandan Nair in the Asianet MidEast Radio Program, post the release of Ente Hrudayathinte Udama in 2002. In a free-wheeling chat, Bharat Gopy opens up on the existing “business of Malayalam cinema”, the process involved in adapting Perumbadavom Sreedharan‘s novel for the screen, the need for cultural purge in the sensibilities of cinema and about the belief in good cinema.
Bharat Gopy’s first exhaustive video interview, aired by Surya TV on 1st November 2002, which was also the Formation Day of the state of Kerala.
Pulling no punches, Bharat Gopy speaks his heart out on the state of cinema, the aesthetics in creating movies, the commercial “hijack” of the film industry and his new perspectives on life and the future.
Gulf News reports on Bharat Gopy’s upcoming visit to the Emirates, as guest of honor to inaugurate the Music Gala -98 fiesta to be held at Al Nasr Leisureland, organised by Varkala Sivasankaran, from the first week of May, 1998.
This was also Bharat Gopy’s first trip to the United Arab Emirates.
“Now I have learned to take things lightly. I bask in the lightness of being. My old self would have been angry if this tea-pot would have remained here for an hour even after guests have left.
My greatest misery is that I don’t know how to behave well. Mind you, behavior is different from character. Animus is alien to my character. But people misunderstand me for my directness,” he muses.
Bharat Gopy considered TR Sukumaran his “Acharya” in the art of theatre performances, and was the epitome of the finest performances in theatre he had witnessed in his lifetime, that haveb touched, moved and influenced him.
Bharat Gopy was invited to deliver the Keynote Speech at the TR Sukumaran Nair Memorial Theatre Fest in Thiruvananthapuram, organised by the Swati Thirunal Sangeeta Sabha.
The poetics of this film, expressed mainly through the highly personalised semiotics of the director, confirms not only Gopy’s understanding of the self-awareness of the handicapped but also his severe self-control and discipline in using every frame, every foot of the film.
Yamanam is not just a dramatization of the plight of the handicapped, its a revelation or epiphany of post-modernist film poetics.
Bharat Gopy is of the firm belief that Indian audience do not need a Censorship entity to decide on their behalf, what to watch and what not to, in a feature film. With Yamanam, he adds wryly that not a single distributor has even evinced interest in the movie, regardless of it winning a National Award.
He is hopeful that Doordarshan would, at some point in time, decide to telecast the film as they are duty bound for all National Award winning features.
“My disability, because of a stroke, doesnot permit me to act in films, ” says Gopy in the Press Club Meet in Thiruvananthapuram post his recovery. ” That is why I have taken to production and direction.”
According to him, the trend in Malayalam films characterises the mad race for spinning money. But Gopy is optimistic that things will turn for the better in the next decade.
Deshabhimani’s report on the Press Club Meet, elaborating on how Bharat Gopy refuses to categorise his roles onscreen into good and bad, as according to him, they were all good in their own ways. Else he wouldn’t have taken them on.
Bharat Gopy waxes eloquent on how his adaptation of George Onakkoor’s novel into ‘Yamanam’ infused a new sense of purpose and optimism in him.
In his first Press Club meet post his recovery and return to film-making, Bharat Gopy speaks without any reservations on his illness, the business of cinema and the suffocating, mindless machinations of the National Censor Board.
He doesn’t mask his pain at the “commoditisation” of films and how they have by now become products ratehr than works of art with commercial value.
The copy of the interview, found in the personal files of Bharat Gopy clearly shows his displeasure in the way he has mercilessly hacked away at the bloopers that has formed a part of the published interview.
Gems include him being reportedly feted for the Best Director Award for “Abhayam”, acting in “G Sankara Pillai’s ” Swayamvaram, the original story of Yamanam credited to a certain “George Chaka”, amongst others.