Unni Mukundan

Unnikrishnan Mukundan commonly known as Unni Mukundan (born 22 September 1987) is an Indian film actor, who predominantly appears in Malayalam films.[3] He has also acted in a few Tamil and Telugu films.

Unni Mukundan
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Unni Mukundan
Born
Unnikrishnan g Mukundan

(1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 32)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor,Singer
Years active2011–present
Home townTrichur, Kerala
Parents
  • Mukundan Nair (father)
  • Roji Mukundan (mother)

Unni Mukundan made his acting debut with the Tamil film Seedan (2011), a remake of Nandanam (2002).[4] After playing several small roles, Unni got his breakthrough with his lead role in Vysakh's action comedy Mallu Singh (2012).[5] Later, he went on to do major roles in several Malayalam films including commercially successful films like KL 10 Patthu (2015), Style(2016) and Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya (2016).[6] He made his Telugu debut with the 2016 film Janatha Garage.[7]

Unni Mukundan made his debut as a lyricist and singer with the film Achayans.[8] He has also sponsored road safety measures by appearing in the motor vehicle department's advertisements.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Unni Mukundan was born to a Malayali family on 22 September 1987 as the son of Mukundan Nair and Roji Mukundan.[10] He has an elder sister named Karthika.[11] Even though he is a Malayali by birth, he was brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[12] In his early days, he used to work with Motif, now known as TTEC.[13]

Acting careerEdit

Debut and initial success (2011–2013)Edit

In 2011, Unni made his film debut in Tamil film Seedan, a remake of the Malayalam film Nandanam.[14] Unni entered the Malayalam film industry through Bombay March 12[15] alongside Mammootty, directed by Babu Janardhanan. For his performance in Bombay March 12, he was adjudged best newcomer by SIIMA, Asianet Film Awards, Asiavision, Jaihind TV, Amrita TV and Vanitha Film Awards. He played a supporting role in Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty, directed by T. K. Rajeev Kumar.[16][17][18][19]

Unni got his turning point from the Movie Mallu Singh (2012) directed by Vyshakh. The movie became a huge hit and ran over 100 days.[20] He did cameo appearances in movies Theevram and Hitlist. In the same year, he appeared in Ezham Suryan and I love Me directed by B Unnikrishnan.[21][22] His action sequences where well acclaimed by the audience.

In 2013 he appeared in Ithu Pathiramanal and Orissa, both directed by M Padmakumar.[23] Also he was seen in D Company an anthology of three independently shot action films.[24]

Breakthrough (2014–present)Edit

In 2014, he appeared in The Last Supper directed by Vinil turned out to be a flop. But in the same year, he made a comeback by playing one of the titular role along with Dulquer Salmaan in super hit movie Vikramadithyan directed by Lal Jose.[25][26] A critic from Ibtimes wrote "Unni Mukundan has made a massive comeback with this Lal Jose directorial. He nailed his character as Vikraman, a young man with well controlled emotions and realistic attitudes".[27]

In 2015, he was seen in supporting role in the Mammootty starrer Fireman directed by Deepu Karunakaran.[28] Same year, he played the lead role in the movie Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander as Jordan, the son of Alexander who was the protagonist in the prequel.[29] He next release was KL 10 Patthu written and directed by debutant Muhsin Parari.[30]

In 2016, he did action thriller movie Style which turned out to be a decent commercial entertainer.[31] He was then seen in critically acclaimed movie Kaattum Mazhayum and fantasy romantic comedy film Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya.[32] He made his Telugu debut with the film Janatha Garage in an antagonistic role as Raghava, son of Sathyam (Mohanlal).[33] The film was both commercial success and critically acclaimed. It was the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year.[34]

In 2017 film Achayans, he made his debut as a lyricist and singer.[35][36] He played one of the lead role along with Jayaram and Adil Ibrahim in the movie and it turned out to be a commercial success.[37] In the same year, he was seen in another multi hero movie Avarude Raavukal along with Asif Ali which received mixed reviews.[38] In August of the same year Clint with director Harikumar was released, in which he played the role of Joseph, father of Edmund Thomas Clint, a child prodigy known for having drawn over 25,000 paintings during his short life of seven years. He was seen in two different looks as a 35-year old and a 73-year-old man in the film.[39] For this film he received Ramu Kariat Movie Award for the Best Actor.[40] His last release of 2017 was Mammootty starrer Masterpiece in which he played the villain role and Tharangam in which he played an extended cameo.[41]

