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From Jayaram To Dulquer Salmaan: Malayalam Actors Who Played The Lead Roles In Their Debut Films!

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Not every Malayalam actor has had the privilege of debuting in films in a lead role. What we have heard more often, are stories of struggle and years of hardships to reach the top.

Here, we are listing a few Malayalam actors, who got the chance to play the lead role in their debut film itself. Take a look.


Jayaram, undoubtedly had a dream debut, one which any youngster would be jealous of. The actor got the chance to play the lead role in Padmarajan's evergreen classic Aparan(1988). It was indeed a dream start for the actor.

Kunchacko Boban

Kunchacko Boban made his entry to films portraying the lead role in the film Aniyathipraavu(1997), directed by Fazil. The film also marked the debut of actress Shaalini.

Fahadh Faasil

Fahadh Faasil donned the lead role in Kaiyethum Doorathu(2002), directed by Fazil. It wasn't a dream start as the film failed at the box-office. But, the actor came back in style and went on to become one of the finest actors in the industry.


Prithviraj made his debut in films doing the lead character in the film Nandanam(2003), directed by Ranjith. The film went on to be a big success at the box-office.

Asif Ali

Asif Ali couldn't have asked for a better debut than Ritu(2009) directed by Shyamaprasad. The film had Nishaan, Asif Ali and Rima Kallingal in the lead roles.

Nivin Pauly

Nivin Pauly came in to the industry playing the character Prakashan in Malarvadi Arts Club(2010). Prakashan was one among the lead characters of the film and obviously the most powerful among the lot.

Dulquer Salmaan

Dulquer Salmaan got a very strong role in his debut feature film. The actor portrayed the lead role in the film Second Show(2012), which went on to be a hit at the box-office.

If we take the history of Malayalam cinema, it can be noted that most of the superstars had to undergo years of struggle before reaching the top.

Even actors like Mammootty and Mohanlal, did take time to land up with a lead character in films. Mohanlal started off by playing villain characters and supporting characters. Similarly, Mammootty started off with supporting characters and second hero roles in films.

The case has been the same with other actors like Dileep, Suresh Gopi, Jayasurya etc. who had to struggle in the initial days to land up with noticeable roles.

Interestingly, there has been a shift in the scenario right now. Actors like Prithviraj, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly etc forayed into films doing the lead roles.

With time, more opportunities have come up for all 'wannabe' actors. Various reality shows and even social medias have opened up much more avenues for the budding actors.

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