Gope Vishandas Kamlani
Hyderabad, Sindh, British India
Patanga, Chori Chori, The Honor of the Ho, Bara‑Dari, Nagina
K Amarnath, Anil Biswas, I S Johar, C Ramchandra, Madan Mohan
Gope (1913–1957) was a Hindi film actor of Indian cinema. Starting his career with a small role in Insaan Ya Shaitaan (1933), directed by Moti Gidwani and produced by Eastern Arts Production, Gope went on to act in over a hundred and forty films in a career spanning twenty-four years from 1933–1957. Several of his films were released following his death. Best known for his comedy roles, he is stated to be one of Hindi cinema's "most popular comedians". His acting in comic roles won him "critical and popular acclaim" and soon became "the leading comedian of his time". His popularity assured him being mentioned in the credit roll of films along with the main cast. He became famous lip-syncing the popular number from Patanga on screen "Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon" (My Beloved Has Gone To Rangoon), playbacked by C. Ramchandra for Gope and by Shamshad Begum for Nigar Sultana.
He formed a popular comic pairing with Yakub, in the "Laurel-and-Hardy" style, making the producers use them in several films. Their most famous films together were Patanga (1949), followed by Bazar (1949), Beqasoor and Sagai (1951)
Gope was born Gope Vishandas Kamlani, on 11 April 1913, in Hyderabad, Sindh, British India. He was one of nine children. With K. S. Daryani's help, Gope moved to Bombay and started his acting career in a small role in Insaan Ya Shaitaan (1933) which starred Jaddanbai, Ermeline and the then reigning comedian, Dixit.
Gope acted in other memorable roles in films like Hindustan Hamara, Patanga, Chori Chori. Gope also tried playing negative roles. In the 1951 Dilip Kumar-Madhubala starter film Taraana, he teamed up with Jeevan to play the villain role in a comic style. He started Gope Productions in the 1950s, which made films as Hangama and Biradari. Some of these films were directed by Gope's brother, Ram Kamlani. Gope married to actress Latika and continued to act in films till his death in 1957
Gope married actress Latika on 5 February 1949 under the Civil Marriages Act. Latika had earlier acted in the film Gopinath (1948) opposite Raj Kapoor.
Gope acted in over a hundred and fifty films in a career spanning twenty-four years from 1933–1957. A partial list: