Biography

Kesavan Venu Gopal, known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is an Indian actor writer and director.He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema

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, 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.

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 Njane, 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.

Kesavan Venu Gopal, known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is an Indian actor writer and director.He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema

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, 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.

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 Njane, 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 351

Birthday 1948-05-22

Place of Birth Alleppey, Travancore

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Kesavan Venu Gopal
  • നെടുമുടി വേണു

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Indian 2
2020 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham
2019 Thelivu
2019 Chila NewGen Nattuvisheshangal
2019 A for Apple
2019 Shubharathri
2019 Kanchana 3 as Kaali’s father
2019 Madura Raja as Madhavan Nair
2019 Vaarikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam
2019 Sarvam Thaala Mayam as Vembu Iyer
2019 Panthu
2018 Thattumpurath Achuthan as Avhuthan's Father
2018 Joseph
2018 A Notorious Boy as Adv. Santhosh Narayan
2018 Johny Johny Yes Appa
2018 Oru Kuttanadan Blog as Vasudeva Kaimal
2018 Kammara Sambhavam as Selvan Moopan
2018 Khaleefa
2018 Carbon as Basheer
2018 Daivame Kaithozham K.Kumar Akanam as God
2018 DiwanjiMoola Grand Prix
2017 Udaharanam Sujatha as George Paul
2017 Pokkiri Simon
2017 Oru Visheshapetta BiriyaniKissa as Krishnan Nair
2017 Lal Salam (3 episodes) as Himself
2017 Avarude Raavukal as Scobo Jhons
2016 Buddhanum Chaplinum Chirikkunnu
2016 Ishti as Ramavikraman Namboodiri
2016 Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho as Appooppan
2016 Oppam as Justice Krishnamoorthy
2016 Once Again as Pappu Pilla
2016 Kadhantharam as Rajaram
2016 Pavada as Pillai
2015 Charlie as Kunjappan
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal as Chief Editor
2015 Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi as CKAK Menon
2015 Rudra Simhasanam as Shivathanu
2015 Nirnayakam as Vasu Kuttan
2015 Oru Second Class Yathra as Narayanan
2015 Alif as Kunjammadu Sahib
2015 Rasam as Valliyottu Thirumeni
2014 Names Unknown as Work Shop Master
2014 Aamayum Muyalum as Kashi
2014 Lal Bahadur Shastri as Bahadur
2014 Ottamandaram
2014 Homely Meals as Father Dixon
2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha as Nobilettan
2014 Villali Veeran as Damodharji
2014 Munnariyippu as Rama Moorthy
2014 Law Point as Ramakrishnan
2014 To Noora with Love
2014 Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal as Kuriachen
2014 Gamer as Gamer
2013 Nadodimannan as Thiruvithamkodu Thirumanassu
2013 Sringaravelan as Radha's Grand father
2013 North 24 Kaatham as Gopalettan
2013 Memories as Father John
2013 Kadal Kadannu Oru Maathukutty as Thomas
2013 Tourist Home
2013 Money Back Policy as Onachan
2013 Immanuel as Jabbar
2013 Sound Thoma as Manikunju
2013 Celluloid as Subramaniam
2012 Puthiya Theerangal as K.P./ Advocate Immanuel / Kurian Paulose / Kumara Panickker
2012 Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam as Panchayat president
2012 Mr. Marumakan as Rajagopalan Thampy
