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Dulquer Salmaan
Dulquer Salmaan at Karwaan promotions (cropped).jpg
Salmaan promoting Karwaan in 2018
Born (1986-07-28) 28 July 1986 (age 33)[1]
Kochi, Kerala, India
NationalityIndian
Other namesDQ
Alma materPurdue University
Occupation
Years active2012–present
Height5'10
Spouse(s)
Amal Sufiya (m. 2011)
ChildrenMaryam Ameerah Salmaan (daughter)
Parent(s)Mammootty (father)
Sulfath (mother)
RelativesMaqbool Salmaan (cousin)
Websitewww.dulquer.com

Dulquer Salmaan (born 28 July 1986), is an Indian film actor, producer and playback singer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema, along with a few Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films. The son of actor Mammootty, Dulquer graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Purdue University, and worked as a business manager before pursuing a career in acting.

After a three-month acting course at the Barry John Acting Studio, he made his debut in the 2012 action drama Second Show, for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He received his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor nomination for his performance in Ustad Hotel (2012).

After the commercial success of the comedy ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi (2013) and the road thriller Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013), Salmaan appeared in the Tamil romantic comedy Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014). He then starred in the ensemble romantic drama Bangalore Days (2014), which ranks among the highest-grossing Malayalam films. He achieved further success in Tamil cinema with Mani Ratnam's critically and commercially successful romance O Kadhal Kanmani (2015). Subsequently, Salmaan garnered acclaim for portraying the title role in the 2015 romantic drama Charlie, winning him the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.

Salmaan married architect Amal Sufiya in 2011 with whom he has one daughter. Salmaan has been recognised in the media as a fashion icon.[2][3] He owns several entrepreneurship ventures and promotes various social causes.

Early life[edit]

Dulquer Salmaan was born on 28 July 1986 in Kochi, Kerala, India.[4] Salmaan is the second child of actor Mammootty and his wife Sulfath. He has an elder sister, Surumi. He completed his primary level education at Toc-H Public School, Vyttila, Kochi and his secondary level education at Sishya School in Chennai.[5] He then moved to the United States and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Purdue University. After graduation, he worked in the U.S. and later did an I.T.-related business in Dubai. He decided later to pursue a career in acting and attended a three-month course at the Barry John Acting Studio in Mumbai.[6] He stated in a 2012 interview that he chose acting because " ... somewhere down the lane, my life became monotonous and routine".[7]

Film career[edit]

Debut, breakthrough and stardom (2012–13)[edit]

In 2011, Salmaan signed on for debutante Srinath Rajendran's Second Show (2012) in which he played the role of Harilal, a gangster. When asked in an interview about his "unconventional entry with a bunch of newcomers", Salmaan stated that it was his conscious decision as he felt that " ... when an actor debuts, he has to earn the right to be a hero and not get it through a shortcut route."[7] The film received mixed reviews.[8] A critic for Sify stated, " ... it is Salmaan's amazing screen presence and a matured acting style that makes the movie an engaging watch",[9] while Paresh C Palicha of Rediff criticized his performance. "There is no denying that he looks dapper and has an attractive baritone (a gift of his gene pool). But that does not translate into good performance or acting."[10] The film was commercially successful and won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[11][12]

Salmaan next starred in Anwar Rasheed's Ustad Hotel (2012). The film, which received the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, was also a major success at the box office.[13] He also won praise for his portrayal of Faizy.[14] Anil R Nair, writing for The New Indian Express, stated, "The youthful and glamorous Dulquer has come out of his father’s shadow in the role of Faisi."[15] For his performance, Salmaan received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.[16] His third film was Theevram, a crime thriller directed by Roopesh Peethambaran. The film, which released on November 2012, received mixed reviews and was a box office failure.[17]

Salmaan at the 2013 Filmfare Awards South

In 2013, he signed on to appear in Martin Prakkat's comedy drama ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi in which he made his singing debut with "Johnny Mone Johnny". Both the song and the film became popular.[8][18] Though the film received mixed reviews, his performance was well received by critics. Sify stated: "it is Dulquer Salmaan's show all the way and in all fairness the young actor has given his heart and soul into his character."[19] He was also part of Amal Neerad's segment Kullante Bharya in the anthology film 5 Sundarikal (2013).[20] The film was critically acclaimed, with praise specially directed towards Kullante Bharya. Aswin J. Kumar of The Times of India wrote, " ... it's the tale of the nameless woman, 'Kullante Bharya' that stays with the viewer." He also praised Salmaan's performance as a photographer who was bound to his wheelchair.[21] Salmaan then collaborated with Sameer Thahir in Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013), a road movie.[22] The film and his performance was appreciated.[23] Salmaan starred in his "first love story", cinematographer Alagappan's romantic drama Pattam Pole (2013), co-starring debutante Malavika Mohanan. The film was a commercial failure.[18][24]

2014–present[edit]

