Dulquer Salmaan Birthday Special: Decoding Karwaan actor’s appeal through his films


Dulquer Salmaan has won hearts of his female fans with his affable charm and debonair personality and the support of his audiences through his sheer talent and baritone voice. The actor who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu cinema is all set to mark his debut in Hindi cinema with Karwaan opposite Mithila Palkar and Irrfan. He has managed to carve a place for himself stepping out of the shadow of his superstar father Mamooty. On his birthday today, let’s look at some of the must-watch films of the young heartthrob and his awaited films.

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1.Second Show


Dulquer made his Malayalam film debut with this film for which he received Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. It became a box office hit even though it was made on a small budget and told the story of a young man’s journey from being an illicit sand miner to a smuggling baron. The film was a test for Dulquer and he rose to the occasion magnificently. His great screen presence and the fact that he didn’t look or act anything like his father made him carve a place for himself in the industry.

2.Ustad Hotel


Ustad Hotel was directed by Anwar Rasheed and written by Anjali Menon. The story revolved around a young man named Faizal who studies in Switzerland as a chef against the wishes of his father. The feel-good story peppered with delectable food has Dulquer forming a close on-screen bond with Thilakan as his loveable grandad who teaches him the philosophy of cooking, servitude and the purpose of his profession. Dulquer won a nomination for Best Actor for this film.

3.ABCD: American Born Confused Desi


The Malayalam comedy film was directed by Martin Prakkat. Dulquer plays spoilt brat of an NRI who travels to Kerala from the USA. The easy-breezy comedy film gave testimony that Dulquer could carry a comic role as well.

4.Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi


This travel film is probably one of the most remarkable of the young actor. Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi meaning, blue sky, green sea, the red earth is about a young man traveling to north-east India in search of the girl he had fallen in love with when he was in college. The people he meets on his journey, the road that he takes and his experience are what solo travel is all about.

5.OK Kanmani


OK Kanmani is a Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam and starring Dulquer and Nithya Menen in lead roles. The film portrays a young couple in a live-in relationship. The two lead actors don’t want the bondage of love or marriage but eventually fall in love and the struggle to define their relationship was great fun to watch. The film was remade in Hindi as OK Jaanu starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor.



Charlie changed the game for Dulquer in Malayalam cinema. He plays a loud, affable, quirky do-gooder who is introduced to the audience through the descriptions of various characters he meets in the course of the film. His nuanced performance was appreciated by one and all and won him the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.




Dulquer will be making his Hindi film debut with Karwaan another film on road trip. The trailer of the film has already generated a huge buzz in the audience and as the film is up for release, Dulquer will once again make a foray into a fourth language territory.

8.The Zoya Factor

Dulquer will next be seen in The Zoya Factor opposite Sonam Kapoor. The film is based on Anuja Chauhan’s novel of the same name and will see him play the role of a cricketer.

One of the biggest quality of Dulquer is that he easily flits through languages, whether it is Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi or English and that too without a hint of an accent or the typical Malyali ‘twang’ which makes him a truly pan-Indian actor.