Biju Sopanam

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Biju Sopanam
Born (1970-01-04) 4 January 1970 (age 53)
Years active1995–present
Known forUppum Mulakum (Sitcom)

Biju Sopanam (born 4 january1970) is an Indian television, theatre, and film actor. He is best known for portraying the character of Balachandran Thampi in the popular ongoing sitcom Uppum Mulakum, broadcast on Flowers TV.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

He was born in Neyyattinkara, Thiruvanathapuram. His brother, Binoj Kulathoor, is also a television artist as surendran thampi in uppum mulakum.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Career[edit | edit source]

He started his career as a theatre artist at the age of 20 in Kavalam Narayana Panicker's Sopanam Theatre Group.[8][9][10][11] Along with the group he travelled across India participating in National Theatre Festival(Bharat Rang Mahotsav) and other prestigious programmes. He wanted to get into movies through this but he later revealed that after joining the group he become totally focused on drama and subsequently he left his dreams of becoming a film actor.During the period(2005-2013)he acted in 3 different films portraying short roles. Then in 2015 he was casted as Benjamin Brunou, a college principal in the television series Back Benchers, being telecasted in Amrita TV. On seeing him in this programme he was called up by director R.Unnikrishnan for his upcoming sitcom being made for Flowers TV. This programme is considered as his breakthrough. He was cast as Balachandran Thampi, a carefree,loving father and husband in the sitcom which was named as Uppum Mulakum. As he had to spend more time on the sets of uppum mulakum, his guru Kavalam Narayana Panicker asked him to stop it. But after being impressed by his work in it, he was allowed to do it, but in return he was asked to never leave theatre, which he agreed and now leads the group after his guru's death in 2016, trying to work there through his busy schedule. He skyrocketed to fame for his work in the programme drawing praise from various media organisations. Then he was called for a supporting role as Advocate Subbu in C/O Saira Banu.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Language Ref
2005 Rajamanikyam Malayalam [12]
2006 Bhargavacharitham Moonam Khandam Malayalam [12]
2013 Black Butterfly Malayalam
2017 C/O Saira Banu Advocate Subbu Malayalam [12]
Lechmi Malayalam
2018 Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri Suneesh Malayalam [13]
Thattumpurath Achuthan Malayalam
2019 Janaadhipan Malayalam
Pathinettam Padi Malayalam
Love Action Drama Malayalam
Adhyarathri Satheesh Malayalam
Kamala Malayalam
Gauthamante Radham Shibu Asan Malayalam

Television[edit | edit source]

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Year Programme Role Director Channel
2015 Back Benchers Benjamin Brunou, College Principal S.J Sinu Amrita TV
2015 Template:Active Balachandran Thampi R.Unnikrishnan Flowers TV

Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Award Category Programme
2016 Kerala State Television Award[14] Best Comedian Uppum Mulakum
2017 Flowers TV Award[15] Best Actor Uppum Mulakum

Recognition and fame[edit | edit source]

He has a total of 6 fan clubs and is regarded by his fans as a great actor which malayalam cinema didnt find early.He has won a total of 2 awards for his work in uppum mulakum.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Balu makes a family group in social media - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. "ഉപ്പും മുളകിൽ മാത്രമല്ല, ജീവിതത്തിലും ഞങ്ങൾ ചങ്ക് ബ്രോസ്". ManoramaOnline.
  3. "Biju Sopanam to star in 'Nalla Vishesham' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. "Biju Sopanam joins the football fever; See the picture - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. "'Uppum Mulakum' fame Biju Sopanam turns singer! - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. "സ്വാഭാവികമായി അഭിനയിക്കുന്നത് എങ്ങനെ? ബിജു സോപാനത്തിന്റെ മറുപടി". ManoramaOnline.
  7. "Nalla Vishesham Movie Review {1.5/5}: Critic Review of Nalla Vishesham by Times of India" – via
  8. M, Athira (8 March 2018). "The family hero" – via
  9. "Uppum Mulakum actor Biju Sopanam wishes his on-screen daughter Shivani Menon on her birthday; see post - Times of India". The Times of India.
  10. "ബിജു സോപാനത്തിന്റെ വീട്ടുവിശേഷങ്ങൾ". ManoramaOnline.
  11. "Prithviraj joins the sets of 'Pathinettam Padi'". The News Minute. 20 April 2019.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 s, aravind k (29 March 2017). "A spicy miracle". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  13. "Review : Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri review:An average watch (2018)". Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  14. "Kerala State Television Awards".
  15. "Flowers TV Awards".

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