V. G. Muralikrishnan (born 4 March 1972), professionally credited as Murali Gopy, is an Indian screenwriter, actor, producer, author, singer and journalist. He wrote and acted in Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Tiyaan, Left Right Left and Kammara Sambhavam, which are considered as path breakers in their respective genres, and scripted the record-breaking blockbuster Lucifer. He has won numerous awards including Filmfare Awards South and South Indian International Movie Awards for his work on screen and behind it.
Gopy 61st Filmfare Awards South
V. G. Muralikrishnan
4 March 1972
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Murali Gopy joined The New Indian Express in 1995, immediately after completing PG in Journalism at Institute of Journalism, Thiruvananthapuram, and worked as sub-editor and reporter there. Later, he joined The Hindu, as sub-editor and Features Editor. He then shifted base to UAE, and became chief sub-editor with Arab-Allied Media, Dubai, for the sports magazines Cleanbowled and Sports Today. In 2008, he was appointed chief editor of MSN India Entertainment. In 2012, he resigned the job to be more active in films. His writings on various topics can be found in his blog mgvanguard
Murali is a screenwriter and short story writer. He published his first short story "Ayur Rekha" in Kalakaumudi in 1991 at the age of 19. He has often stated that he started writing stories to bring a smile to his father, thespian Bharat Gopy, who was debilitated by a massive stroke in 1986. Murali Gopiyude Kadhakal, a compilation of his stories, has been published by Mathrubhumi Books, the third edition of which is now running. He has also sketched illustrations for The Hindu, Kalakaumudi and DC Books.
Murali Gopy made his debut as a screenwriter, actor and singer in the Lal Jose movie Rasikan (2004). The 2012 film Ee Adutha Kaalathu, scripted by Murali, is considered a pathbreaker in Malayalam cinema, for its innovative method of weaving story threads together. It was opined to be "the cinema of 21st century" by stalwart writer N. S. Madhavan. His next screenplay was for Left Right Left, also directed by Arun Kumar Aravind. It is a social thriller set in three periods – the 60s/70s, the 80s/90s and the present. The movie, which opened to excellent reviews on its release, has since then been looked upon as a cult classic. The 2017 movie Tiyaan, written by him was noted for its bold theme that focused on the current socio-political scenario in India. Kammara Sambhavam, scripted by him, combines black humour with satire and spoof. He scripted Lucifer, starring Mohanlal, and directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran.
Murali's debut acting role in Rasikan was as the villain Kala Bhaskaran. His notable performances include the role of Ajay Kurien, an impotent and abusive husband in Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Che Guevara Roy, a partially paralyzed left activist in Left Right Left, Father Michael Plathottathil a young priest in Kanyaka Talkies, the double role as Dr.Hari Narayan and Ravi Narayan in the psychological thriller 1 by Two, Devassy Pappan, an 80-year-old patriarch in Pa Va,Bhramaram,Mahashay Bhagvan, a self-proclaimed Godman in Tiyaan. As an actor, Murali has been praised for his attention to minute details and realistic acting style. His onscreen portrayals have won him many accolades including the 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Known to be greatly selective, Murali Gopy has worked only in a limited number of movies since his foray into film industry in 2004.
Murali, who is passionate about his singing, has rendered songs for many films. His "The LRL Anthem" in Left Right Left, "Pakalinu Veyil" in 1 by Two, "Kalippu" in Premam and "Bham Bham Shiv Bole" in Tiyaan, were super hits. He has won Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing for "LRL Anthem".
Murali Gopy ventured into lyrics writing with the song "Neti" in Tiyaan, which describes the path to spiritual enlightenment. He has also written the Lucifer anthem song "Empuraane", which was sung by Usha Uthup.
Murali is the son of renowned actor Bharath Gopi and Jayalakshmy. He was married to Anjana Pillai,Asst. Manager SBI and has two children, Gowri and Gowrav. Anjana died at the age of 38, on 26 April 2015 after suffering a heart attack.
Murali has launched a website in memory of his father Bharath Gopi (www.bharatgopy.com).
