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Sunil Shetty

Sunil Shetty

Sunil Shetty is a top-class actor-producer and businessman. Even today, he carries such charm and glamour that it has become difficult for youngsters to cope with or compete with him. He was born on 11 August 1961 as Sunil Veerappa Shetty. He is one of the most talented actors of the 90s and did lots of hit movies like Border, Dhadkan, Hera Pheri, and a lot more. At present, he is running the business and doing TV shows.

In his 30 years span of a career, he did more than 100. films. He is also a fitness icon among many youths. Bollywood also calls him the He-Man of the industry because of his fitness interest. Sunil Shetty strongly believes that changing his name would lead to something fruitful. In short, he believed in superstition and changed the spelling from Sunil to Suniel.

Early Life

Sunil Shetty

Suniel Shetty was born on August 11, 1961, in Mulki, Mangalore, to a Mangalorean Tulu-speaking Bunt family. Not much is known about his schooling. He completed his graduation degree in Hotel Management from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.

Quick Information

Name- Sunil Veerappa Shetty

Nickname- Anna

Profession- Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur

Height- 5'10"

Weight- 80 Kg

Eye Color- Dark Brown

Age- 61

Zodiac Sign- Leo

Debut Film- Balwaan (1992)

Debut Film as Producer- Khel No Ordinary Game (2003)

Hobbies- Watching Movies, Playing Cricket, Shopping, Working Out, Travelling

Marital Status- Married

Wife- Mana Shetty

Marriage Year- 1991

Children- Ahan Shetty and Athiya Shetty

Sibling- Sujata Shetty (elder sister)

Favourite Food- Fish Curry, Thai Cuisine

Favourite Actor - Bruce Wills, Amitabh Bachchan

Favourite Actress - Sharmila Tagore, Nargis, Goldie Hawn

Favourite Film- Sharaabi, Hera Pheri

Favourite Directors- Rajiv Rai, J P Dutta, Priyadarshan

Cars Collection- Mercedes-Benz SUV, Hummer H3

Net Worth - ₹ 96 Crore

Personal Life

He is married to Mana Shetty and has two children, Athiya Shetty, a girl, and Ahan Shetty, a boy. Athiya and Ahan both made their acting debuts, Athiya in Hero (2015) and Ahan in Sajid Nadiadwala's Tadap (2021), a Hindi version of the Telugu film RX 100. Mana is the founder of an NGO for underprivileged children. Shetty is a kickboxing black belt. He owns clothing stores as well as eateries that serve Udupi cuisine.


At the age of 31, he made his Hindi cinema debut in Balwaan alongside Divya Bharti in 1992. The film helped him preserve his image as a Bollywood action hero. Name of some of the successful films of Suniel Shetty include Balwaan (1992), Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Dilwale (1994), Anth (1994), Mohra (1994), Gopi Kishan (1994), Krishna (1996), Sapoot (1996), Rakshak (1996), Border (1997), Bhai (1997), and Vinashak (1997). (1998). Throughout the 1990s, he was mostly engaged in action films, playing the male protagonist in the bulk of them. Since the early 2000s, he has primarily appeared in multi-starrers of various genres. In 2014, he changed his name from Sunil to Suniel for numerological reasons. Some of the movies where he played the role of the antagonist are 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).

He and Mukesh Chhabra have also co-founded F... the Couch, an online casting firm (FTC). The two of India's most popular fitness reality shows are Biggest Losser Jeetega and India's Asli Champion Hai Dam. During the 61st birthday of Rajiv Gandhi in 2005, Suniel Shetty received the Rajiv Gandhi award for the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress. He was awarded the Filmfare Award for being The Best Villain in the movie Dhadkan in 2001. Shetty earned the award for the Best Actor Award at the South Asian International Film Festival in 2009 for his on the screenplay of the Naxalites in the Indian film Red Alert.

He is also a business owner and owns a film production company, Popcorn Motion Pictures. Khel - No Ordinary Game, Rakht, and Bhagam Bhag were all produced by Shetty under this production banner.

