Dulquer Salmaan Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Wife, Family, Images, And More

Dulquer Salmaan Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Wife, Family, Images, And More

Dulquer Salmaan (/dulkhr salmaan/; born July 28, 1986) is an Indian actor, playback singer, and film producer who works primarily in Malayalam and Tamil films, as well as Telugu and Hindi. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in business management and worked as a business manager in Dubai before pursuing a career in acting. Dulquer has won numerous awards, including four Filmfare Awards South and a Kerala State Film Award.

Salmaan made his acting debut with Second Show after completing a three-month acting course at the Barry John Acting Studio (2012). Since then, he has established himself as a leading actor in Indian cinema, with films such as 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 (2022).

He has been dubbed a fashion icon and an auto enthusiast by the media. He owns several businesses and supports a variety of social causes. He is also the founder of Wayfarer Films, a film production company.

Childhood and family

Main article: The Mammoottys

Dulquer Salmaan was born in Kochi on July 28, 1986. He finished primary school at Toc-H Public School in Vyttila, Kochi, and secondary school at Sishya School in Chennai. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Purdue University and previously worked for an IT firm in Dubai. Later, he decided to pursue a career in acting and enrolled in a three-month course at Mumbai's Barry John Acting Studio. In a 2012 interview, he stated that he chose acting because "somewhere down the road, my life became monotonous and routine."

Career as an actor

The early years (2012–13)

Salmaan signed on to play Harilal, a gangster, in debutante Srinath Rajendran's crime film Second Show (2012) in 2011. When asked about his "unconventional entry with a bunch of newcomers" in an interview, Salmaan stated that it was his conscious decision because "... when an actor debuts, he has to earn the right to be a hero and not get it through a shortcut route."

Salmaan went on to appear in Anwar Rasheed's Ustad Hotel (2012). The film, which won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, was also a commercial success. He also received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of Faizy, an aspiring chef. Salmaan won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut - Malayalam for his performance, as well as his first nomination for Best Actor - Malayalam. Theevram, a crime thriller directed by Roopesh Peethambaran, was his third film. The film was a box office flop when it was released in November 2012.

In 2013, he was cast in Martin Prakkat's comedy-drama ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi, where he made his singing debut with "Johnny Mone Johnny." Both the song and the film became well-known. Though the film received mixed reviews, critics praised his performance. "It is Dulquer Salmaan's show all the way," Sify said, "and in all fairness, the young actor has given his heart and soul into his character." He also appeared in Amal Neerad's segment Kullante Bharya in the anthology film 5 Sundarikal (2013). Salmaan then worked with Sameer Thahir on the road film Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013). Salmaan appeared in cinematographer Alagappan's romantic drama Pattam Pole (2013), which was a commercial flop.


Salmaan took on another romantic role in Salalah Mobiles in 2014, opposite Nazriya Nazim; like Pattam Pole, Salalah Mobiles did not fare well for the actor. Salmaan's next appearance was in the bilingual Tamil-Malayalam film Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014). While the Malayalam version, Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram, was poorly received, the Tamil version was well received and became a sleeper hit. Salmaan is "a treat to watch," according to IANS, and "he earns extra brownie points for dubbing in his own voice and speaking flawless Tamil." For his performance in the film, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut - Tamil.

Salmaan played Arjun in Anjali Menon's ensemble romantic comedy drama Bangalore Days (2014), alongside Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim as his cousins. The film received favorable reviews and went on to become one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time, grossing approximately 500 million (US$6.3 million). Later that year, he co-starred in Lal Jose's Vikramadithyan with Unni Mukundan. He then appeared in Renjith's period drama Njaan, which he described as his "most challenging film yet" (2014). His performance received positive feedback and earned him several awards, including his second Filmfare nomination for Best Actor - Malayalam.

In 2015, he co-starred in two films with Nithya Menen: Jenuse Mohamed's romantic comedy 100 Days of Love and Mani Ratnam's Tamil romantic drama O Kadhal Kanmani. The Hindu's critic Baradwaj Rangan said of Salmaan's performance, "Dulquer Salmaan checks off all boxes in the 'Can You Be The Next Madhavan?' questionnaire," though he thought the film belonged primarily to Menen. Salmaan went on to play the title role in Martin Prakkat's Charlie (2015). The film received eight Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actor for Salmaan, as well as his third Filmfare nomination for Best Actor - Malayalam.

