M. R. Gopakumar

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M. R. Gopakumar
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Mathar Ramakrishnan Gopakumar

(1951-09-24) 24 September 1951 (age 71)
Government employee
Years active1974–present
L. Indira Devi (m. 1975)
Parent(s)N. Ramakrishnan Nair
B. Kamalabai Amma

Mathar Ramakrishnan Gopakumar (born 24 September 1951) is an Indian film, television and theatre actor from Kerala. He began his acting career through Malayalam stage plays and later in tele-films and television serials and into films. In his career spanning over four decades, Gopakumar has acted in a wide variety of roles and has worked in both art house and mainstream films.

He has won two Kerala State Film Awards and five Kerala State Television Awards for acting.

Early life[edit | edit source]

M. R. Gopakumar was born on 24 September 1951 in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India, as the elder son of N. Ramakrishnan Nair, who a school teacher in Thiruvattar High School, and B. Kamalabai Amma.[1] Gopakumar did his primary school education in Thiruvattar Lower Primary School and completed his high school education from Thiruvattar High School. His did his pre-university course at Christian College, Marthandam and joined Pioneer Kumaraswamy College, Nagercoil and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He later joined for post-graduation Master of Commerce at Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram. He migrated to Thiruvananthapuram when he joined Mar Ivanios college.

After earning his master's degree, Gopakumar joined Indian government service in 1973 as an auditor with P&T Audit under Controller and Auditor General of India. Post bifurcation of this department, Gopakumar moved into the Postal Accounts Department under Government of India. He retired from Postal Accounts as an Assistant Accounts Officer in September 2011.

Career[edit | edit source]

Stage plays[edit | edit source]

M. R. Gopakumar started his acting career as an amateur theatre actor in 1974 in G. Sankara Pillai's drama Rakshapurushan. The play was staged by the recreation club members of P&T Audit. This helped Gopakumar identify his passion for acting and he found himself being a part of five more plays staged by the club. Towards the late 1970s, a few young aspiring artists in Thiruvananthapuram came together to form an amateur drama troupe named Natyagruham. Gopakumar was one of the founding members of Natyagruham. The troupe that was headed by Narendra Prasad soon became very popular in Thiruvananthapuram. The association with like-minded artists in Natyagruham helped Gopakumar polish his acting skills. During the next 15 years with the troupe, he associated himself with several stage plays that won the accolades of many art-lovers across Kerala.

Television[edit | edit source]

In 1986, Doordarshan started telecasting tele-films in Malayalam-language under their own production. Kunjayyappan was one of the first Malayalam tele-films produced and telecasted by Doordarshan. Gopakumar played the title role.[2] In 1988, Doordarshan aired a 13-episode television serial Mandan Kunchu. Gopakumar played an important role alongside Nedumudi Venu and Kaviyoor Ponnamma. Gopakumar's professional acting career took off from then and acted in around 100 serials and tele-films.

Feature films[edit | edit source]

Gopakumar's first feature film appearance was in the 1989 drama Mathilukal directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The film wan an adaptation of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer's novel of the same name. Gopakumar played the role of a random prison inmate who explains the story of a hole on the prison wall to his fellow inmate, the lead character, Basheer. His role in Mathilukal was not significant enough to be noticed by many.

Although, Gopakumar's acting prowess did not go unnoticed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan when he happened to watch a stage play that Gopakumar took part in. Adoor Gopalakrishnan called Gopakumar again in 1993, this time to play the title role in Vidheyan, an adaptation of the novel Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum by Paul Zacharia. This turned out to be the big break that Gopakumar was looking for in his career. His performance in Vidheyan earned him a Kerala State Film Award – Special Jury Award.

In 1999, he won Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor for his role in Gopalan Nairude Thaadi.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Gopakumar has been married to L. Indira Devi since 1975. The couple has a daughter – Soumya, and a son - Sreejith.

In the media[edit | edit source]

In 1996, when Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was looking for an Indian actor to play a role in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, his casting agents in India were directed towards M. R. Gopakumar by Adoor Gopalakrishnan himself. After multiple rounds of discussions and reviews of acting clips, Gopakumar was selected to play the role of the Indian character. The news attracted national attention almost immediately, as Gopakumar was set to become the first Indian actor to act in a Steven Spielberg film. However, Gopakumar was unable to join the production unit in Los Angeles as his work permit could not be processed within time. The role in the movie was later played by a foreign actor.[3]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Gopakumar has acted in more than 50 feature films and around 100 tele-films and television serials. He is still active in both professional and amateur plays.

Films[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Channel Notes
2020–Present Ente Maathavu Surya TV Acting as a Church Father
2019-2020 Thamarathumbi
2018 Athmasakhi Mazhavil Manorama
2018–2020 Neelakkuyil Asianet
2017 Mamangam Flowers TV
2016 Manjurukum Kalam Mazhavil Manorama
2015 Bandhuvaru Shathruvaru
Sulu Nivas Janam TV
2014 Bhagyalakshmi Surya TV
2013 Sparsham Media One
2013-2014 Amala Mazhavil Manorama
2013 Sandhyaragam Amrita TV
2012 Amma Asianet
2011-2012 Ilam Thennal Pole Surya TV
2010 Mattoruval
Lipstick Asianet
2009 Sreemahabhagavatham
Mangalya Pattu Kairali TV
Anantham DD
2008 Aranazhika neram Amrita TV
2007 Kalyani Surya TV
2006 Kaavyanjali
Kanalppoovu Kairali TV
2003 Swantham Asianet
Punnaykka Vikasana Corporation DD Malayalam
2002 Sadasivante Kumbasaram
1999 Pulari
Balyakal Smaranakal
Snehathinte Mullukal
1998 Pattolaponnu
1994 Koodaram
1988 Mandan Kunju
1986 Kunjayyappan

Awards[edit | edit source]

Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala State Television Awards
  • 1994: Best ActorKoodaaram
  • 1998: Best Actor – Pattolapponnu
  • 1999: Best Actor – Pulari, Baalyakaala Smaranakal
  • 2004: Best Supporting Actor – Fiction
  • 2008: Second Best Actor – Aranaazhika Neram
Asianet Television Awards

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://in.bookmyshow.com/person/m-r-gopakumar/IEIN003217. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "Interview with MR Gopakumar". mangalam.com. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/m-r-gopakumar-first-indian-to-star-in-steven-spielberg-film-a-lost-world/1/283119.html

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