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Shetty in 2020
Sunil V. Shetty [1]

(1961-08-11) 11 August 1961 (age 60) [2]
Other namesAnna or Action Anna
Years active1991–present
OrganizationPopcorn Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Mana Shetty
(m. 1991)

Suniel Shetty (born Sunil V. Shetty; 15 May 1961) is an Indian actor, film producer, television personality and entrepreneur who is predominantly active in Bollywood films. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has acted in over 100 films. His major works have been action and comedy films. [3] He has received a Filmfare Award out of five nominations for the film Dhadkan . [4]


He is the owner of the production house Popcorn Entertainment Private Limited. [5] He has produced a number of films including Khel – No Ordinary Game , Rakht and Bhagam Bhag , under the banner of Popcorn Motion Pictures.


He made his debut in Hindi films in 1992 at the age of 31 with Balwaan , opposite Divya Bharti. The film helped him to retain his position in Bollywood as an action hero. [6] [7] He went on to play the protagonist in various successful movies such as 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). He 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). Hera Pheri (2000), Dhadkan (2000), Jungle (2000), Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001), Main Hoon Na (2004), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), and Red Alert: The War Within (2010). [8] In 2014, he changed the spelling of his name from Sunil to Suniel for numerological reasons. [9] Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), One Two Three (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009). He even played negative roles in movies, including 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).

Along with Mukesh Chhabra, he has also started an online casting company, 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 H2O, 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?.

In 2005, on the eve of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's 61st birth anniversary, the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress honoured Shetty with the Rajiv Gandhi award [ dead link ].

Shetty won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain in 2001 for Dhadkan . [10] 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.

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.

Shetty also acted in his second Tamil film Darbar with Rajinikanth in 2020.

In 2021, Shetty appeared in the Sanjay Gupta's gangster drama film Mumbai Saga , which was released on 19 March. [11] [12] He will be seen next in Kiran Korrapati directed Ghani , which is releasing on 30 July. [13] [14]

Other work


In 2019, Suneil invested an undisclosed amount in a Pune-based online health and fitness start up Fittr. Its founder Jitendra Chouksey launched Fittr in January 2016 as a community on Facebook to address the challenges in the fitness industry, Fittr now claims of over 100,000 fitness transformations, and a highly engaged community of 550,000 members. Its mobile app, Fittr, has received more than 500,000 downloads since September 2018. [15]


Shetty has appeared as a host for India's leading fitness reality shows Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One. [16] and India's Asli Champion Hai dam? on &TV.


The actor owns Mischief Dining Bar and Club H2O, in Mumbai. Both the places are running successfully. [17] [18] He co-owns the water adventure park attached to cafe H2O. He closed down Mischief Bar in 2010, and instead opened a new restaurant called Little Italy. The restaurant was first owned by his father when it was an Udipi restaurant, Suniel then changed the restaurant into a bar, and then back into a restaurant with the different name with his father's blessings. [19]

Celebrity Cricket League

Suniel Shetty is captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in the Celebrity Cricket League. [20] He is also the co-founder of Ferit Cricket Bash that was launched in December 2018. [21]

Hiru Golden Film Awards

Suniel Shetty was participant in the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2014 and 2016 in Sri Lanka as a special guest. [22]

R House

He started his luxury furniture and home lifestyle store in Mumbai, Worli in 2013 with his wife Mana. [23]

Personal life

Suniel Shetty was born in a Mangalorean Tulu speaking [2] [24] family on 11 August 1961 in Mulki, Mangalore. [2]

He is married to Mana Shetty and has two children, actress Athiya Shetty (born 5 November 1992) [25] and Ahan (born 15 January 1996). [26] Athiya made her acting debut in Hero (2015). Ahan Shetty has been signed by Sajid Nadiadwala for his debut film, Tadap . [27] Mana runs an NGO for under-privileged kids. [28]

Shetty has a black belt in kickboxing. [29] He owns clothing boutiques as well as restaurants specialising in Udupi cuisine. [30]



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