Dulquer Salmaan was born on 28 July 1983 as the younger son of actor Mammootty and Sulfath .He studied in Toch 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.
It was director Shyamaprasad who first offered him a role in the film Ritu, after famous Tamil director N. Linguswamy also offered him a role in his debut Malayalam film. But these were rejected by Salmaan 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, Salmaan signed his friend Srinath Rajendran's debut project Second Show in which he played the role of a gangster. The film was made by a team of youngsters, all eager to explore the medium. Salman felt he would be more comfortable working with such a team than acting under any of those experienced directors. In fact, Salman's mediocre launch surprised many even within the industry. When this question was thrown at Mammootty, he said, "I never got a premiere launch in cinema. During those struggling days, I was known as Mammootty, the son of Paanaparambil Ismail. It was only later that my father came to be known through me. Now, Dulquer is known as Mammootty's son. If I am destined to be known as his father, let it be so." The film Second Show released on February 3, 2012 with a good response from the audience and became a hit and run successfully for more than 75 days across Kerala. His second project was Ustad Hotel with director Anwar Rasheed. The film earned critical acclaim and is one of the major commercial successes in Malayalam Cinema in the year 2012. It also had a run for more than 100 days. His third film is Theevram with director Roopesh Peethambaran which is going to release at end of 2012. Dulquer has also signed on to appear in Martin Prakkat's ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi.