Suniel Shetty to quit Bollywood for the third time in April


Suniel Shetty started his career with Balwan as an action hero and has done several multi-starrers like Border, Dhadkan and Hera Pheri. The actor who does not have conventional Bollywood hero looks, has not been getting any good roles of late, hence he claims that he has set a deadline to quit the film industry. The deadline is March 31, 2006.
“I have done so many multi starrers that my friends tease me samose mein alu. I don’t want my career to go that way. So I’ve taken the decision to stop working in films for a while,” says Sunil Shetty.

However, this is not the first time that Shetty has called it quits in Bollywood. In the early 90’s when Suniel’s films were flopping at the box office one after the other, he said that he would quit after his first hit. But in 1998 after he got a taste of his first official hit, he forgot all about his statement to quit. Again sometime back, when the actor started his entertainment company, Popkorn, he stated that he wanted to quit films as he felt he was more a businessman than an actor. And finally, this is the third time that the actor says he wants to quit, but this time he seems to be serious, as he has returned the signing amounts that he had taken from several of his producers.

The actor who has spent 16 years in the film industry feels that he has had enough of films and does not want to do films of any kind for a while. He will wind up the patchwork and dubbing for some of his films by April 15 and after that, he plans to stay at home and baby-sit his kids.

Shetty is disappointed with the kind of roles he has been getting of late and except for some good offers by directors Priyadarshan, Subhash Ghai and J.P Dutta, most of the other offers are inconsequential. However, Shetty claims there is no dearth of offers from directors, but he needs to grow and experiment as an actor, which he is unable to do in the roles that he is offered. Shetty feels that in the last couple of years he has not been able to spend ample of time with his kids and wife, as he has been constantly working.

The actor will concentrate on his business and family when he quits films. He does not feel that he has to do films for financial reasons as he has a stable financial background. Suniel will do all the things that he has been unable to do in the past due to hectic film schedules. He states that he will take his son for World Cup soccer matches; he will also give his daughter guidance in her academics and start working out to get back into shape. He will basically be carefree and do all things that give him mental satisfaction.

Suniel Shetty has just returned from London after completing the shooting of Dharmesh Darshan’s Aap Ke Khatir. He has also completed J P Dutta’s Umrao Jaan and Satish Kaushik’s Shaadi Se Pehele.

Whether the actor sticks to his decision to quit films this time around remains to be seen.


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