Salmaan reunited with Sameer Thahir for his first film, Kali, which starred Sai Pallavi. The film had the highest opening day box office gross for a Malayalam film when it was released. After that, he appeared in Rajeev Ravi's action drama Kammatipaadam (2016). The film received positive reviews from critics and became his third consecutive financial success in two years. For his performances in both films, he shared the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Critics) - Malayalam.

He then appeared in Jomonte Suvisheshangal, a family drama directed by Sathyan Anthikad (2017). Despite commercial comparisons to the 2016 Malayalam drama Jacobinte Swargarajyam, the film did well. His next appearance was in the action-adventure film Comrade in America, directed by Amal Neerad (2017). The Hindu referred to it as "Dulquer's big hit of 2017." He then played four roles in Bejoy Nambiar's Malayalam-Tamil bilingual anthology Solo (2017). The film was critically panned and received widespread audience backlash. Following that, he appeared in the Telugu film Mahanati, a biopic of actress Savitri. His Telugu debut received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success at the box office. Salmaan's portrayal of Gemini Ganesan received critical acclaim, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Critics) - Telugu, as well as his first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor - Telugu. Later that year, Salmaan made his Bollywood debut in Karwaan, alongside Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar. Despite the film's mixed reviews, Salmaan's performance was praised.

In 2019, he appeared in the Malayalam romantic comedy film Oru Yamandan Premakadha, directed by B. Noufal, C. which was a colossal failure. Salmaan's next Bollywood film, The Zoya Factor, will be released in September 2019. The Zoya Factor, a film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel, did not fare well at the box office, but Salmaan's performance was praised. According to the Times of India, "from 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, for which he received his first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor - Tamil. Wayfarer Films, his production company, was founded in 2020. Varane Avashyamund, a family drama in which he co-starred with Suresh Gopi, Shobana, and Kalyani Priyadarshan, was his first project as a producer and actor. The film was released in theaters in 2020 and received positive reviews.

Shamzu Zayba's romantic comedy Maniyarayile Ashokan, produced by his production company Wayfarer Films and starring Jacob Gregory and Anupama Parameswaran, is another project of his as a producer. He played the titular role of Sukumara Kurup in the 2021 crime-thriller Kurup, which also marked his third production venture and became the highest grossing Malayalam film in 2021 and the highest-grossing film of his career.

Salute, his film, was released on SonyLIV in March 2022. He then starred alongside Mrunal Thakur in the Telugu-language period romantic drama Sita Ramam. Despite being Malayali, he dubbed in all of the languages in which the film was released, becoming a prominent pan-Indian actor as a result of the film. The film and his performance received widespread critical acclaim, and the film was a huge box-office success. In September 2022, his Bollywood psychological crime thriller Chup: Revenge of the Artist will be released in theaters. Guns & Gulaabs, a Netflix series, and King of Kotha are among his upcoming projects.

Off-screen work and personal life

He married architect Amal Sufiya in an arranged marriage on December 22, 2011. Amal is from a Muslim family from North India who settled in Chennai. The couple has a daughter who was born in May of 2017.

As part of the Kerala Motor Vehicle Department's safe riding campaign, he appeared in a short film. As part of the Chennai Gives initiative, he donated 150 items, including clothing, shoes, books, school supplies, and crockery. He also used to run a car trading website and a dental business chain in Chennai. He is also the director of the Motherhood Hospital in Bangalore.

In the news

GQ ranked Dulquer Salmaan fourth among the 50 most influential young Indians in 2016. GQ included him in their list of the Best Dressed Men in India 2016. Kochi Times, a subsidiary of The Times Group, named him the "Most Desirable Man" in 2013 and 2014. Salmaan became the first actor from Kerala to appear on the October cover of Vogue India in 2019.


