Sunil Shetty

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Sunil Shetty
Sunil Shetty.jpg
Shetty on the sets of Loot
Native name ಸುನಿಲ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ
Born Sunil Shetty
(1961-08-11) 11 August 1961 (age 53)[1]
Mulki, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Other names Sunil llama Shetty, Anna
Occupation Actor
Television presenter
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Mana Shetty
Children Athiya Shetty
Ahan Shetty

Sunil Shetty (born 11 August 1961) is an Indian film actor, producer and entrepreneur predominantly active in Bollywood who has done more than 110 films. He made his mark in the industry doing action-oriented films. Besides Bollywood, he appeared in the English film Don't Stop Dreaming in 2007 and the Tamil film 12B (2001).[2]

His cream of films are Balwaan (1992), Dilwale (1994), Anth (1994), Mohra (1994), Gopi Kishan (1994), Krishna (1996), Rakshak (1996), Border (1997), Bhai (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Dhadkan (2000) are other successful films thus making him one of the successful leading actors of Bollywood.[3] In 2014, he changed his name to Suniel Shetty as per numerology.[4]

Shetty won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain in 2001 for Dhadkan.[5] He has also produced films like Khel – No Ordinary Game, Rakht, Bhagam Bhag under the banner of 'Popcorn Motion Pictures'.

Film career[edit]


Sunil Shetty was signed as the leading man by Pahlaj Nihalani for the film Ek Aur Faulad, but production was cancelled due to creative differences. Shetty eventually commenced his career with the film Balwaan with Divya Bharti in 1992. It was a moderate success. His second release, Waqt Hamara Hai which paired him with Akshay Kumar for the first time, met with success. His big brother role in Pehchaan with Saif Ali Khan, Shilpa Shirodkar and Madhoo also did well at the box office.

Shetty achieved further career stability in 1994 starring in the hit films Anth paired with Somy Ali and Dilwale co-starring Ajay Devgan and Raveena Tandon, followed by the blockbuster Mohra with Akshay Kumar. That same year he featured in his first comedy role Gopi Kishan which was a remake of Tamil hit Avasara Police 100, which became a box office hit. Hum Hain Bemisaal, his third film with Akshay Kumar was a box office failure. All of his releases of 1995, Raghuveer, Gaddaar and Takkar were box office average hits. He played the anti hero for the first time in Gaddaar and was pitted against Naseeruddin Shah in Takkar with Sonali Bendre. In 1996, most of his films like Vishwasghaat, Shastra and Ek Tha Raja flopped but he had average success with Sapoot, his fourth film with Akshay Kumar and Krishna opposite Karisma Kapoor. In 1997 he was appreciated for his performance in the war epic blockbuster Border and Bhai released on Diwali was a success despite its release coinciding with Shahrukh Khan's Dil To Pagal Hai. 1998 and 1999 were unsuccessful years for him but he was critically acclaimed for his role in Hu Tu Tu in 1999.


This decade started with Dhadkan once again with Akshay Kumar earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance as well as huge box office success. He played supporting roles in J.P.Dutta' s Refugee and Ram Gopal Varma' s Jungle, but the much expected Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar failed while Hera Pheri became a huge success, both directed by Priyadarshan. Shetty played anti hero in films like Rakht, Rudraksh and Main Hoon Na. In 2006, he tasted major success with Phir Hera Pheri along with Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal. Shetty was a part of many successful multi-starrers like Awara Paagal Deewana, Kaante, Aan: Men at Work, Dus, Qayamat: City Under Threat, Main Hoon Na, Hulchul, Chup Chup Ke, Apna Sapna Money Money, Shootout at Lokhandwala and De Dana Dan throughout this decade. The surprise success of One Two Three helped Shetty and in 2009 he also won SAIFF (South Asia International Film Festival) as a Best Actor for Red Alert: The War Within.


This decade didn't help Shetty to stabilize his career. In 2010, he starred in the comedy No Problem and Thank You in 2011, both doing only average business. His later releases Loot and Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai also failed while Ashu Trikha' s action films Enemmy and Koyelaanchal also done only average business.

Non-film work[edit]


He hosted Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One.[6]

Celebrity cricket league[edit]

Sunil Shetty is captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in the Celebrity cricket league.[7]

In Award Ceremony in Sri Lanka[edit]

Sunil Shetty was participated to the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2014 in Sri Lanka as a special guest along with other Bollywood actors such as Anil Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, and actresses such as Bipasha Basu, and Neha Dhupia.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Sunil Shetty was born in a Tulu speaking ethnic Bunt[1][9] family on 11 August 1961 in Mulki, India.[1]

The actor owns restaurants specialising in Udupi cuisine and clothing boutiques.[10]

He is married to Mana Shetty and has two children named Athiya (born 5 November 1992).[11] and Ahan (born 15 January 1996).[12] Mana runs an NGO for under-privileged kids[13] He has a Black Belt in kick boxing.[14]




Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Balwaan Arjun Singh
1993 Waqt Hamara Hai Sunil Chaudhary
1993 Pehchaan Kunal Verma
1994 Dilwale Vikram Singh Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1994 Anth Vijay Saxena
1994 Mohra Vishal Agnihotri
1994 Gopi Kishan Gopi / Kishan Double Role
1994 Hum Hain Bemisaal Michael
1995 Surakshaa Raja
1995 Raghuveer Raghuveer Verma
1995 Gaddaar Sunny
1995 Takkar Ravi Malhotra
1996 Ek Tha Raja Jay
1996 Vishwasghaat Avinash
1996 Krishna Krishna / Sunil
1996 Shastra Vijay
1996 Sapoot Raj Singhania
1996 Rakshak Raj Sinha
1997 Border Bhairav Singh Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1997 Prithvi Prithvi
1997 Judge Mujrim Sunil / Dhaga Double Role
1997 Bhai Kundan
1997 Dhaal Suraj
1997 Qahar Amar Kapoor
1998 Vinashak - Destroyer Arjun Singh
1998 Aakrosh Dev Malhotra
1998 Humse Badhkar Kaun Bhola / Suraj
1998 Sar Utha Ke Jiyo Himself Special Appearance
1999 Hu Tu Tu Aditya
1999 Bade Dilwala Ram Prasad
1999 Kaala Samrajya Arjun
2000 Krodh Karan
2000 Hera Pheri Shyam / Ghanshyam
2000 Refugee Mohammad Ashraf Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
2000 Jungle Shivraj
2000 Dhadkan Dev Winner, Filmfare Best Villain Award
2000 Aaghaaz Govind Narang
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi Sameer
2001 Officer Sagar Chauhan
2001 Kakkakuyil Kunjunni Special Appearance Malayalam film
2001 Ek Rishtaa Himself Special Appearance
2001 Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat Yash Sabharwal
2001 Ittefaq Shiva
2001 12B Pratap Tamil film
2001 Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Dayashankar Manorilal Pandey
2001 Ehsaas: The Feeling Ravi Naik
2002 Awara Paagal Deewana Yeda Anna
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Vijay
2002 Annarth Jimmy / Jai
2002 Karz: The Burden of Truth Raja
2002 Maseeha Krishna
2002 Kaante Marc Issak
2002 Chalo Ishq Ladaaye Himself Special Appearance
2003 Baaz: A Bird in Danger Harshvardhan
2003 Khanjar: The Knife Raja
2003 Qayamat: City Under Threat Akram Sheikh
2003 Khel – No Ordinary Game Dev Mallya Producer
2003 LOC Kargil Sanjay Kumar
2004 Rudraksh Bhuria
2004 Main Hoon Na Raghavan Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
2004 Lakeer - Forbidden Lines Sanju
2004 Aan: Men at Work Appa Kadam Naik
2004 Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... Ishaan
2004 Rakht Mohit Producer
2004 Ek Se Badhkar Ek Rahul Bhargav
2004 Hulchul Veer
2005 Page 3 Himself Special Appearance
2005 Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav Laloo
2005 Blackmail Abhay Singh Rathod
2005 Tango Charlie Shezad Khan
2005 Paheli Sunderlal Special Appearance
2005 Dus Dan
2005 Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets Rocker
2005 Kyon Ki Karan Special Appearance
2005 Deewane Huye Paagal Sanju
2005 Home Delivery Time Man Special Appearance
2006 Fight Club – Members Only Anna
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Anna
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Vishwas Talegaonkar
2006 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Himself Special Appearance Malayalam film
2006 Chup Chup Ke Mangal Singh Chauhan
2006 Phir Hera Pheri Shyam
2006 Aap Ki Khatir Kunal
2006 Umrao Jaan Faiz Ali
2006 Apna Sapna Money Money Namdev Mane
2007 Don't Stop Dreaming Dave English film
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Kaviraj Patil
2007 Cash Angad
2007 Om Shanti Om Himself Special Appearance
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Nawab
2007 Welcome Himself Special Appearance
2008 One Two Three Laxmi Narayan
2008 Mr. Black Mr. White Gopi
2008 Mission Istaanbul Owais Hussain Producer
2008 Mukhbiir Rehman
2009 Daddy Cool Steven
2009 De Dana Dan Ram Mishra
2010 Tum Milo Toh Sahi Amit Nagpal
2010 Red Alert: The War Within Narasimha
2010 Barood : (The Fire) - A Love Story Shakti
2010 No Problem Marcos
2011 Thank You Yogi
2011 Raada Rox Bhau Special Appearance Marathi film
2011 Loot Builder Producer
2012 Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Amar Joshi
2012 Delhi Safari Sultan The Leopard Voice only, Animated film
2013 Enemmy Eklavya Karmarkar / Bhau
2013 Kalimannu Himself Special Appearance Malayalam film
2014 Jai Ho Arjun Kaul Special Appearance
2014 Koyelaanchal Nisheeth Kumar
2014 Desi Kattey Suryakant Rathore
2014 The Shaukeens Himself Special Appearance
2015 Hera Pheri 3 Shyam


Year Film
2003 Khel – No Ordinary Game
2004 Rakht
2006 Bhagam Bhag
2008 Mission Istaanbul
2008 EMI
2011 Loot

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Celebrity profile - Suniel Shetty". Zee news. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  4. ^ "The name game". Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
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  6. ^ Host with the most Suniel Shetty debuts as a Television Host
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  9. ^ TNN (20 December 2002). "World Bunts meet begins Friday". The Times Of India. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
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  11. ^ KBR, Upala (8 November 2010). "Suniel Shetty had a swell Diwali". Mid-Day. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  12. ^ KBE, Upala (3 January 2011). "Suniel Shetty, son Ahaan hit Bangkok". Mid-Day. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
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  14. ^ IANS (4 January 2011). "Suniel Shetty returns to action". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 January 2011. A Black Belt in kick boxing, he kept the decade packed with more of muscle power in outings like Waqt Hamara Hai, Bhai, Border, Mohra, Suraksha, Shastra, Rakshak, Krishna, Aakrosh and Dus, to name a few. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Suniel Shetty: Awards & Nominations". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
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  17. ^ Banerjee, Soumyadipta (12 June 2010). "Suniel Shetty’s naxal act". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  18. ^ "The Winners". Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
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