Kunchacko "Chackochan" Boban is a Malayali Indian film actor. He is the grandson of famous film producer Kunchacko of erstwhile Udaya Studios and the grandnephew of Appachan. He started his career through the commercially successful film Aniyathipravu by Fazil in 1997 (though his debut was as a child artist in one of Fazil's films from the early 80s). His roles in Fazil's Harikrishnans (1998) and Kamal's Niram (1999) made him one of the top actors of the late 90s.He is also famous for his comb over hairstyle.
He has acted in about 30 films in Malayalam cinema.
He became an instant teenage heartthrob after his first film, the Fazil directed Aniyathi Pravu (1997), was released. The film was a huge hit in the campuses so is the soft hero among the teenage girls. His pairing with Shalini was also much appreciated. The euphoria he created can be matched with that of Sankar after Manjil Virnija Pookkal in the 1980s. Thousands of his photographs were sold major consumers being teenage girls. The bike he used in the film Hero Honda Splendor became a style symbol in campus. He stood out among the heroes of the late 1990s when the middle aged super stars concentrated on action films. Aniyathipravu continuously screened in a single theatre for 225 days.
Following the success of Aniyathi Pravu, Kunchacko Boban was cast in movies like Nakshathra Tharattu and Mayilppeelikkavu. In Nakshathra Tharattu, he was again cast opposite to Shalini. Both the films were fairly successful. Then he played cameo in Fazil's Harikrishnans which marked the reunion of Mammootty and Mohanlal after 9 years.
Then came a streak of flops like Chandamama, Priyam, Mazhavillu, Ingane Oru Nila Pakshi, Prem Poojari, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam etc. He had single success in the period 1998 to 2001 which was Kamal's Niram which featured him opposite Shalini for the final time. Niram was a rage in college campus. Dosth did fairly well, but in an age when Dileep had the Midas Touch, Kunchako's performance went unnoticed. Even he did not credit for the Sathyan Anthikkadu's Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka which went well in box office. The flops added with his poor acting skills earned him much dispopularity even in the campus.
After 2000, Kunchacko had only three hits, Kasthoorimaan in which he made an image makeover with the character Sajan Joseph Alukka IAS, Kilukkam Kilukilukkam and Swapnakkoodu. Though he acted in at least 3 films a year, all of them floped in the Box office. Prithviraj, Jayasurya and Indrajith became the new youth icon. In 2005 he got married and started concentrating on real estate business and is quite successful. In 2006 and 2007, he did not act much. He made a come back in 2008 through Shafi's Lollypop which also starred Prithviraj and Jayasurya. The film did not go well in box office. In 2009 he is again pairing up with Jayasurya in Gulumaal. He is also cast in Kukku Surendran's new movie named Mirror. He's also going to do another movie directed by Rajesh R Pillai who earlier did a movie with him Hrudayathil Sookshikkaan which was a flop. The new movie is named TRAFFIC and is scripted by Bobby-Sanjay team based on a true incident. Jagadeesh Chandran under the banner of Kichu films will produce this film. Sreenivasan plays another important role. Shooting is expected to start on Jan 2010 and the movie is expected to release on May 2010.
Another movie of Chackochan announced, Oridathoru Postman. Shaji Aseez of Shakespeare M A Malayalam fame directs the movie. Innocent plays the lazy postman and Kunchacko Boban plays his hardworking son. Suresh Gopi plays the role of wildlife photographer Yasir Mubaraq. Kalabhavan Mani plays another pivotal role. Script is by Veruthe Oru Bharya fame K.GireeshKumar. Ananya plays heroine. Shaji Kottiyam & Basheer Silsila will produce the movie under the banner of Nila Productions. Shooting of this movie will commence soon at Thodupuzha.he is also cast in afilim of lal jose.