Popular stage artist and film actor Typist Gopu passed away on Wednesday night (6th March) in Chennai. He was 85 and is survived by his wife Rajalakshmi, two sons and a daughter. He was ailing for a while and was hospitalised. His funeral would take place on Thursday at his house at No 3138, 6th Main Road near Government High School Ayapakkam Chennai. Condolences have been pouring in from all over the world. Hailing from Trichy and born as Gopalrathnam, Gopu has acted in more than 600 films for almost five decades.
He has been a regular theatre artist who began his theatre journey way back in 1955 with his friend and actor Nagesh’s stage plays. In 1959, he acted in a drama titled as Nenjae Nee Vaazhga where he played the role of a typist called Gopu which fetched him the name Typist Gopu. He was introduced to films through ace director late K Balachander in his film Naanal in 1965. He continued to act in films like Adhae Kangal, Uyarndha Manidhan, Kaase Dhaan Kadavulada, Michael Madana Kaama Rajan, Paritchaikku Neramaachu, Enga Mama and many others. He had been a regular feature in the plays of Cho Ramaswamy and Y Gee Mahendra. Many took to Twitter to share their condolences.
On his demise, Y Gee Mahendra was quoted as saying, “It is a great loss to the drama field and films. I spoke to him on Saturday only. It is a shock to me”. Typist Gopu has also been conferred with Tamil Nadu government’s Kalaimaamani award.