Birthday: 4th January 1965
Marital Status: Married to actress Zarina Wahab in 1986. The couple has a daughter named Sana and a son named Suraj.
Awards: Aditya Pancholi has not won any award till date but his performance in Yes Boss (in 1998) and Striker (2011) won him nominations for the Filmfare Best Villain Award and the GIFT Honors for Best Villain respectively.
Trivia: The actor has appeared in more than 65 films till date and is known mostly for his negative roles in various films. He debuted in 1985 and has featured in a number of music videos. His affair with actress Kangana Ranaut became a much-talked about issue in the country, and so did his breakup with her. As of now, it seems that he is more settled in his marriage.
Born as Nirmal Pancholi to a filmmaker father Rajan Pancholi and mother Aruna in Mumbai, Aditya Pancholi is one among four siblings. He made his debut as an actor in 1985 in a video called Shahadat. In 1986, he met actress Zarina Wahab while shooting a video, and consequently married her.
He appeared in a number of films like Maryam Ki Beti, Dharamyudh, Jaadugar, Gunaahon Ka Devta and Maha Sangram. He played a supporting role in 1990 film Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, which was among the top 10 highest grossing films of the year. He played the lead role in another 1990 film Sailaab, which also starred Madhuri Dixit.
After that, he appeared in many other films, but Saathi (in 1991) got him much recognition among the audience and is regarded as the most successful film of his career. However post this film, director Mahesh Bhatt refused to work with him because of his behavior on the sets. In 1996, Pancholi played double role in a film called Jung, which had Ajay Devgn and Mithun Chakraborty as well. His performance was well-received.
His next major success was in 1998 with Shah Rukh Khan- Juhi Chawla starrer Yes Boss, in which he played the role of a lustful man who engages in multiple affairs despite being married. Thereafter, he made appearances in various other films, but without much commercial success. He played supporting roles in films that were notable for reasons other than him, like Aankhen (2002) and Chalte Chalte. He played the role of a police inspector in 2004 film Musafir.
After a 6 year sabbatical, Aditya Pancholi again appeared in films. In 2010, he played a man engaged in illegal activities in the film Striker. Although it failed to earn revenue at the box office, it was critically acclaimed for its strong performances. He was seen playing an underworld man Biscuit in the film Dum Maaro Dum in 2011. In the same year, he made a special appearance in Salman Khan’s film Bodyguard.
Quite true to his caliber, Pancholi pulled off another negative character in the 2012 film Rush, which starred Emraan Hashmi, Neha Dhupia and Sagarika Ghatge in the lead roles. Not only this, he also made his debut in Bengali cinema with a film called Idiot, where he played a ruthless brother who doesn’t accept his sister’s affair with a guy. Recently he will be seen making a debut in Telugu cinema in Meher Ramesh’s film Shadow.
Besides films, Aditya Pancholi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. He was accused of raping a domestic help in ex-girlfriend Pooja Bhatt’s house. More recently, he was also in the limelight for his relationship with actress Kangana Ranaut, who is half his age. Their breakup and the reasons for the same also became the talking point of the industry, post which, he returned to his happy family life. His son was also tied up in the recent investigation on actress Jiah Khan’s suicide. A suicide note allegedly written to Aditya’s son, Suraj, indicates Suraj and Jiah Khan had a troubleseome affair. His daughter Sana is said to be debuting in films soon.