|Chunky Pandey worked as an instructor at a theater school in 1986. He was the eldest of many aspiring junior artists such as Akshay Kumar.
Pandey began his acting career with Aag Hi Aag, a 1987 multi-star film, against Neelam Kothari. Director Pahlaj Nihalani gave his first break to Chunky Pandey in 1987 by writing two films: - his first film and Paap Ki Duniya. He got his second blockbuster Paap Ki Duniya with Sunny Deol and Neelam. Subsequently, Pandey appeared in many multi-hero films from 1987 to 1993.
In 1988, Pandey was appreciated for his supporting role in N. Chandra's Tezaab film starring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Pandey played the character of Babban, Munna's friend . For his performance at Tezaab, Pandey was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Since then, he has appeared in many movies with mixed success in the late 1980s and 1990s. Most of his films where he had the lead role were unsuccessful at the box office from 1992 onwards. In most films, he was the second leading actor of Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt. Paap Ki Duniya , Khatron Ke Khiladi, Ghar Ka Chiraag , Nakabandi, Zahreelay , Rupaye Dus Karod, Vishwatma , Lootere are some of these successes. and Aankhen. His solo hit was Parda Hai Parda .
The advent of the 1990s saw a new wave of actors like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan assume roles of "romantic heroes", while Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty seize the roles of "hero" action. " Pandey found it difficult to fall into both categories. In addition, by the end of the 1990s, solo hero films were once again in vogue instead of multi-hero movies in which Pandey was generally cast.
Chunky was becoming more and more tired of playing supporting roles with larger players, but was struggling to be considered marketable, apart from supporting familiar names.