Aditya Pancholi

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Aditya Pancholi
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Born Aditya Pancholi
1965 (age 49–50)
Mumbai, India
Other names Aditya Pancholi, Nirmal
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1985–2004, 2010-present
Spouse(s) Zarina Wahab (m. 1986)
Children Sooraj Pancholi
Sana Pancholi

Aditya Pancholi is an Indian film actor working in Hindi Cinema. Aditya first came to limelight for portraying the Rajput character Chhota Ghoda in the Mukul S. Anand multi-starrer Maha-Sangram. He again gave an award winning performance in the Mahesh Bhatt film Saathi and the Sanjay Gupta directed Aatish: Feel the Fire. His performance in Yes Boss, Khilona and the double role in Jung was also very well received. He has also proved his worth in many villainous roles as well, the recent being Bodyguard and Race 2.

His solo performance in Yaad Rakhegi Duniya which is the unofficial remake of Mani Ratnam's National Award Winning 1989 Telugu Film Geethanjali was brilliant. His solo performance in Sailaab, Naamcheen, Chor Aur Chaand was appreciated though films were average at the box office.

He got two nomination. In 1998 Nominated Filmfare Best Villain Award for Yes Boss and in 2011 Nominated Global Indian Film & TV Honours award for Best Villain in Striker. He is a tall actor with a height of 6'3" or (1.91 m).[1]

He is currently working with ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the period romance Bajirao Mastani, based on the love story between Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani. He is playing the role of Wazir.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of the filmmaker Rajan Pancholi and Aruna. He has one sister and two brothers. He was born as Nirmal Pancholi in Mumbai, India. He went to St. Joseph's high school in Juhu, Mumbai. He is a Gujarati Lohar by caste.



Aditya Pancholi was spotted by a director when he was travelling in a local train for his charming good looks and personality . He was signed for six video films produced by Hiba . Hiba was owned by Nari Hira the owner of Stardust Magazine. Shahadat, (1985), Sone Ka Pinjra, (1986), Siyahi, (1986), Kalank Ka Tika, (1986), Afshar Ki Saali, (1986), Maryam Ki Beti, (1986). He made his Bollywood debut with Sasti Dulhan Mahenga Dulha, (1986).

But it was K.C.Bokadia's Kab Tak Chup Rahungi, (1988) along with Amala another debuntante from south which established him in Bollywood. He followed up with Mohabat Ka Paigham, (1989) along with Meenakshi Sheshdri and Pyaar Ka Toofan, but both the romantic films didn't help his career. He was paired with Superstar Amitabh Bacchan and Mithun Chakraborthy in Jaadugar, (1989) and Ladaai, (1989). The latter was an average grosser. The same year saw him with Veteran actor Raaj Kumar and Dev Anand in Desh Ki Dushman, (1989) and Lashkar, (1989).


Aditya Pancholi played a double role for the first time in Zakhmi Zameen, (1990) opposite Jaya Prada that of village Dafli wala Mangal and an inspector but it was Mukul S. Anand directed Maha sangram (1990), where he played the Rajput character Chota Ghoda which brought him to limelight in Bollywood as an actor. In the same year he starred with Madhuri Dixit in Sailaab, (1990). The same year he starred in Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, (1990)' his first comedy film along with Shakti Kapoor and Kader Khan and it proved lucky as it was in the list of Top 10 films of that year. But he got his recognisation with Mahesh Bhatt directed Saathi (also known as The Companion) (1991), Yaad Rakhegi Duniya (1992), Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994), Khilona (1996), Hameshaa (1997), Yes Boss (1997),Military Raaj (1998) . He got his First Film Fare Nomination for Best Villain for Yes Boss and his role from young guy of 25 years to 40 years matured man in the Sanjay Gupta directed Hameshaa got him critical appreciation. His performance in the Sanjay Gupta directed Aatish: Feel the Fire was compared to Hollywood actor Al Pacchino and was well received by the masses and classes.His performance in the double role in Jung (1998) along with Mithun Chakraborthy and Ajay Devgan was also very well received.

He also produced his only film Chor Aur Chaand (1993) which flopped at the box office in spite of critical acclaim and great music.


He started the year with the Sanjay Gupta directed Jung (2000) where he played the role of angry inspector Khan along with Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff. In the same year he again appeared with Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala in Baaghi (2000) and with Nana Patekar in Tarkieb (2000) and did a cameo in the Mithun Starrer Jodidar (2000). In the following year he had a single release in Baghawat – Ek Jung (2001) again with Mithun Chakraborthy. But his special role as Inspector in Amitabh and Akshay starrerAankhen (2002) was well appreciated.In the same year he did two more films Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002) and Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa (2002). In 2003 he played the Patriotic Ranbir Singh in Border Hindustan Ka (2003) and a cameo in the Sharukh Khan Rani starrer Chalte Chalte (2002) as a hostile business man. Sanjay Gupta directed Musafir (2004) where he played Inspector Tiger was his last film after which he took a break for five long years from Bollywood.


Aditya made his comeback as Jaleel Jalebi a strong negative character in the Chandan Arora directed Striker (2010) which got him positive response critically. He was also nominated in Global Indian Film & TV Honours award for Best Villain for his role.