In 2014, Salmaan took on another romantic role in Salalah Mobiles, with Nazriya Nazim opposite him; like Pattam Pole, Salalah Mobiles could not garner much success for the actor.[24] Salmaan's next appearance was in the Tamil-Malayalam bilingual Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014). While the Malayalam version Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram was received poorly, the Tamil version received positive reviews and became a sleeper hit.[25][26] IANS said Salmaan is "a treat to watch" and added, "he earns extra brownie points for dubbing in his own voice and speaking flawless Tamil."[27] He received his second Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for the film.[28]

In Anjali Menon's ensemble romantic comedy drama Bangalore Days (2014), Salmaan played Arjun with Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim as his cousins. The film received positive reviews and emerged as one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time, grossing around 500 million (US$7.2 million).[29] Later that year, he co-starred with Unni Mukundan in Lal Jose's Vikramadithyan. It was a commercial success.[25] He then performed in what he called his "most challenging film yet" in Renjith's Njaan (2014).[30] His performance received favorable reviews and earned him several accolades, including a second Best Actor nomination at Filmfare.[8][31]

In 2015, he acted opposite Nithya Menen in two films—Jenuse Mohamed's romantic comedy 100 Days of Love, and Mani Ratnam's Tamil romantic drama O Kadhal Kanmani.[32] The latter opened to positive reviews and became successful at the box office.[33] About Salmaan's performance, The Hindu's critic Baradwaj Rangan wrote: "Dulquer Salmaan checks off all boxes in the Can You Be The Next Madhavan? questionnaire", though he believed the film belonged primarily to Menen.[34] Salmaan next played the titular character in Martin Prakkat's Charlie (2015). The film generated a positive response from critics and received eight Kerala State Film Awards, with Salmaan receiving his first Best Actor Award.[35] He also received a third Best Actor nomination at Filmfare.[36]

Salmaan reunited with Sameer Thahir for his first release in 2016, Kali co-starring Sai Pallavi. When released, the film earned the highest opening day box office gross for a Malayalam film.[37] He then starred in Rajeev Ravi's crime drama Kammatipaadam (2016). The film garnered critical acclaim and became his third consecutive financial success in two years.[38]

He then appeared in Sathyan Anthikad's family drama Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017).[39] Despite comparisons with 2016 Malayalam drama Jacobinte Swargarajyam,[40] the film did well commercially.[41] His next appearance was in Amal Neerad's romantic action film Comrade In America (2017). The Hindu called it "Dulquer's big hit of 2017".[42] He then portrayed four roles in the bilingual anthology Solo (2017) directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The film was critically panned[43] and "faced immense backlash from the audience."[44]

He next featured in the bilingual Mahanati, a biopic on actress Savitri. His Telugu debut, the film opened to positive reviews from critics and enjoyed commercial success at the box office. Salmaan's portrayal of Gemini Ganeshan was also acclaimed.[45] Later that year, Salmaan made his Hindi debut with Karwaan. Though the film received "mixed response", Salmaan's performance was appreciated.[46]

In 2019, he starred in Oru Yamandan Premakadha a Malayalam romantic comedy film directed by B. C. Noufal.[47] His upcoming releases for 2019 includes Abhishek Sharma's film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel The Zoya Factor and Tamil-language romantic film Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal.[48][49][50]

In addition, he has committed to star in Sreenath Rajendran's Kurup and untitled projects by Ra Karthik, Jai Singh, Salaam Bukhari and Lal Jose.[51][52][53][54][55]

Personal life and off-screen work[edit]

On 22 December 2011, he married architect Amal Sufiya in an arranged marriage. Amal comes from a North Indian Muslim family settled in Chennai.[56][57] The couple has a daughter born in May 2017.[58]

He has also been involved in several social service activities. He has acted in a short film as part of the Kerala motor vehicle department's safe riding campaign.[59] He donated 150 items, including clothing, shoes, books, school supplies and crockery items, as a part of the Chennai Gives initiative.[60] In addition, he is the owner of a web portal for trading cars and a dental business chain in Chennai.[61] He also is the director of the Bangalore-based Motherhood Hospital.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Language Notes Ref.
2012 Second Show Harilal "Lalu" Srinath Rajendran Malayalam Malayalam debut [62]
Ustad Hotel Faizal "Faizy"

