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Gopika (born 1 February 1985  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.
1 February 1985
|Residence||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Years active||2003–2009, 2013|
|Spouse(s)||Ajilesh Chacko (2008–present)|
Gopika was born Girly Anto into a Syrian Christian family, 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.
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. Dubbing artists such as Devi and Sreeja Ravi dubbed for her in malayalam.
On 17 July 2008, Gopika married Ajilesh Chacko, a doctor working in Northern Ireland. She returned to the cinema industry after marriage, acting in Swantham Lekhakan and says that she will act in more films if she gets good opportunities and likes the script. She says that her husband doesn't mind her acting and that she is getting a lot of support from him and her family.They have a daughter Amy and a son Aiden. Gopika made a comeback to the Malayalam cinema in Bharya Athra Pora with Jayaram, directed by Akku Akbar. She now lives in Brisbane, Australia.
|2002||Pranayamanithooval||Meera Manjari||Malayalam||Dubbed into Tamil as "Vasantha Raagangal"|
|2004||4 the People||Divya Anand||Malayalam|
|4 Students||Dhivya||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as "Ragnam Siddham"|
|Vesham||Revathi||Malayalam||Asianet Best Supporting Actress Award|
|Naa Autograph||Latika||Telugu||Dubbed into Hindi as "Thokar"|
|Letha Manasulu||Bhanu||Telugu||Dubbed into Malayalam as "Snehamanassu 2004"|
|2005||Finger Print||Preethi Varma||Malayalam|
|The Tiger||Suhara Ahammed||Malayalam||Dubbed into Telugu as "Police Samrajyam"|
|Kana Kandaen||Archana||Tamil||Dubbed into Hindi as "Muqabala", Telugu as "Karthavyam" and Malayalam as "Kanakanden"|
|Thotti Jaya||Brindha||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as "Jalakanta"|
|The Don||Zaheeda||Malayalam||Dubbed into Tamil as "Kuttram Thandanai"|
|Keerthi Chakra||Sandhya||Malayalam||Asianet Best Star Pair Award (shared with Jeeva)|
|Emmtan-Magan||Janani||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as "Vijetha"|
|Smart City||Devi||Malayalam||Dubbed into Telugu as "Rudra Bhupathi"|
|Veerappu||Bharathi||Tamil||Remake of Malayalam film Spadikam|
Dubbed into Hindi as "Meri Mohabbat Meri Nafrat"
|Annan Thambi||Lakshmi||Malayalam||Dubbed into Hindi as "Hum Dono Hai Khiladi"|
|Velli Thirai||Mythili||Tamil||Dubbed into Malayalam as "Thaaram"|
|Veruthe Oru Bharya||Bindu Sugunan||Malayalam||Asianet Best Actress Award|
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Dubbed into Telugu as "Oo Enti Ellalu"
|Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu||Swathi||Telugu||Dubbed into Malayalam as "Raajamudra" and Hindi as "Hai Koi Mai Ka Laal"|
|2009||Swantham Lekhakan||Vimala||Malayalam||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam|
|2011||The Filmstaar||Herself||Malayalam||Uncredited cameo |
|2013||Bharya Athra Pora||Priya Sathyanathan||Malayalam|
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- "Gopika". Ovguide.com (21 August 1984). Retrieved on 9 February 2013.
- "Hot Tamil Actresses – Gopika", Rediff.com, 30 June 2005
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