M. B. Shetty (1931-1982) was an Indian actor, film stuntman and action choreographer. He has acted in films such as Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957), An Evening in Paris (1967), Kismat (1969), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Duniya Ka Mela (1974), and Aaj Ke Sholey (1985). He has worked as an action choreographer/stunt director for films such as Singapore (1960), China Town (1962), Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Dost (1974), and Don (1978). M. B. Shetty passed away because of a serious fall at home that proved to be fatal.
M. B. Shetty, or Muddu Babu Shetty, was born on Thursday, 1 January 1931 (age 51 years; at the time of death) in Mangalore India. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. At the age of nine, Shetty’s father noticed his lack of interest in school studies. To prepare him for life’s challenges, Shetty’s father sent him to Mumbai, where he worked as a waiter at a Tata Company canteen. However, Shetty didn’t enjoy these ordinary jobs and disliked deskbound work. He found a passion for boxing and began training under K N Mendon, a renowned gymnast. With time and dedication, Shetty became a boxing champion and won tournaments for eight years. He came to be known as the undefeated boxing champion of Bombay. M.B. Shetty started his career as a body double for actors Pradeep Kumar and Premnath.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
M. B. Shetty was born into a Hindu family.
Wife & Children
M. B. Shetty’s first wife was named Vinodini, a trained Kathak dancer. He had four children: two daughters and two sons named Hriday Shetty, a filmmaker, and Uday Shetty with her. Then he married Ratna Shetty, an actress. He met Ratna when she was a junior artist with whom he had daughters Chanda, Chaya and Mahek Shetty and a son, Rohit Shetty, who is now a film director in the Hindi film industry.
M. B. Shetty follows Hinduism.
M. B. Shetty got his first stint as a fight director when veteran actor Pran recognised his talent and convinced director Subodh Mukherjee to give him a shot. His first job was on the set of Munimji (1955). M. B. Shetty has since worked as an action coordinator, fight composer, stunt coordinator, and stunt master in several upcoming films. in about 700 films. He has directed the stunts in films such as Ujala (1959), Singapore (1960), Junglee (1961), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1961), April Fool (1964), Sawan Ki Ghata (1966), Brahmachari (1968), Pyar Hi Pyar (1969), Buddha Mil Gaya (1971), Victoria No, 203 (1972), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Ganga Ki Saugand (1978), Bombay 405 Miles (1980), and Jail Yatra (1981).
As an actor, M. B. Shetty was well-loved for being a compelling villain. Shetty has worked in films such as Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) in which he played the role of Bhola, China Town (1962) where his character was Ching Lee, An Evening in Paris (1962) as Jaggu, and Pyaar Ka Mausam (1969), Kalicharan (1976) where he appeared as Shetty and made a big impact on the audience and Sangram (1976) where he played the role of Tiger.
He has also acted in Kannada films including Kiladi Kittu (1978) where he was credited as ‘Fighter Shetty’, Rusthum Jodi (1980) and Simhada Mari Sainya (1981).
M. B. Shetty passed away on 23 January 1982 at the age of 51 years after suffering from a fall at home.
- M. B. Shetty’s second wife Ratna worked as his assistant in action choreography. She also worked as a junior artiste (an extra).
- M. B. Shetty’s first role as a lead hero was in the film Tum Salamat Raho opposite Persis Khambhata; however, the film was shelved.
- M. B. Shetty used to shave his head once in two days.
- Shetty believed that it was more important to pursue an education and be independent than to join the film industry and advised his children to do the same.
- M. B. Shetty has several nicknames like Takla Shetty, Fighter Shetty and Fight Master Shetty.
- Despite being known for playing intense and villainous roles on screen, in real life, M. B. Shetty was a jovial person with whom people could get along with easily. Telegraph India