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Chunky Panday on his career: My parents were doctors, I went against odds and became an actor

Updated on: 26 September,2023 01:03 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Chunky Panday spoke about going against odds to become an actor on India’s Got Talent

Chunky Panday on his career: My parents were doctors, I went against odds and became an actor


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Chunky Panday on his career: My parents were doctors, I went against odds and became an actor

Sony Entertainment Television’s talent reality show ‘India’s Got Talent’ has been showcasing phenomenal acts by talent par excellence that has won millions of hearts. Recently, the contestants upped the entertainment quotient during the Reunion Special with 90's superstars Chunky Panday, Deepak Tijori, Ayesha Jhulka and Rahul Roy, whilst impressing the judges – Badshah and Kirron Kher with their extraordinary performances. 

Creating an electrifying vibe was Chandigarh’s dance group, N-House Crew, who impressed the judges with their exhilarating performance to the peppy dance number, 'Zingaat'. Judge Badshah commended the group, saying, “This is one of the most creative acrobatic performances I have ever seen. Everyone tries acrobats and summersaults, but I haven't seen anyone performing like the N-house Crew have done today. N House crew, this is your best performance.”

Adding to the compliment, actor Chunky Panday shared, “This was an out-of-the-world performance. The whole act was something else altogether. I heard you guys were doing different jobs, but thank God you left all those behind, otherwise we wouldn’t have got a chance to witness such a talented group. Pursue your ambition, I have also done many things before getting into the film industry. I have done multiple jobs but when I got my calling, and a chance to be in a film, I jumped on it. My parents wanted me to be a doctor; both my parents were doctors, but I went against all odds and became an actor. I just feel that you are not only India’s, but you will become this world’s best dancers.” 

The celebrated actor also quipped in Marathi and expressed his wish to dance with the group on the song 'Zingaat'; their ‘masaledaar’ dance got everybody grooving! 

In an interview with Film Companion in the past, Chunky said, "You only have to deal with yourself, but success is very difficult to hold on to, that's what I learnt. I started off with a bang, everything went so well for the first 2-3 years, and I just couldn't hold on to it. Maybe it was the wrong choice of films, maybe I got too greedy about money and didn't read the scripts. I only chose multistarrer films because those were working for me. After 1993 or 1994, multistarrers stopped being made. They moved on to solo heroes. It was like musical chairs. Suddenly the music stopped and I didn't have a chair to sit on. So, I was out of work, I went to Bangladesh and worked there for a few years. Coming back to Bollywood was more difficult because I had to go to people's offices again and ask for work and convince them that I wasn't going anywhere. I had to tell myself I was no longer a hero, I was going to play some great characters now..."

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