Gopika, born Girly Anto is an actress born in Ollur in Thrissur city of Kerala state. Her parents Anto Francis and Tessy Anto named her as Girly. She has only one sister, Glini. After completing her 12th standard in St. Raphael’s, Ollur. She did her sociology from the Calicut University. She is also talented in classical dance which she learnt from her teacher Kamalher. Her first film was Pranayamanithooval, in which she starred with Jayasurya and Vineeth.
Crowned as Miss College during her farewell, she was admired for her beauty and charming smile. She aimed to be an airhostess but landed into the film industry with great movies to her credit such as Kana Kandaen, Thotti Jaya, Autograph, 4 the people, Ponniyin Selvan. She claims that she never wanted to be an actress.
The beauty contest Miss Thrissur was turning point in her life. Though she did not win the title, she stood as the first runner up in the contest which gained her few modeling assignments.
Director Thulasi Das gave her a debut in his “Pranayamanithooval” which did not do well but got her recognition in the film industry. She got a second movie 4 the People which was a blockbuster and had its prints dubbed in many different Indian Languages. The movie was directed by Jayaraj and she acted opposite Bharath. The song “Lejjavathi Ninda Kalla Kadaikkannil” of the movie “For the People” was also a big hit in Kerala. Renowned Tamil movie director Cheran signed her up for his movie Autograph which was another big hit in 2004. She also acted in Kana Kandein.
Among her other movies she has acted in many Malayalam films, Kannada film “Kanasina Loka” and the Telugu remake of “Azhagi”. Her Telugu film Leta Manasulu crashed the box office was directed by Raju Upati. She stars in the Malayalam movie “Kirtichakra” opposite Mohanlal, the Malayalam super star. Directed by Major Ravi the movie tells the story about a soldier against the backdrop of Kargil war. Apart from Kirtichakra she is also doing another movie with Dileep Pachakuthira. Her previous movie with Dileep Chanthupottu was a big hit.
Her last malayalam movie Veruthe Oru Bharya was a phenomenal hit and it also fetched her the Asianet Best actress award of 2008.
Gopika married Dr Ajilesh Chacko who is working as a Doctor in Northern Ireland on July 17, 2008. She has come back to the cinema industry after marriage (Swantham Lekhakan) and says that she will act in more films if she gets a good opportunity and likes the story.
She says that her husband, Dr Chacko, doesn't mind her acting and that she is getting a lot of support from him and her family. A daughter, Amy, was born to them in Belfast on April 14, 2010.
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