As an actor

List of films and roles

2012Second ShowHarilal "Lalu"Malayalam
Ustaad HotelFaizal "Faizy" Abdul Razak
TheevramHarsha Vardhan
2013ABCD: American-Born Confused DesiJones Isaac
5 SundarikalInjured stuntman
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna BhoomiKassi
Pattam PoleKarthikeyan "Karthi"
2014Salalah MobilesAfzal
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum / Samsaaram Aarogyathinu HaanikaramAravindBilingual film
Tamil / Malayalam
Bangalore DaysArjun "Aju"Malayalam
VikramadithyanAdithyan Menon
NjaanK. T. N. Kottoor & Ravi ChandrasekharDual role
2015100 Days of LoveBalan K. Nair & Rocky K. Nair
O Kadhal KanmaniAditya "Aadhi" VaradarajanTamil
Annmariya KalippilaanuAngelCameo appearance
2017Jomonte SuvisheshangalJomon T. Vincent
Comrade in AmericaAji "Ajipan" Mathew
SoloShekhar, Trilok, Siva and Rudra RamachandranBilingual film; quadruple role
Malayalam / Tamil
2018MahanatiGemini GanesanTelugu
KarwaanAvinash RajpurohitHindi
2019Oru Yamandan PremakadhaLallu (Mohanlal John Kombanayil)Malayalam
The Zoya FactorNikhil KhodaHindi
2020Varane AvashyamundBibeesh P.MalayalamAlso producer
Kannum Kannum KollaiyadithaalSiddharthTamil
Maniyarayile AshokanArjunMalayalamAlso producer; cameo appearance
2021KurupGopikrishnan aka (Sudhakara Kurup / Alexander)Also producer
2022Hey SinamikaYaazhanTamil
SaluteAravind KarunakaranMalayalamAlso producer
Sita RamamLieutenant RamTelugu
Chup: Revenge of the ArtistDanny/Sebastian GomesHindi
2023King of Kotha Films that have not yet been releasedTBAMalayalamPost Production; also producer

Web series

2023Guns & Gulaabs Not yet releasedTBAHindiNetflix IndiaCompleted

Other crew positions

2014KootharaTrailer narrator
2017Pokkiri Simon
2019MargamkaliBaby (voice)
2020Maniyarayile AshokanNarrator
2021MaaraVoice-over in trailer
2022Upacharapoorvam Gunda JayanDistributor
PyaliCo-producer; distributor
2023Nanpakal Nerathu MayakkamDistributor


List of songs

YearAlbumSong / Voice
2013ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi"Johny Mone Johny"
2014Manglish"Njanga Poneanutta"
2015Charlie"Chundari Penne"
2017Comrade in America"Vaanam Thilathilakkanu"
"Kerala Manninayi"
Malayala Manorama AD"Puthu Malayalam"
2019Dear Comrade"Comrade Anthem" (Malayalam Version)
Sarbath Kadha"Sarbath Anthem"
2020Maniyarayile Ashokan"Unnimaya Song"
2021Kurup"Dingiri Dingale"
2022Hey Sinamika"Achamillai Achamillai"