2012 Friday as Purushothaman
2012 Graamam as Govindankutty Maashu
2012 Akashathinte Niram as Old Man
2012 Vadhiyar
2012 Hero as Thankachan, Antony's father
2012 Thiruvambadi Thamban as Kunjoonju
2012 Mayamohini as Sankaran Potti
2012 The King & The Commissioner as Dr. E.K.Sudharshan
2012 Achante Aanmakkal as Madhava Menon
2012 Unnam as Murugan
2011 Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum in Oru Marubhoomi Kadha as Thoma
2011 Ekadashy
2011 Teja Bhai and Family
2011 Memories Alone
2011 Collector
2011 Violin as Doctor
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu as Govindan Master
2011 Manikyakallu as Head master
2011 August 15 as V. G. Sadasivan
2011 Living Together as Vasudevan Kartha
2011 Arjunan Saakshi
2010 Pathinonnil Vyazham
2010 Elsamma Enna Aankutty as Kunnel Pappan
2010 Raama Raavanan as Annadurai
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala as Shekaran IAS
2010 Malarvaadi Arts Club as Kumaran
2010 Oru Naal Varum as Havildar Vasudevan
2010 Alexander The Great as Dr. Korah
2010 Pokkiri Raja as Madhavan Nair
2010 In Ghost House Inn as Father Dominic
2010 Punyam Aham as Kaarackal Easwaran Namboodiri
2010 Best Actor as Denver Aashan
2009 Keralotsavam Mission 2009 as Padmanabhan Embranthiri
2009 Swa Le as Palazhi Sivasankarappilla
2009 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja as Moopan
2009 Kana Kanmani as Iyer
2009 Decent Parties
2009 Puthiya Mugham as Kichan's father
2009 Ivar Vivahitharayal...? as Freddy Uncle
2009 Passenger as Driver Nair
2009 Bhoomi Malayalam
2009 Banaras
2009 Bhagyadevatha as Sadanadan Pillai
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded as Chief Minister of Kerala
2009 Love in Singapore as Andrews Perreira
2008 Silambattam as Vichu's grandfather
2008 Pakal Nakshatrangal
2008 Thavalam as Panikker
2008 Poi Solla Porom as K.R.Sathyanathan
2008 Mizhikal Sakshi as Lebba Sahib
2008 Dae! Ingottu Nokkiye...
2008 A Climate for Crime as Maathu
2007 Four Women
2007 Chaurahen as Mr. Nair
2007 Nivedyam
2007 Arabikkatha as "Society" Gopalan
2007 Khaki
2007 Vinodayathra as John Matthew
2007 Kaiyoppu as C.P. Vasudevan
2007 Changathipoocha as Sreedharan Nair
2006 Palunku as Teacher
2006 Pothan Vava as Meppattor Vishnu Narayanan Nampoothiri
2006 Mahasamudram
2006 Aanachandam
2006 Prajapathi as Kaliyarmadom Kunjambu Nair
2006 Rashtram as Chief Minister Janardhanan Kurup
2005 Thanmathra as Krishnan Nair
2005 Anandabhadram
2005 Mayookham as Unni's Father
2005 Anniyan as Parthasarathy Iyengar
2005 Finger Print as Rama Varma Thampuran
2005 Saira as Ustad Ali
2004 Amrutham as Ravunni Nair
2004 Mampazhakkalam as Raghavan Mash
2004 Jalolsavam as Aalakkal Govindanashan
2004 Vettam as Retd D.I.G (Uncle Tom)
2004 Vismayathumbathu as Dr. Sunny Joseph
2003 Manassinakkare as Kuriakose
2003 Margam as Venu Menon
2003 Balettan as Balachandran's Father
2003 Ente Veedu... Appuvinteyum as Child Psychologist
2003 Thilakkam as Padmanabhan Master
2003 The Change
2003 Mr. Brahmachari as Sekharan Thampi
2003 Arimpara as Krishnan Unni
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku as Viswanathan
2002 Chathurangam as Mathew Varghese
2002 Shadow Kill as Jailer
2002 Thandavam as Swaminathan
2002 Phantom
2002 Mazhathullikkilukkam as Father Palaykkal
2002 Kunjikkoonan as Prasad's father
2001 Randam Bhavam as Manikutty's Father
2001 Ishtam as Krishnankutty Menon
2001 Uthaman as Kochantony
2001 Dubai as Swaminathan
2001 Kakkakuyil as Blind 'Thampuran'
2001 Ladies & Gentlemen as Fernandez
2000 Susanna
2000 Mr. Butler
