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Aditya Pancholi (born Nirmal Pancholi, 1965) is an Indian film actor, producer and playback singer who appears in Bollywood films. He started his career as a lead actor, though he found more success with supporting and villain roles and received a Filmfare nomination for the Best Performance in a Negative Role for Yes Boss (1997).

Aditya Pancholi
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Pancholi in 2012
Nirmal Pancholi

1965 (age 53–54)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other namesAditya Pancholi
Nirmal Pancholi
EducationSt. Joseph's High School
OccupationFilm actor, producer, playback singer
Years active1985–present
Zarina Wahab (m. 1986)
ChildrenSooraj Pancholi
Sana Pancholi

Pancholi began his career with television movies produced by Nari Hira and ventured into mainstream Bollywood cinema with Sasti Dulhan Mehnga Dulha (1986). Pancholi first came into the limelight with an important role in Maha-Sangram (1990). He had the peak of his career between the late 1980s and early 1990s. He initially gave critically acclaimed performances as a lead actor in films like Kab Tak Chup Rahungi (1988), Qatil (1988), Sailaab (1990), Laal Paree (1991), Naamcheen (1991), Yaad Rakhegi Duniya (1992), Chor Aur Chaand (1993) and Surakshaa (1995), but failed to find commercial success. His biggest commercial success as a lead actor and his most well-known performance was in Mahesh Bhatt's Saathi (1991). though he found great success in 1980s & 1990s in a Supporting role but his most solo lead movies were failing at the box office.

After failing to make a mark as a lead actor, Pancholi became a supporting actor in multi-starrer movies like Ladaai (1988), Jaadugar (1989), Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) and Aankhen (2002) and played antagonists in movies like Awwal Number (1990), Jung (1996), Khilona (1996), Yes Boss (1997), Hameshaa (1997), Jung (2000) and Musafir (2004). He appeared as a second lead in the commercially successful films Dayavan (1988), Malmaaal(1988), Lakshar (1989), Ladaai (1989), Maha Sangram (1990), Zakhmi Zameen(1990), Taqdeer Ka Tamasha (1990), Baap Number Beta Dus Numberi (1990), Shiv Ram (1991), Veeru Dada (1990), Jeevan Daata (1991), Vishnu Deva (1991), Tahalka (1992), Muqabla (1993), Tahiqqiqat (1993), Jan Per Khel Kar (1993), Bomb Blast (1993), Aatish: Feel The Fire (1994), The Gambler(1995), Jung (1996), Gundagardi(1997),Mafia (1996), Jodidar (1997), Aankhen (2002) Chalte Chalte (2003), and many others.

He appeared in antagonistic roles in the successful films Raavan Raaj: The True Story (1995), Jung(1996), Yes Boss (1997), Yeh Dil Ashiqaana (2002), Musafir (2004), Dum Mar Dum (2011), Bodyguard (2011), Race 2 (2013), Jai Ho (2014) and Bajiro Mastani (2015).

Despite his acting talents, his movies as a lead actor fared poorly at the box office. However, his performances in Yaad Rakhegi Duniya (1992), Sailaab (1990), Kab Tak Chup Rahoongi (1988), Pyaar Ka Toofan (1990) and Border Hindustan ke (2003) were popular.


Early life and familyEdit

Aditya Pancholi was born in an Ahir family. He is the son of the filmmaker Rajan Pancholi and Aruna Pancholi. He has one sister and two brothers. He received his early education from St. Joseph's High School in Juhu, Mumbai. In 1986, Pancholi married actress Zarina Wahab and they have two children, Sooraj (b. 9 November 1990) and Sana Pancholi.

Sooraj made his acting debut in Hero (2015).

Acting careerEdit

1985–87: Television movies/ TV ShowEdit

Nirmal Pancholi's good looks and charming personality were noticed by a director when he was travelling in a local train. He was signed for a few television video films produced by Hiba, which was owned by the Stardust magazine owner Nari Hira. Pancholi made his acting debut with Shahadat in 1985. In 1986, he did the television films Sone Ka Pinjra, Siyahi, Kalank Ka Tika, Afshar Ki Saali and Maryam Ki Beti. Later that year, he ventured into mainstream Bollywood with Sasti Dulhan Mahenga Dulha. During this time, he adopted the stage name Aditya Pancholi.

