Sunil Shetty, The Macho Man
Sunil Shetty’s Film Balwaan
Sunil Shetty in Balwaan
In 1992, the film Balwaan was released and was Sunil Shetty’s debut film in Bollywood . This film established him as an action star with muscles to match. The film was directed by Deepak Anand. Divya Bharati and Danny Denzongpa were Sunil Shetty’s co-stars in this film.
Sunil Shetty played the character of a poor man, Arjun Singh. Because of his honest and helpful nature he comes up against a gangster, Bhai. Bhai causes harm to his family and then Arjun’s fight against a framed murder charge and Bhai as well, forms the backdrop of the story.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Waqt Hamara Hai
Sunil Shetty in Waqt Hamara Hai
The film Waqt Hamara Hai was released in 1993. This action cum comedy film was directed by Bharat Rangachary . The film also starred Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka, Mamta Kulkarni and Anupam Kher. This film was beginning of a series of Sunil-Akshay paired films.
Sunil Shetty played the role of a collegian in this college caper. His group of college friends which featured the leading actors, gets accidently involved in a terrorist plot that involves a nuclear device. The manner in which they extricate themselves from the mess and how they save the day forms the climax of the film.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Mohra
Sunil Shetty in Mohra
In 1994, the Rajiv Rai directed film Mohra was released. This film featured Naseeruddun Shah, Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon alongwith Sunil Shetty.
Sunil Shetty played the character of a convict Vishal Agnihotri who had killed murderers who had caused the death of his wife and sister-in-law. He is manipulated by a businessman to kill again. His end is tragic when his misguided actions lead to mayhem in the city
Sunil Shetty’s Film Dilwale
Sunil Shetty in Dilwale
The film Dilwale was released in 1994. The director of this romantic film was Harry Baweja. The film also starred Ajay Devgn, Raveena Tandon and Paresh Rawal alongwith Sunil Shetty.
Sunil Shetty was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for this film. He played the role of Police Inspector Vikram Singh who approaches the inmate of a Mental Hospital in order to solve the mystery of a murder.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Gopi Kishan
Sunil Shetty in Gopi Kishan
The film Gopi Kishan was released in 1994 and was directed by Mukesh Duggal. It starred Sunil Shetty in a double role with Shilpa Shirodkar, Karishma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi and Aruna Irani as his co-stars. The film was a remake of the Tamil Language film Avasara Police 100 directed by K. Bhagyaraj.
Sunil Shetty played the role of Kishan who is a tough criminal and the double role of Gopi, a bumbling cop. Kishan makes use of being a look-alike of Gopi for his own nefarious use, but which turns advantageous to the real Gopi in his work space. What happens next forms the climax of the film.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Border
Sunil Shetty in Border
The film Border was released in 1997 and was directed by J.P.Dutta. The film was studded with stars and included Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Akhaye Khanna and Rakhee Gulzar to name just a few who co-starred with Sunil Shetty in this hit film.
This fairly authentic war film was based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and specifically the real life events that happened at the Battle of Longewala, which was fought in Rajasthan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It is about a heroic group of 120 soldiers of the Punjab regiment of the Indian Army who were bravely led to successfully defend their post all night against a whole Tank regiment of the Pakistani Army, until help came from the Indian Air Force jets who could only fly in the next morning. Sunil Shetty played the role of the border post’s BSF commandant Bhairon Singh, a deeply patriotic man who is deeply in love with the desert and has to tragically leave his new bride when the country calls him back to duty.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Hu Tu Tu
Sunil Shetty in Hu Tu Tu
The film Hu Tu Tu was released in 1999. This politics linked drama film was directed by Gulzar. Nana Patekar and Tabu were Sunil Shetty’s co-stars in this film.
Sunil Shetty played the role Aditya Patel who is Tabu’s lover , but then is politically manipulated to kidnap her. The film carried a strong commentary on the politics of today. It ended with both of them turning suicide bombers.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Dhadkan
Sunil Shetty in Dhadkan
In 2000, the film Dhadkan was released. It was directed by Dharmesh Darshan and had Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Mahima Chaudhry and Shilpa Shetty playing the lead roles. Sunil won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for this film.
Sunil Shetty played the character of Dev who is in love with Shilpa, but has to give her up when her parents refuse his suit and get her married off to another despite her wishes. After working hard and getting wealthy, Dev attempts to win her back and fights dirty to get her only to realise his folly and perceive that she had moved on and had found love with her husband.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Hera Pheri
Sunil Shetty in Hera Pheri
In 2000, the film Hera Pheri was released. It was directed by Priyadarshan who did a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking, which had also been remade into the Tamil film Arangetra Velai in the same year. Akshay Kumar, Tabu and Paresh Rawal were Sunil Shetty’s co-stars in this hilarious film.
Suneil Shetty played the character of Shyam, also is known by the name Ghanshyam and who has come in search of a job at his late father’s bank. Through a series of misadventures he lands up living with Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in a house. He doesn’t get the job, but with the help of the other two unemployed men, thinks they have found the answer to all their money problems when they receive a call from a kidnapper. And this sets up the comic crux of the story.
Sunil Shetty’s Film Red Alert: The War Within
Sunil Shetty in Red Alert: The War Within
The film Red Alert: The War Within was released in 2010, but made its debut in the Stuttgart Film Festival in 2009. The film was directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan. This political drama film was based on a real life event. The film was dubbed into Telugu, English and Chhattisgarhi languages. The film had an ensemble cast of Sunil Shetty, Vinod Khanna, Naseeruddin Shah, Sameera Reddy, Ayesha Dharker and Bhagyashree.
Sunil Shetty played the role of Narasimha, who inadvertently comes between the police and Naxalites, only to be forced to work for the Naxalites.