Chunky Pandey

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Chunky Pandey
Chunky pandey forest success.jpg
Chunky Pandey at the success party of the film The Forest, 2012
Born (1962-09-26) 26 September 1962 (age 52)
Occupation Actor, model
Spouse(s) Bhavna Pandey

Suyash 'Chunky' Pandey (born 26 September 1962) is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Bollywood films. He has been 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. He was a lead hero in Hindi films from 1987 to 1994, but his movies were more successful in 1987–1992. He is best known for playing supporting "sidekick" roles for leads like Rajesh Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol and Govinda. After numerous flops as the lead hero since 1993, his demand in Bollywood began to fade. Chunky then worked in Bangladeshi cinema from 1995 and most of his movies in Bangladesh were successful. Chunky Pandey returned to Bollywood in 2003 as a character actor, being cast mainly in supporting comedic roles. Chunky bhai says his real life inspirations are Pran and Rajesh Khanna.


1989–93: Debut and breakthrough[edit]

Pandey started out his Bollywood career in 1987, with the film Aag Hi Aag opposite Neelam Kothari. Pandey shot to the spotlight with his memorable supporting role as Munna's (Anil Kapoor) friend in the movie Tezaab in 1988 which was the biggest blockbuster of the year.[1] This was the first big break for Pandey as he received a Filmfare award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

Pandey appeared in many successful multi-hero films from 1987 to 1993: with his peak period being 1987–1991. 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). But after 1990 their next three films as a pair were failures.

Most of his films where he had the leading role did not fare well at the box office. Subsequently, Pandey starred alongside male lead actors such as Rajesh Khanna, Govinda, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt and Jeetendra as the second lead hero. Some of the hit films of his are Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988), Ghar Ka Chiraag(1989), Zahreelay (1990), Rupaye Dus Karod, Vishwatma (1992), Lootere (1993) and Aankhen (1993).

In 1993, he starred as the second lead to Govinda in the David Dhawan directed blockbuster Aankhen. It was the biggest box-office movie of 1993. Unfortunately, the credit of its success went to Govinda and Kader Khan. Pandey could not capitalise on the mega-success. It was his last successful film with him as the hero.

Chunky Pandey (far right) with Aankhen director David Dhawan and co-star Govinda at a birthday party for Bobby Deol in 2011.

1994–2003: Career slump and hiatus[edit]

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.

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.'"[2]

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.

2003 to present: Return to Bollywood[edit]

Chunky Pandey returned to Bollywood in 2003 playing minor supporting roles in Qayamat: City Under Threat, Elaan, and Don: The Chase Begins Again.

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."[3]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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 involved in a business 'Bollywood Electric' which hosts stage shows. He and his wife Bhavna also run a health food restaurant in Mumbai, India.


Year Film Role
1981 Rocky Bell-ringer student (extra) in song 'Rocky Mera Naam'
1987 Aag Hi Aag Vijay Singh
1988 Tezaab Baban
Gunahon Ka Faisla Sheru
Paap Ki Duniya Inspector Vijay
Khatron Ke Khiladi Mahesh Avtar
Agnee Babla
1989 Ustad
Paanch Papi
Mitti Aur Sona Vijay Bhushan
Kasam Vardi Ki
Ghar Ka Chiraag Ravi
Na-Insaafi Sonu
Gola Barood Vigat
1990 Zahreelay Raju Verma
Nakabandi Raja 'Munna' D. Singh
Khilaaf Vikram 'Vicky' Veerpratap Singh
Aaj Ke Shahenshah
1991 Kohraam
Do Matwale Amar
Rupaye Dus Karod Suraj
Jeevan Daata Guddu/Shankar
1992 Parda Hai Parda
Naseebwaala Amar
Vishwatma remake Akash Bhardwaj
Khule-Aam Surya
Apradhi Salim/Ravi
1993 Aankhen Ranjeet (Munnu)
Lootere Ali
Police Wala Jimmy/CBI Officer Jagmohan Nath
Aakhri Chetawani
1994 Gopalaa Major Anand/Gopal 'Gopala' Anand
Insaniyat Hariharan
Bollywood Ashok
Teesra Kaun? Vijay Verma
1997 Kaun Rokega Mujhe
Bhoot Bhungla Amar
1998 Tirchhi Topiwale Anand
1999 Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan Chali D'Souza
2001 Kasam Fugitive
2003 Qayamat: City Under Threat Gopal, a scientist
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Sanjay
2005 Elaan Salim
D Raghav
Ssukh Rakesh Verma
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
2008 Hello Darling Rocky
2009 Ek: The Power of One Balli
Paying Guest
Sankat City Sikandar Khan (Dual role)
Daddy Cool Harry
Shortkut Guru Kapoor
De Dana Dan Nonny Chadda
2010 Click Manu Sharma
Housefull Akhri Pasta
2010 Tees Maar Khan Himself
2011 Ready Special appearance
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
Himmatwala Michael Jaikishan
2014 Gang of Ghosts Gulab Chand
Humshakals Bijlani

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ IANS (16 June 2010). "Chunky Pandey says happy playing secosher". NDTV Movies. 
  2. ^ "The Second Life of Chunky Pandey". Open The Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Chunky Pandey doesn't want to stick to comedy". The Times of India. 

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