Gopi Bhalla is an Indian actor popularly known for his role as Gopinath Gandotra in the TV series F.I.R.
Gopi Bhalla was born as Ram Gopal Bhalla on Friday, 16 August 1963 (age 60 years; as of 2023) in Nabha, Punjab. His zodiac sign is Leo.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents and siblings.
Wife & Children
Gopi Bhalla is married; he got married on 12 May 1993.
The couple has a son.
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Gopi Bhalla started his career as a theatre artist and would usually play the role of Ravana in local ramleela. In the early 1990s, he moved to Mumbai from Punjab in search of work in the film and TV industry. Initially, he lived with one of his old friends, Darshan Singh, from Nabha who was working in Mumbai as a bank employee.
In 1997, he made his debut in Zee TV’s television series ‘Amanat’ in which he played the role of Titu Singh. In 2006, he starred in the TV series F.I.R in which he played the role of Gopinath Gandotra.
In 2012, he starred in the sitcom Gopi Gadha Aur Gupshup as Gopinath Gandotra, the character he also played in F.I.R. In the same year, he appeared as a guest on the TV show Chidiya Ghar. In 2013, he played the role of Sher Singh in the series Hum Aapke Hain In Laws. In 2016, he played the role of Lovely Singh Dhingra on the show ‘Dr. Madhumati On Duty’ alongside his previous co-star, Kavita Kaushik, on the show F.I.R. Later, he appeared in various other T.V. shows such as Savdhaan India (2016), Y.A.R.O Ka Tashan (2017), Deewane Anjane (2017-18).
In 1983, he made his debut in the film industry with the Punjabi film Putt Jattan De wherein he played the role of Chacha Amli. In 1989, he had the opportunity to star alongside Pankaj Kapoor and Raj Babbar in the Punjabi film Marhi Da Deeva.
Later he appeared in various Hindi and Punjabi films such as Mera Dil Tere Liye (1992), Pehla Pehla Pyar (1994), Lajja (2001), Sarhad Paar (2006), Action Replayy (2010), Mar Jawan Gur Khake (2010), Romeo Ranjha (2014), and Time Nahi Hai (2019). In 2017, he starred alongside Hardy Sandhu in the Punjabi film Mahi NRI.
Awards and Honours
- In 1989, Gopi Bhalla won the Best Supporting Actor award for the film Marhi Da Deeva.
- In 2017, Gopi Bhalla won the Golden Achiever Award under the category ‘Performance in Arts and Television.’
- In 2018, he received the Best Angrezi Award for his role in the TV show F.I.R.
- In 2018, he received the Popular Comedian Award at the Achiever’s Award ceremony.
- In 2019 and 2020, he won the Perfect Entertainer Award at the Achiever’s Award ceremony.
- In February 2023, he was honoured by the RDD show as an Indian film and television actor for leaving a positive impact and bringing differences in society.
Gopi Bhalla owns a Honda City car.
- According to Gopi, he has a fear of dogs. One day his colleagues played a prank on him on the sets of F.I.R. along with the dog trainer to scare Gopi and had a good laugh about the entire incident. In an interview, while talking about the prank he said,
Usually I am the trickster on the sets. But, this time Kavita got the better of me. I am afraid of dogs and was scared stiff when the dog started sniffing around me. I could not run away as I knew the dog would chase me. I avoided going anywhere near the dog till the entire shoot sequence involving the dogs was completed.”
- Gopi achieved immense popularity with the role of Gopinath Gandotra and became one of the very few characters on the show F.I.R. which remained unchanged until the show’s completion in 2015. In an interview, while talking about his role as Gopinath he said,
I am now the oldest character on the show, and proud of the fact. It’s been long since I stepped into the shoes of Gopinath. Yet, I have not got bored of it. It has several shades to it, and a distinct style that I have realised has become popular. I love it when people imitate the way my character speaks, generously using the words ‘is the’ or how he walks. It’s fulfilling.”
- According to Gopi, he perfected his comedy timing under the guidance of the Late Kader Khan. In an interview, while talking about his experience as a Punjabi actor he said,
I have done about 14 to 15 films in Punjabi language. Most of times I shared the screen with Late Kader Khan. I must say what a great actor he was along with a fantastic write. Also, I would like to add that the comic timing is something that I have learnt from him. I really loved to work and share things with him.”