From playing Ravana in local Ramleela to winning hearts as a funny cop in Sab TV’s sitcom FIR for eight years —Gopi Bhalla (L) of Nabha says he is a satisfied man today.
In Mumbai for almost 28 years, Gopi took the route of Punjabi theatre and cinema to ultimately find his space in the city of dreams.
Beginning his career on national television with Zee TV’s Amanat (1997), Gopi says he found fame only with FIR, in which he plays Gopinath Gandotra.
The show has now taken a leap in time, fast-forwarding to twenty years later. While several characters have changed, including the protagonist, Gopi’s character remains the same. “I am now the oldest character on the show, and proud of the fact,” he says.
“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,” he adds.
About his television career, Gopi says he has come a long way, from somebody who just took a train to Mumbai one fine day with a R500 note to owning property in this bustling city.