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Chunky Pandey at the success party of the film The Forest, 2012
|Born||26 September 1962
Suyash 'Chunky' Pandey (born 26, September 1962) is an Indian film actor who works in Bollywood films.He has appeared in over 80 movies in a career that has spanned over three decades. 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 1995 and most of his movies in Bangladesh were successful. He has been acting as character actor since 2003 in Hindi films.
1987–93: Debut and early success
Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani gave Chunky Pandey his first break in 1987, with the multi-starer 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 1988, Pandey was appreciated for his supporting role in N. Chandra's movie Tezaab featuring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Pandey played the character of Babban, Munna's (Anil Kapoor) friend. For his performance in "Tezaab", Pandey was nominated for the Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actor.
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. In most films, he was cast as the second lead to senior actors like Rajesh Khanna, 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), Nakabandi, Zahreelay (1990), Rupaye Dus Karod, Vishwatma (1992), Lootere (1993) and Aankhen (1993).
1994–2003: Career slump and hiatus
The advent of the 90s saw a new wave of actors like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan taking on roles as "romantic heroes" while Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar and Suniel 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 (lead actor's brother) role and some shit," Chunky said. "I (told them), 'Boss, not happening.'"He moved to act as hero in Bangladesh films. In 1995, he was offered his first films as the lead hero in Bangladesh films.He acted in 6 films between 1995 to 1997 as hero in Bangladesh and all of them were successful. However he got no films at all in Bollywood between 1997 to 2002.
2003 to present: Return to Bollywood
In 2005, Pandey was critically acclaimed for his dark role as an 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 Darwaaza 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, also was a blockbuster and in Housefull 3 in 2016 as well, which was critically acclaimed by critics and performed commercially well at the Box Office.
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."
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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|
|Darwaaza 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 Hain Hum||Baba 3G|
|Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke|
|2013||Bullett Raja||Lallan Tiwari|
|2014||Gang of Ghosts||Gulab Chand|
|2016||Housefull 3||Aakhri Pasta/Aakhri Aastha|
Awards and nominations
|1989||Filmfare Awards||Best Supporting Actor Award||Tezaab||Nominated|
|2007||Filmfare Awards||Best Performance in a Comic Role||Apna Sapna Money Money||Nominated|
|IIFA Awards||Best Performance In A Comic Role||Nominated|
|2013||IIFA Awards||Best Performance In A Comic Role||Housefull 2||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role||Nominated|
- "Chunky Pandey's Star-Studded Birthday Bash: SRK, Gauri, Malaika and Others Spotted at Party". International Business Times. September 26, 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "From arclight to mining light: Chunky Pandey won offshore mining rights, but it was no happy ending". The Economic Times. May 23, 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "Chunky Pandey shooting in Lucknow". Times of India. Oct 14, 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- IANS (16 June 2010). "Chunky Pandey says happy playing secosher". NDTV Movies.
- "The Second Life of Chunky Pandey". Open The Magazine.
- "Chunky Pandey doesn't want to stick to comedy". The Times of India.
- "Chunky Pandey to play double role in 'Housefull 3'". The Times of India. Mar 21, 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "Wait, what? Gulshan Grover is playing a good guy now. Guess the villain". Hindustan Times. Mar 27, 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
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