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations

2012Asiavision AwardsBest NewcomerSecond ShowWon
2013Asianet Film AwardsBest New Face (Male)Won
Vanitha Film AwardsWon
Best Star PairUstad HotelWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – MalayalamNominated
Best Male Debut – SouthSecond ShowWon
South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Debut (Male)Won
Asiavision AwardsPerformer of the YearVariousWon
2014Asianet Film AwardsStar of the YearWon
Asiavision AwardsPerformer of The YearBangalore DaysVikramadithyanWon
2015Asianet Film AwardsStar of the YearWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – MalayalamNjaanNominated
Best Debut (Male)Vaayai Moodi PesavumWon
South Indian International Movie AwardsNominated
Best ActorNjaanNominated
Vanitha Film AwardsBest Star PairVikramadithyanWon
Vijay AwardsBest Debut (Male)Vaayai Moodi PesavumWon
Vikatan AwardsWon
2016Asianet Film AwardsMost Popular ActorCharlieWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – MalayalamNominated
Kerala State Film AwardsBest ActorWon
South Indian International Movie AwardsBest ActorNominated
Best Male Playback SingerNominated
2017Asianet Film AwardsBest Actor (Critics)KammatipaadamKaliWon
2nd IIFA UtsavamBest ActorCharlieWon
Best Male Playback SingerNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor (Critics)KaliKammatipaadamWon
South Indian International Movie AwardsBest ActorKammatipaadamNominated
Asiavision AwardsSoloComrade in AmericaParavaWon
2018Asianet Film AwardsGolden StarSoloJomonte SuvisheshangalParavaWon
Vanitha Film AwardsPopular ActorSoloJomonte SuvisheshangalParavaComrade in AmericaWon
2019South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actor – TeluguMahanatiNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguNominated
Best Actor (Critics) – TeluguWon
2021Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TamilKannum Kannum KollaiyadithaalNominated
South Indian International Movie AwardsBest ActorNominated
Kerala Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorKurupSaluteWon
Nickname(s)Salu, DQ
Profession(s)Actor, Singer, Entrepreneur
Famous Role'Charlie' in the Malayalam film "Charlie" (2015)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (Malayalam): Second Show (2012) as Harilal "Lalu"
Film (Tamil): Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014) as Aravind
Film (Bollywood): Karwan (2018) as Avinash
Awards, Honours• Asiavision Award for Best Newcomer for the film “Second Show” (2012)
• Filmfare Award South for Best Debut- Male for the film “Second Show” (2013)
• Asianet Film Award for Star of the Year (2014)
• South Indian International Movie Award for Best Debut (Male) for the film “Vaayai Moodi Pesavum” (2015)
• Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for the film “Charlie” (2016)
• Behindwoods Gold Wall of Famers for Best Performer for the film “Kali” and “Kammatipaadam” (2017)
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 July 1986 (Monday)
Age (as in 2022)36 Years
BirthplaceKochi, Kerala, India
Zodiac signLeo
HometownKochi, Kerala, India
School• Toc-H Public School, Kochi
• Sishya School, Chennai
College/University• Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
• Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai
Educational Qualification(s)•Bachelor of Business Management (BBM)
•3 Months acting course
HobbiesSinging, Watching Films, Travelling
TattooOn Left Forearm: Black Stripes
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Marriage Date22 December 2011
Wife/SpouseAmal Sufiya (architect)
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Maryam
ParentsFather- Mammootty (Actor, Producer)
Mother- Sulfath Kutty (Homemaker)
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister- Kutty Surumi (elder)
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodBiryani
Favourite ActorsRajinikanth, Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu
Favourite DirectorMani Ratnam
Favourite SuperherosIronman, Batman
Favourite AppTwitter
Favourite Holiday DestinationLondon
Favourite FilmsManam (2014), Magadheera (2009)

Some Lesser Known Facts About Dulquer Salmaan

  • Dulquer Salmaan was born to the popular actor Mammootty and his wife Sulfath Kutty in Kochi.
  • Dulquer had a deep interest in film direction from a very young age. When he was 12 years old, he used to make short films by taking his father’s camera.
  • After completing his graduation, Dulquer worked at a reputed firm in the US as a Business Manager.
  • He then relocated to Dubai, where he did an IT-related business for some time.
  • Thereafter, he returned to India and did a three months course in acting from Barry John Acting Studio in Mumbai.
  • He started his acting career in 2012 by playing the role of Harilal/Lalu in the Malayalam film “Second Show.” He received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance in the film.
  • In 2014, Dulquer appeared in the romantic drama “Bangalore Days,” which was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films till date.
  • In 2018, he made his acting debut in Bollywood with the film “Karwan” in which he played the role of ‘Avinash.’
  • In 2019, Salmaan starred in the Bollywood film “The Zoya Factor” opposite Sonam Kapoor.
  • He also acted in a short film as part of the Kerala Motor Vehicle department’s safe riding campaign.
  • Dulquer was also a part of the Chennai Gives initiative and donated 150 items that included clothing, shoes, books, school supplies and crockery items.
  • Apart from being an actor, he is also a singer and has sung many songs like Johnny Mone Johnny from the Malayalam film ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi (2013).
  • He owns a car-trading web portal and a dental business chain in Chennai.
  • He is also the director of the Bangalore-based ‘Motherhood Hospital’.​​​​​​​
  • Dulquer has a huge love for cars and bikes since his childhood.
  • He was very scared of dogs when he was a kid but gradually started liking them as he grew up. He has a pet dog named Honey.
  • Salmaan told in an interview that despite graduating in Business Management, he made his career in acting as he felt that after working as a Business Manager, his life had become monotonous and routine.
  • He told in an interview that his name is a combination of the names of two warriors. Reportedly, his name has a reference to Alexander, The Great.

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