Dulquer Salmaan (born 28 July 1986) is an Indian film actor and businessman who works in Malayalam cinema. He is the son of actor Mammootty. He started his acting career in 2012, in the Malayalam film Second Show and later appeared in the film Ustad Hotel (2012). He was awarded with Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant for the performance in the film Second Show and nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ustad Hotel.
Dulquer Salmaan was born to actor Mammootty and Sulfath. He studied in Toc-H Public School, Kochi, Kerala, till primary classes, after which he joined Sishya School in Chennai. He received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University, U.S. He married Chennai-based architect Amal Sufiya, on 22 December 2011.
Director Shyamaprasad offered Salmaan a role in the film Ritu. Later, Tamil director N. Linguswamy also offered him a role in his first Malayalam film. But these were rejected by Dulquer because he felt he had to study the various aspects of cinema in detail before venturing further and for that did a short term course in film. In 2011, Dulquer signed his friend Srinath Rajendran's debut project Second Show in which he played the role of a gangster. Second Show, released on 3 February 2012, was according to Sify, " well appreciated by both the viewers and also by the critics" and completed a 100 days run. His second project was Ustad Hotel with director Anwar Rasheed. The film earned critical acclaim and was one of the major commercial successes in Malayalam cinema in the year 2012. Both films were in the list of "Top 10 Malayalam films of 2012" compiled by Oneindia.in. His third film was Theevram, a crime thriller directed by Roopesh Peethambaran which released on 16 November 2012. Dulquer signed on to appear in Martin Prakkat's ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi scheduled for release in 2013 as his fourth film where he made his debut as a singer. He worked his fifth movie with Sameer Thahir on a film named Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi. He has also acted in Amal Neerad's segment in the anthology film Anchu Sundharikal. The film Pattam Pole directed by Azhagappan is released on 11 October 2013 to mixed reviews. He has signed to do a Bilingual film directed by Balaji Mohan which will be shot in Tamil and Malayalam .