Suresh Gopi Profile
Born : Suresh Gopinathan
June 26, 1959 (age 53)
Kollam, Kerala, India
Other names: Suresh
Occupation: Film actor, playback singer, television host
Years active: 1965, 1986 – present
Children: Lekshmi (deceased), Gokul, Bhagya, Bhavna, and Madhav
Parents K. Gopinatha Pillai,
Suresh Gopinathan (born 26 June 1959), commonly known as Suresh Gopi, is an Indian film actor who has starred in more than a 190 Malayalam films.
He is famous for his roles in police dramas and family action-dramas, with films such as Ekalavyan (1993), Commissioner (1994), Lelam (1997), and Pathram (1999). He is noted for his leading roles as much as his character roles. The role of Kannan Perumalayan in Kaliyattam (1997) won him the National Film Award for Best Actor. He is also famous for his philanthropic efforts. In 2012, he became the host of the Asianet game show Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran
Suresh Gopi was born in Kollam into a Hindu Nair family to Gnanalekshmi Amma (passed away on 16th June 2012 affected by Dengue Fever) and Gopinathan Pillai, as the eldest son. Suresh Gopi did his schooling at the Infant Jesus Anglo-Indian High School at Thangasseri. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Zoology and M.A. in English literature from Fatima Mata National College in Kollam. He is married to Radhika, the granddaughter of late actress Aranmula Ponnamma, and had five children, one of whom died in a traffic accident at the age of two. He is settled at Thiruvananthapuram and is currently living in Sasthamangalam. His mother Gnanalakshmi Amma died on the 16th of June, 2012. She was aged 72 and was survived by all her four sons.
Main article: Suresh Gopi filmography
Child artist (1965)
Suresh Gopi first appeared onscreen as a child in K. S. Sethumadhavan’s Odeyil Ninnu (1965). It was a popular film that had Sathyan in the lead role along with Prem Nazir.
Breakthrough roles (1986-1991)
He returned to acting in the mid-80s with Sathyan Anthikkad’s T.P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986), where he played a prospective groom in a small scene. He went on to play supporting and villain roles. Some other roles of his include Balan in Nandi Veendum Varika (1986), Kumar in Rajavinte Makan (1986), Vinod in January Oru Orma (1987), Shekaran Kutty in Irupatham Noottandu (1987), Suresh in New Delhi (1987), Harry in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988), Unni in 1921 (1988), and Aromal Chekavar in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989). He played the comic role of Inspector “Minnal” Prathapan in Manu Uncle (1988) and of Dr. Narendran in Padmarajan’s Innale (1989).
He played Sethumadhavan in Siddique-Lal’s blockbuster In Harihar Nagar (1990). Another role was of Christopher Luke in Viji Thampy’s Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990). The film that helped him get noticed as a serious police officer was the satirical comedy Aanaval Mothiram (1990), where he played Sub-Inspector Nandakumar and co-starred with Sreenivasan.
Rise to stardom (1992-1999)
The films that made Suresh Gopi a bankable lead actor were Thalastaanam (1992), Ekalavyan (1993), Mafia (1993) and Commissioner (1994), all by Shaji Kailas and scripted by Ranji Panicker. All of them were police dramas and had, more or less, similar themes. He became immensely popular with his role as Bharathchandran IPS in the block-buster movie Commissioner. Renji Panicker’s dialogues employed by Suresh Gopi in English became quite popular with the masses.
During this period, most of his films were dubbed and simultaneously released in Telugu, which made him a sensation in Andhra Pradesh.
During the early to mid 90s, he also played characters of substance in films such as Jayaraj’s Paithrukam (1993), Fazil’s Manichithrathazhu (1993), Sathyan Anthikkad’s Samooham (1993) and Sibi Malayil’s Sindoora Rekha (1995).
The success of his cop roles led to more films of such nature, where he either played police officers or other tough characters in films such as City Police (1993), The City (1994), Rudraksham (1994), Kashmeeram (1994), and Mahatma (1996), with most of them failing to get noticed.
In 1997, with Jayaraj’s Kaliyattam (1997), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Suresh Gopi won the National Film Award for Best Actor for playing Kannan Perumalayan. He proved he was more than just another mainstream actor. This was a turning point in his career.
In the late 90s, Suresh Gopi was noted for playing in Joshi’s films such as Lelam (1998) and Pathram (1999), again, scripted by Ranji Panicker. He played Nasrani character Chackochi in Lelam and journalist Nandagopal in Pathram where he co-starred with Manju Warrier. Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, and Manju Warrier teamed up in Sibi Malayil’s Summer in Bethlahem (1998) which was a commercial success.
Ups and Down (2000 – 2009)
He started off 2000 with Millennium Stars directed by Jayaraj. The movie was a colossal flop and severely affected the careers of all the stars involved. But he had a success later the same year in Thenkasipattanam. After 2000, when his films were doing fairly well, he decided to stop acting in movies depicting violence, a decision he would later regret. It was also rumored that he was giving up his acting career for pursuing a political career. He acted in off-beat movies and accepted only soft roles from 2001 to 2005. With his movies failing to make an impact, he had just one release each in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he decided to return to action movies. Ranji Panicker, scriptwriter of his most successful movie, Commissioner, directed the sequel Bharathchandran I.P.S. portraying him as the police commissioner. The movie was a super hit and was followed by a number of movies in the same genre, in which he played the typical police officer or detective. Some of them were successful, like The Tiger, Chinthamani Kolacase directed by Shaji Kailas, Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri directed by K. Madhu and Detective. All the others, such as Time, Aayudham, Thavalam, Rashtram, Pathaka, Bullet and Smart City, were flops. In between he attempted to do a different role with negative shades in Lanka which, flopped at the box office and ignited a controversy for an unaesthetic kissing scene with his female co-star, Mamta Mohandas. In 2006 he reunited with his favorite director Shaji Kailas for the movie Time, which had huge expectations but bombed at the box office. It was dubbed into Telugu as Police Ante Veedera and Hindi as On Duty, but failed to fetch better results.
Before coming to the film world, he had displayed great interest in the field of literature; his favourite authors are Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare. He is famous for his philanthropic efforts.
In 2008 Suresh Gopi appeared in multi-starrer Twenty: 20 produced by AMMA. Again, he acted with Mohanlal in Pakal Nakshatrangal, an off-beat movie directed by Rajiv Nath.
Current career (2010 – present)
In 2010 he appeared with Mohanlal, Dileep and Sarath Kumar for another multi-starrer Christian Brothers.
In 2011 Suresh Gopi acted in the film Melvilasom, which though did not succeed that well commercially was critically lauded. Melvilasom, with nuances in theme and story was another novelty that Malayalam cinema saw in 2011.
In 2012 the making of yet another sequel of Commissioner, The King & the Commissioner with Mammootty has released on 23 March 2012, The movie received heavily negative reviews from the critic and the movie did only average business considering the huge initial that movie got. Suresh Gopi is also the anchor of Asianet’s Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran program, which is the Malayalam edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?  and Kaun Banega Crorepati.
He is now one of the cast on director S. Shankar’s next mega venture I(ஐ), a Vikram starrer romantic thriller. This is considered as the next mass film in Tamil after the superhit Dheena and Samasthanam.
National Film Awards:
Best Actor – 1998 – Kaliyattam
Kerala State Film Awards:
Best Actor – 1998 – Kaliyattam
Film Critics Awards:
Film Critics Best Actor Award (three times)
Best Supporting Actor Award (four times)
In July 2005, he was considered for the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a mentally distressed person in Ullam and as a doctor in Makalkku, but lost out
Suresh Gopi’s father was a friend of producer Balaji and they both named their sons ‘Suresh’. Suresh Balaje is also a well known producer in South Indian industry. Balaji is superstar Mohanlal’s father-in-law.
Suresh Gopi films of 1990’s were criticized for excessive violence and after 2000 Suresh Gopi pledged not to use a gun in any of his movies. This led to a five year downfall to his career. He revoked his pledge in 2005 to appear in Bharathchandran I.P.S. in which he appears with a revolver in the first scene.
He is a strong supporter of Indian National Congress and was close to former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran.