Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today expressed condolence over the death of veteran film and drama artiste Typist Gopu.
In his message, Palaniswami said he was saddened to know about the demise of Gopu and prayed the Almighty for the actor’s soul to rest in peace.
The actor was 85 and was ailing from health issues for sometime. He breathed his last Wednesday evening. Gopu was a resident of Ayapakkam in Chennai.
Gopu was awarded his famous moniker because of his most memorable role as a typist in TS Seshadri’s stage play ‘Nenje Nee Vazhga’.
In an interview, Gopu shared that while the play’s director had not originally intended to include him in the cast, Gopu voluntarily offered to play the role of a typist, having realised that the play did not include this character. “It was a play on the happenings inside an office and naturally they lacked a typist, he had said.
Born in Manakkal in Trichy district, Gopu made his acting debut in 1965 with K Balachandar’s ‘Naanal’ and went on to feature in over 400 films.
Before becoming a film actor, he made his theatre appearance in a drama troupe run by the popular late actor Nagesh.