Dulquer Salmaan Biography – an Indian Actor and Kerala State Film Award Winner

Dulquer Salmaan is an Indian actor, playback singer and film producer who predominantly works in Malayalam films in addition to Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.

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Real Name: Dulquer Salmaan
Profession: Indian Actor
Birthplace: Kochi, Kerala, India
Spouse: Amal Sufiya
Age: 40

Dulquer Salmaan (born 28 July 1983) is an Indian actor, playback singer, and film producer who predominantly works in Malayalam films in addition to Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management from Purdue University and worked as a business manager in Dubai before pursuing a career in acting. Dulquer is a recipient of several awards including, four Filmfare Awards South and a Kerala State Film Award.

After a three-month acting course at the Barry John Acting Studio, Salmaan made his acting debut with Second Show (2012). He has since established himself as a leading actor in Indian cinema with several critically and commercially successful films including Ustad Hotel (2012), ABCD (2013), Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013), Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014), Bangalore Days (2014), Vikramadithyan (2014), O Kadhal Kanmani (2015), Charlie (2015), Kali (2016), Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017), Mahanati (2018), Kurup (2021) and Sita Ramam (2022).

Dulquer Salmaan Biography
Dulquer Salmaan Biography

He has been recognized in the media as a fashion icon and an auto enthusiast. He owns several entrepreneurship ventures and promotes various social causes. He is also the founder of the film production company Wayfarer Films.

Dulquer Salmaan Biography
Born 28 July 1983 (age 40)

Kochi, Kerala, India
Other names DQ, Kunjikka
Alma mater Purdue University (BBM)
Years active 2012–present
  • Wayfarer Films
  • Motherhood
  • Ultraviolette Automotive
Amal Sufiya (m. 2011)
Children 1
  • Mammootty (father)
Family Mammootty family
Awards Full list

Early life and family

Dulquer Salmaan was born on 28 July 1983 in Kochi. He is the youngest son of legendary actor Mammootty. He completed his primary level education at Toc-H Public School, Vyttila, Kochi, and his secondary level education at Sishya School in Chennai. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Purdue University and worked at an IT firm in Dubai. Later, bored by the monotony of corporate life, he decided to pursue a career in acting and attended a three-month course at the Barry John Acting Studio in Mumbai.

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

Acting career (Dulquer Salmaan Biography)


Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of Dulquer Salmaan films and roles
Year Title Role Language Notes
2012 Second Show Harilal “Lalu” Malayalam
Ustaad Hotel Faizal “Faizy” Abdul Razak
Theevram Harsha Vardhan
2013 ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi Jones Isaac
5 Sundarikal Injured stuntman
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Kassi
Pattam Pole Karthikeyan “Karthi”
2014 Salalah Mobiles Afzal
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum / Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram Aravind Tamil / Malayalam Bilingual film
Bangalore Days Arjun “Aju” Malayalam
Vikramadithyan Adithyan Menon
Njaan K. T. N. Kottoor & Ravi Chandrasekhar Dual role
2015 100 Days of Love Balan K. Nair & Rocky K. Nair
O Kadhal Kanmani Aditya “Aadhi” Varadarajan Tamil
Charlie Charlie Malayalam
2016 Kali Siddharth
Kammatipaadam Krishnan
Annmariya Kalippilaanu Angel Cameo appearance
2017 Jomonte Suvisheshangal Jomon T. Vincent
Comrade in America Aji “Ajipan” Mathew
Parava Imran
Solo Shekhar, Trilok, Siva and Rudra Ramachandran Bilingual film; quadruple role
2018 Mahanati Gemini Ganesan Telugu
Karwaan Avinash Rajpurohit Hindi
2019 Oru Yamandan Premakadha Lallu (Mohanlal John Kombanayil) Malayalam
The Zoya Factor Nikhil Khoda Hindi
2020 Varane Avashyamund Bibeesh P. Malayalam Also producer
Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal Siddharth Tamil
Maniyarayile Ashokan Arjun Malayalam Also producer; cameo appearance
2021 Kurup Gopikrishnan aka (Sudhakara Kurup / Alexander) Also producer
2022 Hey Sinamika
Yaazhan Tamil
Salute Aravind Karunakaran Malayalam Also producer
Sita Ramam Lieutenant Ram Telugu
Chup: Revenge of the Artist Danny/Sebastian Gomes Hindi
2023 King of Kotha † TBA Malayalam Post Production; also producer
Dulquer Salmaan Biography
Dulquer Salmaan Biography

Web series

Year Title Role Language
2023 Guns & Gulaabs Arjun Varma Hindi

Music video

Music videos
Year Title Performers
2023 “Heeriye” Jasleen Royal, Arijit Singh

Other crew positions

Year Title Role
2014 Koothara Trailer narrator
2016 Mudhugauv Narrator
2017 Pokkiri Simon
2019 Margamkali Baby (voice)
2020 Maniyarayile Ashokan Narrator
2021 Maara Voice-over in trailer
2022 Upacharapoorvam Gunda Jayan Distributor, producer
Puzhu Distributor
Pyali Co-producer; distributor
Rorschach Distributor
2023 Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam Distributor

Early years (2012–13)

In 2011, Salmaan signed on for debutante Srinath Rajendran’s crime film 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 was a commercial success.

