Shetty won a Filmfare Award for Best Villain in 2001 for the film Dhadkan Shetty.has also produced films like Khel – No Ordinary Game , Rakht, Bhagam Bhag under the banner of 'Popcorn Motion Pictures'.
As a producer,Suniel set up a production company called Popcorn Motion Pictures Ltd, which produced the films Khel – No Ordinary Game (2003), Rakht: What If You Can See the Future and Bhagam Bhag (2006). In recent years Shetty has mostly played small roles in multi-starred films. Besides Bollywood he appeared in the English film Don't Stop Dreaming in 2007 and the Tamil film 12B. Suniel also hosted Biggest Loser Jeetega on Sahara One. Sunil is now also captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team in the Celebrity cricket league..
Suniel is married to Mana Shetty and has two children named Ahan and Athiya. Mana runs an NGO for under-privileged kids Shetty has a Black Belt in Kick Boxing.