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Kunchacko Boban (born 2 November 1976) is an Indian film actor, producer and businessman.[2] He works in the Malayalam film industry and has acted in nearly 100 films and received several awards including the Kerala State Film Awards.[3] He is the son of actor-director-producer Boban Kunchacko and grandson of director-producer Kunchacko, who established the film studio Udaya Pictures.[4]

Kunchacko Boban
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Born (1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 43)[1]
Alleppey, Kerala, India
ResidenceKochi, Kerala
Other namesChackochan
Alma materSB College, Changanacherry
SD College, Alleppey
  • Actor
  • producer
  • businessman
Years active1997–present
AwardsKerala State Film Awards

Kunchacko's debut was as a child in his father's film Dhanya (1981) at the age of four. He debuted as a hero in the 1997 romantic drama Aniyathipraavu, the film was a trendsetter and became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever.[5] Following the success of his debut movie, he starred in hugely successful films in the late 1990s. The romantic comedy film Niram (1999) was one of 1999's the highest-grossing Malayalam film. He continued to do films and established himself as a leading actor in the following years. Kunchacko won the Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention for his performance in the 2004 film Ee Snehatheerathu.[6] His career took a setback after few box office failures during the 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.[7] After his comeback, Kunchacko completely changed his chocolate boy and romantic hero image and was seen doing various different roles.[8] Later, he has raised his stardom back with commercially successful films and established himself as one of the popular lead actors of Mollywood.[9] 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 Malayalam cinema has ever seen.[10]

In 2016, Kunchacko produced the comedy drama film Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho through Udaya Pictures, in the process reviving the studio after a 30-year hiatus.[11] Beside films and business, Kunchacko also promotes social causes. In 2015, he opened Al Fasht Medical Centre in Sharjah, a medical centre providing comparatively low-cost health care for child behaviour, autism, and adult psychiatry.[12][13][14]

Early lifeEdit

Kunchacko Boban (also known as Chackochan) 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;[15] 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.[16] 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 and he has two younger sisters, Anu and Minu.[17] He graduated with first-class in B.Com from SB College, Changanacherry in 1997.[18]



Kunchacko was introduced into the Malayalam film industry by versatile director Fazil. His debut movie Aniathipravu (1997), co-starring Shalini, and directed by Fazil,[19] 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.|[20] 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.|[21] 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.|[22] 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 Super hit movies like Kasthooriman (2003)[23] and Swapnakkoodu (2003)[24] was also appreciated. The movie Ee Snehatheerathu earned him a Special Jury Award for his performances at the 2004 Kerala State Film Awards.[25]

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 movies such as Mummy & Me, Sakudumbam Shyamala and Lal Jose's Elsamma Enna Aankutty.[26]

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[27] and he won SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Malayalam. In the same year he acted again in successful films like Three Kings, Sevens and Doctor Love.[28] 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 200 million (US$1.6M, €1.2M, or £1M as of October 2013).[29] Mallu Singh is credited as 50th film of Kunchacko Boban. Ordinary and Mallu Singh of 2012.[30]

His started 2013 with Romans, which was a blockbuster at the box office and later, 3 Dots, God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam,[31] Kadhaveedu, Vishudhan and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum is regarded as the best comedy entertainer of 2013.[32]

Kunchacko Boban also gained critical acclaim for his performance, in films such as God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam(2013), Vishudhan(2013), Kadhaveedu(2013), How Old Are You (2014), 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.[33] 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.[34]

In 2016, Kunchacko revamped Udaya Pictures, the iconic Malayalam production house. Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho marked his debut as a producer under this new film outfit.[35]

The year 2017 saw three films, Take Off, Ramante Eden Thottam and Varnyathil Aashanka, earned him numerous accolades as a mature and versatile actor.[36]Take Off was produced in memory of the late director Rajesh Pillai and earned several awards in State, National and International competitions.[37][38] 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.[39] The film also happened to release on the 20th anniversary of his film debut Aniyathipravu.

He began 2018 with back-to-back successful films, Shikkari Shambhu, Kuttanadan Marpappa and Panchavarnathatha.[40] His next two releases were Mangalyam Thanthunanena and Johny Johny Yes Appa. His final release of the year was Lal Jose's Thattumpurath Achuthan.[41]

He began 2019 with movie Allu Ramendran, then again with movie Virus

Personal lifeEdit

Kunchako Boban married a fan of his, Priya Ann Samuel on 2 April 2005 at Little Flower Catholic Church, Ernakulam.[42] They became parents to a baby boy named Izahaak Kunchacko on 16 April 2019.[43][44] His son's baptism took place on 30 June 2019 and the event was attended by prominent personalities in the Malayalam film industry.[45]


No. Year Film Role Notes
1 1981 Dhanya As Child Artist
2 1997 Aniyathipravu Sudhish Kumar aka Sudhi Debut movie

