|Years active||1977 – present|
Bejawada Gopal is an Indian film director who works in Telugu cinema. He has directed over 30 Telugu films, including successful films such as Bobbili Raja, Lorry Driver, Assembly Rowdy, State Rowdy, Rowdy Inspector, Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu, Indra, and Maska. He also won Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the film Samarasimha Reddy.
Childhood and early years
B. Gopal was born at M. Nidamanuru village near Tangutur, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh to B. Venkateswarulu and Mahalakshmi. He has two siblings, one brother Subba Rao and sister Suseela. He did his schooling in Karumanchi. Later he attended C.S.R.Sarma college in Ongole. After finishing his education, With his father permission he chose to pursue his career in movies. He is the uncle of Telugu film Actor Venu Thottempudi.
He started his career working as an assistant director under P.C. Reddy. After working in two movies with P.C. Reddy, he got an opportunity to work as an assistant director in the film Adavi Ramudu under K. Raghavendra Rao. He considers K. Raghavendra Rao as his Mentor and Guru in Telugu cinema industry. He worked under him for almost 12 years and for movies like Adavi Ramudu, Devatha, Justice Chowdary, Agni Parvatam etc. In 1982, while he was working as an associate director for the movie Devatha under K. Raghavendra Rao, he was spotted by the producer of the movie Dr. Daggubati Ramanaidu. Impressed by B. Gopal, Ramanaidu offered him the chance to direct a movie under his banner. This led to B. Gopal's debut movie as director Prathidvani with Sharada, Arjun and Rajani. The movie was released in 1986.
He went on to direct many commercially successful movies like Bobbili Raja, Lorry Driver, Assembly Rowdy, Rowdy Inspector, Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu, Indra etc. His association with Paruchuri Brothers is well known in Telugu cinema industry and they worked together on many successful movies. He is also famously known to collaborate with Nandamuri Balakrishna to do movies. He was the only director to have three Industry Hits, those being Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu and Indra until 2017,then with the release of Baahubali 2 S.S.Rajamouli became 2nd director to have 3 industry hits, those being Magadheera, Baahubali: The Beginning, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Gopal's career hit a rough patch when his subsequent ventures like Palnati Brahmanayudu with Balakrishna and Narasimhudu with Jr. NTR becoming disasters in box office. After a gap of four years, he directed Maska with Ram Pothineni which was released in 2009. The movie was commercially declared a hit. In 2011, it was announced that he would again collaborate with Balakrishna in a project called Hara Hara Mahadeva but the project got stalled after the launch.
- Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu – Samarasimha Reddy (1999).
- Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director - Prathidvani (1986).
|2||1986||Insaaf Ki Awaaz||Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Richa Sharma||Hindi|
|3||1987||Collector Gari Abbai||Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna||Telugu|
|4||1988||Raktha Tilakam||Venkatesh, Amala||Telugu|
|6||1989||Vijay||Akkineni Nagarjuna, Vijayashanti||Telugu|
|7||1989||State Rowdy||Chiranjeevi, Radha, Bhanupriya||Telugu|
|8||1989||Kanoon Apna Apna||Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit||Hindi|
|9||1990||Lorry Driver||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti||Telugu|
|10||1990||Bobbili Raja||Venkatesh, Divya Bharti||Telugu|
|11||1991||Assembly Rowdy||Mohan Babu, Divya Bharti||Telugu|
|13||1992||Brahma||Mohan Babu, Aishwarya, Shilpa Shirodkar||Telugu|
|14||1992||Rowdy Inspector||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti||Telugu|
|15||1993||Mechanic Alludu||Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti||Telugu|
|18||1995||Khaidhi Inspector||Suman, Maheswari||Telugu|
|19||1997||Collector Garu||Mohan Babu, Sakshi Sivanand||Telugu|
|20||1997||Adavilo Anna||Mohan Babu, Roja||Telugu|
|21||1999||Samarasimha Reddy||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Anjala Zaveri, Simran, Sanghavi||Telugu|
|22||2000||Ravanna||Dr. Rajasekhar, Soundarya||Telugu|
|23||2000||Vamsi||Mahesh Babu, Namrata Shirodkar||Telugu|
|24||2001||Narasimha Naidu||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Simran, Preeti Jhangiani||Telugu|
|25||2002||Allari Ramudu||N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Aarthi Agarwal||Telugu|
|26||2002||Indra||Chiranjeevi, Aarthi Agarwal, Sonali Bendre||Telugu|
|27||2003||Palnati Brahmanaidu||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Aarthi Agarwal, Sonali Bendre||Telugu|
|28||2004||Adavi Ramudu||Prabhas, Aarthi Agarwal||Telugu|
|29||2005||Narasimhudu||N. T. Rama Rao Jr, Ameesha Patel, Sameera Reddy||Telugu|
|30||2009||Maska||Ram, Hansika, Sheela||Telugu|
|31||2021||Aaradugula Bullet||Gopichand, Nayanthara||Telugu|
- "B. Gopal Video Interview". Guest Hour (Interview). Interviewed by TeluguOne. Youtube. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- "Adavi Ramudu". telugucinema. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2011.