"I Was Called Wooden Material" - Suniel Shetty Recalls His Early Acting Days

Shubanka Sridhar , 09 Sep 2019

Every actor in their life goes through a point in their career where they are not appreciated for their work or don’t get the right opportunities. But, as they say, it’s just a phase for most stars. And it was for Suniel Shetty as well. Suniel was known for his action and super macho roles, and his comic timing. His films like Mohra, Border, Hera Pheri and Welcome, among many others have never failed to entertain us.

Recently, in an interview with IANS, Mr Shetty opened up about his early days. He talks about how the critics were harsh on him in the beginning and the challenges he took upon himself to prove his worth in the industry.

Here’s what he said:

I never dreamt I would end up doing dangerous stunts in films. I did it because even after the success of my first film, a particular critic who was very powerful at that time called me ‘wooden material’ and he said that I should go back to my family’s restaurant business. So, I took it up as a challenge. I told myself I needed to do something where I could be different. I still remember that in my first film, I did a fire stunt where I was sitting on a bike near a swimming pool. I was really scared because it was unsafe but I did it because I had to prove myself.

This shows how passionate he is about his career. Now, he is even going to make his debut in Sandalwood with the Kannada film, Pailwaan, opposite Kannada superstar Sudeep.

During the interaction, he even spoke about his son Ahan Shetty‘s debut film as well. Ahan is all set to make his debut with Tara Sutaria in Milan Luthria’s directorial – Tadap – next year.

Speaking about it, he said:

I have always told Ahan not to get scared with that Friday when his film will be released because sometimes you will get success and sometimes you will see failure. I know my son will be able to handle success but he will have to learn how to handle the failure. People will write good and bad things about him but he has to take it in his stride because entering films was his choice. I feel Ahan is blessed because Sajid bhai (Sajid Nadiadwala) is producing his first film, Milan Lutharia is the director of the film, Rajat Arora is the writer and film’s music is done by Pritam dada. What more can he ask for?

It’s so nice to see Suniel being so proud of his son. We cannot wait to see this father-son duo kill it on screen soon!

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