Shine Tom Chacko

Shine Tom Chacko (born 15 September 1983) is an Indian actor and former assistant director who works in Malayalam cinema.[2] After working as an assistant to director Kamal for about 9 years, he forayed into acting through the film, Gaddama. [3][4]He played supporting roles in several films including Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Chapters, Annayum Rasoolum and Masala Republic and played his first lead role in Binu S Kalady's fantasy-comedy film Ithihasa (2014) which dealt with body-swapping.[5]

Shine Tom Chacko
Born (1983-09-15) 15 September 1983 (age 39)
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Alma materSt. Thomas College, Thrissur
Years active2002–present
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)

Film careerEdit

Shine started his career as an assistant director to Kamal in the early 2000's. He has completed his B.Com degree from St. Thomas College, Thrissur. He worked nearly 10 years with Kamal and during this time, Shine had showed his face in one of the scenes as a man sitting in a bus in the 2002 film Nammal directed by Kamal.[6] Shine made his acting debut in 2011 with Kamal's Gaddama. He portrayed the role of an immigrant, who is tortured and treated like a slave in a desert of Saudi Arabia. He played a notable role in Sunil Ibrahim's Chapters (2012). However the movie was a failure at box office. After playing some usual sidekick and other minor roles in movies such as Annayum Rasoolum (2013) and Ee Adutha Kaalathu (2012); Shine got his breakthrough with the 2014 fantasy comedy Ithihasa directed by Binu Sadanandan. Shine played the lead role in the film which deals with body swapping and it turned out to be of the highest grossing Malayalam movies in 2014.[7] He was praised for his strong negative shade role in Kammatipaadam (2016). The same year he played a notable role in Annmariya Kalippilaanu. Shine played the lead roles as Antony in Dum and Kinder in Popcorn, both released in 2016. However, both movies were not successful at the box office.[8]

In 2017, Shine played some notable roles in movies such as Godha, Tiyaan, Varnyathil Aashanka, Parava and Mayanadhi.[9] Shine played the lead role in Who (2018) which is the first Malayalam movie dealing with time travel.[10] Same year, he played a lead role in Ottakkoru Kamukan, which received mixed reviews from critics.

Shine's villainous performance in Ishq (2019) was critically acclaimed despite the movie receiving negative reviews from most critics.[11][12] He portrayed Alwin, a moral police who intervenes in the privacy of a couple. The Hindu described Alwin as one of the most despicable villainous roles in Malayalam cinema of the decade.[13] He played a lead role in the fantasy comedy Mask, which also deals with body swapping. Shine's performance in Khalid Rahman's black comedy Unda (2019) was appraised. Some critics listed Unda as one of the best Malayalam movies of the decade.[14]

In 2020, Shine had notable roles in Bhoomiyile Manohara Swakaryam and Maniyarayile Ashokan. The same year he played the lead role in Khalid Rahman's thriller Love, which received mixed reviews. The movie had a late release in India on 29 January 2021.[15] In 2021, he played as police officer in Operation Java and Wolf. Both movies were critically acclaimed.[16] He also had a notable role in Anugraheethan Antony. Shine has also a notable role in the latest OTT release Kuruthi starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Roshan Mathew and more.[17] He further received critical acclaim and likes of the audience for his performance in Kurup 2021.

In 2022, he appeared in critically acclaimed Veyil, Bheeshma Parvam and Pada.

Shine made his Tamil debut with Beast, an action drama starring Vijay and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles.[18]

Shine will also make his debut in Telugu with Dasara, an action drama starring Nani and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles.


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Malayalam language unless otherwise noted.
List of Shine Tom Chacko film credits
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Nammal Bus passenger First appearance
2011 Gaddama Basheer Film debut
Salt N' Pepper Dubbing director
2012 Ee Adutha Kaalathu Serial killer
Chapters Vinod aka Choonda
Da Thadiya Streetside Salesman
2013 Annayum Rasoolum Abu
5 Sundarikal Servant In the segment 'Gauri'
Arikil Oraal Alfred Cameo appearance
Kaanchi Vijayan
2014 Pakida Sunny
Hang Over Noor
Konthayum Poonoolum Martin
Masala Republic Sivan Kutty
Ithihasa Alvy Benedict
2015 Viswasam Athalle Ellam Jomon
Ottaal Boss
Saigal Paadukayaanu Chandra Babu
2016 Style Alvy Benedict Cameo appearance
Kammatipaadam Johny
Ann Maria Kalippilaanu Suku
Dooram Sam
Dum Anthony [19]
Popcorn Kinder [20][21]
Koppayile Kodumkaatu Appu
2017 Godha Kidilam Feroz
Prethamundu Sookshikuka 'Ethics' Babu
Tiyaan Jameel
Varnyathil Aashanka Pratheesh
Mannankattayum Kariyilayum Kishore
Avarude Raavukal Shine Cameo
Parava Rauf
Mayanadhi Shine Cameo
2018 Sakhavinte Priyasakhi
Kayamkulam Kochunni Kochu Pillai
Who John
Ottakoru Kaamukan Vinu
2019 Oru Kaatil Oru Paaykappal Ajith
Oru Nakshatramulla Akasham
Ishq Alwin
Mask Alby John
Unda Jojo Samson
My Santa Police officer Cameo
Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha Shine Cameo
2020 Bhoomiyile Manohara Swakaryam Alex John
Maniyarayile Ashokan Shaiju
Love Anoop
2021 Operation Java CI Jacob Mani
Anugraheethan Antony Sanjay Madhav
Wolf SI Jayan 50th film
Kuruthi Kareem Amazon Prime Video film[22]
Bhramam Shooter Amazon Prime Video film, Cameo
Kurup Bhasi Pillai
2022 Veyil Jomy Mathew
Bheeshma Parvam Peter
Pada Sadik Hasanar [23]
Beast Terrorist Tamil debut[24]
Panthrandu Pathro
Kochaal Pinker Babu
Adithattu Ambross
Thallumaala S.I. Reji
Kudukku Evan
Kumari Dhruvan
Padavettu Mohanan
Roy CI Ajit Easwar
Vichithram Jackson
Bharatha Circus
2023 Djinn Sudheep
Christopher DYSP George Kottrakkan [25]
Boomerang [26]
Iyer Kanda Dubai   TBA [27]
Dasara   Chinna Nambi Telugu debut[28]
Live   TBA [29]
TBA Aaraam Thirukalpana   TBA Post Production[30]
TBA Velleppam   Sakhavu Filming[citation needed]
TBA Adi   TBA Filming[citation needed]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Category Film Result
SIIMA Awards 2019 Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) Ishq Won[31]


On 31 January 2015, Shine Tom Chacko and four women were arrested in Kochi for allegedly possessing narcotics.[32] A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act was registered against him. He was later granted bail by the High Court of Kerala.[33][34]


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  3. ^ "Shine Tom assisted Kamal for 9 years! - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
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  8. ^ Kishore, Kevin (28 August 2016). "Dum movie review: No 'dum' in the story". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
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  11. ^ "Moral policing vs mindless violence: Why Malayalam film 'Ishq' is a disappointment". The News Minute. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Ishq moview review: A tense drama powered by strong performances". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  13. ^ Menon, Anasuya (23 September 2020). "'I thought I didn't have the looks to be an actor': Shine Tom Chacko". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  14. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (19 December 2019). "The 25 best Malayalam films of the decade: 'Premam', 'Maheshinte Prathikaram', 'Kumbalangi Nights' and more". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  15. ^ "'Love' movie review: A clever Hitchcockian puzzle". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Top 20 Malayalam Movies of 2021 | Best Malayalam Films 2021 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Kuruthi Review: A bold microcosmic view of society", The Times of India, retrieved 11 August 2021
  18. ^ "Popular Malayalam actor Shine Tom Chacko joins 'Thalapathy 65' - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  19. ^ "Shine Tom Chacko's DUM in Thiruvananthapuram". filmymalayalam. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  20. ^ POPCORN | Movie Details. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Popcorn's comic trailer with Kinder and Joyee". The Times of India. 11 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Shine Tom Chacko about his new film Kuruthi".
  23. ^ "Pada teaser shows Kunchacko-Joju-Vinayakan combo in a high tension drama". The News Minute. 22 August 2021.
  24. ^ "Shine Tom Chacko joins the shooting set of 'Beast'". The Times of India.
  25. ^ "Shine Tom Chacko to play the cop George Kottrakkan in Mammootty's 'Christopher' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  26. ^ "Samyuktha starrer 'Boomerang' gets a release date". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  27. ^ "Director M A Nishad To Make His Comeback To Malayalam Cinema With Iyer Kanda Dubai". News18. 17 January 2023. Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  28. ^ "Dasara teaser: Nani's action drama feels like Pushpa on steroids". The Indian Express. 30 January 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  29. ^ "First look of VK Prakash's Live out". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  30. ^ "Interview: Nithya Menen says 'When I look at a Shobana or Kanchana, that's completely not me'". Hindustan Times. 24 August 2022. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  31. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2021: Take A Look At The Full Winner's List". The Hans India. 19 September 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  32. ^ "Malayalam actor Chacko among 5 held on drug charge in Kochi". The Hindu. 31 January 2015.
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  34. ^ "ഞാന്‍ വീണത് മറ്റാര്‍ക്കോ വെച്ച വലയിലായിരിക്കാം; മനസ്സു തുറന്ന് ഷൈന്‍ ടോം ചാക്കോ". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 4 July 2019.

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