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Suniel Veerappa Shetty (born 11 August 1961) is an Indian film actor, producer and entrepreneur who is predominantly active in Bollywood films. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has acted in more than 110 films. His major works have been action and comedy films. He is considered the best action hero of India besides Akshay Kumar. His way of doing action has inspired actors all over India be it in Hindi,Tamil,Telugu or other language film industries.[3] He has also acted in Malayalam, Tamil, and English language films. His debut Kannada movie Pailwaan, starring Sudeep is set to be released in 2019.[4] He has received a Filmfare Award out of five nominations. his second tamil film Darbar, starring Rajinikanth is scheduled to be released on 15 January 2020. His official debut Malayalam movie, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham starring Mohanlal is to be released in March 2020.

Suniel Shetty
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Sunil Veerappa Shetty[1]

(1961-08-11) 11 August 1961 (age 58)[2]
Mulki, Mangalore
(Present day: Karnataka), India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other namesAnna
OccupationActor, entrepreneur, TV host, film producer
Years active1991–present
Mana Shetty (m. 1991)
ChildrenAthiya Shetty
Ahan Shetty

He is the owner of the production house Popcorn Entertainment Private Limited. He has produced a number of films including Khel – No Ordinary Game, Rakht and Bhagam Bhag, under the banner of Popcorn Motion Pictures.


Suniel Shetty's debut film was Balwaan (1992), opposite Divya Bharti. The film was a hit and launched his career as an action hero.[citation needed] He went on to play the protagonist in various successful movies such as Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Dilwale (1994), Anth (1994), Mohra (1994), Gopi Kishan (1994), Krishna (1996), Sapoot (1996), Rakshak (1996), Border (1997), Bhai (1997). He was involved primarily in action films throughout the 1990s, playing the male protagonist in most of the movies he acted in during the decade. From early 2000, he mainly appeared in multi-starrers in across genres. He also starred opposite Isha Koppikar in Arjun Rampal's debut movie Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). Hera Pheri (2000), Dhadkan (2000), Jungle (2000),Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001), Main Hoon Na (2004), Welcome (2007), and Red Alert: The War Within (2010).[5] In 2014, he changed the spelling of his name from Sunil to Suniel for numerological reasons.[6] Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), One Two Three (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009). He even played negative roles in movies, including Dhadkan (2000), Khel – No Ordinary Game (2003), Baaz: A Bird in Danger (2003), Main Hoon Na (2004), Rudraksh (2004), Cash, No Problem and A Gentleman (2017).

Along with Mukesh Chhabra, he has also started an online venture ‘F…the Couch’ (FTC). Shetty is the captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in Celebrity cricket league and owns the restaurants Mischief Dining Bar and Club H20, in Mumbai. He has also featured as a host for India's leading fitness reality shows Biggest Loser Jeetega and India's Asli Champion Hai Dam?.

In 2005, on the eve of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi's 61st birth anniversary, the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress honored Shetty with Rajiv Gandhi award

Shetty won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain in 2001 for Dhadkan.[7] In 2009, Shetty bagged South Asian International Film Festival's Best Actor Award for his role in Naxalites based Indian movie Red Alert.

The actor has entrepreneurial ventures as well. Shetty produced films such as Khel – No Ordinary Game, Rakht and Bhagam Bhag under the banner of Popcorn Motion Pictures. Along with Mukesh Chhabra, one of the best-known names in the casting fraternity, Shetty has also started an online venture called ‘F…the Couch’ (FTC).

The FTC is a digital platform that discovers new talent in Bollywood provides a platform to new artists to make a place for themselves in Bollywood. Apart from being part of this project, Shetty has also been actively involved in realty and restaurant business.

Non-film workEdit


In 2019, Suneil invested an undisclosed amount in a Pune based online health and fitness start up Squats Fitness Private Limited. Its founder Jitendra Chouksey launched SQUATS in January 2016 as a community on Facebook to address the challenges in the fitness industry, Squats now claims of over 70,000 fitness transformations, and a highly-engaged community of 500,000 members. Its mobile app, Fittr, has received more than 300,000 downloads since September 2018.[8]


Shetty has appeared as a host for India's leading fitness reality shows Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One.[9] and India's Asli Champion Hai dam? on &TV.


He is a well known name in restaurant business in Mumbai. The Actor owns Mischief Dining Bar and Club H20, in Mumbai. Both the places are running successfully.[10][11] He co-owns the water adventure park attached to cafe H20. He closed down Mischief Bar in 2010, and instead opened a new restaurant called Little Italy. The restaurant was first owned by his father when it was an Udipi restaurant, Suniel then changed the restaurant into a bar, and then back into a restaurant with the different name with his father's blessings.[12]

Celebrity cricket leagueEdit

Suniel Shetty is captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in the Celebrity cricket league.[13] He is also the co-founder of Ferit Cricket Bash that was launched in December 2018.[14]

Hiru Golden Film AwardsEdit

Suniel Shetty was participant in the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2014 and 2016 in Sri Lanka as a special guest along with other Bollywood actors such as Anil Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, and actresses such as Bipasha Basu, and Neha Dhupia.[15]

Real Estate BusinessEdit

In 2013, Suniel started his own real estate business Realty And Developers Pvt. Ltd.

R HouseEdit

He started his luxury furniture and home lifestyle store in Mumbai, Worli in 2013 with his wife Mana.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Sunil Shetty was born in a Mangalorean Tulu speaking [2][17] family on 11 August 1961 in Mulki, Mangalore India.[2]

He is married to Mana Shetty and has two children, actress Athiya Shetty (born 5 November 1992)[18] and Ahan (born 15 January 1996).[19] Athiya made her acting debut opposite actor Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj Pancholi in Hero (2015).

Mana runs an NGO for under-privileged kids.[20] Shetty has a Black Belt in Kickboxing.[21] He owns clothing boutiques as well as restaurants specializing in Udupi cuisine.[22]

Ahan Shetty has been signed by Sajid Nadiadwala for his debut film.[23]




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  21. ^ "Sunil Shetty returns to action". Hindustan Times. Indo-Asian News Service. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011. A Black Belt in kick boxing, he kept the decade packed with more of muscle power in outings like Waqt Hamara Hai, Bhai, Border, Mohra, Suraksha, Shastra, Rakshak, Krishna, Aakrosh and Dus, to name a few.
  22. ^ "NDTV Movies".
  23. ^ "Ahan Shetty goes to London for special training for his debut film". Hindustan Times. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
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  28. ^ a b "IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor".
  29. ^ "Dhadkan". Omnilexica.
  30. ^ "Main Hoon Na Awards, Nominations, Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, IIFA Awards". movietalkies.

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