Dulquer Salmaan promoting Karwaan in 2018
|Alma mater||Purdue University|
Amal Sufiya (m. 2011)
|Relatives||Maqbool Salmaan (cousin)|
Dulquer Salmaan (born 28 July 1986), is an Indian film actor, playback singer and film producer who predominantly works in Malayalam language films. He has also worked in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi language 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. He owns several entrepreneurship ventures and promotes various social causes.
Dulquer Salmaan was born on 28 July 1986 in Kochi, Kerala, India. 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. 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. He stated in a 2012 interview that he chose acting because " ... somewhere down the lane, my life became monotonous and routine".
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." The film received mixed reviews. A critic for Sify stated, " ... it is Salmaan's amazing screen presence and a matured acting style that makes the movie an engaging watch", while Paresh C Palicha of Rediff criticised 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." The film was commercially successful and won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
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. He also won praise for his portrayal of Faizy. 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." For his performance, Salmaan received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. 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.
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. 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." He was also part of Amal Neerad's segment Kullante Bharya in the anthology film 5 Sundarikal (2013). 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. Salmaan then collaborated with Sameer Thahir in Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013), a road movie. The film and his performance was appreciated. 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.
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. 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. 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." He received his second Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for the film.
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). Later that year, he co-starred with Unni Mukundan in Lal Jose's Vikramadithyan. It was a commercial success. He then performed in what he called his "most challenging film yet" in Renjith's Njaan (2014). His performance received favourable reviews and earned him several accolades, including a second Best Actor nomination at Filmfare.
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. The latter opened to positive reviews and became successful at the box office. 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. 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. He also received a third Best Actor nomination at Filmfare.
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. 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.
He then appeared in Sathyan Anthikad's family drama Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017). Despite comparisons with 2016 Malayalam drama Jacobinte Swargarajyam, the film did well commercially. 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". He then portrayed four roles in the bilingual anthology Solo (2017) directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The film was critically panned and "faced immense backlash from the audience."
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. Later that year, Salmaan made his Hindi film debut with Karwaan. Though the film received "mixed response", Salmaan's performance was appreciated.
In 2019, he starred in Oru Yamandan Premakadha a Malayalam romantic comedy film directed by B. C. Noufal. After Karwaan, Dulquer Salmaan's next Bollywood movie The Zoya Factor released on September 2019. Abhishek Sharma's film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel The Zoya Factor didn't do well at the box-office but Dulquer Salmaan's performance was appreciated. The Times of India stated: "From being playful to intense, Dulquer steals the show as he is absolutely brilliant in his portrayal".
Salmaan will make his debut as a producer with Shamzu Zayba's romantic-comedy Maniyarayile Ashokan which is produced through his production company Wayfarer Films. He is slated to star in the upcoming crime-thriller Kurup in which he play the tituar role of Sukumara Kurup, also marks his second production venture. His next project as a producer and actor is an untitled film dubbed the "Production No 3" where he will co-star alongside Suresh Gopi, Shobana and Kalyani Priyadarshan.
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. He donated 150 items, including clothing, shoes, books, school supplies and crockery items, as a part of the Chennai Gives initiative. In addition, he is the owner of a web portal for trading cars and a dental business chain in Chennai. He also is the director of the Bangalore-based Motherhood Hospital.
