Kunchacko Boban, son of actor, director Boban Kunchacko and grand son of legendary Kunchacko, was introduced into Malayalam film industry by versatile director Fazil. His debut movie Aniathipravu (1997), co-starring Shalini, and directed by Fazil was a block buster. Kunchacko Boban's performance as Sudhi, the lead character got him good reception across young audience and the family crowd. Kunchacko Boban- Shalini pair was considered as a lucky pair in late nineties. Following the success of Aniathipravu, Kunchacko Boban was cast in movies like Nakshathrathaarattu, Mayilpeelikkavu and Niram (1999). "Niram" was one of the biggest grossers of 1999. Songs of "Niram" are still very popular. His performance in hit movies "Kasthuriman" and "Swapnakoodu" was also appreciated by critics.
He played a cameo in Fazil's Harikrishnans, which marked the reunion of Mohanlal and Mammootty after 9 years. Then came a streak of Chandamama, an average film at the box office, and he went on to do Ingane Oru Nilapakshi, Prem Poojari, Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam etc.
After Niram, Dosth and Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka, his next films included Kasthooriman, and Swapnakkoodu. The movie Ee Snehatheerathu earned him a Special Jury Award at the 2004 Kerala State Film Awards.
Kunchacko has been fortunate to work with ace directors like Fazil, Kamal, Hariharan, Sathyan Anthikadu, Siby Malayil, Lohithadas, Laljose, Roshan Andrews, Rajesh Pillai, Dr.Biju etc. Many leading heroines like Asin, Namitha Pramod, Sneha, Ann Augustine, Mamta Kulkarni made their debut in Malayalam with Kunchako Boban. In 2005 after his marriage he took a break from movies since few of his last movies were not doing well at box office.
Kunchako Boban returned to films in 2008 with a special appearance in a song in Twenty:20 and later acted in Shafi's LollyPop. His real come back was through the movie "Gulumal" directed by popular Ad filmmaker and director V.K.Prakash which was a surprise hit at the box office. "Gulumal" was followed by a string of superhit movies which established him as one of the most successful actors of last decade. He played lead role in blockbuster movies like Mummy & Me, Sakudumbam Shyamala and Lal Jose's Elsamma Enna Aankutty. In 2011, he played the central character in the super-hit movie Traffic . The film's success and wide critical acclaim played a key in the trend that followed in Malayalam cinema dubbed 'New generation movies'. This was followed by Seniors, Three Kings, Sevens and Doctor Love. He won the Youth Icon award at hjkAsianet Film Awards. In 2012, he was featured in three films, Spanish Masala, Ordinary and Mallu Singh. Ordinary had 10,000 shows in theatres before reaching the 50-day mark and grossed over ₹10 crore (US$1.6M, €1.2M, or £1M as of October 2013). His 2013 works included Romans, another box office block buster and 3 Dots . God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam, and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum directed by Lal Jose. ". "Jamnapyaari(2015)","Madhura Naaranga(2015)", "Vettah(2016)" "valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti(2016)" and "School Bus (2016)" are his latest releases.
In the earlier stages of his career Kunchacko Boban had a Chocolate boy image. But he made a comple imgame makeover with his comeback. He proved his versatility as an actor by doing roles which had humour, negative shades and seriousness. Kunchacko Boban has been also part of many parallel movies like "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal", "Kadhaveedu" and "Ee Snehatheerathu". "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal" directed by Dr Biju was an eye opener on Endosulphan affected Northern Kerala villages. The film was screened at United Nations and was also selected for many world famous film festivals including Toronto Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival and International Film Festival of India. "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal" bagged the national award for Best Film made on environment preservation.
In 2016 he revamped Udaya Pictures, the iconic production house of Malayalam.Kochauvva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho marked his debut as a producer under the banner Udaya Pictures.The movie was a hit at the box office.
Kunchacko was born in a Syro-Malabar Catholic family at Alappuzha, Kerala . He is the grandson of film producer Kunchacko of the erstwhile Udaya Studios, the first film studio in Kerala. His father Boban Kunchacko was also an actor and producer who acted in a few films produced by Udaya and his mother Molly is a housewife. He has two younger sisters, Anu and Mini. Boban Kunchacko later ventured into direction with the films Palattu Kunhikkannan, Sanchari and Aazhi. Kunchacko Boban is also the grandnephew of Navodaya Appachan of the Navodaya Studios.
Kunchako Boban married Priya Ann Samuel on 2 April 2005 at Little Flower Catholic Church, Ernakulam.
Kerala State Film Awards2004 - Special Jury Award for Ee Snehatheerathu
South Indian International Movie Awards2012 - SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Malayalam for Seniors
Asianet Film Awards
2014 – Youth Icon of the Year for various films.
2012 – Special Jury Award for Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum, Romans.
2011 – Youth Icon of the Year for various films.
2010 – Best Star Pair Award with actress Archana Jose Kavi for Mummy & Me
Vanitha Film Awards2010 - TTK Prestige — Vanitha Film Awards: Best Star Pair Award with actress Archana Jose Kavi for Mummy & Me
Mathrubhumi Film Awards2010 - Best Star Pair Award with actress Bhama for Sakudumbam Shyamala
Jaihind TV Film Awards2013 - Popular Actor