Bharath_GopiGopinathan Velayudhan Nair, popularly known as Bharath Gopi (2 November 1937 – 29 January 2008) was anIndian film actor, producer, and director. He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave cinema movement in Kerala.

He has won many awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Sankarankutty in Kodiyettam (1977), and hence he got the name Bharath. His well known roles include Aiyappan in Yavanika, Vasu Menon in Palangal, Prof. “Shakespeare” Krishna Pillai in Kattathe Kilikoodu, Dushasana Kurup in Panchavadi Palam, Nandagopal in Ormakkayi, Mammachan in Adaminte Vaariyellu, Mohandas inChidambaram, and Krishnan Raju in Aghaat.

As a filmmaker he is known for Ulsavapittennu (1989) and Yamanam (1991). He produced the movie Padheyam (1993) directed by Bharathan. In 1991 the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. On 24 January 2008, Gopi was hospitalized with chest pains. He died five days later following a cardiac arrest.

Bharath Gopi was born on 2 November 1937 at Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram District of the state of Kerala as the youngest of four children to Kochuveetil Velayudhan Pillai and Parvathyamma. He completed his BSc. Degree from Thiruvananthapuram University College. Immediately after his studies, he was employed as Lower Division Clerk in the Kerala Electricity Board.

He is married to Jayalakshmy.S.V. The couple have a son actor Murali Gopy and a daughter Dr.Minu Gopy.

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