Aditya Pancholi (born Nirmal Pancholi, 1965) is an Indian film actor, producer and playback singer who appears in Bollywood films. He started his career as a lead actor, though he found more success with supporting and villain roles and received a Filmfare nomination for the Best Performance in a Negative Role for Yes Boss (1997).
Pancholi began his career with television movies produced by Nari Hira and ventured into mainstream Bollywood cinema with Sasti Dulhan Mehnga Dulha (1986). Pancholi first came into the limelight with an important role in Maha-Sangram (1990). He had the peak of his career between the late 1980s and early 1990s. He initially gave critically acclaimed performances as a lead actor in films like Kab Tak Chup Rahungi (1988), Qatil (1988), Sailaab (1990), Laal Paree (1991), Naamcheen (1991), Yaad Rakhegi Duniya (1992), Chor Aur Chaand (1993) and Surakshaa (1995), but failed to find commercial success. His biggest commercial success as a lead actor and his most well-known performance was in Mahesh Bhatts Saathi (1991). though he found great success in 1980s & 1990s in a Supporting role but his most solo lead movies were failing at the box office.
After failing to make a mark as a lead actor, Pancholi became a supporting actor in multi-starrer movies like Ladaai (1988), Jaadugar (1989), Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) and Aankhen (2002) and played antagonists in movies like Awwal Number (1990), Jung (1996), Khilona (1996), Yes Boss (1997), Hameshaa (1997), Jung (2000) and Musafir (2004). He appeared as a second lead in the commercially successful films Dayavan (1988), Malmaaal(1988), Lakshar (1989), Ladaai (1989), Maha Sangram (1990), Zakhmi Zameen(1990), Taqdeer Ka Tamasha (1990), Baap Number Beta Dus Numberi (1990), Shiv Ram (1991), Veeru Dada (1990), Jeevan Daata (1991), Vishnu Deva (1991), Tahalka (1992), Muqabla (1993), Tahiqqiqat (1993), Jan Per Khel Kar (1993), Bomb Blast (1993), Aatish: Feel The Fire (1994), The Gambler(1995), Jung (1996), Gundagardi(1997),Mafia (1996), Jodidar (1997), Aankhen (2002) Chalte Chalte (2003), and many others.
He appeared in antagonistic roles in the successful films Raavan Raaj: The True Story (1995), Jung(1996), Yes Boss (1997), Yeh Dil Ashiqaana (2002), Musafir (2004), Dum Mar Dum (2011), Bodyguard (2011), Race 2 (2013), Jai Ho (2014) and Bajiro Mastani (2015).
Despite his acting talents, his movies as a lead actor fared poorly at the box office. However, his performances in Yaad Rakhegi Duniya (1992), Sailaab (1990), Kab Tak Chup Rahoongi (1988), Pyaar Ka Toofan (1990) and Border Hindustan ke (2003) were popular.