The FTC is a digital platform that uncovers new talent in Bollywood and gives new artists a platform to create a name for themselves in the industry. Shetty has been actively interested in real estate and restaurant sector in addition to being a member of this project. Sunil also acted in his second Tamil film, Darbar, along with Rajinikanth. Shetty starred in Sanjay Gupta's mafia drama film Mumbai Saga, which was released on March 19, 2021. He was most recently seen in Kiran Korrapati's Ghani, which was released on April 8th.

Other Work

  • Fittr App

Sunil Shetty invested an unknown sum in Fittr, a Pune-based online health and fitness startup, in 2019. Fittr was founded in January 2016 by Jitendra Chouksey as a Facebook group to solve the issues in the fitness business. Fittr presently boasts over 100,000 fitness changes and a highly active community of 550,000 members. Fittr, a mobile app, has received over 500,000 downloads since September 2018.

  • Small Screen

Shetty has hosted India's most popular fitness reality programmes, including Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One and India's Asli Champion on &TV.

Sunil Shetty
  • Restaurant

In Mumbai, the actor owns Mischief Dining Bar and Club H2O. Both locations are up and operating. He shares ownership of the water adventure park connected to Cafe H2O. In 2010, he closed Mischief Bar and started a new restaurant named Little Italy. Sunil's father owned the restaurant when it was an Udipi restaurant. He then transformed it into a bar, and then back into a restaurant with a different name with his father's consent.

  • Celebrity Cricket League

Sunil Shetty captains the Mumbai Heroes in the Celebrity Cricket League. He is also a co-founder of Ferit Cricket Bash, which debuted in December 2018.

  • Golden Film Award

Sunil Shetty was a special guest at the Hiru Golden Film Awards in Sri Lanka in 2014 and 2016.

  • Furniture Line

In 2013, he and his wife Mana opened premium furniture and home living business in Mumbai's Worli district.


After the 9/11 attack on the USA, the officials were on high alert. At that point of time, the actor was growing a beard for his upcoming movie Kaante. Once he arrived at Los Angeles airport with that look, the security took him into custody as a suspect. After a lot of hardship and explanation, he was able to get out of the problem.

Sunil Shetty and casting director Mukesh Chhabra worked together to work in a business. However, there is a rumour that due to some conflict between them Mukesh Chabbra left Sunil Shetty and moved to some other place. Reports also claim that they got into a physical fight however when the actor was asked about the matter, he totally neglected it and told that it was just a rumour spreading around.

How Sunil Shetty Became a Successful Business Man

Sunil Shetty was almost like his co-actors but however, nowadays he is well known as a businessman. It would not be surprising to say that he is more successful as a businessperson than as an actor. This is because his father owned hotels, and during his initial days, the actor was interested in business and started his film career in his 30s. Also, he has a degree in Hotel Management. So, he was a business mindset person since his early days.

He owns a production house named "Popcorn Motion Pictures" and owns various hotels and restaurants. Movies like Khel-No Ordinary Game, Bhagam Bhag, and Rakht were produced under his production banner. He also owns a club named H2O, a boutique store, and many other businesses. The actor is very fond of cricket and has played for Mumbai Heroes in Celebrity Cricket League. The actor loves to live a luxurious life and owns heavy cars like Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser, and Jeep Wrangler. He even owns a bungalow in Mumbai and lives a royal lifestyle.

Important Lessons from Sunil Shetty's Biography

Once the actor was asked who is an idol for him. The actor beautifully replied that his father is a hero to him because his father came to Mumbai at the age of 9 and worked in a hotel where he washed plates. After his debut film, the actor was given the title 'Wooden', and many wanted him to quit. But even after facing so much criticism the actor didn't give up and slammed haters with his hit movies.

Even today, the actor leads a simple life and teaches the youth not to get trapped in tobacco use. Rather he motivates youth to live a healthy life. He is in his 60s and still workouts daily just to keep himself healthy.


Sunil Shetty has been nominated for various awards and also won some of them.

  • The actor won the Best Villain and Best Supporting Actor awards for the movie Dhadkan in 2001.
  • He then won GIFA Award for Best Villain for the film Main Hoon Na.
  • Stardust Award for Best Actor (Critics Choice) for the movie Red Alert: The War Within (nominated) in 2011
  • Screen Award and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Border in 1998
  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Role for the movie Refugee in 2001
  • IIFA award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Qayamat
  • SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Tamil for the movie Darbar in 2021

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