Suniel Shetty On How His 'Middle-Class Values' Help Him To Avoid Temptation Of 'Flashy Lifestyle'

In his latest Linkedin post, Suniel Shetty shared how his family has taught him and his sister about frugality and how it became his 'default setting'.


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Suniel Shetty On How His 'Middle-Class Values' Help Him To Avoid Temptation Of 'Flashy Lifestyle'

Suniel Shetty is one of the most popular actors in Bollywood. The actor never shies away from setting fitness goals for his fans, even at the age of 61. For the unversed, Suniel made his Bollywood debut in the year 1992. And since then, he has been acing his acting prowess and has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, and Kannada films. However, the actor recently talked about the early days when he joined Bollywood and shared how his family taught him about frugality.

Suniel Shetty on how his family taught him about frugality

Sharing a post on Linkedin, Suniel Shetty recalls the first time he joined the industry, and there was an occasional temptation to succumb to the allures of a flashy lifestyle. Sharing the deets about the same, Suniel mentioned that his family had a very basic standard of living. He also shared that his parents worked hard throughout their lives and taught the actor and his sister the value of saving and building for the future. Suniel added that frugality was their default setting, and even when his father started doing better in his life, there were no massive changes in living life. The actor recalled:

"Today, I want to talk to you about my relationship with money. Growing up, my family had a very basic standard of living. We didn’t have a lot, just about enough. We definitely did not have the luxuries that we take for granted today. However, my parents, through the way they lived and worked, taught my sisters & I the importance of saving and building for the future. I think frugality was our default setting, and has remained so. Even after dad started to do better in life, there were no major changes in our lifestyle. He had already gone beyond his means to give us the best education he could afford at the time, so the only real change was we moved homes."

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Suniel Shetty recalled his early days in Bollywood

In the same note, Suniel then mentioned that he now realised that his parents were clear about their approach to money. He went on to say that while the draw of a luxury lifestyle occasionally seduced him, his middle-class views ensured that most financial decisions were made with long-term use. Elaborating more on the same, Suniel Shetty revealed:

"When I look back now, I realise how my parents were clear about their approach to money. They saw to it that whatever excess they had, went into uplifting their children’s lives through knowledge and experiences, growing the business and helping the community. When I entered the entertainment industry and started earning a substantial income, I was wired to treat money in a similar way. There was the occasional temptation to succumb to the allures of a flashy lifestyle, but my middle class values ensured that I looked at most money decisions from a long term lens."


Suniel Shetty revealed he and his wife have a similar kind of mindset

Further, in the note, he heaped praises on his wife, Mana Shetty, and shared that both of them had similar mindsets. The actor added that although they indulged in some luxuries, their wisest investments were in their homes and education for their kids. Heaping praises on his wife, Suniel mentioned:

"It helped immensely that Mana too had a similar mindset. And together, we were fairly disciplined with how we went about our spending and investments. We did indulge now and then on a few luxuries, but to date our wisest investments have been our homes and education for the kids. Mana & I prioritise long-term stability over short-lived extravagance. Frugality continues to be my default setting, and that’s allowed us to create a pool of investments across a few different asset classes. Diversification is important, yet I know my boundaries. I do not pursue something I don't fully understand."

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When Suniel Shetty made his first Bollywood debut

Suniel Shetty entered Bollywood in the year 1992 with the movie, Balwaan alongside Divya Bharti. The actor's stellar performance was enough to help him retain his position in Bollywood. Soon after that, he went on to prove his acting mettle in successive hit movies, such as Waqt Hamara Hai, Pehchaan, Dilwale, Gopi Kishan and more. For the unversed, the actor was one of the highest-paid actors of the 1990s. However, the actor was last seen in the Amazon Mini TV series, Hunter Tootega Nahi Todega, which marked his OTT debut.

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A sneak peek into Suniel Shetty's family

For the unversed, Suniel Shetty got married to the love of his life, Mana Shetty, in the year 1991. Soon after that, the duo welcomed their baby girl, Athiya Shetty, in the year 1992. Suniel and Mana then welcomed their boy, Ahan Shetty, in 1995. Athiya Shetty is married to the cricketer, KL Rahul. 

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