Salmaan was ranked 4th by GQ in their listing of the 50 most influential young Indians of 2016. He was also featured by GQ in their listing of the Best Dressed Men India 2016. He was selected as the "Most Desirable Man" in 2013 and 2014 by Kochi Times, subsidiary of The Times Group.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2012||Second Show||Harilal "Lalu"||Srinath Rajendran||Malayalam||Malayalam debut|
|Ustad Hotel||Faizal "Faizy"
|Anwar Rasheed||Dubbed into Telugu as Janatha Hotel|
|Roopesh Peethambaran||Dubbed into Tamil as Aaththiram|
|2013||ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi||Johns Isaac||Martin Prakkat||Also playback singer ("Johnny Mone Johnny")|
|5 Sundarikal (Kullante Bharya segment)||Photographer||Amal Neerad|
|Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi||Kassi||Sameer Thahir|
|Pattam Pole||Karthikeyan "Karthi"||Alagappan|
|2014||Salalah Mobiles||Afzal||Sharath. A. Haridasan|
|Vaayai Moodi Pesavum||Aravind||Balaji Mohan||Tamil||Tamil debut|
|Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram||Malayalam|
|Bangalore Days||Arjun "Aju"||Anjali Menon|
|Vikramadithyan||Adithyan Menon||Lal Jose|
|Njaan||K. T. N. Kottoor
|2015||100 Days of Love||Balan K. Nair
Rocky K. Nair
|Jenuse Mohamed||Dubbed into Telugu with the same title|
|O Kadhal Kanmani||Aditya "Aadhi" Varadarajan||Mani Ratnam||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as OK Bangaram|
|Charlie||Charlie||Martin Prakkat||Malayalam||Also playback singer ("Chundari Penne")|
|Annmaria Kalippilanu||Angel||Midhun Manuel Thomas||Cameo|
|2017||Jomonte Suvisheshangal||Jomon T Vincent||Sathyan Anthikad||Dubbed into Telugu as Andamaina Jeevitham|
|CIA (Comrade in America)||Aji "Ajipan" Mathew||Amal Neerad||Also playback singer ("Kerala Manninaay", "Vaanam Thilathilaykkanu")|
|Parava||Imran||Soubin Shahir||Guest appearance
Also playback singer ("Ormakal")
Siva/Lt. Rudra Ramachandran
|2018||Mahanati||Gemini Ganesan||Nag Ashwin||Telugu||Telugu Debut|
|Karwaan||Avinash Rajpurohit||Akaarsh Khurana||Hindi||Hindi Debut|
|2019||Oru Yamandan Premakadha||Lallu (Mohanlal John Kombanayil)||BC Noufal||Malayalam|
|The Zoya Factor||Nikhil Khoda||Abhishek Sharma||Hindi|
|Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal
|Sukumara Kurup||Srinath Rajendran||Malayalam||Filming|
|2020||Untitled, dubbed Production No 3
|2019||Maniyarayile Ashokan||Shamzu Zayba||Post-production|
|2020||Untitled, dubbed Production No. 3||Anoop Sathyan||Filming|
|Year||Title||Song / Voice||Ref(s)|
|2013||ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi||"Johny Mone Johny"|
|Koothara||"KOOTHARA Official Theatrical Trailer (Voice)"|
|2017||Comrade in America||"Vaanam Thilathilakkanu"|
|2019||Dear Comrade||"Dear Comrade Anthem"|
|Sarbath Kadha||"Sarbath Anthem"|
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|2012||Asiavision Awards||Best Newcomer||Second Show||Won|
|2013||Asianet Film Awards||Best New Face(Male)|
|Vanitha Film Awards|
|Best Star pair||Ustad Hotel|
|Amrita TV awards||Best Debut (Male)||Second Show|
|Jaihind Film awards||Best New Face(Male)|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Ustad Hotel||Nominated|
|Best Debut (Male)||Second Show||Won|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Debut (Male)|
|Asiavision Awards||Performer of the Year||Various|
|2014||Asianet Film Awards||Star of the Year||Various|
|Asiavision Awards||Performer of The Year||Bangalore Days, Vikramadithyan|
|2015||Asianet Film Awards||Star of the Year||Bangalore Days, Vikramadithyan|
|Audi RITZ Icon Awards||Debonair||—|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Njaan||Nominated|
|Best Debut (Male)||Vaayai Moodi Pesavum||Won|
|Ramu Kariat Movie Awards||Best Actor||Njaan|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Nominated|
|Best Debut (Male)||Vaayai Moodi Pesavum|
|Thikkurissy Award||Best Actor||Njaan, Bangalore Days||Won|
|Vanitha Film Awards||Best Star Pair||Vikramadithyan|
|Vijay Awards||Best Debut (Male)||Vaayai Moodi Pesavum|
|2016||Asianet Film Awards||Most popular actor||Charlie|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Kerala State Film Award||Best Actor||Won|
|NAFA Awards||Best Actor|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Nominated|
|Best Playback Singer Male|
|2017||Asianet Film Awards||Best Actor - Critics||Kammatipaadam, Kali||Won|
|2nd IIFA Utsavam||Performance in a lead role male||Charlie|
|Best playback singer male||Nominated|
|Behindwoods Gold Wall of Famers||Best Performer||Kali, Kammatipaadam||Won|
|64th Filmfare Awards South||Best Actor Critics|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actor||Kammatipaadam||Nominated|
|Asiavision Awards||Solo (2017 film), Comrade in America, Parava||Won|
|2018||Asianet Film Awards||Golden star||Solo (2017 film), Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Parava||Won|
|North American Film Awards||Popular Actor||Solo (2017 film), Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Parava||Won|
|Vanitha Film Awards||Popular Actor||Solo (2017 film), Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Parava, Comrade in America||Won|
|Jaycee foundation||Best Actor||Jomonte Suvisheshangal||Won|
|2019||South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actor – Telugu||Mahanati||Nominated|
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