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Unnikrishnan Mukundan commonly known as Unni Mukundan (born 22 September 1987) is an Indian film actor, who predominantly appears in Malayalam films.[3]

Unni Mukundan
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Born
Unnikrishnan Mukundan

(1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 31)
ResidenceOttappalam, Kerala[2]
OccupationFilm actor, lyricist, Singer
Years active2011–present
Home townTrichur, Kerala
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
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. He made his Telugu debut with the 2016 film Janatha Garage.[6]

Unni Mukundan made his debut as a lyricist and singer with the film Achayans.[7] He has also sponsored road safety measures by appearing in the motor vehicle department's advertisements.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Unni Mukundan was born to a Malayali family on 22 September 1987 as the son of Mukundan Nair and Roji Mukundan.[9] He has an elder sister named Karthika.[10] Even though he is a Malayali by birth, he was brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[11] In his early days, he used to work with Motif, now known as TTEC.[12]

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.[13] Unni entered the Malayalam film industry through Bombay March 12[14] 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.[15][16][17][18]

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.[19] 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.[20][21] His action sequences where well acclaimed by the audience.

In 2013 he appeared in Ithu Pathiramanal and Orissa, both directed by M Padmakumar.[22] Also he was seen in D Company an anthology of three independently shot action films.[23]

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.[24][25] 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".[26]

In 2015, he was seen in supporting role in the Mammootty starrer Fireman directed by Deepu Karunakaran.[27] 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.[28] He next release was KL 10 Patthu written and directed by debutant Muhsin Parari.[29]

In 2016, he did action thriller movie Style which turned out to be a decent commercial entertainer.[30] He was then seen in critically acclaimed movie Kaattum Mazhayum and fantasy romantic comedy film Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya.[31] He made his Telugu debut with the film Janatha Garage in an antagonistic role as Raghava, son of Sathyam (Mohanlal).[32] The film was both commercial success and critically acclaimed. It was the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year.[33]

In 2017 fim Achayans, he made his debut as a lyricist and singer.[34][35] 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.[36] In the same year, he was seen in another multi hero movie Avarude Raavukal along with Asif Ali which received mixed reviews.[37] 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.[38] For this film he received Ramu Kariat Movie Award for the Best Actor.[39] 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.[40]

In 2018, he did Tamil-Telugu Bilingual film Bhaagamathie along with Anuskha Shetty which turned out to be both commercial success and critically acclaimed.[41][42] His next releases were two thriller movies Ira and Chanakyathanthram.[43] Both the films received positive reviews and was commercially successful.[44]

His first release of 2019 was Haneef Adeni's Mikhael, in which he portrayed the role of antagonist Marco Jr.[45]

Upcoming MoviesEdit

His upcoming releases include historical drama Mamangam along with Mammootty.[46][47] He will be also seen in Vishnu Mohan's Meppadiyan which is based on true events.[48][49] He has also signed in to play the lead role in movie Chocolate:Retold.[50][51]

FilmographyEdit

As actorEdit

Sl.No. Year Title Role Director Language Notes
1 2011 Seedan Mano Ramalingam Subramaniam Siva Tamil
2 Bombay March 12 Shahjahan Babu Janardhanan Malayalam
3 Bangkok Summer Madhavan Pramod Pappan Malayalam
4 2012 Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Suryan T. K. Rajeev Kumar Malayalam
5 Mallu Singh Hari Narayan Vysakh Malayalam
6 Theevram Himself Roopesh Peethambaran Malayalam Cameo appearance
7 Ezham Suryan Chitrabhanu Njanasheelan Malayalam
8 I Love Me Savy B. Unnikrishnan Malayalam
9 The Hit List CI Ajai Kumar Bala Malayalam Guest appearance
10 2013 Ithu Pathiramanal Eldho M. Padmakumar Malayalam
11 Orissa Christhuraj M. Padmakumar Malayalam
12 D Company (Gangs of Vadakkumnathan segment) Sarath Diphan Malayalam
13 2014 The Last Supper Alby Vinil Malayalam
14 Vikramadithyan Vikram Shenoy Lal Jose Malayalam
15 RajadhiRaja Bridegroom Ajai Vasudev Malayalam Cameo appearance[52]
16 2015 Fireman Shahjahan Deepu Karunakaran Malayalam
17 Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Jordan Perarasu Malayalam
18 Oru Vadakkan Selfie Hari Narayan Prajith Malayalam Photo Presence[53]
19 KL 10 Patthu Ahmad Muhsin Parari Malayalam
20 2016 Style Tom Binu S Malayalam
21 Kaattum Mazhayum Jayanarayanan Harikumar Malayalam
22 Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya Prakashan Sajan K Mathew Malayalam
23 Janatha Garage Raghava Sathyam Koratala Siva Telugu Telugu debut[54]
24 2017 Achayans Tony Vavachan Kannan Thamarakulam Malayalam

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

25 Avarude Raavukal Siddharth Shanil Muhammed Malayalam
26 Clint Joseph Harikumar Malayalam
27 Tharangam Reghu Dominic Arun Malayalam Extended cameo
28 Masterpiece John Thekkan Ajai Vasudev Malayalam
29 2018 Bhaagamathie Shakti G. Ashok Telugu
Tamil
[56]
30 Ira Rajiv Saiju S S Malayalam
31 Chanakya Thanthram Arjun Ram Mohan Kannan Thamarakkulam Malayalam
32 2019 Mikhael Marco Jr. Haneef Adeni Malayalam
33 My Great Grandfather Sam Christy Aneesh Anwar Malayalam Cameo appearance
34 Pathinettam Padi Ajith Kumar IAS Shankar Ramakrishnan Malayalam Cameo appearance[57]
35 Mamangam Chandroth Panicker M. Padmakumar Malayalam Post-Production
36 Meppadiyan TBA Vishnu Mohan Malayalam Pre-Production
37 Chocolate:Retold Abhimanyu Binu Peter Malayalam Pre-Production[58]
38 Untitled TBA Tamil 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]

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]

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