Age: 51 yrs
Birthday: 11th August 1961
Marital Status: Married to Mana Shetty, has 2 children, Atiya Shetty and Aahan Shetty.
Awards: Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in the movie Dhadkan
Trivia: He is fondly referred to as “Anna” by his close ones and the film industry people. Sunil owns a cloth boutique named Mischief. He is trained in full contact Kick Boxing and also runs a production company title Popcorn Motion Pictures Limited.
Biography: Sunil Shetty has often stated that he would have been a Cricketer if not a leading Bollywood Hero. He was inclined towards Cricket earlier, but then switched his focus to Bollywood. He made his debut in an action-oriented role in the movie Balwaan. He was paired opposite Divya Bharti in this film and he was pitted against Danny Denzongpa, with whom he would share the screen space umpteen times later in his career.
After Balwaan, another movie named Waqt Hamara Hai followed. Though it wasn’t much appreciated and turned out to be an average grosser, its popularity over the time increased. The movie had him in lead role with Ayesha Jhulka, Mamta Kulkarni and Akshay Kumar. But his performance was actually noticed in the movie Mohra where he essayed the character of Vishal. How a normal person turns into a criminal to eradicate crime from the city, was what formed the crux of Mohra’s story. His action packed performance fetched him many accolades and consolidated his place in the industry. He later tried his hand at Comedy as well with the movie Gopi Kishan, which was well received by the audience. Sunil played a double role in it. Movies like Krodh, Rakshak, and Vinashak gave him a huge fan following back then.
Sunil later gave another soul stirring performance in the JP Dutta directed Border. The movie went on to become an all time Blockbuster and he essayed such patriotic characters further in movies such as Refugee and LOC Kargil (Again directed by JP Dutta). His role in the movie Qayamat: City Under Threat was that of a Modern Patriotic Cop too!
Critics claimed that Sunil could only do action oriented roles and was thus typecast in that Genre. However, over the course of time, he has managed to get huge appreciation for his brilliant comic timing and sense of humour. He turned in memorable performances in movies like Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar, which weren’t noticed sadly by the audience.
His most remembered performance arguably came in the movie Hera Pheri. The movie has a cult following associated with itself till date and has been remembered by many owing to the brilliant performances by the lead actors including Shetty. Shetty then gave various comedy hits, often starring in a multiple cast. His movies like Awaara Paagal Deewana, Phir Hera Pheri, Hulchul and De Dana Dan did great business. He worked with director Priyadarshan in various movies later, most turning out to be major hits. Sunil Shetty’s home production movie Bhagam Bhag, was also directed by Priyadarshan and managed to gross big time at the Box Office. He recently won the Best Actor award for his movie Red Alert: The War Within at the SAIFF (South Asia International Film Festival). Apart from Bollywood films, Sunul has also starred in an English film Don’t Stop Dreaming and Tamil movie 12B.
Sunil Shetty has also entered film production. His production has produced movies such as Khel – No Ordinary Game, Rakht: What If You Can See the Future and Bhagam Bhag. His recently released comic caper Loot, which was a multi-starrer failed to generate much buzz at the box office.