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Kunchacko Boban (born 2 November 1976) is an Indian film actor, producer and businessman.He works in the Malayalam film industry and has acted in nearly 100 films and has received several awards including the Kerala State Film Awards. He is the son of actor-director-producer Boban Kunchacko and grandson of director-producer Kunchacko, who established the film studio Udaya Pictures.
|Born||2 November 1976|
|Alma mater||SB College, Changanacherry|
SD College, Alleppey
|Years active||1997 – present|
Priya Ann Samuel (m. 2005)
|Awards||Kerala State Film Awards|
Kunchacko's debut was as a child in his father's film Dhanya (1981) at the age of four. He acted in a leading role in the 1997 romantic drama Aniyathipraavu and received an early breakthrough, the film turned to be the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, making Kunchacko an overnight sensation. Following the success of his debut movie, he starred in hugely successful films in the late 1990s. The film Niram (1999), which was one of 1999’s the highest-grossing Malayalam film and the film was raised Kunchacko Boban's stardom to a "superstar" level and he continued to do successful films and established himself as a successful leading actor in the following years. Kunchacko won the Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention for his performance in the 2004 film Ee Snehatheerathu. His career took a setback after few box office failures during mid-2000s. He took a break from films and concentrated on business.
He made a successful comeback in 2009 with the comedy movie Gulumal: The Escape, which was well received. After his comeback, Kunchacko completely changed his chocolate boy image and was seen doing various different roles such as comic, negative, and serious. Later, he has raised his stardom back with commercially successful films. Addition to his acting career, he is also a naturally gifted dancer and has his own style of dancing, Kunchacko Boban ranks among the best dancers that the Malayalam cinema has ever seen.
Beside, films and business, Kunchacko also promotes social causes. In 2015, he opened Al Fasht Medical Centre in Sharjah, a medical centre for child behaviour, autism, and adult psychiatry, providing comparatively low-cost health care.
Kunchacko Boban was born in a Christian Catholic family at Alleppey, Kerala. He hails from the Maliampurakal family, who is credited with owning the first film studio in Kerala, Udaya Studios; his great grandfather, Maliampurakal Mani Chacko, started the first boat service in Kuttanadu. He is the grandson of film producer Kunchacko, who also established Udaya Studios. He is also the grandnephew of Navodaya Appachan of Navodaya Studios. Boban is a relative of Jijo Punnose, also a film director. His father, Boban Kunchacko, was also an actor, director, and producer who was part of a few films produced by Udaya. Kunchacko's mother Molly is a housewife. He has two younger sisters, Anu and Minu.
Kunchacko was introduced into the Malayalam film industry by versatile director Fazil. His debut movie Aniathipravu (1997), co-starring Shalini, and directed by Fazil, the film turned to be the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever and Kunchacko Boban's performance as Sudhi, the lead character was well-received by young audiences and families. Following the success of Aniathipravu, Kunchacko was cast in movies such as Nakshathrathaarattu (1998), Mayilpeelikkavu (1998) and Niram (1999), which was one of 1999’s the highest-grossing Malayalam film and the film was raised Kunchacko Boban's stardom to a "superstar" level. The actor reunited with his debut film’s director Fazil in Harikrishnans, where he played a cameo, which marked the reunion of Mohanlal and Mammootty after nine years and it was the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year. Then came again with commercially successful movies such as Priyam (2000), Sathyam Sivam Sundaram (2000), Dosth (2001), Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001) and Kalyanaraman (2002). His performances in the superhit movies like Kasthooriman (2003) and Swapnakkoodu (2003) were also appreciated by critics. The movie Ee Snehatheerathu earned him a Special Jury Award for his performances at the 2004 Kerala State Film Awards.
In 2005, after his marriage, he took a break from movies.
Kunchacko Boban returned to films in 2008 with a special appearance in a song in Twenty:20 and later acted in Shafi's LollyPop. His real comeback was in the movie Gulumal, directed by popular ad filmmaker and director V. K. Prakash. Gulumal was followed by a string of successful films which established him as one of the most successful actors of the last decade. He played the lead role in hit movies such as Mummy & Me, Sakudumbam Shyamala and Lal Jose's Elsamma Enna Aankutty.
In 2011, he played the central character in the film Traffic. The film's success and wide critical acclaim ushered in a trend that followed in Malayalam cinema, dubbed the "New generation movies". This was followed by another film Seniors where for the first time he took on a negative role playing a criminal, which was a blockbuster at the box office and he won SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Malayalam. In same year he acted again in successful films like Three Kings, Sevens and Doctor Love. He also won the Youth Icon award at Asianet Film Awards.
In 2012, he was featured in three films, Spanish Masala, Ordinary and Mallu Singh. In Spanish Masala he played a full length negative role which had Dileep as main lead. Ordinary had a high opening at the Kerala box office and had 10,000 showings in theatres before reaching the 50-day mark and took in over ₹20 crore (US$1.6M, €1.2M, or £1M as of October 2013[update]). and Mallu Singh is credited as 50th film of Kunchacko Boban. Ordinary and Mallu Singh are the biggest hits of 2012.
