Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Chunkey Pandey (real name Suyash Sharad Pandey) was born on 26th September 1962 in Mumbai. Both his parents are renowned doctors and so is his brother. He is also known as Chandrakant Pandey. He did his schooling at IES, Dadar and graduated from N M College, Mumbai.
He debuted with Daraar (1987) which did not get him any recognition. His next film which released the same year, Aag hi Aag where he played second lead to Rajesh Khanna did moderately well. Then came Tezaab in 1988 where he played Baban, a character that all remembered. This was his first big break and he was also nominated for Best supporting actor for his performance.
Since then, he appeared in many films but sadly none of his films where he featured as the lead actor did well. In most films he played the second rung hero and these films helped him gain attention from the audiences. His pairing with Sunny Deol in Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Vishwatma (1992) and Lootere (1993) did well at the box office. After which he did a few films till late 90’s before his career began to fade away and he moved to doing Bangladeshi films. Here his films did good business and he’s hailed as a superstar of Bangladeshi films.
Unfortunately his career never took off in a big way in Hindi cinema as most of his films were a disaster at the box office. First Love Letter (1991), Khule-aam (1992), Insaaniyat and Teesra Kaun (1994) are some of the flops that he has to his credit. However amidst all this he had a superhit to his name when Aankhen (1993) a David Dhawan comedy with Govinda paired along with him did roaring business. He returned to films after a long hiatus in 2002 and played supporting roles. He was critically acclaimed for his performance in Ram Gopal Verma’s gangster thriller D (2005) and later he also won praise for his comical role in Apna Sapna Money Money where he played a Nepali gangster, he also played a cameo in Farhan Akhtar’s Don (2006)
Currently, he is shooting for two under production films, Desh Drohi and Paying Guest which are slated to release in 2008. Also,he is associated with the upcoming Johnny Depp movie Shantaram.
He has not won any awards, despite being nominated twice.
He married Bhawna, an air-hostess in 1988 and has 2 daughters. Apart from doing films he also runs a company called ‘Bollywood Electric' which hosts stage shows. He and his wife also run a health food restaurant in Mumbai.