Gopika (born 1 February 1984[2] as Girly Anto) is an Indian film actress, who has predominantly starred in Malayalam films. Starting her career as a model, she ventured into acting with the film Pranayamanithooval (2002). She went on to appear in over 35 films, working in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries as well. She is well known for her role in Autograph, directed by Cheran.

Gopika
Gopika 2008.jpg
Gopika in 2008
Born
Girly Anto

(1984-02-01) 1 February 1984 (age 37)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2003–2009, 2013
Spouse(s)Ajilesh Chacko
(m.2008–present)
ChildrenAmy, Aiden[1]

Early lifeEdit

Gopika was born Girly Anto into a Syrian Christian family,[3] to Anto Francis and Tessy Anto of Ollur in Thrissur, Kerala. She has a younger sister, Glini. After completing her education to the 12th Standard (Year 12) at St. Raphael's Convent Girls High School, Ollur, she studied for a degree in Sociology at Calicut University. She also learnt classical dance from an acclaimed teacher, Kamalher, and she was crowned 'Miss College' during her farewell ceremony at the college. The beauty contest 'Miss Thrissur' was a turning point in her life. Though she did not win the title, she stood as the runner-up in the contest, which gained her a few modeling assignments. She claims that she never wanted to be an actress, and her ambition was actually to be an air-hostess.[4]

CareerEdit

Her first film was Pranayamanithooval, in which she starred with Jayasurya and Vineeth under the direction of Thulasi Das, did not do well, but it got her recognition in the industry. Her second film, 4 the People, was a blockbuster and was dubbed in many Indian languages. It was directed by Jayaraj, and she acted opposite Tamil actor Bharath. The song "Lejjavathiye Ninde Kalla Kadaikkannil" from the film was a big hit in Kerala. Renowned Tamil movie director Cheran signed her up for his film Autograph, which was another big hit in 2004. She also acted in Kana Kandaen.

Among her other work, she has acted in Kannada film Kanasina Loka and the Telugu remake of Azhagi. Her Telugu film Leta Manasulu, directed by Raju Upati, crashed at the box office. She starred in the Malayalam movie Kirtichakra opposite Jiiva. Directed by Major Ravi, the movie tells the story of a soldier against the backdrop of the Kargil war. Apart from Kirtichakra, she did another movie with Dileep: Pachakuthira. Her previous film with Dileep, Chanthupottu, was a big hit. Veruthe Oru Bharya was a phenomenal hit, and it gained her the Asianet Best Actress award of 2008.Sreeja has been providing her voice since the first movie.Devi has voiced in the last three films and Vimmy Mariam George in Smart City.

Personal lifeEdit

On 17 July 2008, Gopika married Ajilesh Chacko, a doctor working in Northern Ireland. They have a daughter Amy and a son Aiden.[5] Gopika made a comeback to the Malayalam cinema in 2013 Bharya Athra Pora with Jayaram, directed by Akku Akbar.[6] She now[when?] lives in Brisbane, Australia.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Pranayamanithooval Meera Manjari Malayalam Debut film
2003 Aaradyam Parayum Priya Malayalam Unreleased
2004 4 the People Divya Anand Malayalam Partially reshot in Tamil as "4 Students" and Telugu as "Yuvasena"
4 Students Divya Anand Tamil
Yuvasena Divya Anand Telugu
Vesham Revathi Malayalam Won - Asianet Best Supporting Actress Award
Autograph Lathika Tamil
Kanasina Lok Amulya Kannada
Naa Autograph Latika Telugu
Letha Manasulu Bhanu Telugu
2005 Finger Print Preethi Varma Malayalam
Chanthupottu Malathi Malayalam
Nerariyan CBI Anitha Malayalam
The Tiger Suhara Ahammed Malayalam
Kana Kandaen Archana Tamil
Ponniyin Selvan Kani Tamil
Muddhula Koduku Kanie Telugu Partially reshot of Ponniyin Selvan
Thotti Jaya Brindha Tamil
2006 Pachakuthira Nimmi Malayalam
The Don Zaheeda Malayalam
Keerthi Chakra Sandhya Malayalam Won - Asianet Best Star Pair Award (shared with Jeeva)
Pothan Vava Gladis Malayalam
Emtan Magan Janani Tamil
Veedhi Seetha Mahalakshmi Telugu
2007 Mayavi Indu Malayalam
Smart City Devi Malayalam
Ali Bhai Ganga Malayalam
Nagaram Radhika Malayalam
Veerappu Bharathi Tamil
2008 Malabar Wedding Smitha Malayalam
Janmam Anthony's wife Malayalam
Annan Thambi Lakshmi Malayalam
Twenty:20 Devi Malayalam
Velli Thirai Mythili Tamil
Veruthe Oru Bharya Bindu Sugunan Malayalam Won - Asianet Best Actress Award
Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu Swathi Telugu
2009 Swantham Lekhakan Vimala Malayalam
2013 Bharya Athra Pora Priya Sathyanathan Malayalam

CommercialsEdit

  • Marias Pickes & Spices
  • Impex
  • Vikas Nighties
  • SKC Ghee
  • Jeyachandran Textiles
  • SBI Bank
  • Our Kids
  • Mahilaratnam
  • Gold Winner
  • Lunar's

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Gopika" Archived 5 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Ovguide.com (21 August 1984). Retrieved on 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Hot Tamil Actresses – Gopika" Archived 12 October 2020 at the Wayback Machine, Rediff.com, 30 June 2005
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 17 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ സാഹചര്യങ്ങള്‍ ഒത്തുവന്നാല്‍ മാത്രം ഞാന്‍ വീണ്ടും വരും Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, mathrubhumi.com

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