12
Jul

Interview in the Deshabhimani – July 1992

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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.

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First Press Club Meet post Bharat Gopy’s recovery – Deepika 1992

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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.

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24
Jun

Interview in the Hindustan Times – 1992

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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.

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17
Jan

Interview in the Deccan Herald – January 1992

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Bharat Gopy speaks to Daksha Hathi of Deccan Herald at the 23rd International Film Festival, where he is present as the director of Yamanam, which sadly had failed to find a place in the Panorama selection.

He took sweet revenge by organising a private screening of the film to the film lovers and the delegates of the film the next day.

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The 23rd International Film Festival | Interview in the Indian Express

Bharat-Gopy—Actor

At the 23rd International Film Festival held at Bangalore, Bharat Gopy was fury personified as he lashed out against the senseless levels at which the Panorama Selection Committee works.

He tells BS Nagaraj and MK Madhussodhan as to how, for the life of him, he cannot understand how Yamanam, a National Award winning film couldn’t find a place in the Indian Panorama, as compared to the potboliers “in” like Henna.

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07
Oct

Acting is not mechanical efficiency.

Acting is not mechanical efficiency.

You can get involved in the character, never identify with it.If I have to think of myself as a rowdy to do the role of a rowdy, I will not do justice to the script. Acting is a conscious process.I am cent per cent Gopy before the camera. The moment I forget this, I lose control. A good actor must have a sense of proportion. He should not give more or less that what the role demands. And he must be able to switch on and off. You cannot do this if you are one with the character.

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Subtle and Spontaneous

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Several actors emerging from the stage tend to be theatrical, but very seldom has Gopy been so.He did add a tinge of theatricality to while emoting the role of Justice Balagangadhara Menon in the Bharatn-directed “Sandhya Mayangum Neram”.

It was deliberately done since the character was of derailed mind due to an intense sense of sin.

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17
Jan

I have no Mentor

I have no Mentor

An ex-employee of the Kerala State Electricity Board, who is now living on his pension and wife’s salary is one of the few actors in India who have acted in languages other than his mother-tongue and won laurels abroad for both. Gopy was recently conferred the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo Film Festival.” Cinema in its pure form is not yet born,” says the balding thespian who was first introduced to cinema by Adoor Gopalakrishnan in Swayamavaram , and subsequently acted in the same director’s Kodiyettam .

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Chidambaram – Tantalising Layers of Meaning

Muniyandi and Sivakami / Courtesy : Konangal Film Society

Following a premonition, Muniyandi returns abruptly and quietly. And as he knocks on the door, he sees a shadow sneaking out of the back door. Maybe Muniyandi has recognised the shadow, maybe he has not, but it does not matter really.

The crucial event is the clandestine visit- after that Muniyandi has no desire to continue living. The next morning, Sankaran is in a nightmarish half-sleep, with strange noises floating around him.

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10
Nov

And now, a movie mela.

And now, a movie mela.

A retrospective of stars representing popular Hindi as well as regional films.This includes films of Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Waheeda Rehman, Meena Kumari, Balraj Sahni, Prithviraj Kapoor on the one hand and Shashi Kapoor, Smita Patil, Naseerudin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Soumitra Chatterjee, Gopy, Amitabh Bachchan on the other; works of atleast three women directors : Sai Paranjpye, Aparna Sen and Prema Karanth; some regional films that are part of the “new cinema” and which have been selected from among those shown at annual film festivals in India.

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Who cares for a lakh or a crore of rupees?

Who cares for a lakh or a crore of rupees?

Slowly but surely, cinema is getting rid of elements borrowed from literature, theatre and music.One day there will be pure cinema.I hope to be closely associated with film makers travelling towards that direction.As an actor, I hope new demands will be made of me.Right now, the most excruciating thing I’m asked to do is to feel very sad and lonely on a set jam packed with people.Which is very easy to perform because I can switch off in a second and really believe that I have landed on a deserted island.

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20
Sep

രണ്‍ജി പണിക്കർ ഭരത് ഗോപിയുമായി നടത്തിയ അഭിമുഖം.

രണ്‍ജി പണിക്കർ ഭരത് ഗോപിയുമായി നടത്തിയ അഭിമുഖം.

സിനിമയെക്കുറിച്ചും ഗോപിക്ക് വളരെയേറെ പറയാനുണ്ട് .നാടകത്തിൽ നിന്നും സംഗീതത്തിൽ നിന്നും കടംകൊണ്ട അംശങ്ങളാണ് ഇന്നും സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ആധാരം.ഒരു ദൃശ്യ -ശ്രവ്യ മാധ്യമമെന്ന നിലയിൽ തനതായ ഒരു ശൈലി ഇനിയും സിനിമയ്ക്കുണ്ടായിട്ടില്ല. കഷ്ടിച്ച് ഒരു വയസ്സാവുന്നതെയുള്ളൂ സിനിമയ്ക്ക്. അതുകൊണ്ട് ഇന്ന് സിനിമയിലുണ്ടാവുന്ന നല്ലതും ചീത്തയുമായ ശ്രമങ്ങളെല്ലാം തന്നെ വരും തലമുറകൾ ശൈശവ ചേഷ്ടകളായി കണക്കാക്കാനും തള്ളിക്കളയാനും മതി, ഗോപി കരുതുന്നു.

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