Vivek Gopan rose into limelight through CCL. In a journey where cameo roles highlighted him, the mini screen gave a perfect entry into the minds of people. In an exclusive interview with Cream life, he opens up about his personal and professional life.
Entry into films?
I debuted through Priyadarshan sir’s ‘Arabiyum ottakavum P Madhavan Nairum’. It was a cameo role.The chance came through my cricket coach Biju George who suggested me to Priyan sir’s associate Suresh Krishnan. I never thought it was a serious approach and when I got the chance it was like a dream. Later I went onto play minor roles in films like Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty, E Adutha Kalathu, My Fan Ramu etc. However, it was the entry into mini screen which gave me a major breakthrough. People even identified my cameos after the serial was aired.
Taste for art
I always wanted to be a cricketer. My grandmother was a singer in radio station. She and my mother took music classes at home. So I had the chance to learn music till 5 th standard. I used to participate in light music and carnatic music competitions and won many prizes at school level. The other art form I tried was Bharatanatyam. My mother wanted me to learn it and was really a tedious affair. It took me 2.5 years to learn what others learned in the span of a year. I said goodbye to that once I did arangettam. To be honest, stage fright is something which haunts me then and now. I lost my interest in music after 5 th standard and they never compelled me to pursue it.
The cricketer in you!
As I said, my dream was always to become a cricketer. I had the chance to play for Kerala U-19 team and even represented my school at national level. I always dreamt of getting a government job and resume my career in cricket. However, financial constraints hindered my dream and had to give up cricketing career. I still say to my wife that cricket is my first wife.
Taking up a career in pharmaceutical sector?
As financial constraints were there, I was forced to take up a job after my studies. I started with small companies and ended up as Area Business Manager in US Vitamins Company. My 7 year old stint with pharma broke once I became an actor. But still I’m updated about the field so that I can move back if something goes wrong in between. Hope everything goes smoothly!
Roles you love to do?
An actor should be ready to play any character he is bestowed with. I love to do any character which I get irrespective of its length in movie. But I’m slightly inclined to negative characters. But when I say this many of my friends and colleagues say my face and expressions are not suited to play a villain role. I was so fortunate to act in Priyan sir’s Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal (remake of Marykkundoru Kunjadu), where I got the opportunity to act with actors like Nana Patekar, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Shreyas Talpade etc. it was really a novel experience. I believe seeing this actors in action has bettered by acting skills.
It’s Mohanlal and Mammootty like any malayali. But I’m more of a Mammootty fan. Among the new generation, I’m a fan of Dulquer Salman and Prithivraj.
Films that inspired the most
Nair Saab, Yodha, Irupatham Noottandu are some movie which I watch repeatedly.
Working with big M’s!
Working with Lalettan and Mammookka presents us two extreme experiences. It’s always very cool and relaxed to work with Lalettan. Tension crops up when we are acting with Mammookka. It’s not because he gives us tension, it automatically sprout inside us. Otherwise, it’s super cool to work with him. I have just done a film with Lalettan, so not sure how it will be next time.
Best experience after coming into limelight?
People started recognizing me wherever I go. Before I had the fortune to go anywhere without any privacy concerns. But nowadays people come to talk to us irrespective of time and location. Sometimes I won’t be in the best of moods, but will have to co-operate with them. I don’t know whether it can be termed as a best experience. There are instances where people have treated me as their family member. That is the best gift an artist can get.
As I said, I love to do any character. I was so impressed by films like Bahubali and Veeram. It will be nice if I get warrior type roles.
I love to work with all directors. I respect and I’m happy to work with different directors. To give our 100% to what director demands is our duty and I’m more concerned about that.
Off to mini screen?
Though I did minor roles in some movies, I gained popularity through CCL. There was a considerable gap after Priyan sir’s Hindi film. So I was planning to get back to pharma sector. That’s when the serial’s audition happened. I send my photos to its producer and was selected. The audition had many phases.We say that the best comes when we wait patiently. Finally I was selected to play the lead character.Then I started watching Hindi serials and movies more. It was so difficult to get into the track at the beginning. But I got into the groove after a month.
Difference between mini screen and big screen?
Regarding acting, there isn’t any difference. Mini screen is like a jet. We hardly get any time between shots. Everything is fast so that we have to adjust with its pace. Films are little more relaxed. Even if you want to change the physic, films give us time. After 30-45 days, we move to another set. There its entirely new crew and cast.
It’s an unwanted discussion. Take films and serials as a medium of entertainment. I don’t believe that people gets defective on watching them. There are many who do crime without watching these. Serials and films are not injurious to health. If they addicted to this and get hooked onto TV or theatres, it’s actually nice.
Balancing family and profession?
It’s the most difficult thing to do. I get very less free time these days. My motto is to spend the quality time wisely with family. I and wife hangs out or goes to eat out when I’m free.
My marriage was actually love marriage. My wife Sumi is working in Allianz Cornhill. Our son Sidharth is studying in 2 nd standard in St Thomas school. Sumi is my best critic and she never demotivates me. As an artist, it’s the best thing I can get.
One actress you love to work with?
I would love to work with Bhavana. She is very close friend and would love to share space with her. I have expressed this to her too. Maybe someday it may happen!
One wish you would like to ask to god?
I don’t crave for much. I need to live happily and peacefully like this.
I keenly follow the new trends. Even if it’s a torn shirt or jeans, if I’m comfortable and confident with
that, I’ll surely wear. My fashion statement lies there. I don’t care how people judge me, if I’m confident
I’ll wear anything that suits me.
I’m a fitness freak. As a cricketer, I was very particular in keeping fit. Nowadays I’m working very hard at
gym. Everyday workout is must for me. All we need is to live healthily and keep our look perfect; that’s
how people judges you!
Yes, it’s always Mammooka. The way he maintain his physic at his age is outstanding. Also I’m a fan of
John Abraham, Salman Khan and Vidyut Jamal.
It’s MS Dhoni. He is a cricketer who struggled, fought and came up. It’s an inspiration for all of us.
Whenever I’m double minded, I think about his life.
Dream car – Porsche Cayenne
Dream destination – Mauritius, Thailand, Dubai, USA
Current Phone– Samsung S7. Planning to upgrade to S8
Favorite brand – Puma
View on social media?
I generally find social media as a good platform. It really keeps us updated. It’s really useful to people
who travel a lot. It has its negative sides, but I enjoy being there.
Personally, I like trolls. I take it very positively. We are trolled in social media since we are in the
limelight. There are many trolls about me, I take it in a light sense, enjoy and forget.
Your words to upcoming artists?
Whatever you do, give your 100%. Plan the journey to your dream in a systematic way so that it will be
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