His started 2013 with Romans, which was a blockbuster at the box office and later, 3 Dots, God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam, Kadhaveedu, Vishudhan and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum is regarded as the best comedy entertainer of 2013.
Kunchacko Boban also gained critical acclaim for his performance, in films such as God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam, Vishudhan, Kadhaveedu, How Old Are You (2015) , Madhura Naranga (2015), Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (2015) and Vettah (2016).
He was also a part of Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal, directed by Dr. Biju, was an eye-opener on how the use of endosulfan affected Northern Kerala villages.The film was screened at the United Nations and was also selected for many world-famous film festivals including the Toronto Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, and International Film Festival of India. Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal earned the national award for Best Film made on environmental preservation.
The year 2017 saw three films, Take Off, Ramante Eden Thottam and Varnyathil Aashanka, earned him numerous accolades as a mature and versatile actor.Take Off was produced in memory of the late director Rajesh Pillai and earned several awards in State, National and International competitions.  The characters of these films earned him the Family Hero award at the Vanitha Film Awards and Best Actor critics award at the Asianet Film Awards. The film also happened to release on the 20th anniversary of his film debut Aniyathipravu.
He began 2018 with three back-to-back superhit films, Shikkari Shambhu, Kuttanadan Marpappa and Panchavarnathatha. His next two releases were Mangalyam Thanthunanena and Johny Johny Yes Appa. His final release of the year was Lal Jose's Thattumpurath Achuthan.
He began 2019 with hit movie Allu Ramendran.
Kunchako Boban married a fan of his, Priya Ann Samuel on 2 April 2005 at Little Flower Catholic Church, Ernakulam. They became parents to a baby boy named Izahaak Kunchacko on April 16, 2019.
|1||1981||Dhanya||As Child Artist|
|2||1997||Aniyathipravu||Sudhish Kumar aka Sudhi||Debut movie|
|3||1998||Mayilpeelikkavu||Krishnanunni & Manu||Double role|
|4||1998||Harikrishnans||Sudarshanan||Extended cameo role|
|8||1999||Prem Poojari||Prem Jacob||Dubbed in Tamil as Vazhthukirean (2001)|
|9||1999||Niram||Abey||Remade in Telugu as Nuvve Kavali (2000), remade in Tamil as Piriyadha Varam Vendum (2001), remade in Kannada as Ninagagi (2002) and remade in Hindi as Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003)|
|11||2000||Ingane Oru Nilapakshi||Charlie|
|12||2000||Sathyam Sivam Sundaram||Chandrahasan aka Chandru|
|15||2001||Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka||Jayakanthan|
|16||2002||Snehithan||Joji / Anand|
|17||2002||Thillana Thillana||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|19||2002||Kalyanaraman||Unni||Remade in Telugu as Kalyanaramudu (2003)|
|20||2003||Kasthoorimann||Sajan Joseph Alukka||Remade in Tamil under the same title and Dubbed in Telugu as Nindu Manasulu|
|21||2003||Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam||Aniyan Kuttan|
|22||2003||Swapnakoodu||Deepu Narayan||Dubbed in Tamil as Moonram Pirai (2003)|
|26||2004||Ee Snehatheerathu||Vishwanathan||Kerala State Special Jury Award|
|27||2005||Iruvattam Manavaatti||Dr. Goutham|
|29||2005||Junior Senior||Kichu||Dubbed in Tamil as Sathyavan (2015)|
|30||2005||Five Fingers||Manu||Dubbed in Tamil as Five Fingers (2017)|
|32||2008||Twenty:20||Tom||Guest appearance in song|
|34||2009||Gulumal: The Escape||Ravi Varma|
|35||2010||Mummy & Me||Rahul||Asianet Film Awards for Best Star Pair with Archana Kavi|
|37||2010||Elsamma Enna Aankutty||Unnikrishnan aka Paalunni||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam|
|38||2010||Oridathoru Postman||Reghu Nandan|
|39||2010||Four Friends||Suriya||Dubbed in Tamil as Anbulla Kamal (2015)|
|40||2010||Traffic||Dr. Abel Thariyan||Remade in Tamil as Chennaiyil Oru Naal (2013), remade in Kannada as Crazy Star (2014) and remade in Hindi as Traffic (2016)|
|41||2011||Makeup Man||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|42||2011||Race||Dr. Abey John||Dubbed in Telugu as Game|
|43||2011||Seniors||Rex Immanuel||SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Malayalam |
Asianet film Awards - Youth Icon of the Year (various films of 2011)
|44||2011||Three Kings||Ramanunni Raja aka Ram|