In 1987, Pancholi gave critically acclaimed performances in two television movies: Abhishek and Khatarnaak Irade. In Abhishek, he essayed the role of a well-known businessman who used his father's wealth in enjoying leisure time and used a new costume to help depressed and troubled people. The film co-starred Archana Puran Singh, Neeta Puri and Jeet Upendra. In Khatarnaak Irade, Pancholi played the role of a womanizer lifeguard who got himself into trouble while falling in love with a married woman played by Anju Mahendru.

During 1995 he also starred in TV series Maha Shakti in DD opposite Juhi Chawla. This Series was supposed to be released in 1989 as a Vaada raha milan ka But due to certain reason film was Released as a TV series in DD.

1988–96: Lead rolesEdit

Pancholi had his first prominent Bollywood role with a supporting role in Feroz Khan's Dayavan (1988), opposite Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit. Later that year, he collaborated with K.C. Bokadia in Kab Tak Chup Rahungi, opposite Amala. This was his first lead role in Bollywood and established him as a lead actor in the industry. His next notable release that year was Qatil, in which he starred opposite Sangeeta Bijlani. Pancholi essayed the role of a lawyer's son who resists the death penalty and imprisonment and proves himself guilty of the murder of a prostitute, but was trapped when a friend betrayed him by removing all of the evidence. Both films flopped at the box office though he received critical acclaim for his performances.

In 1989, Pancholi starred in the romance flick Mohabat Ka Paigham, opposite Meenakshi Sheshadri. His first major success in the industry began in 1990 with a major role in Mukul S. Anand's multi-starrer action film Maha Sangram, which featured an ensemble cast of Vinod Khanna, Govinda and Madhuri Dixit, which brought him into the limelight. His portrayal of the angry Rajput Thakur was the main reason behind the success of the movie. He also sang a few lines in the song "Dhak Dhak Dhak" with Alisha Chinai. He next starred in the comedy film Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, which emerged as his first major commercial success and became one of the highest-grossing films of the year.[1] He next starred opposite upcoming actress Madhuri Dixit in Sailaab. The movie flopped at the box office, but the songs of the movie were very popular. Pancholi would close the year with a double role in Zakhmi Zameen, opposite Jaya Prada. Despite a good story, the film was only moderately successful. His first role as an antagonist was in the sports action thriller Awwal Number, opposite Dev Anand and Aamir Khan. The film flopped at the box office.

Pancholi began 1991 with Naamcheen, opposite Ekta Sohini, in which he played the role of an unemployed young man who steps into the underworld to make money and becomes one of the wealthiest people of his city; but loses his family and friends in the race for wealth and decides to kill the two rival gangsters to rehabilitate their goons and surrenders to the police. His next major release was Vishnu-Devaa that saw him pair with Sunny Deol, Neelam and Sangeeta Bijlani. The film was the seventeenth highest-grossing film of the year.[2] He paired with Jeetendra to play one of the title roles in Shiv Ram. Later that year, he collaborated with renowned director Mahesh Bhatt in Saathi, opposite Mohsin Khan and Varsha Usgaonkar. The film emerged as a box office success and went on to become the biggest box office hit of Pancholi's career; it was his career–defining performance and gave him recognition in the industry. He followed with a supporting role in the multi-starrer Akayla, opposite Kiran Juneja. The film featured an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Amrita Singh, Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri. It was a semi-hit and became the seventh-highest-grossing film of the year.[2] His last release of the year was Jeevan Daata, opposite Chunky Pandey, Kimi Katkar and Sonu Walia.

He started 1992 with the romance film Yaad Rakhegi Duniya, opposite debutant Rukhsar Rehman. The film flopped at the box office, but Pancholi received critical acclaim for his performance for essaying the role of a man with terminal illness who falls in love with a girl, who herself suffers from a terminal illness. His last release of the year was the multi-starrer action film Tahalka, opposite Dharmendra, Naseeruddin Shah. Pancholi portrays an army officer and is paired with Ekta Sohini. The film emerged as the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year.[3]

Pancholi turned producer for the first time in the 1993 romance action film Chor Aur Chaand and acted in the lead role opposite Pooja Bhatt. The film failed at the box office in the same year he starred in the action film Muqabla opposite Govinda film was hit at the box office & become one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. His next release was the star-studded action film Game, opposite Naseeruddin Shah, Rahul Roy and Sangeeta Bijlani. His only release of 1994 was Sanjay Gupta's multi-starrer action film Aatish: Feel the Fire, featuring an ensemble cast of Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor and Atul Agnihotri. Aatish was one of the highest-grossing movies at the box office.[4]

