Suniel Shetty (born Sunil V. Shetty; 11 August 1961) is an Indian actor, film producer, television personality and entrepreneur who is predominantly active in Hindi films he has also worked in Tamil, Telugu, English, Marathi, Malayalam and Kannada films. In a career spanning almost 30 years, he has acted in over 100 films.
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.
Since 1991 he is married to Mana Shetty (née Monisha Kadri), a businesswoman, designer and social activist born to a Gujarati Muslim architect and a Punjabi Hindu social activist, and they have two children, a daughter Athiya Shetty and a son Ahan Shetty.
Both Athiya and Ahan have made their acting debuts respectively, Athiya in the film Hero (2015) and Ahan in Sajid Nadiadwala’s film Tadap (2021), the Hindi remake of Telugu film RX 100. Mana runs an NGO for under-privileged kids.
Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty married Indian cricketer KL Rahul on January 23, 2023, in Shetty’s palace, in Lonavala.
Shetty has a black belt in kickboxing.[ He owns clothing boutiques as well as restaurants specialising in Udupi cuisine.
Suniel Shetty Height Weight Age And Body Statistics Biography
|Full Name||Sunil Veerappa Shetty|
|Profession(s)||Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm|
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 80 kg|
in pounds- 176 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||– Chest: 42 Inches|
– Waist: 34 Inches
– Biceps: 16 Inches
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||11 August 1961|
|Age (as of 2023)||61 Years|
|Birthplace||Mulki, Mangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Hometown||Mulki, Mangalore, Karnataka, India|
|College/University||H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai|
|Educational Qualification||Degree in Hotel Management|
|Debut||As a Film Actor: Balwaan (1992)|
As a Film Producer: Khel – No Ordinary Game (2003)
TV: Biggest Loser Jeetega (2007)
|Caste/Ethnicity||Tulu from Bunt Community|
|Political Inclination||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)|
|Address||18-B, Prithvi Apts., Altamount Road, Mumbai – 400 026|
|Hobbies||Playing Cricket, Watching Movies, Shopping, Travelling, Working Out|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||2001: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Dhadkan|
2005: Rajiv Gandhi Award along with Kareena Kapoor and Sachin Tendulkar
2011: Stardust Search Light Award for Best Actor for Red Alert: The War Within
2020: On 7 November 2020, the Governor of Maharashtra conferred him with the prestigious ‘Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award’ for aiding the Dabbawalas of Mumbai during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
|Controversies||• After the 9/11 attacks in USA, he faced a problem at the Los Angeles airport due to his beard that he had grown for his role in the movie Kaante (2002), the officials thought him as a suspect. But, after he clarified that he was an Indian actor, they let him off.|
• Suniel Shetty and casting director Mukesh Chhabra had a spat when they used to work together. Mukesh Chhabra used to work at Suniel Shetty’s premises located in Versova (Mumbai), but after spat, he shifted to film producer Vashu Bhagnani’s office building in Juhu in Mumbai suburbs.
|Girls, Affairs, and More|
|Affair/Girlfriend||Mana Shetty (Creative Director)|
|Marriage Date||Year– 1991|
|Children||Son– Ahan Shetty (Actor)|
Daughter– Athiya Shetty (Actress)
|Parents||Father– Late Veerapa Shetty|
Mother– Name Not Known
Sister– Sujata Shetty (Elder)
|Food(s)||Tillwywali Kulfi, Fish Curry, Thai Cuisine|
|Actor(s)||Amitabh Bachchan, Bruce Willis|
|Actresses||Nargis, Sharmila Tagore, Kajol, Madhuri Dixit, Goldie Hawn|
|Film(s)||Sharaabi, Hera Pheri|
|Director(s)||J P Dutta, Gulzar, Rajiv Rai, Priyadarshan|
|Colour(s)||Blue, White, Black|
|Book||Sunny Days by Sunil Gavaskar|
|Cars Collection||Hummer H3, Mercedes-Benz SUV, Land Rover Defender 110 (worth Rs 1.20 crore)|
|Salary (approx.)||Rs. 2-3 crore/film|
|Net Worth (approx.)||$10 million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Suniel Shetty
- Does Suniel Shetty smoke?: No
- Does Suniel Shetty drink alcohol?: No
- Suniel belongs to a humble Tulu speaking Bunt family as his father used to clean plates in Worli, Mumbai as he initially worked as a waiter at a restaurant. His father’s boss called his father to manage his new business, and by 1943, his father had bought the whole building.
