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Chunky Pandey at the success party of the film The Forest, 2012
26 September 1962 |
Dr.Sharad Panday (Father)chikki Panday (brother)
Suyash 'Chunky' Pandey (born 26 September 1962) is an Indian film actor who works in Bollywood films. He has acted in over 80 movies in a career that has spanned over two decades. In 1989 he was nominated for a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Tezaab. In most movies, he was cast as a second-lead to leading senior actors like Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt. Pandey has also worked as a lead actor in a few movies in Bangladesh. Since 2003, Pandey works as a character actor in Bollywood movies generally in comic roles.
1987–93: Debut and Early Success
Film Producer Pahlaj Nihalani gave Chunky Pandey his first break in 1987, with the multi-starrer film Aag Hi Aag opposite Neelam Kothari. The film was a hit. It was followed by another successful film, Paap ki Duniya with Sunny Deol and Neelam. Subsequently, Pandey appeared in many multi-hero films from 1987 to 1993. In most films, he was cast as the second lead to senior actors like Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt. Some of those hit films are Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988), Ghar Ka Chiraag(1989), Zahreelay (1990), Rupaye Dus Karod, Vishwatma (1992) and Aankhen (1993). Most of Pandey's films where he was the leading hero such as "Mitti Aur Sona", "Kasak", "Khilaaf" did not fare well at the box office.
In 1988, Pandey was appreciated for his supporting role in N. Chandra's super-hit movie, Tezaab featuring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Pandey played the character of Babban, Munna's (Anil Kapoor) friend.  The song, "So gaya yeh jahaan" featured on Pandey in this film was very popular. For his performance in "Tezaab", Pandey was nominated for the Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actor.
His pairing opposite actress Neelam was appreciated and the pair had a string of five hits: Aag Hi Aag (1987), Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988), Ghar Ka Chiraag (1989), and Mitti Aur Sona (1989).
In 1993, he starred as one of the lead actors along with Govinda in the David Dhawan directed film Aankhen. It became the biggest box-office hit of 1993. Unfortunately, the credit of Aankhen's success went to Govinda and director David Dhawan. Pandey could not capitalize on the movie's mega-success. It was his last successful film as the hero.
1994–2003: Career slump and hiatus
The advent of the 90s saw a new wave of long-lasting actors like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan taking on roles as "romantic heroes" while Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty grabbed the "action hero" roles. Pandey found it difficult to slot himself in either category. In addition, by the late nineties, solo-hero films were back in vogue instead of the multi-hero films in which Pandey was generally cast.
Chunky grew increasingly tired of playing second fiddle to more prominent actors but had difficulty being seen as marketable outside of supporting household names. "I was offered hero ke bhai ka (brother of the hero) role and some shit," Chunky said. "I (told them), 'Boss, not happening.'"
Frustrated with the lack of meaningful roles and lack of faith from producers Pandey's career in Bollywood as lead hero began to fade. Pandey took an hiatus from Bollywood in the late 90s and then he moved to Bangladeshi cinema. Because he didn't speak Bengali, his voice were dubbed in most of his movies there. Notable films he acted in were Swami Keno Asami and Besh Korechi Prem Korechi.Meyera a Manush
2003 to present: Return to Bollywood
In 2005, Pandey was critically acclaimed for his dark role as a underworld gangster in the Ram Gopal Varma film D – Underworld Badshah. Director Ram Gopal Varma was so impressed with Chunky that he roped him in for Darwaza Bandh Rakho, a dark comedy thriller where he played one of four robbers who hold a family hostage.
Pandey has carved a niche in playing comic relief roles, usually as outlandish characters. This is most notable in his memorable role as the Indo-Italian "Aakhiri Pasta" in the 2010 comedy hit Housefull which was lauded by critics and fans. He reprised his role in the sequel Housefull 2 in 2012 which also was a blockbuster.
Though he has recently been starring a character actor, Chunky doesn't want to be pigeonholed into doing comic roles. "I don't think I am restricting myself to doing only comedy. I am hoping that someone offers me something else," Pandey said. "It requires a lot of guts for someone to cast me in something else. I am just hoping that someone sees something else in me other than comedy."
Pandey has gained notoriety as either a celebrity judge or host on reality TV game shows like the dance competition Zara Nachke Dikha and comedy contest shows like Laugh India Laugh and the The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.
Pandey's parents are doctors. His mother Dr. Snehlata Pandey is famous dietolog and his father Dr. Sharad Pandey was a famous heart specialist. 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 acting in movies, Chunky is 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||Suraj|
|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|
|2009||Ek: The Power of One||Balli|
|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|
|2013||Bullett Raja||Lallan Tiwari|
|2014||Gang of Ghosts||Gulab Chand|
Awards and nominations
- 1989: Nominated – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Tezaab
- 2007: Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role – Apna Sapna Money Money
- 2012: Nominated – Zee Cine Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role – Housefull 2
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