I have evolved from a star to an actor, says Kunchako Boban
Chackochan is the grandson of Kunchacko of Udaya Studios, the man who produced Jeevithanauka, the first Malayalam super-hit, and who helmed many big hits as producer and the dynamic owner of Udaya Studios. Chackochan’s father Boban Kunchacko was an actor, producer and director and it was in 1997, with Fazil’s Aniathipravu, that Kunchacko Boban made his entry into films. The young actor became a teenage sensation with that film and went on to do several romantic films back-to-back, banking on his image as a lover boy. After a break, he made a comeback, doing the kind of roles that he had not done before... roles with a difference and which demanded versatility. He is back to delivering one hit after another, with Mallu Singh as his 50th film.
50 films! How do you feel, looking back?
When I did my first film, I hadn’t seen it as my profession. I didn’t even know if I’d stick around. The film turned out to be a hit; then I got to do some more films – good, bad, not-so-good and not-so-bad. But, most of the characters that I played were almost of the same kind. When I made my comeback after two years, I was determined to make acting my career. Results showed up, for example, I got better films and better roles, my characters got appreciated and accepted and I was also part of films that brought about big changes in Malayalam cinema. Initially, I was more of a star and now, I’m more of an actor