Hometown: Mulki, Mangalore, Karnataka
Age: 62 Years
Wife: Mana Shetty
|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 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||62 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 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. Koimoi 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. The Times of India