Abdul Razak

Anwar Rasheed Dubbed into Telugu as Janatha Hotel [63]
Theevram Harsha

Vardhan

Roopesh Peethambaran Dubbed into Tamil as Aaththiram [64]
2013 ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi Johns Isaac Martin Prakkat Also playback singer ("Johnny Mone Johnny") [18]
5 Sundarikal (Kullante Bharya segment) Photographer Amal Neerad [65]
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Kassi Sameer Thahir [66]
Pattam Pole Karthikeyan "Karthi" Alagappan [67]
2014 Salalah Mobiles Afsal Sharath. A. Haridasan [68]
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Aravind Balaji Mohan Tamil Tamil debut [69]
Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram Malayalam [70]
Bangalore Days Arjun "Aju" Anjali Menon [71]
Vikramadithyan Adithyan Menon Lal Jose [72]
Njaan K. T. N. Kottoor
Ravi Chandrasekhar
Ranjith [73]
2015 100 Days of Love Balan K. Nair
Rocky K. Nair
Jenuse Mohamed Dubbed into Telugu with the same title [74]
O Kadhal Kanmani Aditya "Aadhi" Varadarajan Mani Ratnam Tamil Dubbed into Telugu as OK Bangaram [75]
Charlie Charlie Martin Prakkat Malayalam Also playback singer ("Chundari Penne") [76]
2016 Kali Siddharth Sameer Thahir [77]
Kammatipaadam Krishnan Rajeev Ravi [78]
Annmaria Kalippilanu Angel Midhun Manuel Thomas Cameo [79]
2017 Jomonte Suvisheshangal Jomon T Vincent Sathyan Anthikad Dubbed into Telugu as Andamaina Jeevitham [80]
CIA (Comrade in America) Aji "Ajipan" Mathew Amal Neerad Also playback singer ("Kerala Manninaay", "Vaanam Thilathilaykkanu") [81]
Parava Imran Soubin Shahir Guest appearance
Also playback singer ("Ormakal")
[82]
Solo Shekhar/Trilok/
Siva/Lt. Rudra Ramachandran
Bejoy Nambiar Malayalam
Tamil
[83]
2018 Mahanati Gemini Ganesan Nag Ashwin Telugu Telugu Debut [84]
Nadigaiyar Thilagam Tamil [85]
Karwaan Avinash Akaarsh Khurana Hindi Hindi Debut [86][87]
2019 Oru Yamandan Premakadha Lallu (Mohanlal John Kombanayil) BC Noufal Malayalam [88]
Kannum Kannum KollaiyadithaalFilms that have not yet released Sidh Desingh Periyasamy Tamil Post-production [89]
VaanFilms that have not yet released TBA RA Karthik Filming [90][91]

The Zoya Factor Films that have not yet released

Nikhil Khoda Abhishek Sharma Hindi Post-production [92][93]

Kurup Films that have not yet released

Sukumara Kurup Srinath Rajendran Malayalam Filming [94]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Song / Voice Ref(s)
2013 ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi "Johny Mone Johny" [18]
2014 Manglish "Njan Poneanutta" [95]
Koothara "KOOTHARA Official Theatrical Trailer (Voice)" [96]
2015 Charlie "Chundari Penne" [97]
2017 Comrade in America "Vaanam Thilathilakkanu" [81]
"Kerala Manninayi" [98]
Parava "Ormakal" [99]
2018 Kalyanam "Dhrithangapulakithan" [100]
2019 Dear Comrade "Dear Comrade Anthem" [101]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2012 Asiavision Awards Best Newcomer Second Show Won [102]
2013 Asianet Film Awards Best New Face(Male) [8]
Vanitha Film Awards [8]
Best Star pair Ustad Hotel
Amrita TV awards Best Debut (Male) Second Show [8]
Jaihind Film awards Best New Face(Male) [8]
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Ustad Hotel Nominated [16]
Best Debut (Male) Second Show Won [12]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut (Male) [8]
Asiavision Awards Performer of the Year Various [103]
2014 Asianet Film Awards Star of the Year Various [104]
Asiavision Awards Performer of The Year Bangalore Days, Vikramadithyan [105]
2015 Asianet Film Awards Star of the Year Bangalore Days, Vikramadithyan [106]
Audi RITZ Icon Awards Debonair [107]
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Njaan Nominated [31]
Best Debut (Male) Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Won [28]
Ramu Kariat Movie Awards Best Actor Njaan [108]
South Indian International Movie Awards Nominated [109]
Best Debut (Male) Vaayai Moodi Pesavum [109]
Thikkurissy Award Best Actor Njaan, Bangalore Days Won [110]
Vanitha Film Awards Best Star Pair Vikramadithyan [111]
Vijay Awards Best Debut (Male) Vaayai Moodi Pesavum [112]
Vikatan Awards [113]
2016 Asianet Film Awards Most popular actor Charlie [8]
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Nominated [36]
Kerala State Film Award Best Actor Won [35]
NAFA Awards Best Actor [114]
South Indian International Movie Awards Nominated [115]
Best Playback Singer Male [115]
2017 Asianet Film Awards Best Actor - Critics Kammatipaadam, Kali Won [116]
2nd IIFA Utsavam Performance in a lead role male Charlie [36]
Best playback singer male Nominated [36]
Behindwoods Gold Wall of Famers Best Performer Kali, Kammatipaadam Won [117]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Critics [118]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor Kammatipaadam Nominated [119]
Asiavision Awards Solo (2017 film), Comrade in America, Parava Won [120]
2018 Asianet Film Awards Golden star Solo (2017 film), Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Parava Won [121]
North American Film Awards Popular Actor Solo (2017 film), Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Parava Won [122]
Vanitha Film Awards Popular Actor Solo (2017 film), Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Parava, Comrade in America Won [123]
Jaycee foundation Best Actor Jomonte Suvisheshangal Won
2019 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu Mahanati Nominated [124]

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