2000 Life Is Beautiful as Principal
2000 Madhuranombarakattu as Baaghavatar
2000 Cover Story
1999 Pranaya Nilavu as Madhavan Nair
1999 English Medium as Sankunni Nair
1999 Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal as Aravindan
1999 Pallavur Devanarayanan as Aasan
1999 Stalin Sivadas
1999 Thachiledathu Chundan as Vasukutty
1999 Angene Oru Avadhikkalathu as Delhi Pappachan
1998 Megham as Meenakshi's father
1998 Sundara Killadi as Head of Swapna Bhoomi
1998 Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala as The Headmaster
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu as Dr. Subhash
1998 Rektha Sakshikal Zindabad
1998 Oru Maravathoor Kanavu
1998 Harikrishnans as Thampuran
1998 Sidhartha as Karunakara Menon
1998 Daya as Sultan
1997 Superman as Raman Nair
1997 Churam as Balagopalan
1997 Chandralekha as Chandra's father
1997 Itha Oru Snehagatha
1997 Guru as teacher
1997 Manthramothiram as M. K. S. Warrier
1997 Oru Yaatra Mozhi as Appu
1997 Ishtadanam as Dhanapalan
1997 Manasam as Menon
1996 Udhyanapalakan
1996 Indian as Krishnaswamy
1996 Kaalapani as Sreekandan Nair
1996 Devaraagam
1996 Rajaputhran as M. K. Nair
1995 Sakshyam as Dominic Fernandes
1995 Sreeragam as Periya Shasthri
1995 Ormakalundayirikkanam as Nambiar
1995 Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum
1995 Thacholi Varghese Chekavar
1995 Manikya Chempazhukka as Adv. Bharathan
1995 Spadikam as Ravunni Master
1995 Alancheri Thamprakkal as Chathukutti Bhagavathar
1995 Nirnayam as Fr. Thayyil
1994 Sammohanam as Ummini
1994 Parinayam
1994 Thenmavin Kombath as Sreekrishnan Thampuran
1994 Pavithram as Warrier
1993 Manichitrathazhu as Thampy
1993 Padheyam as Kunjikannan Nair
1993 Samooham as Balan Poduval
1993 Oru Kadankatha Pole
1993 Maya Mayooram as Hassan Bhai
1993 Midhunam as Chekkodu Swamy
1993 Kalippattam
1993 Devasuram as Appu master
1993 Kabuliwala as Kabooliwala
1993 Aalavattam as Kesavankutty
1993 Ente Sreekuttikku as Ananthan Mashu
1993 Akashadoothu as Fr.Vattappara
1993 Samagamam as Fr. Puthenthara
1992 Vietnam Colony as Moosa Settu
1992 Soorya Gayathri as Manisankar Iyer
1992 Rajasilpi as Madhavan
1992 Sadayam as Father Dominic
1992 Aham
1992 Kamaladalam as Secretary of Kerala Kala Mandiram Institute
1992 Poochakkaru Mani Kettum as Ambotty
1992 Sargam as Haridas' father
1992 Malootty as Raghavan
1992 Pandu Pandoru Rajakumari as Balan Nambyar
1991 Nettippattam as Kumaran
1991 Santhwanam as Thambi
1991 Bhoomika as Rama Warrier
1991 Uncle Bun as Jameskutty Chacko
1991 Mukhachithram as Fr. Felix
1991 Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
1991 Vishnulokam as Krishnanunni
1991 Bharatham as Ramanathan
1991 Keli as 'Romance' Kumaran
1991 Dhanam as Rajappan
1991 Perumthachan as Unni Thampuran
1990 Vidhyarambham as Madhavan Ezhuthachan
1990 Lal Salam as Father Felix
1990 Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu as Godman
1990 Appu as Chandikunju
1990 His Highness Abdullah as Maharaja Udayavarma
1990 Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam as Valiya Thampuran
1990 Akkare Akkare Akkare as Sivadasa Menon
1990 Dr. Pasupathy as Unnikannan Nair
1989 Dasharatham as Scariah
1989 Chakkikotha Chankaran as Prabhakaran Thampi
1989 Vadakkunokki Yantram as Doctor
1989 Swagatham as Devan Nair
1989 Pooram as Chellappan
1989 Vandanam as Kurian Fernandez
1988 Chithram as Kaimal
1988 Aranyakam as Grandfather
1988 Vellanakalude Naadu as Minister
1988 Vaishali as Rajaguru
1988 Isabella as Tourist Guide