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 commercial success at the box office. He also won widespread praise for his portrayal of Faizy, a budding chef. For his performance, Salmaan won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – Malayalam, in addition to his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam. His third film was Theevram, a crime thriller directed by Roopesh Peethambaran. The film, which was released in November 2012, 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). Salmaan then collaborated with Sameer Thahir in Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013), a road film. Salmaan starred in his “first love story”, cinematographer Alagappan’s romantic drama Pattam Pole (2013), which was a commercial failure.

2014–present: Breakthrough and established actor

In 2014, Salmaan took on another romantic role in Salalah Mobiles, with Nazriya Nazim opposite him; like Pattam PoleSalalah 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 of 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 won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – Tamil for his performance in 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$6.3 million). Later that year, he co-starred with Unni Mukundan in Lal Jose’s Vikramadithyan. He then starred in what he called his “most challenging film yet” in Renjith’s period drama Njaan (2014). His performance received favorable reviews and earned him several accolades, including his second Best Actor – Malayalam 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. Of 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 won eight Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actor for Salmaan, in addition to his third Best Actor – Malayalam 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 action drama Kammatipaadam (2016), which garnered critical acclaim; Salmaan’s performance was praised. He jointly won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Critics) – Malayalam for his performance in both films.

He then appeared in Sathyan Anthikad’s family drama Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017). Despite comparisons with the 2016 Malayalam drama Jacobinte Swargarajyam, the film did well commercially. His next appearance was in Amal Neerad’s action-adventure film Comrade in America (2017). The Hindu called it “Dulquer’s big hit of 2017”. He then portrayed four roles in the Malayalam-Tamil 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 Telugu film Mahanati, a biopic on actress Savitri. His Telugu debut, the film opened to highly positive reviews from critics and emerged as a commercial success at the box office. Salmaan’s portrayal of Gemini Ganesan was acclaimed, and earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Critics) – Telugu, in addition to his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu. Later that year, Salmaan made his Hindi film debut with Karwaan, co-starring alongside Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar. Though the film received mixed reviews, Salmaan’s performance was appreciated.

In 2019, he starred in Oru Yamandan Premakadha a Malayalam romantic comedy film directed by B. C. Noufal. which was a big flop. After Karwaan, Salmaan’s next Bollywood film The Zoya Factor released in September 2019. Abhishek Sharma’s film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s novel The Zoya Factor did not perform well at the box office but 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’s 2020 projects included the Tamil film Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal, which earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. In 2020, his production company, Wayfarer Films, was launched. His first released project as a producer and actor was the family drama Varane Avashyamund where he co-starred alongside Suresh Gopi, Shobana, and Kalyani Priyadarshan. The film hit the screens in 2020 and garnered positive reviews.

Another project of his as a producer is Shamzu Zayba’s romantic-comedy Maniyarayile Ashokan which is produced through his production company, Wayfarer Films, and stars Jacob Gregory and Anupama Parameswaran. He starred in the 2021 crime thriller Kurup in which he played the titular role of Sukumara Kurup, also marks his third production venture which has become the highest-grossing Malayalam film in 2021 and the highest-grossing film of his career.

In March 2022, his film Salute was released on SonyLIV. He next starred in the Telugu-language period romantic drama Sita Ramam opposite Mrunal Thakur. Despite being a Malayali, he was dubbed in all the languages in which the film was released, thus becoming a prominent pan-Indian actor with the film. The film and his performance received widespread critical acclaim and the film proved to be a major commercial success at the box-office. His Bollywood psychological crime thriller Chup: Revenge of the Artist hit theatres in September 2022. His upcoming projects include Guns & Gulaabs, a Netflix series, and King of Kotha, a gangster drama.

Public image (Dulquer Salmaan Biography)

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 used to run a web portal for trading cars, and a dental business chain in Chennai. He also is the director of the Bangalore-based Motherhood Hospital.

Dulquer_Salmaan with his Family
Dulquer Salmaan with his Family

Dulquer Salmaan was ranked fourth 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, a subsidiary of The Times Group. In 2019, Salmaan became the first actor from Kerala to get featured on the October edition cover of Vogue India.

Discography (Dulquer Salmaan Biography)

List of Dulquer Salmaan songs
Year Album Song / Voice
2013 ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi “Johny Mone Johny”
2014 Manglish “Njanga Poneanutta”
2015 Charlie “Chundari Penne”
2017 Comrade in America “Vaanam Thilathilakkanu”
“Kerala Manninayi”
Parava “Ormakal”
2018 Kalyanam “Dhrithangapulakithan”
Malayala Manorama AD “Puthu Malayalam”
2019 Dear Comrade “Comrade Anthem” (Malayalam Version)
Sarbath Kadha “Sarbath Anthem”
2020 Maniyarayile Ashokan “Unnimaya Song”
2021 Kurup “Dingiri Dingale”
2022 Hey Sinamika “Achamillai Achamillai”

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