|45||2011||Sevenes||Shyam||Dubbed in Telugu as Sevens (2013)|
|46||2011||Doctor Love||Vinayachandran aka Vinayan|
|48||2012||Spanish Masala||Rahul||Full length negative role|
|49||2012||Ordinary||Iravikuttan Pillai aka Iravi||Remade in Tamil as Jannal Oram (2013) , remade in Telugu as Right Right (2016)|
|50||2012||Mallu Singh||Ani||50th Film
Dubbed in Punjabi as Sardar Mallu Singh (2014) and dubbed in Hindi as Action King Mallu Singh (2017)
|51||2012||101 Weddings||Krishnankutty aka Krish|
|52||2012||Poppins||Major Prathap Varma|
|53||2013||Romans||Akash / Fr. Paul||Asianet film Awards - Special Jury Award|
|55||2013||God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam||Prasannan Nair/Poornanada Swami|
|56||2013||Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum||Adu Gopan aka Chakka Gopan||Asianet Film Awards - Special Jury Award|
|57||2013||Kadhaveedu||Raj Karthik||Dubbed in Tamil as Asayin Ellai (2018)|
|61||2014||Law Point||Adv. Sathya|
|62||2014||How Old Are You||Rajeev||Asianet Film Awards - Youth Icon of the Year (various films of 2014)
Remade in Tamil as 36 Vayadhinile
|65||2015||Chirakodinja Kinavukal||Thayyalkaran (Tailor)/UK Karan (NRI)/Gulf Karan (NRI)||Nominated - IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role|
|68||2015||Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi||Philipose John Varkey|
|69||2015||Rajamma at yahoo||Michael Rajamma|
|70||2015||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal||Photographer|
|72||2016||Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti||Vinayan|
|73||2016||Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum||Pranav Menon|
|74||2016||School Bus||SI Gopakumar|
|75||2016||Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho||Kochauvva||Also producer|
|76||2017||Take Off||Shaheed||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Malayalam |
Asianet Critics Award for Best Actor (also for Ramante Eden Thottam & Varnyathil Aashanka)
Dubbed in Hindi as Victory (2018)
|77||2017||Ramante Eden Thottam||Ram Menon aka Raman||Asianet Critics Award for Best Actor|
|78||2017||Varnyathil Aashanka||Koutta Sivan||Asianet Critics Award for Best Actor|
|79||2018||Diwanjimoola Grand Prix||Sajan Joseph IAS|
|80||2018||Shikkari Shambhu||Peelipose aka Peeli|
|82||2018||Kuttanadan Marpappa||John Paul aka Marpappa|
|85||2018||Johny Johny Yes Appa||Johny|
|87||2019||Praana||Editor Sreekanth||Voice Over|
|89||2019||Virus||Dr. Suresh Rajan||Filiming|
|90||2019||Untitled Kamal K M Film||Pre Production|
|91||2019||Untitled "Shaheed Kader" Film||Pre Production|
|92||2019||Untitled Jis Joy Film||Pre Production|
|93||2019||Untitled "Johnpaul George" Film||Pre Production|
|94||2019||Untitled "Soubin Shahir" Film||Pre Production|
|95||2019||Untitled Dijo Jose Antony Film||Pre Production|
|2018||Nayika Nayakan||Mentor||Mazhavil Manorama|
|2019||Mazhavil Entertainment Awards||Host||Mazhavil Manorama|
- 2010 – Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam for Elsamma Enna Aankutty
- 2018 - Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Malayalam - Take Off
- 2016 - Man of the Year for various films
IIFA Utsavam Awards
- 2016 – Nominated – Best Actor In A Negative Role – Malayalam for Chirakodinja Kinavukal
- 2018 – Best Actor critics for Take Off, Ramante Edanthottam and Varnyathil Aashanka
- 2014 – Youth Icon of the Year for various films
- 2012 – Special Jury Award for Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum, Romans
- 2011 – Youth Icon of the Year for various films
- 2010 – Best Star Pair Award with actress Archana Jose Kavi for Mummy & Me
- 2010 - Best Star Pair Award with actress Archana Jose Kavi for Mummy & Me
- 2018 - Best Family Hero for various films
- 2017 - Versatile Actor for various films
Jai Hind TV Awards
- 2013 - Popular Actor for various films
North American Film Awards
- 2017 - Best Social Committed Movie Producer for Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho
- 2018 - Popular Hero of the Year for Take Off, Ramante Edanthottam
Ramu Kariat Awards
- 2011 - Popular Actor for various films
Vayalar Rama Varma Awards
- 2010 - Best Actor for Elsamma Enna Aankutty
Kerala Kaumudi Awards
- 2010 - Youth Icon for various films
Malayala Puraskar Samiti
Amrita FEFKA Film Awards
- 2011 - Yuva Keerthi Award for various films
Amrita TV Film Award
NANA Film Awards
- 2010 - Special Jury Award for Elsamma Enna Aankutty
Jayan Smaraka Award
- 2010 - Best Young Actor for Elsamma Enna Aankutty
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