Kunchacko Boban

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Kunchacko Boban
Kunchako Boben.jpg
Born (1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 42)[1]
ResidenceKochi, Kerala
Other namesChackochan
Alma materSt. Berchmans College
Sanatana Dharma College
  • Actor
  • producer
  • businessman
Years active1997–2006
Priya Ann Samuel (m. 2005)
Boban Kunchacko
Molly Boban
Kunchacko (grandfather)
Jijo Punnoose
Navodaya Appachan (granduncle)
AwardsKerala State Film Awards

Kunchacko Boban (born 2 November 1976) is an Indian film actor and producer, who works in the Malayalam film industry. He is the grandson of film director and producer Kunchacko, who established the film production studio Udaya Pictures.[2]

Boban made his acting debut in Fazil's Aniyathipraavu (1997), which turned out to be a blockbuster and made him into an overnight superstar. He became a popular lead star in the late 1990s with successful films such as Mayilpeelikkavu (1998), Nakshatratharattu (1998) and Niram (1999). He continued his success with Priyam (2000) Dhosth (2001), Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), Swapnakoodu (2003) and Kasthooriman (2003). After a few commercial failures, his career took a setback in the mid-2000s. He made a comeback with Gulumaal (2009),[3] which was well received. Later, he went on to act in successful films such as Mummy & Me (2010), Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010), Traffic (2011), Seniors (2011),[4] Doctor Love (2011), Ordinary (2012), Mallu Singh (2012), Romans (2013), Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum (2013), How Old Are You? (2014), Madhura Naranga (2015), Jamna Pyari (2015), Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho (2016), Take Off (2017), Shikkari Shambhu (2018), Kuttanadan Marpappa (2018) and Panchavarnathatha (2018). Kunchacko Boban was awarded the Special Mention for his performance in Ee Snehatheerathu at the 2004 Kerala State Film Awards.[5]

Early life[edit]

Kunchacko Boban was born in a Christian Catholic family at Alappuzha, Kerala. He hails from the Maliampurakal family, who are credited with owning the first film studio in Kerala, Udaya Studios. 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.[citation needed] 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. He has two younger sisters, Anu and Mini.[6]

Boban Kunchacko later ventured into direction with the films Palattu Kunhikkannan, Sanchari and Aazhi.



Boban was introduced into the Malayalam film industry by versatile director Fazil. His debut movie Aniathipravu (1997), co-starring Shalini, and directed by Fazil[7] was a blockbuster hit.

Kunchacko Boban's performance as Sudhi, the lead character was well-received by young audiences and families. He became an instant teenage heartthrob after his first film. The Boban-Shalini pair was considered a lucky pair in the late nineties. Following the success of Aniathipravu, Boban was cast in movies such as Nakshathrathaarattu, Mayilpeelikkavu and Niram (1999). Then came Priyam. His performances in the hit movies Kasthooriman[8] and Swapnakkoodu[9] were also appreciated by critics.

He played a cameo in Fazil's Harikrishnans, which marked the reunion of Mohanlal and Mammootty after nine years. Then came Chandamama and he went on to do Ingane Oru Nilapakshi, Prem Poojari, Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam etc.[citation needed]

After movies like Niram, Priyam, Dosth and Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka, his next films included Kasthooriman and Swapnakkoodu. The movie Ee Snehatheerathu earned him a Special Jury Award at the 2004 Kerala State Film Awards.

Kunchacko has been fortunate to work with directors such as Fazil, Kamal, Hariharan, Sathyan Anthikadu, Joshy, Siby Malayil, A. K. Lohithadas, Lal Jose, Rosshan Andrrews, Rajesh Pillai, Dr.Biju etc. Many leading heroines such as Asin, Shalini, Namitha Pramod, Sneha, Ann Augustine and Mamta Kulkarni made their debut in Malayalam with Boban. In 2005, after his marriage, he took a break from movies.


Kunchako 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, which was a surprise hit at the box office.[citation needed]

Gulumal was followed by a string of blockbuster films which established him as one of the most successful actors of the last decade. He played the lead role in popular movies such as Mummy & Me, Sakudumbam Shyamala and Lal Jose's Elsamma Enna Aankutty.[citation needed]

In 2011, he played the central character in the hit movie 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 Seniors where for the first time he took on a negative role playing a criminal. In same year he acted in Three Kings, Sevens and Doctor Love. He also won the Youth Icon award at Asianet Film Awards.[citation needed]

In 2012, he was featured in three films, Spanish Masala, Ordinary and Mallu Singh. Ordinary had 10,000 showings in theatres before reaching the 50-day mark and took in over 10 crore (US$1.6M, €1.2M, or £1M as of October 2013).[10]

His 2013 works included Romans and 3 Dots. God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam[11] and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum were directed by Lal Jose.[12] He also appeared in Jamnapyaari (2015), Madhura Naaranga (2015), Vettah (2016), Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti (2016) and School Bus (2016).[citation needed]

He has had roles in such movies such as Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal, Kadhaveedu, and Ee Snehatheerathu. Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal, directed by Dr. Biju, was an eye-opener on how the use of endosulfan affected Northern Kerala villages.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In 2016, Boban revamped Udaya Pictures, the iconic Malayalam production house. Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho marked his debut as a producer under this new film outfit. The movie was a hit at the box office.

