| K. Venugopal|
T. R. Susheela
| May 22, 1948 (age 67) (1948-05-22) Alleppey, Travancore|
P. K. Kesavan, P. Kunjikkuttiyamma
Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Priyadarshan
Unni Gopal, Kannan Gopal
Nedumudi Venu Wikipedia
Kesavan Venu Gopal (born 22 May 1948), known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is an Indian film actor from Kerala. Widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema, he has also written screenplays and has directed one film.
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 has 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 is a talented Mridangam player.
He is married to T. R. Susheela. The couple have two sons, Unni and Kannan.
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.
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 has also acted in a few Tamil films with director Shankar, such as Kamal Hasan's Indian and Vikram's Anniyan.
Venu has also 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 Awards2005 – 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 Awards1981 – 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 Awards2007 – Second Best Actor – Thaniye
2007 – Lifetime Achievement Award/Prathibha Puraskaram
Other Awards2003 – 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
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
2008 – Silambaattam
2008 – Poi Solla Porom
2005 – Anniyan
1996 – Indian
1995 – Mogamul
Kairali Vilasam Lodge (Doordarshan) (Direction, acting)
Poovanpazham (Telefilm) (Doordarshan)
Avasthantarangal (Kairali TV)
Sree Guruvayorappan (Surya TV)