After the successful Aatish: Feel the Fire and the average Hameshaa he colloborated with Sippy Films in Dum Maro Dum (2011)directed by Rohan Sippy.In the same year he was seen in a special appearance in the Salman Khan starrer Bodyguard (2011) as Vikrant.

He paid his tribute to media tycoon Nari Hira in the Emran Hashmi starrer Rush (2012) where he played the role of Roger Khanna but the film flopped. He made his Bengali debut with Idiot (2012).

He started 2013 with Mumbai Mirror which in spite of the critical appreciation and good performance by all could not do well at the box office. But Race 2 (2012) was a major hit at the box office. In fact it was the first 1 billion film of the year.

He is making his debut in Telugu this year against the southern star Venkatesh as the main antogonist in Shadow.

In 2014 he was seen in Salman Khan's Jai Ho and Shilpa Shetty's production Dishkiyaoon.

Currently Aditya is busy with three projects.Apart from Lakhon Hai Yahan Dilwale, Aditya has two movies in the pipeline, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Bajirao Mastani" and Salman Khan's production venture "Hero".


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role
2015 Bajirao Mastani
2015 Hero Pasha
2014 Bloody DFilms that have not yet been released TBA
2014 Dishkiyaoon Nawab Khan
2014 Jai Ho Dilip kadam
2013 Race 2 GodFather Anza
2013 Mumbai Mirror
2013 Shadow[2]
2012 Idiot
2012 Rush Roger Khanna
2011 Bodyguard Vikrant Special Appearance
2011 Dum Maaro Dum Biscuit
2010 Striker Jaleel Jalebi
2004 Nirhaua Riksawala Nirhaua
2004 Musafir Inspector Tiger (as Aditya Panscholi)
2003 Border Hindustan Ka Ranbir Singh
2003 Chalte Chalte Hostile businessman
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Ashok Kejriwal
2002 Aankhen Police Inspector (as Aditya Panscholi)
2002 Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa Akhmash Jalaal
2001 Baghawat – Ek Jung
2000 Tarkieb Mohan Multani
2000 Jung Inspector Khan
2000 Baaghi Vikram
1999 Aaya Toofan Noor Mohammed Azaad
1999 Benaam
1998 Military Raaj
1998 Dand Nayak
1998 Hafta Vasuli Salim
1998 Zanjeer
1997 Jodidar Forest Officer
1997 Yes Boss Siddharth Chaudhary
1997 Hameshaa Yash Vardhan
1996 Khilona Rajkumar
1996 Zordaar Shiva/Tony
1996 Muqadama Inspector Manoj Saigal
1996 Mafia Inspector Bhagat Singh
1996 Jung
1996 Ek Tha Raja Raj/Raj Dogra
1995 Ram Shastra Inspector Kavi
1995 Ravan Raaj: A True Story
1995 Gambler Inspector Shiva
1995 Surakshaa Suraj/Maharaj Vijay
1994 Aatish: Feel the Fire Nawab
1993 Chor Aur Chaand Suraj "Surya"
1993 Bomb Blast
1993 Muqabla Traffic Constable Deepak
1993 Game raja
1993 Tahqiqaat Peter
1992 Tahalka Capt. Rakesh
1992 Sahebzaade Rahul
1992 Yaad Rakhegi Duniya Vicky Anand
1991 Jeevan Daata Vishnu
1991 Akayla Ajay
1991 Saathi Suraj
1991 Shiv Ram
1991 Dushman Devta Suraj
1991 Paap Ki Aandhi CBI Inspector Vikrant
1991 Vishnu-Devaa Insp. Devaa Prasad
1991 Hafta Bandh
1991 Naamcheen Rajan
1991 Laal Paree Shankar
1990 Awaragardi
1990 Sailaab Krishna/Rajiv
1990 Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri Anil/Ravi
1990 Maha Sangram Suraj 'Chhota' Godha
1990 Taqdeer Ka Tamasha Inspector Suryapratap
1990 Awwal Number Ranvir Singh (Ronny)
1990 Gunahon Ka Devta Sunny Khanna
1990 Pyaar Ka Toofan Shyamu
1990 Veeru Dada Amit G. Anand
1990 Zakhmi Zameen Mangal/Raju/Inspector Vijay
1989 Ladaai Amar D. Sharma
1989 Desh Ke Dushman Umesh S. Gupta
1989 Lashkar Amar
1989 Jaadugar Shankar Narayan
1989 Kahan Hai Kanoon
1989 Mohabat Ka Paigham Naeem
1988 Maalamaal Chander Oberoi
1988 Dayavan Assistant Commissioner of Police
1988 Dharamyudh Thakur Vijay Singh
1988 Khoon Bahaa Ganga Mein
1988 Qatil Kumar S. Sinha
1988 Kab Tak Chup Rahungi
1987 Naqli Chehra (TV Movie) (Guest Appearance)
1987 Abhishek (TV Movie)
1986 Sasti Dulhan Mahenga Dulha Anil (As Nirmal)
1986 Maryam Ki Beti
1986 Afshar Ki Saali
1986 Kalank Ka Tika (video)
1986 Shingora (TV Movie)
1986 Siyahi (video)
1986 Sone Ka Pinjra (video)
1985 Shahadat

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Award Film Won
1998 Filmfare Award Filmfare Best Villain Award Yes Boss No
2011 Global Indian Film & TV Honours awards Best Villain Striker. No

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