Biography

Music, the love of my life.

Gopi Sundar was born into a family of artists. His parents were keen music lovers with his father into the recording studio business. At a very young age he was introduced to the world of music by his parents. He was very keen on playing the Tabla and the Keyboard right from his school days and was on the forefront of all music based activities including composing music scores for his school plays.

Eager to make a career in music, he decided to leave school to pursue music studies in Chennai. He was introduced to the acclaimed music director Ousepachan, who took Gopi Sundar to play the tabla for him. He worked his way up playing tabla and keyboard and eventually progressed to mainstream programming. He went on to assist Ousepachan for major productions while simultaneously venturing into independent work on advertising jingles and soon became a much sought after composer.  The 5000+ jingles that he has composed is a testimony to his popularity in the advertising industry.

It was director Rosshan Andrews who gave Gopi Sundar his first break as an original score composer for his movie Notebook, which went on to become a super hit. The turning point in his career was the film ‘Big B’ whose background score escalated his popularity amongst the Malayali film audiences. He then went on to compose music for several major actors and directors.

In 2008 he composed the score for the movie Poi Solla Porom making a foray into the Tamil Industry. With the songs for Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju, he marked an entry into the Telugu industry as well. By now he had become a household name across South India. Bollywood soon came calling with keyboard programming projects for the movies Bluffmaster, Om Shanti Om and Taxi No. 9211 with the renowned Vishal-Shekhar. He lent his voice to the song ‘Titli’ for the Shahrukh Khan – Deepika Padukone – Rohit Shetty movie Chennai Express. His songs broke language barriers with fans appreciating his Malayalam songs from Non-Malayalam states as well. By now he had bagged a dozen awards to his name – SIIMA, Filmfare award, Asianet award, Vanitha film award to name a few. The icing on the cake came in the form of the National Award for Best Background Score for the movie ‘1983’ (2014) which he received from the President of India. He also received the Kerala State Award in the year 2018 as the Best Background Music Composer for the movie ‘Take Off and also made it to the Academy Awards Shortlist for Best Original Song and Score for the film ‘Pulimurugan’.

Gopi Sundar’s infinite passion for music, a firm commitment to the betterment of cinema, a strong resolve to give fresh talent new opportunities and approaching every project with utmost professionalism puts him as one of the most sought after music composers in the Malayalam industry.

The moment you drift away from your environs,
the soul of your music fades away from you. Gopi Sundar

awards

Accolades gathered over time

Best Music Director Award

2017

2017

2016

2016

2015

2015

2014

2014

2013

2013

2011

2011

Soundtrack

2nd IIFA Utsavam

Charlie
Soundtrack
nominated

64th Filmfare Awards South

Kali
nominated
nominated

SIIMA

Pulimurugan
nominated
Soundtrack

Asiavision Awards

Udaharanam Sujatha
Soundtrack
shortlisted

90th Academy Awards

Pulimurugan
shortlisted
Film Score

Kerala State Film Awards

Take Off
Film Score
Soundtrack

North American Film Awards

Ennu Ninte Moideen
Charlie
Soundtrack
nominated

1st IIFA Utsavam

Ennu Ninte Moideen
nominated
nominated

SIIMA Award

Bhale Bhale Magadivoy
nominated
nominated

Filmfare Awards South

Charlie
nominated
Soundtrack

Asianet Film Awards

Bangalore Days
Soundtrack
Soundtrack

Vanitha Film Awards

Bangalore Days
Soundtrack
Film Score

National Film Awards

1983
Film Score
Soundtrack

Filmfare Award

Bangalore Days
Soundtrack
Soundtrack

SIIMA Award

Bangalore Days
Soundtrack
Soundtrack

Asiavision Awards

Bangalore Days
1983
Soundtrack
Soundtrack

Asianet Film Awards

Ustad Hotel
Soundtrack
Film Score

Pearl Awards

Ustad Hotel
Film Score
nominated

Filmfare Award

Ustad Hotel
nominated
nominated

SIIMA Award

Ustad Hotel
nominated
Soundtrack

Filmfare Award

Anwar
Soundtrack

2017

2017

2016

2016

2015

2015

2014

2014

2013

2013

2011

2011

5000

jingles

387

songs

144

films

13

awards
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