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Suresh Gopi (born 26 June 1958) is an Indian film actor, politician, playback singer and television presenter. He works predominantly in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in few Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bollywood films. Suresh has acted in more than 200 films and is a recipient of a National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award. He currently serves as a Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha.[1] Suresh is also a philanthropist, social worker, and advocates for environmental protection.

Suresh Gopi
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Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha
(Nominated)
Assumed office
29 April 2016
Personal details
Born (1958-06-26) 26 June 1958 (age 60)
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Spouse(s)
Radhika Nair (m. 1990)
Children5 (including Gokul Suresh)
RelativesAranmula Ponnamma (grandmother-in-law)
EducationUniversity of Kerala
Occupation

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Early life

Suresh Gopi was born on 26 June 1958 in Alappuzha, Kerala, India to K. Gopinathan Pillai, a film distributor, and V. Gnanalekshmi Amma, as their eldest son.[2][3] He has three younger brothers—Subhash Gopi, Sunil Gopi and Sanil Gopi (the latter two are twins).[4] Suresh was brought up in Kollam.[5] He completed his school education from Infant Jesus Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Kollam.[6] Suresh joined Fatima Mata National College in Kollam for higher studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Master of Arts degree in English literature.[2][3]

Film career

Suresh Gopi played a small role as a child artist in Odayil Ninnu (1965). Later he made his adult acting debut through the minor role of a prospective groom in T. P. Balagopalan M. A. (1986). After playing various villain and supporting roles throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Suresh Gopi got a break through Shaji Kailas's Thalastaanam (1992) which was written by Renji Panicker.[7][6]

Shaji and Renji's combination films turned Suresh Gopi into an overnight star during the 1990s especially through police roles. Popular films include Ekalavyan (1993), Mafia (1993), and Commissioner (1994). Along with Lelam (1997) and Pathram (1999), which were both written by Renji Panicker and directed by Joshiy. The role of Kannan Perumalayan in Jayaraj's Kaliyattam (1997) won him the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[8][6][9]

In 2010 he appeared in the film Christian Brothers. In 2011, Gopi acted in the film Melvilasom. In 2012 he acted in The King & the Commissioner. Gopi also worked in Tamil film I as Dr. Vasudevan.[10] In 2012, he hosted the game show Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran on Asianet, which was the Malayalam version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He continued to host its four seasons.[11][12] In March 2019, he made a comeback announcement in acting by joining Vijay Antony starrer Tamil film Thamilarasan.[13]

Politics

During his college days, Suresh was an active member of the Students' Federation of India (SFI), the students' wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM). Later in his life, he developed an admiration for stateswoman and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the Indian National Congress (INC).[14] In the 2006 Kerala Legislative Assembly election, he campaigned for both Left Democratic Front (LDF) and United Democratic Front candidates. He campaigned for LDF candidate V. S. Achuthanandan in Malampuzha constituency and UDF candidate M. P. Gangadharan in Ponnani constituency.[15]

On 29 April 2016, Suresh Gopi was sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Rajya Sabha, nominated by the President of India in the category of eminent citizens as per the provisions of Article 80 of the Constitution of India.[16] He opted Thiruvananthapuram district as the nodal district of operation under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme.[17] In May 2016, he was enlisted as a member in the standing committee for Information Technology and in the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation (India).[2][18] In October 2016, Suresh officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[19]

He contested in the 2019 Indian general election in Kerala as a candidate of BJP in Thrissur constituency.[20] During the election campaign he invoked the name of the Sabarimala deity to garner votes and hence District Collector of Thrissur, T. V. Anupama issued notice to actor and report to the CEO of Kerala, Teeka Ram Meena.[21] Meena found that Mr.Gopi has violated the model of conduct (MCC).[22][23] He lost in this election to the Congress candidate T.N. Prathapan and secured third position behind the CPI candidate Rajaji Mathew Thomas who came second.[24]

Personal life

On 8 February 1990,[2] Suresh married Radhika Nair, the granddaughter of actress Aranmula Ponnamma. They have five children—Lakshmi Suresh, Gokul Suresh, Bhagya Suresh, Bhavni Suresh, and Madhav Suresh. Lakshmi died in a car accident while she was one-and-a-half years old.[25] Gokul Suresh is an actor in Malayalam cinema.[26][27] Suresh resides with family in Sasthamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram.[3][28]

Awards

See also

References

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