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Full Name  K. Venugopal
Role  Film actor
Residence  Trivandrum, India
Name  Nedumudi Venu
Spouse  T. R. Susheela

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Born  May 22, 1948 (1948-05-22) Alleppey, Travancore
Parent(s)  P. K. Kesavan, P. Kunjikkuttiyamma
Similar People  Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Priyadarshan

Children  Unni Gopal, Kannan Gopal

Died  11 October 2021 (aged 73) Thiruvananthapuram

Years active  1978-2021

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Kesavan Venu Gopal (22 May 1948 – 11 October 2021), known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, was an Indian film actor from Kerala. Widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema,  He wrote screenplays and directed one film.


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Early life

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Venu was born as Venugopal to P. K. Kesavan Nair, a school master and P. Kunjikkuttiyamma in Nedumudi, Alappuzha as the youngest of their five children. He had four elder brothers. He had his primary education from N S S Higher Secondary School, Nedumudi, and St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Champakulam. He was involved in art and music since his academic period. After graduating from Sanatana Dharma College(SD College), Alappuzha, he worked as a journalist in Kalakaumudi and as a teacher in a tutorial institute. Venu was living in Thiruvananthapuram when he made friends with the likes of Aravindan, Padmarajan and Bharath Gopi. This ultimately paved way for his film career. He was a talented Mridangam player.


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He was married to T. R. Susheela. He had two sons, Unni and Kannan.


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Venu started his career in theater and went on to act in films. He was a member of Kavalam Narayana Panicker's dramas. He debuted in the film Thambu (1978) by director G Aravindan. His acting skills were showcased in the Bharathan film Aaravam. Padmarajan's Oridathoru Phayalwan and Kallan Pavithran set a milestone for him. It marked his start in Karanavar (head of the family) roles, which included most of his memorable performances.

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Venu also wrote scripts for movies. He wrote the stories for the films Kattathe Kilikkoodu, Theertham, Sruthi, Ambada Njaane!, Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha, Savidham, and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu. He also tried his hand in direction with Pooram. He acted in a few Tamil films with director Shankar, such as Kamal Hasan's Indian and Vikram's Anniyan.

Venu acted in some television serials. He acted in NFDC film Parinamam (The Change), directed by P Venu that won the best screenplay award at the Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. He won the Best Actor award for his role in Saira at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival which concluded in September 2007; Saira was the only film from India to be included in the festival. The committee mentioned that he acted compellingly and convincingly in his portrayal of a man caught between secularism and fundamentalism.


National Film Awards:

  • 1990 – Best Supporting Actor – His Highness Abdullah
  • 2003 – Special Jury Award – Margam
  • 2006 – National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Narration / Voice Over – Minukku
  • Kerala State Film Awards:

  • 1980 – Second Best Actor – Chamaram
  • 1981 – Best Actor – Vidaparayum munpe
  • 1987 – Best Actor – Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam
  • 1990 – Special Jury Award – Bharatham, Santhwanam
  • 1994 – Second Best Actor – Thenmavin Kombath
  • 2003 – Best Actor – Margam
  • Asianet Film Awards

  • 2005 – Best Supporting Actor Award – Thanmatra
  • 2007 – Best Script Writer Award – Thaniye
  • 2011 – Best Supporting Actor – Best Actor, Elsamma Enna Aankutty
  • 2013 – Best Character Actor – "North 24 Kaatham"
  • 2015 – Best Villain – Oru Second Class Yathra, Rudra Simhasanam
  • Filmfare Awards

  • 1981 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam – Vida Parayum Munpe
  • 1987 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam -Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam
  • 1997 – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Kerala Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2007 – Second Best Actor – Thaniye
  • 2007 – Lifetime Achievement Award/Prathibha Puraskaram
  • Other Awards

  • 2003 – Best Actor Award won in Television Gallup Poll conducted by University of Kerala union for Ragardram (Doordarshan)
  • 2006 – Sathyan Award
  • 2006 – Kalavedi International Prathibha Award was presented at Tagore Theatre, Trivandrum in 2006.
  • 2007 – Bahadoor Award
  • 2008 – Kala Ratnam Award of KALA Abu Dhabi
  • 2011 – Serve India Media Award
  • 2015 – Vanitha Film Award for Best Villain for Oru Second Class Yathra and Rudra Simhasanam
  • Film festivals

  • 2003 – Arimpara at the cannes International Film Festival & other filim festivals
  • 2005 – Margam at the Havana International Film Festival
  • 2007 – Saira – Best Actor Award at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival
  • Death

    Venu died on 11 October 2021 at the age of 73. He was in treatment for liver-related ailments after recovering from COVID-19 prior to his death.


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