Sunil Shetty (born 11 August 1961) is an Indian film actor, producer, hotelier and liquor and fashion boutique owner. He is mainly active in Bollywood.

Career

Shetty made his acting debut in the 1992 in the film Balwaan, which was an average success. He gave 2 average grossers films in 1993 Pehchaan and Waqt Hamara Hai. His first major blockbuster hit was the 1994 action thriller Mohra. Later that year he also had another hit with the romantic drama film Dilwale and average success Gopi Kishan. He went on to star in many films throughout the 1990s mostly in the action genre. In 1997, his film Bhai released on Diwali was a success despite coinciding with Shahrukh Khans Dil To Pagal Hai. In 1997. he got recognition for his role in the war epic Border. He went on to play patriotic roles in films such as Refugee (2000), Qayamat: City Under Threat (2003) and LOC Kargil (2003). He also ventured into comedy roles in hit films such as Hera Pheri (2000), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Phir Hera Pheri (2006) and De Dana Dan (2009). He won a Filmfare Award for Best Villain in 2001 for his performance in Dhadkan (2000). He also won SAIFF (South Asia International Film Festival) 2009 as a Best Actor for the film Red Alert: The War Within.

As a producer, he set up a production company called Popcorn Motion Pictures Ltd, which produced the films Khel – No Ordinary Game (2003), Rakht: What If You Can See the Future and Bhagam Bhag (2006). In recent years he has mostly played small roles in multi-starred films. Besides Bollywood he appeared in the English film Don't Stop Dreaming in 2007 and the Tamil film 12B. He also hosted Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One.In 2010, he starred in Daddy Cool, De Dana Dan, and No Problem, whereas in 2011, he only starred in Thank You, which was a box office average.

His latest release is Loot. He is currently working on films, Chai Garam

Sunil Shetty is now also captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in the Celebrity cricket league.


Personal life

Sunil Shetty was born in a ethnic Bunt family on 11 August 1961 in Mulki, India He also owns some hotels specializing in Udupi cuisine (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and a clothing boutique named Mischief and has launched a company called Popcorn Entertainment to promote Bollywood actors touring abroad for stage shows and/or concerts.He is married to Mana Shetty and has two children called Ahan and Athiya. He is often called as the He-Man of the Indian Bollywood industry. He has a Black Belt in Kick Boxing.


Awards

Winner

    2000: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Dhadkan
    2009: SAIFF Award for Best Actor for Red Alert: The War Within
    2011: Stardust Search Light Award for Best Actor for Red Alert: The War Within

Nominated

    1994: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Dilwale
    1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Border
    2000: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Refugee
    2004: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Main Hoon Na