- When film director Raju Mavani wanted to make Balwaan with him, most actresses were wary of working with Suniel and declined the offer as he was a newcomer. But late Divya Bharti agreed to work with him, which proved to be a wise decision as Balwaan became a hit.
- The period from 1993 to 1994, was the golden phase of his acting career as he gave hits like Anth, Pehchaan and Waqt Hamara Hai, Mohra, and Dilwale.
- Earlier, he used to be a bad boy; as he was involved in fights and brawls. But after he realized that he needs to set an example for his fans, he became calm and started to behave well.
- He knows Karate and is a black belt in Kick Boxing.
- Due to his masculine body, he is regarded as the He-Man of the Bollywood.
- Sonali Bendre had a crush on him during the 1990s.
- He won his first Filmfare Award for Best Villain for his performance in Dhadkan (2001).
- Suniel is a successful businessman too; as he has a restaurant business, co-owns the popular boutique Mischief, owns the upscale pub Suzie Wong and owns the club H2O, in Mumbai. He also has a production company Popcorn Entertainment that produces films and concerts.
- He changed his name from “Sunil” to “Suniel” (extra “e” added).
- Suniel is a devotee of Lord Shiva.
- He loves playing cricket and has played for the Mumbai Heroes in the Celebrity Cricket League.Suniel Shetty playing cricket
- He is a good friend of Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon.
- Suniel is actively involved in a number of charitable causes.
- He is allergic to prawns.
- In November 2021, he appeared on the popular Indian dance reality show India’s Best Dancer 2, where he talked about his father’s struggles in Mumbai, where he worked as a cleaner. The actor said,
Whenever anyone asks me, who is my hero? I always say it’s my father. I am really proud of my father for the kind of man he was and of the incredible life he led. He came to Mumbai when he was merely 9-years-old and worked as a cleaner.”
- In December 2022, in an interview, he revealed that 128 women were rescued from sex trafficking from Kamathipura, a neighbourhood in Mumbai, and were sent to Nepal, their home country. Reportedly, the actor also arranged plane tickets to Kathmandu for 128 women.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1993||Waqt Hamara Hai||Sunil Chaudhary|
|1994||Dilwale||Vikram Singh||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Gopi Kishan||Gopinath Chaudhary / Kishannath Chaudhary||Double Role|
|Hum Hain Bemisaal||Michael Dsouza|
|Gaddaar||Sunny / Sunil Gujral|
|1996||Ek Tha Raja||Jay Dogra|
|Vishwasghaat||Avinash Saxena / Sunil Verma|
|Krishna||Krishna / Sunil|
|1997||Border||Bhairav Singh Rathod||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Judge Mujrim||Sunil / Dhaga||Double Role|
|1998||Vinashak – Destroyer||Arjun Singh|
|Humse Badhkar Kaun||Bhola / Suraj|
|Sar Utha Ke Jiyo||Himself||Special appearance|
|1999||Hu Tu Tu||Aditya Patel|
|Bade Dilwala||Ram Prasad|
|Hera Pheri||Shyam / Ghanshyam Tripathi|
|Refugee||Mohammad Ashraf||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Dhadkan||Dev Chopra||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2001||Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi||Sameer|
|Ek Rishtaa||Himself||Special appearance|
|Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat||Yash Sabharwal|
|Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar||Dayashankar Manoharilal Pandey|
|Ehsaas: The Feeling||Ravi Naik|
|2002||Awara Paagal Deewana||Yeda Anna|
|Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani||Vijay|
|Annarth||Jimmy / Jai|
|Karz: The Burden of Truth||Raja Chauhan|
|Chalo Ishq Ladaaye||Himself||Special appearance|
|2003||Baaz: A Bird in Danger||Harshvardhan Bhatti|
|Khanjar: The Knife||Raja Kumar|
|Qayamat: City Under Threat||Akram Sheikh|
|Khel – No Ordinary Game||Dev Mallya||Producer|
|LOC Kargil||Sanjay Kumar|
|Main Hoon Na||Raghavan Datta||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|Lakeer – Forbidden Lines||Sanju / Sanjay Mishra|
|Aan: Men at Work||Appa Kadam Naik|
|Kyun! Ho Gaya Na…||Ishaan|
|Ek Se Badhkar Ek||Rahul Bhagwat|
|2005||Page 3||Himself||Special appearance|
|Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav||Laloo / Lalchand Dilachand|
|Blackmail||Abhay Singh Rathod|
|Tango Charlie||Shezad Khan|
|Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets||Rocker|
|Kyon Ki||Karan Kashyap||Special appearrance|
|Deewane Huye Paagal||Sanju / Sanjay Malwani|
|Home Delivery||Time Man||Special appearance|
|2006||Fight Club – Members Only||Anna Shetty|
|Shaadi Se Pehle||Anna|
|Darna Zaroori Hai||Vishwas Talegaonkar|
|Chup Chup Ke||Mangal Singh Chauhan|
|Phir Hera Pheri||Shyam / Ghanshyam Tripathi|
|Aap Ki Khatir||Kunal Shah|
|Umrao Jaan||Faiz Ali|
|Apna Sapna Money Money||Namdev Mane|
|2007||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Kaviraj Patil|
|Om Shanti Om||Himself||Special appearance|
|Dus Kahaniyaan||Atiff Nawab|
|2008||One Two Three||Laxmi Narayan|
|Mr. Black Mr. White||Gopi / Gopal Murli Manohar|
|Mission Istaanbul||Owais Hussain||Producer|
|De Dana Dan||Ram Mishra|
|2010||Tum Milo Toh Sahi||Amit Nagpal|
|Red Alert: The War Within||Narasimha|
|Barood (The Fire) A Love Story||Shakti|
|2011||Thank You||Yogi Mathur|
|2012||Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai||Amar Joshi|
|Delhi Safari||Sultan The Leopard||Voice only Animated film|
|2013||Enemmy||Bhau / Eklavya Karmarkar|
|2014||Jai Ho||Arjun Kaul||Special appearrance|
|Desi Kattey||Suryakant Rathore|
|The Shaukeens||Himself||Special appearance|
|2015||2 Chehare||Ajay / Babu|
|2017||A Gentleman||Colonel Vijay Saxena|
|2018||Welcome to New York||Himself||Special appearance|
|2019||Khandaani Shafakhana||Himself||Special appearance|
|2021||Mumbai Saga||Sada Anna||Special appearrance|
|2023||Operation Fryday||Sada Nair||ZEE5 film|
|2024||Untitled; Hera Pheri film||Shyam / Ghanshyam Tripathi|
Other language films
|2006||Kilukkam Kilukilukkam||Mangal Singh Chauhan||Malayalam||Archive footage|
|2007||Don’t Stop Dreaming||Dave||English|
|2011||Raada Rox||Himself||Marathi||Special appearance|
|2018||Aa Bb Kk||Bappa||Marathi|
|2020||Darbar||Hari Chopra / Hariharan||Tamil|
|2021||Mosagallu||ACP Aajit Kumar Singh||Telugu|
|Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea||Chandroth Panicker||Malayalam|
|2003||Khel – No Ordinary Game|
|Denotes Web series that have not yet been released|
|2022–present||Dharavi Bank||Thalaivan||MX Player||10 episodes|
|2023||Hunter||ACP Vikram Chauhan||Amazon miniTV|