Salim Kumar is a Malayalam film actor and mimicry artist. He mainly handles comedic roles and has been typecast with it, but he has acted in serious roles in films such as Achanuranghatha Veedu, Gramophone, and Perumazhakkalam. He won the Kerala State Film Award for the Second Best Actor in 2005 for his role as Samuel in Lal Jose's Achanurangatha Veedu.
He attended the Govt LP School, N Paravoor and later enrolled into the Govt. Boys High School, North Paravoor, . Later he graduated with a BA from Maharajas College, Ernakulam. He won the University title in Mimicry three times. He belongs to the Ezhava caste.
He chose Cochin Kalabhavan, and later moved on to Cochin Sagar to further cultivate his skills in mimicry. He was also a performer in Comicola, a hit comedy program on Asianet.
Salim Kumar's first film was Ishtamaanu Nooru Vattam, a family entertainer directed by Sidhik Shameer. Further he got numerous opportunities. After establishing himself as an essential part of Malayalam comedy film, he earned the reputation of a character actor by becoming hero in Achanurangatha Veedu, directed by Lal Jose. For his performance in this film, he won the Kerala State Film Award for the second best actor in 2007. He has also handled serious roles in films such as Gramophone and Perumazhakkalam.
For about four years, he was associated with professional drama in Arathi Theatres, Cochin.
Salim Kumar is married to Sunitha and the couple have two sons, Chandu and Aromal.