In 2018, he did Tamil-Telugu Bilingual film Bhaagamathie along with Anuskha Shetty which turned out to be both commercial success and critically acclaimed.[42][43] His next releases were two thriller movies Ira and Chanakyathanthram.[44] Both the films received positive reviews and was commercially successful.[45]

His first release of 2019 was Haneef Adeni's Mikhael, in which he portrayed the role of antagonist Marco Jr.[46]

Upcoming MoviesEdit

His upcoming releases include historical drama Mamangam along with Mammootty.[47][48] He will be also seen in Vishnu Mohan's Meppadiyan which is based on true events.[49][50] He has also signed in to play the lead role in movie Chocolate:Retold.[51][52]

FilmographyEdit

  • All films are in Malayalam, except where noted.

As actorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Seedan Mano Tamil film; Credited as Jai Krishna
Bombay March 12 Shahjahan
Bangkok Summer Madhavan Voice Dubbed By Saran
2012 Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Suryan
Mallu Singh Hari Narayan (Hareender Singh) Voice Dubbed By Midhun Ramesh
Theevram Himself Cameo appearance
Ezham Suryan Chitrabhanu Voice Dubbed By Sarath Das
I Love Me Savy First Independent Voice
The Hit List CI Ajai Kumar Guest appearance
2013 Ithu Pathiramanal Eldho
Orissa Christhuraj
D Company (Gangs of Vadakkumnathan segment) Sarath
2014 The Last Supper Alby
Vikramadithyan Vikram Shenoy
RajadhiRaja Bridegroom Cameo appearance[53]
2015 Fireman Shahjahan
Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Jordan
KL 10 Patthu Ahmad
2016 Style Tom
Kaattum Mazhayum Jayanarayanan
Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya Prakashan
Janatha Garage Raghava Sathyam Telugu film; Telugu debut[54]
2017 Achayans Tony Vavachan

Also Lyrics and Playback Singing "anuragam puthu mazha pole"[55]

Avarude Raavukal Siddharth
Clint Joseph
Tharangam Reghu Cameo appearance
Masterpiece John Thekkan
2018 Bhaagamathie Shakti Bilingual film (Tamil, Telugu)[56]
Ira Rajiv
Chanakya Thanthram Arjun Ram Mohan
2019 Mikhael Marco Jr.
My Great Grandfather Sam Christy Cameo appearance
Pathinettam Padi Ajith Kumar IAS Cameo appearance[57]
Mamangam Chandroth Panicker
2020 Meppadiyan Jayakrishnan Pre-Production
Chocolate:Retold Abhimanyu Pre-Production[58]
Untitled TBA Tamil film; Pre-Production[59]

As playback singerEdit

Year Title Song / Voice Ref(s)
2017 Achayans Anuraagam Puthumazha Pole [60]
2018

Chanakya Thanthram

Etho Vazhithaarayil [61]
Oru Kuttanadan Blog Chaarathu Nee [62]
2020 Shylock (2020 film) Ek tha boss

As lyricistEdit

Year Title Song / Voice Notes Ref(s)
2017 Achayans Anuraagam Puthumazha Pole Co-writer with Ratheesh Vega [63]

As Assistant DirectorEdit

Year Film Director Ref(s)
2018 Oru Kuttanadan Blog Sethu [64]

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Film Source
2011 Asianet Film Awards Best New Face of the year Bombay March 12 [65]
Asiavision Movie Awards Best Promising Newcomer [66]
Vanitha Film Awards Best New Face [67]
Jaihind TV Film Awards Best Newcomer of the year [68]
Amrita TV Film Awards Best Debut actor [69]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actor (Malayalam) [70]
2013 Pravasi Express Awards Youth Icon Mallu Singh [71]
2017 Anand TV Awards 2017 UK Youth Icon Achayans [72]
Red fm Malayalam Music Awards 2017 Best Star singer [73]
Ramu Kariat Movie Awards Best Actor Clint (film) [74]
2019 Creative Film Awards Best Actor in negative role Mikhael [75]
2020 Ramu Karyat award Best second actor Mamankam
Asianet Film Awards Youth Icon Mamankam,Mikhael

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