Sunil Shetty (born 11 August 1961) is an Indian film actor and film producer and hotelier specializing in Udupi cuisine (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and liquor and fashion boutique owner. He is mainly active in Bollywood. He was born in Mulki, near Mangalore.
Sunil Shetty made his acting debut in the 1992 film Balwaan which was a moderate success. His first major hit was the 1994 action thriller Mohra. Later that year he also had another hit with the romantic drama film Dilwale and the comedy film Gopi Kishan. He went on to star in many films throughout the 1990s mostly in the action genre. 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 (2001), 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 movie Red Alert: The War Within.
As a producer, he set up a production company called Popcorn Motion Pictures Ltd, which produced the films Khel (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-language film 12B. He also hosted Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One.
Winner: SAIFF(South Asia International Film Festival 2009 for BEST ACTOR Red Alert: The War Within
Winner: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Dhadkan
Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Border
Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Refugee
Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Main Hoon Na
Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Dilwale