Tottempudi Gopichand (born 12 June 1979) is an Indian actor who works primarily in Telugu cinema. Known for his roles in action films, he made his debut with Tholi Valapu (2001) in a lead role. After playing an antagonist in films such as Jayam (2002), Nijam (2003) and Varsham (2004), he later established himself as a lead actor.
12 June 1979
|Other names||Action Star|
Gopichand was born in Kakaturivaripalem village near Tangutur in Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh. He is the younger son of the filmmaker T. Krishna and was 8 years old when his father died. He was schooled at Nil Desperandum, Ongole (established by his father) and Ramakrishna Mission school, Chennai. He studied mechanical engineering in Russia.
His elder brother Premchand was an associate director under Muthyala Subbaiah and started working as a director, however, he died in a car accident. Gopichand was in Russia at that time and could not attend his funeral due to visa issues. He also has a younger sister, who is a dentist.
Gopichand made his debut as a lead with the film Tholi Valapu. He played negative roles in his next films Jayam, Nijam and Varsham. Following the positive reception towards his performance in Jayam, he reprised his role in the film's Tamil-language remake of the same title. He made his re-entry as hero with the films Yagnam in 2004 and Andhrudu in 2005. In 2006, he starred in the commercially successful Ranam and the commercially unsuccessful Raraju. His 2007 releases Okkadunnadu and Lakshyam, and the 2008 releases were Ontari and Souryam. He collaborated once again with Souryam director Siva for their 2009 release Sankham.
His 2010 release Golimar saw him playing an encounter specialist inspired by the real-life cop Daya Nayak. In 2011, he acted in Mogudu and Wanted but both were commercial failures. In 2013, he reunited with director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti (after Okkadunnadu) for the action-adventure film Sahasam which became his biggest commercially successful film at that time. In 2014, he starred in Loukyam commercially became his most successful film. In 2015, he starred in Jil and Soukhyam. In 2017, he starred in Goutham Nanda and Oxygen which were both commercially unsuccessful. His next film Aaradugula Bullet was slated to release the same year but remains unreleased. In 2018, he played a vigilante in Pantham, which was his 25th film. In 2019, he played a spy in Chanakya.
As of January 2021[update], his upcoming sports action film Seetimaarr, directed by Sampath Nandi is under production. The film star co-stars Tamannaah, Digangana Suryavanshi, Bhumika Chawla. He is also working on another movie, Pakka Commercial which is being directed by Maruthi and produced by UV Creations and GA2 Pictures starring Rashi Khanna as the lead heroine.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2001||Tholi Valapu||Prem||Debut as lead role|
|Jayam||Raghu||Debut Tamil film|
|Mogudu||Ram Prasad "Bujji"|
|Soukhyam||Srinivas "Seenu" Rao|
|2017||Goutham Nanda||Goutham Ghattamaneni & Nanda Kishore||Dual role|
|Oxygen||Major Sanjeev / Krishna Prasad|
|2019||Chanakya||Arjun / Ramakrishna|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2002||Jayam||CineMAA Awards||Best Villain||Won|||
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Villain – Telugu||Nominated|
|Nandi Awards||Best Villain||Won|||
|2003||Nijam||CineMAA Awards||Best Villain||Won|||
|2004||Varsham||CineMAA Awards||Best Villain||Won|||
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- "Gopichand, birthday surprise!". The News Minute. 11 June 2010.
- Anu James (6 March 2015). "Holi Treat: First Look and Teaser of Gopichand's 'Jil' Released; Action Star in Never-Seen-Before Stylish Avatar [PHOTO+VIDEO]". International Business Times. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- "Macho Star's Mystery to Unveil for Diwali". 7 October 2016. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- "Gopichand intro song at burj khalifa". Tollywood News. 8 March 2017. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- Palem Bindu (11 November 2016). "Gopichand's Oxygen Shooting Wrapped Up". Telugu Film Nagar. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- Errakota, Narsim. "మా కోసం నాన్న స్కూలే పెట్టారు". Eenadu. Archived from the original on 26 November 2018.
- Interview with T Gopichand by Jeevi Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- "A few hits and many flops". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 September 2018.
- "Gopichand returns with Shankam". Rediff.com.
- "Gopichand savouring the success of Okkadunnadu". Hindustan Times.
- "I heard that the Telugu audience did not like the heroine getting killed in front of the hero". Rediff.com.
- "Interview with Gopichand". Idlebrain.com.
- "Sahasam - Biggest hit in Gopichand's career". Idlebrain.com.
- "Loukyam 2 Weeks Total WW Collections". Andhra Box Office.
- "Goutham Nanda Final Total WW Collections". Andhra Box Office.
- "'Goutham Nanda' Box Office collection - Gopichand starrer fails to make it big in India and US". The Times of India.
- "November Box-office: Utter Flop". GreatAndhra.com.
- "Another setback for 'Aaradugula Bullet' actor Gopichand". Deccan Chronicle.
- Parashar, Shivam (28 January 2021). "Gopichand and Tamannaah starrer Seetimaarr to release on April 2". India Today. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
- "'Pakka Commercial' goes on floors in Hyderabad: Sathyaraj joins Gopichand in maiden schedule - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
- Girija Narayan (26 April 2013). "Gopichand marries Reshma". Oneindia. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- "Gopichand with Son Virat Krishna". Tollywood News. 13 October 2016. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (9 June 2017). "Aaradugula Bullet release stayed". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
- "Telugu CineMaa Awards 2002". Idlebrain.com. 5 October 2003.
- "Nandi Film Awards G.O and Results 2002". APSFTVTDC. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
- "Cine Maa Awards results by Rhythm Mediaworks and MAA TV". Idlebrain.com. 5 November 2004.
- "CineMAA Awards 2004". Idlebrain.com. 23 January 2006.