- 2019 – Ramu Kariat Award for the most popular screen writer
- 2019 – Kalajyothi Award
- 2014 – Amrita Film Award for The Best Actor in Supporting Role
- 2014 – South Indian International Movie Awards for The Best Actor in Supporting Role
- 2014 – 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- 2014 – Jaihind Film Award for The Best Script
- 2014 – Yuva Award (2012–2013)
- 2013 – Thikkurissi Sukumaran Foundation Award for The Best Supporting Actor
- 2013 – Nana Film Award – Man of the Year
- 2013 – Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing
- 2013 – Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Screenplay
- 2013 – Santosham South India Film Awards for The Best Supporting Actor
- 2013 – Jaycey Foundation Award – Special Award
- 2013 – Jaihind Film Award – Special Jury Award
- 2013 – Vanitha Film Award for The Best Anti-Hero
- 2013 – Asianet Film Award for The Best Villain
- 2013 – Reporter Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor
- 2012 – P. Bhaskaran Foundation Award for The Best Story
- 2012 – Nana Film Award for the Best Script Writer
- 2012 – Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Anti-Hero
- 2012 – Asiavision Movie Awards for The New Sensation in Script
- 2012 – Mohan Raghavan Award for The Best Script Writer
- 2009 – The Sathyan Memorial Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor
|Drishyam 2||Thomas Bastin IPS|
|Thakkol||2019||Rector Mankunnath Paili|
|Kammara Sambhavam||2018||Kelu Nambiar|
|Pa Va||2016||Devassy Paappan|
|Lukka Chuppi||2015||Sidharth Ram||Screened in the Indian Panorama section of the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).|
|Naku Penda Naku Taka||2014||Anton Kulasingham||Special appearance|
|1 by Two||Dr.Hari Narayan/Ravi Narayan|
|Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal||2013||Tyson' Alex|
|Kanyaka Talkies||Father Michael Plathottathil||Selected for the competition section at the 15th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival|
Selected as the opening film at the 44th International Film Festival of India
Won FIPRESCI Award for The Best Malayalam Film at the International Film Festival of Kerala
Selected by Forbes India magazine as one of the five must watch Indian movies in 2014
|Left Right Left||Roy Joseph aka Che Guevara Roy||61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
South Indian International Movie Awards for The Best Actor in Supporting Role
Thikkurissi Sukumaran Foundation Award for The Best Supporting Actor
Amrita Film Award for The Best Actor in Supporting Role
|August Club||Nanda Gopan|
|Thappana||2012||Manikuttan aka Kannukuttan||Asianet Film Award for The Best Villain|
|Ee Adutha Kaalathu||Ajay Kurien||Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Anti-Hero|
Vanitha Film Award for The Best Anti-Hero
Reporter Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor
Jaihind Film Award – Special Jury Award
Jaycey Foundation Award – Special Award
Santosham South India Film Awards for The Best Supporting Actor
|Bhramaram||2009||Dr. Alex Varghese||Sathyan Memorial Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor|
|Rasikan||2004||Theliparambil Kaala Bhaskaran||Debut as actor and screen writer|
|Lucifer||2019||Highest-grossing Malayalam film|
|Left Right Left||2013||Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Screenplay|
Jaihind Film Award for The Best Script
|Ee Adutha Kaalathu||2012||NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film at 17th International Film Festival of Kerala 2012|
Mohan Raghavan Award for the Best Script
Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Script
|2013||"LRL Anthem – Kaal Kuzhanju"||Left Right Left||Malayalam||Gopi Sunder||Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing|
|2013||"Perungodante Paattu – Raavinte Mookamaam"||Kaanchi||Malayalam||Ronnie Raphael|
|2014||"Pakalinu Veyil"||1 by Two||Malayalam||Gopi Sunder|
|2016||"Innu Njan Pokum"||Pa. Va||Malayalam||Anand Madhusoodanan|
|2017||"The Mahashay Paean – Bham Bham Shiv Bole"||Tiyaan||Malayalam||Gopi Sunder|
|2017||"Neti" (off screen version)||Tiyaan||Malayalam||Gopi Sunder|
|2017||"Pottada Pottada"||Kaattu||Malayalam||Deepak Dev|
|2018||"Anjandu Bharikkan"||Kammara Sambhavam||Malayalam||Gopi Sunder|
|2019||"Varika Varika"||Lucifer||Malayalam||Devarajan Master||Music redesigned and produced by Deepak Dev|
|2019||"Kaalavum Maari"||Underworld||Malayalam||Yakzan Gary Pereira and Neha S Nair|
|2019||" Empuraane- The Lucifer Anthem"||Lucifer|
|2019||"RAHASYA – A Triptych of Indian Classical Dances"|
|2012||Ee Adutha Kaalathu (screenplay)||Fabian Books|
|2014||Left Right Left (screenplay)||Mathrubhumi Books|||
|2015||Murali Gopiyude Kadhakal (short story collection)||Mathrubhumi Books|||
|2014||Music Mojo Season 2||Kappa TV||Live performance with Bennet and Band|
|2014||Chakkarapanthal||Mathrubhumi News||Anchored a special commemorative episode on Rafi and Dev Anand,|
on the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi
|2015||Murali Gopy's Tribute to Guru Dutt||Mathrubhumi News|
|2017||AB@75: A Musical Tribute to Amitabh Bachchan||Mathrubhumi News|
|2015||Ee Stationil Ottakku||Station master||Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu||All India Radio, Kozhikode||Broadcast as part of Natakotsavam|
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