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

He began 2018 with three back-to-back super hits, Shikkari Shambhu, Kuttanadan Marpappa and Panchavarnathatha.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Kunchako Boban married Priya Ann Samuel on 2 April 2005 at Little Flower Catholic Church, Ernakulam.[13][14][15]


Year Film Role Notes
1981 Dhanya As child artist
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)
1998 Mayilpeelikkavu Krishnanunni & Manu Double role
1998 Harikrishnans Sudarshanan Extended cameo role
1998 Nakshathrathaarattu Sunil
1999 Mazhavillu Mahesh Menon
1999 Chandamama Unni
1999 Prem Poojari Prem Jacob Dubbed in Tamil as Vazhthukirean (2001)
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)
2000 Priyam Benny
2000 Ingane Oru Nilapakshi Charlie
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Chandrahasan
2000 Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam Saji
2001 Dosth Vijay
2001 Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Jayakanthan
2002 Snehithan Joji
2002 Thillana Thillana Himself Cameo appearance
2002 Puthooramputhri Unniyarcha Aromalunni
2002 Kalyanaraman Unni Remade in Telugu as Kalyanaramudu (2003)
2003 Mullavalliyum Thenmavum Shelly
2003 Kasthoorimann Sajan Joseph Alukka Remade in Tamil under the same title
2003 Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam Aniyan Kuttan
2003 Swapnakoodu Deepu Narayan Dubbed in Tamil as Moonram Pirai (2003)
2003 Mayamohithachandran Chandran
2004 Jalothsavam Alackal Chandran
2004 Ee Snehatheerathu Vishwanathan Kerala State Special Jury Award
2005 Iruvattam Manavaatti Dr.Goutham
2005 Junior Senior Kichu Dubbed in Tamil as Sathyavan (2015)
2005 Five Fingers Manu
2005 Hridayathil Sookshikkan Sreenath
2006 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Roy
2008 Twenty:20 Guest appearance in song
2008 LollyPop Dr. Abey
2009 Gulumal: The Escape Ravi Varma
2010 Mummy & Me Rahul Asianet Film Awards for Best Star Pair with Archana Kavi
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala Akash
2010 Elsamma Enna Aankutty Unnikrishnan aka Paalunni Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam
2010 Oridathoru Postman Reghu Nandan
2010 Four Friends Suriya Dubbed in Tamil as Anbulla Kamal (2015)
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)
2011 Makeup Man Himself Cameo appearance
2011 Race Dr. Abey John Dubbed in Telugu as Game
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)
2011 Three Kings Ramanunni Raja aka Ram
2011 Sevenes Shyam Dubbed in Telugu as Sevens (2013)
2011 Doctor Love Vinayachandran aka Vinayan
2011 Sandwich Sai
2012 Spanish Masala Rahul
2012 Ordinary Iravikuttan Pillai Remade in Tamil as Jannal Oram (2013) , remade in Telugu as Right Right (2016)
2012 Mallu Singh Ani 50th Film

Dubbed in Panjabi as Sardar Mallu Singh (2014) and dubbed in Hindi as Action King Mallu Singh (2017)

2012 101 Weddings Krishnankutty aka Krish
2012 Poppins Major Prathap Varma
2013 Romans Akash / Fr. Paul Asianet film Awards - Special Jury Award
2013 3 Dots Vishnu
2013 God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam Prasannan Nair/Poornanada Swami
2013 Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum Adu Gopan aka Chakka Gopan Asianet Film Awards - Special Jury Award
2013 Kadhaveedu Raj Karthik
2013 Vishudhan Fr. Sunny
2014 Konthayum Poonoolum Krishnan
2014 Polytechnic Pauly
2014 Law Point Adv. Sathya
2014 How Old Are You Rajeev Asianet Film Awards - Youth Icon of the Year (various films of 2014)
2014 Bhaiyya Bhaiyya Babumon
2014 Cousins Sam
2015 Chirakodinja Kinavukal Thayyalkaran (Tailor)/UK Karan (NRI)/Gulf Karan (NRI) Nominated - IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2015 Madhura Naranga Jeevan
2015 Jamna Pyari Vassoottan
2015 Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Philipose John Varkey
2015 Rajamma at yahoo Michael Rajamma
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Photographer
2016 Vettah Melvin Philip
2016 Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti Vinayan
2016 Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum Pranav Menon
2016 School Bus SI Gopakumar
2016 Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho Kochauvva Also producer
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)
2017 Ramante Eden Thottam Ram Menon aka Raman Asianet Critics Award for Best Actor
2017 Varnyathil Aashanka Koutta Sivan Asianet Critics Award for Best Actor
2018 Diwanjimoola Grand Prix Sajan Joseph IAS
2018 Shikkari Shambhu Peelipose aka Peeli
2018 Poomaram Himself Cameo appearance
2018 Kuttanadan Marpappa John Paul
2018 Panchavarnathatha MLA Kalesh
2018 Mangalyam Thanthunanena Royichan
2018 Johny Johny Yes Appa Johny
2018 Thattumpurath Achuthan Achuthan
2019 Allu Ramendran Ramendran Filming



Kerala State Film Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards

Filmfare Awards

Asiavision Awards

  • 2016 - Man of the Year for various films

IIFA Utsavam Awards

Asianet Film Awards

Vanitha Film Awards

Mathrubhumi Film Awards

Asianet Comedy Awards

  • 2017 - Versatile Actor for various films

Jai Hind TV Awards

  • 2013 - Popular Actor for various films

North American Film Awards

Ramu Kariat Awards

  • 2011 - Popular Actor for various films

Vayalar Rama Varma Awards

Kerala Kaumudi Awards

  • 2010 - Youth Icon for various films

Malayala Puraskar Samiti

NANA Film Awards

Jayan Smaraka Award

Amrita FEFKA Film Awards

  • 2011 - Yuva Keerthi Award for various films

Amrita TV Film Award


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