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Chunky Pandey at the success party of the film THE FOREST,2012
26 September 1962 |
Suyash 'Chunky' Pandey (born 26 September 1962) is an Indian film actor who has appeared in various Bollywood films. He has appeared in over 80 movies in a career that has spanned over two decades and has been nominated once for his supportive role in Tezaab. He was lead hero in Hindi films from 1987-1994 but his movies were more successful in Hindi in the period 1987-1992. After failure of his Hindi films as lead hero since 1993, his career in Hindi films faded away. Chunky then worked in Bangladeshi Cinema from 1994 and most of his movies in Bangladesh were successful.
Pandey started out his Bollywood career in 1987, with the film Aag Hi Aag opposite Neelam Kothari, Pandey shot to the spotlight with his role as Munna's (Anil Kapoor) friend in the movie Tezaab in 1988. This was the first big break for Pandey as he received a Filmfare award nomination for the best supporting actor for his performance in the film. Since then he has appeared in many films with mixed success throughout the late 1980s and 1990s with his peak period being 1987-1991. Most of his films where he had the leading role did not fare well at the box office from 1992. Subsequently Pandey starred alongside male lead actors such as Rajesh Khanna, Govinda, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt and Jeetendra. Some of the hit films of his are Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988), Zahreelay (1990), Rupaye Dus Karod, Vishwatma (1992), Lootere (1993) and Aankhen (1993).His pairing opposite actress Neelam was appreciated and the pair had 5 hits like Aag Hi Aag (1987), Paap Ki Duniya (1988),Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988),Ghar Ka Chiraag (1989),Mitti Aur Sona (1989).But after 1990 their next 3 films as a pair were failures.
The advent of the 90s saw a new wave of actors such as Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Rahul Roy and Shahrukh Khan taking on roles as "romantic heroes" while Akshay kumar, Sunil Shetty and Ajay Devgan grabbed the "action hero" roles. Pandey found it difficult to slot himself in either category. In 1993, he starred as the second lead to Govinda in the David Dhawan directed blockbuster Aankhen. Unfortunately, the credit of the movie's success went to Govinda and Kader Khan. Pandey could not capitalize on the mega success of the film, "Aankhen". Gradually since the year 1994, Pandey's career as lead hero began to fade.
Pandey took an hiatus from Bollywood in the late 90s and then he moved to Bangladeshi Cinema. He returned to Bollywood in 2003 playing supporting roles in Qayamat: City Under Threat, Elaan, Don: The Chase Begins Again, Darwaza Bandh Rakho and Apna Sapna Money Money.
Chunky married Bhavna Pandey in 1998 and has two daughters. He decided to make a comeback to Bollywood during 2002 and ended up appearing in over a dozen movies. Apart from appearing in movies, Chunky is also involved in a business 'Bollywood Electric' which hosts stage shows. He and his wife Bhavna also run a health food restaurant in Mumbai, India.
|1981||Rocky||Bell-ringer student(Extra) in song 'Rocky Mera Naam'|
|1987||Aag Hi Aag||Vijay Singh|
|Gunahon Ka Faisla||Sheru|
|Paap Ki Duniya||Inspector Vijay|
|Khatron Ke Khiladi||Mahesh Avtar|
|Mitti Aur Sona||Vijay Bhushan|
|Kasam Vardi Ki|
|Ghar Ka Chiraag||Ravi|
|Nakabandi||Raja 'Munna' D. Singh|
|Khilaaf||Vikram 'Vicky' Veerpratap Singh|
|Aaj Ke Shahenshah|
|Rupaye Dus Karod|
|1992||Parda Hai Parda|
|Vishwatma remake||Akash Bhardwaj|
|Police Wala||Jimmy/CBI Officer Jagmohan Nath|
|1994||Gopalaa||Major Anand/Gopal 'Gopala' Anand|
|Teesra Kaun?||Vijay Verma|
|1997||Kaun Rokega Mujhe|
|1999||Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan||Chali D'Souza|
|2003||Qayamat: City Under Threat||Gopal, a scientist|
|Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost||Sanjay|
|2006||Apna Sapna Money Money||Rana Jang Bahadur|
|Darwaza Bandh Rakho||Raghu|
|Don: The Chase Begins Again||T.J (Special Appearance)|
|I See You||Akshay 'AK' Kapoor|
|2007||Fool N Final||Rocky|
|Om Shanti Om||As himself - Special Appearance|
|Sankat City||Sikandar Khan (Dual role)|
|De Dana Dan||Nonny Chadda|
|2010||Tees Maar Khan||Himself|
|2011||Rascals||Bhagat Bhulabhai Chouhan(BBC)|
|2012||Housefull 2||Akhri Pasta|
|Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum||Baba 3G|
|Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke|
|Himmatwala (2013 film)||Michael Jaikishan|
Awards and nominations
- IANS (16 June 2010). "Chunky Pandey says happy playing secosher=NDTV Movies".
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