K. Venu Gopal (stage name
Nedumudi Venu) is a film star with a big status in Indian cinema. He is undoubtedly Mollywood A-list actor. He is an actor from Kerala and even has acted in Tamil films. He is undoubtedly one of the best actors in the industry. Since he was a stage actor earlier, his versatile natural acting always coupled with the style of speaking Malayali accent with a coastal touch, made him one of the most successful actor in the industry. His dialogue delivery and facial expressions in films like ‘Saara’, ‘Margam’ and ‘Arimpara’ were a milestone in Malayalam cinema. He has played the role of a protagonist in many awards winning films and received appreciation from many international film festivals too. Many of his films were an adaptation from story or novels and was an author-backed role essaying characters of the landlord, lecturer or ghazal singer.
His breakthrough came from a film ‘Aaravam’, ‘Oridathoru Phayalwan’ and ‘Kallan Pavithran’ which put his strong foothold in Malayalam cinema. He was later seen playing family head in many movies but never got stereotyped with family dramas. He also acted in art cinema that was showcased in many international film festivals. He entered the tag of being one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema and often cited as a high-prolific actor. Many movies have given him state film award and even national film awards too.
He was even good at writing a story for many movies and even had tried his hand as a director. He has acted in a couple of Tamil films too such as Indian and Anniyan. Before making his debut in films, he was a school teacher and a journalist and even worked in theater. While he was in city Trivandrum, he made friendship with Bharat Gopi and Aravindran and made his foray into cinema. He also have given background voice for films and won the national award. He won special jury award for his performance in ‘Margam’ and won his first national award as a best supporting actor in ‘His Highness Abdullah’. His role in ‘Saira’ fetched him the best actor award in Zimbabwe International Film Festival.
The actor also appeared in TV series. This actor was born on May 22, 1948, in Travancore. He is married to T. R. Susheela.