Born on the 22nd of September, 1987, Unni Mukundan is the son of M Mukundan Nair and Roji Mukundan. He was born in Villadom in Trichur, but grew up in Ahmedabad. Unni made his foray into the film industry after the completion of his Plus Two in commerce, and is currently pursuing his B.A. in English from the Prajyothi Nietan College, Thrissur. Unni is a firm believer in having a good education, and is usually found to be busy with his classes when he is not shooting for his movies, even quoting “I believe that I am in a space where I can fix my dates”, showing his confidence in his ability, and also in his belief that a good education is absolutely essential.
Known as the “Muscle Aliyan” of M-Town, Unni made his debut in the Tamil movie Seedan in 2011, which was an adaptation of the Malayalam Nandanam, as the main lead. His debut Malayalam movie was Bombay March 12 alongside the veritable Mammootty. He also played a supporting role in Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty.
His versatility saw him reprise roles in movies such as Ezham Suryan, Bangkok Summer. He also played the title role in Mallu Singh alongside
, which turned out to be a box office hit. His other movies include Theevram, I Love Me,
, D Company, Orissa,
The Last Supper
, Rajadhi Raja and Vikramadhityan.
He has gained popularity for his role in Vikramadhityan, where he plays the role of the son of a cop and is placed against Dulquer Salman who plays the role of the son of a thief. Both the boys become classmates in school and the movie then proceeds to show their journey into adulthood.
For his role in Bombay March 12, Unni won several awards including the Asianet Film Award: Best New Face of the Year 2011, the Asiavision Movie Awards: 2011 Best New Face of the Year, The Jaihind TV Best Newcomer of the Year 2011, the Amritha TV Best Debut Award and the South Debut Actor for South Indian International Movie Awards.