Sunil 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 has also acted in Malayalam, Tamil, and English language films. His debut Kannada movie Pailwan starring Sudeep is set to be released in 2019. He has received a Filmfare Award out of five nominations.
Sunil Veerappa Shetty
11 August 1961
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Actor, entrepreneur, tv host, film producer|
Mana Shetty (m. 1991)
He made his acting debut in 1992 in Balwaan. Subsequently he featured in several commercial successes including Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Dilwale, Anth (1994), Mohra (1994), Gopi Kishan (1994), Krishna (1996), Border (1997), Judge Mujrim (1997), Bhai (1997), Qahar (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Refugee (2000), Jungle (2000), Dhadkan (2000), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Kaante (2002), Qayamat (2003), Main Hoon Na (2004), Hulchul (2004), Dus (2005), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Apna Sapna Money Money (2006), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), One Two Three (2008) & De Dana Dan (2010).
In addition to acting in films, Shetty has produced films including Khel – No Ordinary Game, Rakht and Bhagam Bhag under the banner of Popcorn Motion Pictures. 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?. He is married to Mana Shetty with whom he has two children, actress Athiya Shetty and Ahan Shetty.
Sunil Shetty's debut film was Balwaan (1992), opposite Divya Bharti. The film was Hit and launched his career as an action hero. 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), Hera Pheri (2000), Dhadkan (2000) Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001), Main Hoon Na (2004), Welcome (2007), and Red Alert: The War Within (2010). In 2014, he changed the spelling of his name from Sunil to Suniel for numerological reasons.
Shetty 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).
Shetty won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain in 2001 for Dhadkan. 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.
Celebrity cricket leagueEdit
Suniel Shetty is captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in the Celebrity cricket league.
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.
He is married to Mana Shetty and has two children, actress Athiya Shetty (born 5 November 1992) and Ahan (born 15 January 1996). Athiya made her acting debut opposite actor Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj Pancholi in Hero (2015).
- 2001: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Dhadkan
- 2001: Zee Cine Best Supporting Actor Award for Dhadkan
- 2005: GIFA Best Villain Award for Main Hoon Na
- 2005: Rajiv Gandhi Award along with Kareena Kapoor and Sachin Tendulkar
- 2008: SAIFF Best Actor Award for Red Alert: The War Within
- 2011: Stardust Search Light Award for Best Actor for Red Alert: The War Within
- 1995: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Dilwale
- 1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Border
- 1998: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor for Border
- 2001: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Refugee
- 2001: IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Refugee
- 2001: IIFA Best Villain Award for Dhadkan
- 2004: IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Qayamat: City Under Threat
- 2005: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Main Hoon Na
- 2005: IIFA Best Villain Award for Main Hoon Na
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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.
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