Kunchacko Boban is an actor and producer known for his work in Malayalam cinema. Grandson of legendary producer Kunchacko and son of Boban Kunchacko, Kunchacko made his debut as a hero with Fazil’s Aniyathipravu (1997). The film’s huge success made him a youth sensation in the 90’s. He went on to do some highly successful romantic dramas including Niram (1999), Swapnakoodu (2003) and Kasthuriman (2003). In 2016, Kunchacko Boban brought back Udaya Studio back into the limelight by producing Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho under its banner.
Kunchacko Boban Early Life
Kunchacko Boban was born in Maliampurakkal family of Alappuzha to Boban Kunchacko and Molly. His grandfather, Kunchacko was the founder of the first film studio in Kerala, Udaya. He also happens to be the grandnephew of Navodaya Appachan, the head of another legendary studio, Navodaya. Kunchacko Boban made his first screen appearance as a child artist in the 1981 film, Dhanya which was directed by Fazil. The same director launched the actor as a lead with Aniyathipravu in 1997.
Kunchacko Boban Family
Kunchacko Boban Family Father Mother Grandfather
Born to Boban Kunchacko and Molly, Kunchacko Boban is the heir to the heritage of legendary Udaya Studios. His grandfather had started the studio which was the first of its kind in Kerala. His father, Boban was an actor and later became the proprietor of Udaya Studios while his mother was a homemaker. Kunchacko has two sisters, Anu and Mini. His grand-uncle is Navodaya Appachan, who helmed, Navodaya another legendary Malayalam studio.On 2nd April 2005, Kunchacko Boban married Priya Anne Samuel at the Flower Syro Malabar Catholic Church in Ernakulam.
Kunchacko Boban Career
Kunchacko Boban was launched by one of the most popular director’s in Malayalam in 1997. Fazil, who made stellar blockbusters like Manjil Virinja Pookkal (which launched Mohanlal) and Pappayude Swantham Appoos made superstars out of newbies Kunchacko Boban and Shalini by casting them in Aniyathipravu. The film was a super hit and turned the lead into superstars overnight. The actor played Sudhi and Shalini did the role of Mini. A romance-drama, Aniyathipravu tackled the subject of a Hindu boy falling in love with a Christian girl. Ouseppachan composed the music which turned out to be some of the most remembered tracks ever. The popularity was so much that the scenes, songs, costumes and even mannerisms were etched into popular culture with the following romantic dramas finding hard not to imitate the film.
Kunchacko Boban basically was Malayalam’s own Hrithik Roshan after Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. The blockbuster movie bagged the actor more films and he was cast in big projects like Mayilpeelikavu, Nakshathratharattu and later, Niram. This 1999 Kamal directed film repeated or moreover took it to another level what Aniyathipravu had started. It again starred Shalini along with Chackochan (as Kunchacko is referred by fans) and told the story of two best friends realizing their love for each other. Niram turned out to be a blockbuster and paved way for more romantic dramas for Kunchacko. He starred in films like Prem Poojari, Chandamama, Mazhavillu (1999) and playing an extended cameo in Mohanlal-Mammootty starrer Harikrishnan’s (1998).
Though the actor was enjoying great success as a chocolate hero, it was only until the mid-2000s that the drawbacks of being typecast hit his career. In the early 2000s films of his like Priyam (2000), Sathyam Sivam Sundaram, Kashthooriman (2003) etc. enjoyed admirable box office collections. During the following years, his films started to do mediocre business. One of the reasons for the effect was being typecasted while the other was the entry of young heroes like Prithviraj, Jayasurya and the rise of Dileep. In 2003, his Kasthuriman was one of the biggest hits of the year but in the same year, he was in the multi-starrer Swapnakoodu which mostly owes its success to it the more flamboyant star, Prithviraj. He starred in films like Jalothsavam, Ee Snehatheerathu (2004) and Junior Senior and Hridayatil Sookshikkan (2005) etc. He took a brief hiatus after the dismal reaction towards Kilukkam Kilukilukkam and Hridayathil Sookshikkan at the box office.
