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 vanguardvgm.blogspot.com.
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. The basic essence of the movie is that a man is part DNA, part unknown and part what he sees and goes through as a child. 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 achieved cult status among fans and observers. The 2017 movie Tiyaan, written by him was noted for its bold theme that focused on the current socio-political scenario in India. His next script is for Kammara Sambhavam, which is being filmed and then he would be penning Lucifer, starring Mohanlal, which will be actor Prithviraj Sukumaran's directorial debut.
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 and 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 has ventured into lyrics writing with the song "Neti" in Tiyaan, which describes the path to spiritual enlightment.
Murali is the son of renowned actor Bharath Gopi and Jayalakshmy. He was married to Anjana Pillai, a bank employee, 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).2014 - Amrita Film Award for The Best Actor in Supporting Role2014 - South Indian International Movie Awards for The Best Actor in Supporting Role2014 – 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role2014 – Jaihind Film Award for The Best Script2014 – Yuva Award (2012–2013)2013 – Thikkurissi Sukumaran Foundation Award for The Best Supporting Actor2013 – Nana Film Award – Man of the Year2013 – Asiavision Movie Award for The New Sensation in Singing2013 – Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Screenplay2013 – Santosham South India Film Awards for The Best Supporting Actor2013 – Jaycey Foundation Award – Special Award2013 – Jaihind Film Award – Special Jury Award2013 – Vanitha Film Award for The Best Anti-Hero2013 – Asianet Film Award for The Best Villain2012 – P. Bhaskaran Foundation Award for The Best Story2012 – Nana Film Award for the Best Script Writer2012 – Asiavision Movie Award for The Best Anti-Hero2012 – Asiavision Movie Awards for The New Sensation in Script2012 – Mohan Raghavan Award for The Best Script Writer2009 – The Sathyan Memorial Film Award for The Best Supporting Actor