Pal was born in Chandrapur (Maharastra, India). He is a popular
Indian comedian and actor, and the 2005 winner of
The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on
Lately he has been seen acting in many Bollywood flicks doing minor
comic roles. In 2010, he wrote and directed a comedy film, Bhavnao
Ko Samjho, which featured a record 51 stand-up comedians.
Sunil Pal came to Mumbai in 1995 when his father (who then used
to work with Indian Railways) got transferred. He studied in Janata
Vidyalaya city branch Ballarpur school. He joined the Junior College.
There he used to mimic his professors and famous actors. After college,
he struggled for three years.
During one of his interviews, he says that "I was working at a tea
stall in Santacruz as waiter. Those days I'd sleep on the footpath.
And I used to use the telephones of a nearby shop to keep in touch
with my contacts in film industry." In 2000, Sunil got a chance
to do a world tour with Aamir Khan (for Lagaan) as a junior artist.
He was also involved in other tours of famous actors like Priety
Zinta, Aishwarya Rai.
The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
Later Sunil Pal contested in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge,
and won the competition. He was the favourite of viewers, who were
enthralled by his remarkable ability of impersonating many film
actors (like Sunil Shetty, Nana Patekar, Sunny Deol, Dharmendra,
Naseeruddin Shah, and Irfan Khan) with commanding progress. In addition,
his self-created character of the drunkard "Ratan
Noora" was widely admired.
Soon after the show followed many small roles in Bollywood movies.
So far he has worked in seven films. His first major Hindi film,
Bombay to Goa released in 2007,
although he has played roles in Phir Hera
Pheri. On a tour with Sonu
Nigam, he met Neeraj Vohra (writer and director) who
later gave him a role in Phir Hera Pheri
(2006). He has also worked in Apna
Sapna Money Money and he has produced, written, and directed
a film called Bhavnao ko Samjho.
The film is in the Guinness Book of World
Records for a record 51 stand up comedians acting in
a single film. His upcoming movies are
Dharna Unlimited, Dirty Politics, Krish 3, Tukkafit, Filmi Duniya,
Rajni ki Lag Gayi, Tenshion Mat Le yaar, Bhanwri Ka Jaal, Money
Back Guarantee. While the film was bashed by critics,
audience members who follow The Great Indian
Laughter Challenge enjoyed the film due to the stand-up
comedians acting in the film and similar jokes.
IndiaTimes interview with Sunil