Remade in Tamil as Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), remade in Telugu as Nenu Premisthunnanu (1998), remade in Hindi as Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998) and remade in Kannada as Preethigagi (2007)

3 1998 Mayilpeelikkavu Krishnanunni & Manu Double role
4 1998 Harikrishnans Sudarshanan Extended cameo role
5 1998 Nakshathrathaarattu Sunil
6 1999 Mazhavillu Mahesh Menon
7 1999 Chandamama Unni
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)
10 2000 Priyam Benny
11 2000 Ingane Oru Nilapakshi Charlie
12 2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Chandrahasan aka Chandru
13 2000 Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam Saji
14 2001 Dosth Vijay
15 2001 Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Jayakanthan
16 2002 Snehithan Joji / Anand
17 2002 Thillana Thillana Himself Cameo appearance
18 2002 Puthooramputhri Unniyarcha Aromalunni
19 2002 Kalyanaraman Unni Extended cameo role, 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)
23 2003 Mullavalliyum Thenmavum Shelly
24 2003 Mayamohithachandran Chandran Unreleased Film
25 2004 Jalothsavam Alackal Chandran
26 2004 Ee Snehatheerathu Vishwanathan Kerala State Special Jury Award
27 2005 Iruvattam Manavaatti Dr. Goutham
28 2005 Hridayathil Sookshikkan Sreenath
29 2005 Junior Senior Kichu Dubbed in Tamil as Sathyavan (2015)
30 2005 Five Fingers Manu Dubbed in Tamil as Five Fingers (2017)
31 2006 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Roy
32 2008 Twenty:20 Tom Guest appearance in song
33 2008 LollyPop Dr. Abey Dubbed in Tamil as Paasam
34 2009 Gulumal: The Escape Ravi Varma
35 2010 Mummy & Me Rahul Asianet Film Awards for Best Star Pair with Archana Kavi
36 2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala Akash
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
47 2011 Sandwich Sai
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
54 2013 3 Dots Vishnu
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)
58 2013 Vishudhan Fr. Sunny
59 2014 Konthayum Poonoolum Krishnan
60 2014 Polytechnic Pauly
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

63 2014 Bhaiyya Bhaiyya Babumon
64 2014 Cousins Sam Dubbed in Hindi as Cousins
65 2015 Chirakodinja Kinavukal Thayyalkaran (Tailor)/UK Karan (NRI)/Gulf Karan (NRI) Nominated – IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
66 2015 Madhura Naranga Jeevan
67 2015 Jamna Pyari Vassoottan
68 2015 Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Philipose John Varkey
69 2015 Rajamma at yahoo Michael Rajamma
70 2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Photographer
71 2016 Vettah Melvin Philip
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
81 2018 Poomaram Himself Cameo appearance
82 2018 Kuttanadan Marpappa John Paul aka Marpappa
83 2018 Panchavarnathatha MLA Kalesh
84 2018 Mangalyam Thanthunanena Royichan
85 2018 Johny Johny Yes Appa Johny
86 2018 Thattumpurath Achuthan Achuthan
87 2019 Praana Editor Sreekanth Voice Over
88 2019 Allu Ramendran Ramendran
89 2019 Virus Dr. Suresh Rajan
90 2019 Pada TBA Kamal K M Film (Post Production)
91 2019 Anjaam Pathiraa Dr. Anwar Hussain Midhun Manuel Thomas Film (Post Production)
92 2019 Untitled "Jis Joy" Film Krishnan Unni Filming in Progress
93 2020 Untitled "Shaheed Kader" Film Pre Production
94 2020 Untitled "Martin Prakkat" Film Announced
95 2020 Untitled "Johnpaul George" Film Announced
96 2020 Untitled "Soubin Shahir" Film Announced
97 2020 Untitled Dijo Jose Antony Film Announced
98 2020 2403 ft Jude Anthany Joseph Film (Pre-production)


Year Title Role Channel Ref
2018 Nayika Nayakan Mentor Mazhavil Manorama [46]
2019 Mazhavil Entertainment Awards Host Mazhavil Manorama [47]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Kerala State Film Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards
Asiavision Awards
IIFA Utsavam
Asianet Film Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
Mathrubhumi Film Awards
Asianet Comedy Awards
  • 2017: Versatile Actor – various films[52]
Jai Hind TV Awards
  • 2013: Popular Actor
North American Film Awards
Queensland Indian International Film Festival
Ramu Kariat Awards
  • 2010: Popular Actor – various films
Vayalar Rama Varma Awards
Kerala Kaumudi Awards
  • 2010: Youth Icon – various film
Film Life Awards
Malayala Puraskar Samiti
Amrita FEFKA Film Awards
NANA Film Awards
Jayan Smaraka Award


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