He began 1995 with the lead role in the star-studded action film Surakshaa, in which he was paired with Sheeba with an ensemble cast of Sunil Shetty, Saif Ali Khan, Divya Dutta and Monica Bedi. The film performed moderately at the box office. Pancholi reunited with Shetty and Khan for another multi-starrer lead role in the 1996 action film Ek Tha Raja, with Neelam, Pratibha Sinha and Indrani Banerjee, but the film flopped at the box office. Later that year, Pancholi collaborated with South Indian director T. Rama Rao in Jung, portraying a double role opposite Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgan, Rambha and Sujata Mehta. Pancholi received critical acclaim for playing an innocent train driver who is wrongly punished for a murder that was committed by a look-alike gangster. Film Performed Well at the box office & declared " Hit" at the box office.His last release of the year was Khilona, opposite Ayub Khan and Monica Bedi, which flopped at the box office.

1997–present: AntagonistEdit

After nearly a decade of unsuccessful films with him as the lead actor, Pancholi stopped receiving offers for lead roles and switched to antagonistic and supporting roles as 1997 approached, starting with Aziz Mirza's romantic comedy Yes Boss, opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla. Yes Boss was a commercial success and emerged as one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.[5] He received critical acclaim for his negative role and earned a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. His next release was Hameshaa, opposite Saif Ali Khan and Kajol, with Pancholi essaying a negative role. The film failed at the box office.

With no major releases in 1998 and 1999, Pancholi paired with Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala to play the negative role in Baaghi (2000). Later that year, he reunited with Sanjay Gupta to play the negative role of a police inspector in Jung, opposite Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shetty. The film flopped at the box office. His last release of the year was Tarkieb, opposite Nana Patekar, Tabu and Shilpa Shetty.

In 2002, Pancholi had his next major release with a supporting role in Vipul Amrutlal Shah's heist thriller Aankhen, which featured an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Sushmita Sen and Paresh Rawal. The film was a hit at the box office and emerged as one of the highest-grossing films of the year. Pancholi collaborated with Sanjay Gupta for the fifth time in the 2004 action thriller Musafir, essaying the role of the main antagonist opposite Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Mahesh Manjrekar, Koena Mitra, Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. The movie had moderate commercial success and received negative reviews, but Pancholi received positive reviews for his performance, with Taran Adarsh labelling his performance "first-rate".[6]

Pancholi had a comeback as the antagonist in Chandan Arora's low-budget action film Striker (2010), which flopped at the box office. Pancholi restricted himself to negative and character roles with films like Rush (2012), Hridayanath (2012), Mumbai Mirror (2013), Race 2 (2013), Jai Ho (2014), Dishkiyaoon (2014), Hero (2015) and Bajirao Mastani (2015).


Kangana Ranaut said that Aditya beat her up. Eyewitnesses say that he stopped her rickshaw, removed her and beat her. In an interview on "Aap ki Adalat" on India TV, she claimed that Aditya Pancholi physically and mentally abused her during her early days in Bollywood.[7]

Aditya Pancholi was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend Pooja Bedi's 15-year-old maid when the two celebs were allegedly dating.[8]

Aditya Pancholi was sentenced by a Metropolitan Court to a one-year imprisonment in an assault case that took place in 2005. The court also fined Pancholi Rs. 20,000. Pancholi secured bail and avoided imprisonment.[9]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
1998 Filmfare Award Filmfare Best Villain Award Yes Boss Nominated


  1. ^ "Box Office 1990". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Box Office 1991". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Box Office 1992". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Box Office 1994". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Yes Boss Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. ^ Taran Adarsh (10 December 2004). "Musafir Review - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 25 January 2018. Aditya Pancholi is first-rate; his mean look getting well with his character.
  7. ^ "Kangana Ranaut names Aditya Pancholi as her abuser: I was a minor, went to his wife for help". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ "The story of Aditya Pancholi's rape case and illicit affair with Kangana Ranaut". 11 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Aditya Pancholi sentenced to one year imprisonment in 2005 assault case". 5 November 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

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