Cricket has opened the doors of opportunity for many youngsters. Vivek Gopan is one such actor who shot to fame through the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) and made an entry into movies. Starting his career with a minor role in Priyadarshan’s Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum in Oru Marubhoomikkadha, he later went on to make a name in the big screen and mini screen. With some good projects in his kitty, he is aiming to establish himself as a credible actor in the Malayalam film industry.
Namaste India is his next release. The trailer of the movie was recently launched on Youtube and has been getting a tremendous response. The trailer has already crossed one lakh views. “The film is written and directed by R. Ajay. We were really pleased that the trailer was trending on YouTube. The film is set at two different timelines, in 500 BC and the present scenario. I play the role of a warrior in the past. It’s a travel movie covering the beautiful spots of India from Rameswaram to the Himalayas. The movie will definitely be a visual extravagance,” he says about his upcoming movie.
Next on the line is the Mammootty-starrer Oru Kuttanadan Blog directed by Sethu. He is really thrilled at sharing the screen with Mammootty again. “It marks my reunion with Mammookka after Acha Dhin and Pullikkaran Staraa. But this is the first time I’m doing a continuous role with him. Mammookka plays an NRI character and I belong to the gang he hangs out with. The other members of the gang are portrayed by Gregory, Shaheen Siddique, Sanju Sivaram, Nandan Unni and Jude Anthony Joseph. We really had an enjoyable time on the sets. It is really amazing working with Mammookka. He supports all the co-actors, converses with everyone really well and makes everyone comfortable. He is knowledgeable about everything and imparts information to all he talks to,” he describes the experience of working in the movie.
However, he is so grateful to the mini-screen for helping create his identity as an actor. He became a familiar face through the serial Parasparam. Identifying an actor with his character name always gives a sense of pride to the actor.
“People love to greet me with my character name. The serial has made me a household name and it has led to mainstream directors and technicians recognising me quickly. This has really boosted my self-confidence and helped me in evolving as an actor,” he adds.
He’s currently shooting for Kalikootukar produced by actor Ramu. The film will also be a comeback movie for Ramu’s son Devadas, who acted as child artist in movies like Athisayan and Anandabhairavi.
Cricket and fitness also keep Vivek engaged and cheerful. As the actor moves forward steadily, he’s determined to do meaty roles in movies, irrespective of the length of roles he gets. He believes every film is a challenge and if the audience is convinced by the performance, that marks the success of an actor....