1988 Orkkapurathu as Nicholas
1988 Witness as Himself
1988 Daisy
1988 Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu as Kumaren Nair
1988 Vicharana as Ramettan
1987 Cheppu as Lecturer
1987 And There Was A Village.. as Overseer Sundaresan
1987 Sarvakalasala as Aasan
1987 Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam as Ravunni Nair
1987 Kathakku Pinnil
1987 Neela Kurinji Poothappol.... as Sivaramakrishnan Nair
1986 Rareeram as Venu
1986 Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi as Sasidharan
1986 Pranamam as Usha's Father
1986 Thalavattam as Dr. Unni Krishnan
1986 Adiverukal
1986 Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu
1986 Panchagni as Shekharan
1986 Mizhineerppoovukal
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan as SI Kochappu
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare as Dr. K. K. Menon
1986 Meenamasathile Suryan as Chirukandan's Father
1986 Ponnum Kudathinum Pottu as Dasan
1986 Arappatta Kettiya Graamathil as Gopi
1986 Ennennum Kannettante as Tharavadu Karanavar
1986 Katturumbinum Kathu Kuthu
1986 Oru Kadha Oru Nunakadha as Appu Nair
1986 Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam as Kunjan Nair
1986 Dheem Tharikida Thom as Keerikkad Chellappan Nair
1985 Kathodu Kathoram as Priest
1985 Guruji Oru Vakku as Charlie
1985 Puli Varunne Puli as Ramdas
1985 Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar as Sakhavu
1985 The Victims as Andrews
1985 Akkare Ninnoru Maran as Sree Thankappan Nair
1985 Azhiyatha Bandhangal as Unnikrishnan
1985 Mutharamkunnu P.O. as Kuttan Pillai
1985 Oru Sandesam Koodi
1985 Ee Thanalil Ithiri Neram
1985 Chidambaram as Himself
1984 Ente Upasana as Lathika's Uncle
1984 Uyarangalil as Johnie
1984 Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu as The Priest
1984 Akkare as Johnny
1984 Panchavadi Palam as Shikhandi Pillai
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu as Vakkachan
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam
1984 Poochakkoru Mookkuthi as Ravunni Menon
1984 Appunni as Appunni
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove as Potty
1984 Mangalam Nerunnu
1984 Oru Kochukatha Aarum Parayatha Katha as Aravindan
1984 Odaruthammava Aalariyam as Major Nair
1984 Manasariyathe as Venu
1984 Oru Kochu Swapnam as Venu
1983 Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla as Nedumudi Venu
1983 Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback as Paul Raj
1983 Asthram as Krishnanunni
1983 Onnu Chirikku as Dr. George
1983 Aadhipathyam as Antony
1983 Rachana as Achuthanunni
1983 Naseema as Ravi
1983 Kinnaram as Unni
1982 Njan Onnu Parayatte as Charlie
1982 Enikkum oru Divasam as Vasu
1982 Ormakkayi as Balu
1982 Kaaliya Mardhanam as Sreeni
1982 Chillu
1982 Ente Mohangal Poovaninju as Damu
1982 Kelkatha Sabdam as Devan
1982 Ponnum Poovum as Dasan
1982 Yavanika as Balagopalan
1982 Football
1982 Ilakkangal as Unni
1981 Thenum Vayambum as Ravi
1981 Vida Parayum Munpe as Xavier
1981 Kolangal as Paramu
1981 Dhanya
1981 Venal
1981 Kallan Pavithran as Pavithran
1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal as Seythalavi
1980 Chamaram as Father
1979 Thakara as Chellappanasar
1978 Aaravam as Maruthu
1978 The Circus Tent

Writing

2015 Rasam Screenplay
1999 Angene Oru Avadhikkalathu Writer
1993 Oru Kadankatha Pole Writer
1993 Aalavattam Story
1989 Pooram Writer
1986 Thalavattam Story
1983 Kattathe Kilikkoodu Story

Directing

1989 Pooram Director

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