Nedumudi Venu was born on 22nd May 1948. He is commonly known as Kesavan Venu Gopal. His parents are PK Kesavan Nair and Kunjikkuttiyamma in Nedumudi Alappuzha in Kerala. He had four siblings, all brothers. His father was a schoolmaster. Nedumudi completed his primary education at NSS Higher Secondary School and St Mary's Higher Secondary School, Champakulam. During school days, he was interested in music and arts.
He graduated from Sanatana Dharma College in Alappuzha. After graduation, he started his career as a journalist and also worked as a teacher in a tutorial institute. While staying in Trivandrum, he became friends with Padmarajan,
, Aravindan which made him expose his talent and enter into the domain of movies. In his married life with TR Sushila he had two sons, Unni and Kannan. Initially, Venu started his career from theatre which later helped him to enter into the acting in the cinema industry. He served as a member in one of the famous drama, Kavalam Narayana Panicker.
In 1978, he made his debut with the help of director G Aravindan for the movie Thambu. But his skills and talent was known to the world by the maker Bharathan in his film, Aaravam. Soon after the screenplay Oridathoru Phayalvan and Kallan Pavithran made by Padmarajan made him a good actor and started his milestone in the film industry, which helped him gain roles of the head of the family for several memorable movies. Apart from acting he also worked as a scriptwriter for several dramas. He wrote stories for movies like Sruthi, Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha, Ambada Njane, Theertham, Kattathe Kilikkoodu and Savidham.
He directed the movie “Pooram.” He had a chance to act with Kamal Hasan and Vikram in Shankar's direction for the Screenplay Indian and Anniyan. Venu also portrayed in several television serials, one being Parinamam which was directed by Venu and helped him receive Best Screenplay award from Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. He claimed awards like best actor award from the Zimbabwe International Film Festival for his role in Saira in September 2007. He was the only Indian to receive the award from Zimbabwe International Film Festival.
In 1981, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Malayalam. In 1997, he received the lifetime achievement award from Filmfare Awards. In 2007, Pratibha Purusha Karam from Kerala film Critics Association was also added to his accolades. He also acted in the English language for Chaurahen in 2007. - Edited by Avantika Gupta - [email protected] - 9836334342