The actor returned in 2008 to do a cameo in Twenty: 20. In the same year, he starred alongside Prithviraj in Lollypop. After starring in films like Gulumaal, Mummy & Me, Sakudumbam Shyamala and Elsamma Enna Aankutty, Kunchacko struck gold with Traffic. The film was a multistarrer but Kunchacko act as the guilt-stricken Abel Thariyan was very well appreciated. The actor went into a re-invention mode and attempted comedy and it worked. Films like Seniors, Three Kings (2011), Ordinary (2012) etc. worked wonders at the box-office. Though he had even starred in some box-office duds, the actor proved that he is there to stay.
During 2014-2016, the actor starred in popular films like How Old Are You (the comeback movie of Manju Warrier), Bhaiyya Bhaiyya, Madhura Naranga, Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi etc. He became part of Dr Biju’s take on the endosulfan tragedy, Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal and also Traffic director Rajesh Pillai’s last film, Vettah.
While at the beginning of his career he chose to do solo-hero films, during recent times he was more seen in multi-starrer and most notably co-starring with Asif Ali and Biju Menon. In 2016, the actor brought back Udaya Studios into active film production by producing Siddhartha Siva’s Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho. The year 2017, Kunhcakko started off with the movie Take Off, the movie bagged National Award special mention and also had given him huge acclamation from all over the country. After Take Off, he went on to do a serious family drama Ramante Edhen Thottam directed by Ranjith Shankar and then surprised the audience with a new avatar in Varnyathil Ashanka directed by Sidharth Bharathan and all the three movies was declared hit at the box office and made him the popular star of the year once again. Kunchakko Boban has seven projects in hand for 2018 and four movies have already made good reviews and collection at the box office. Diwanjimoola Grand Prix, Shikari Shambu, Poomaram, Panchavarnathatha, Kuttanadan Maarpappa were released early this year and in Poomaram he was seen in a cameo role portraying himself.
Kunchacko Boban Awards
Kunchakko Boban has won many awards including Kerala State Award and some of them are listed below.
S No Award Movie Year 1 Kerala State Film Award, Special Jury Award Ee Snehatheerathu 2004 2 SIIMA Awards, Best actor in Villain role Seniors 2012 3 NAFA, Best Social Committed Movie Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho(Producer) 2017 4
Malayala Puraskar Samiti, Best Actor
Take Off, Ramante Edhenthottam 2018 5 NAFA, Popular Hero of the year Take Off 2017 6 Jaihind TV Award, Popular Actor 2013 7 Asianet Film Award, Special Jury Award Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum & Romans 2012
Kunchakko Boban is the only Mollywood actor to have been nominated the most number of times by a popular channel Award for the Best Pair category award. The Year 2013 bagged him with six movies and four of them were declared superhit thus making him the most popular actor of the year.
In 2012 he won a special jury award for Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum and Romans at the Asianet Film Awards. He has won awards for Best Pair in 2010 at the Asianet Film Award, at the Vanitha Film Awards and at the Mathrubhumi Film Awards, winning two of them with Archana Kavi and one with Bhama.
Kunchacko Boban Trivia & Facts
- Born in Alappuzha to Boban Kunchacko and Molly of Maliampurakkal family
- Made his debut as a hero with the blockbuster, ‘Aniyathipravu’ in 1997
- His debut movie, Aniyathipravu ran for a whopping 255 days in theatres
- Was one of the most popular actors during the late 90s and early 2000 ’s
- Often called as the ‘chocolate boy’ of Malayalam cinema
- Is often appreciated for his dancing skills.Considered very reclusive about his private life and friends in the film industry
- Referred as Chackochan by fans
- Rejected film offers from Tamil directors Mani Ratnam and Agathiyan citing his priority for health and personal life
- Learn Bharatanatyam in school
- Revived legendary Udaya Studios with Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho in 2016
- In 2016, he starred in Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti opposite Shamili, who happens to be the sister of Shalini, his heroine from his debut movie, Aniyathipravu
- Kunchacko Boban is the grandson of legendary Malayalam film producer Kunchacko and the heir of Udaya Studios heritage
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