Danny Denzongpa the Indian film actor, director and singer celebrated his 72nd birthday on 25th February 1948. He acted mainly in Bollywood films and appeared in Nepali, Tamil, Bengali and Telugu films, as well.

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Danny Denzongpa Biography

Danny was born to a Buddhist family in Gangtok, Sikkim. He is of Bhutia and Nepalese descendant. He studied at Birla Vidya Mandir, Nainital and afterwards completed his education from St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling in 1964. Danny’s family was into horse breeding and he developed love for horses and horse riding at an early age. Apart from being an actor, singer and director, he is also a painter, writer and sculptor. Danny’s original name was Tshering Phintso Danny and it was actress Jaya Bachchan who asked to change his name to ‘Danny’ for better popularity.

Danny had interest in joining the Indian Army. He won the Best Cadet Award from West Bengal and participated in Republic Day parade. In an interview to the Times of India newspaper, he said that he had qualified for the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He withdrew the admission and went to join the Film and Television Institute of India. Since his first film in 1971, Danny acted in about 190 Hindi films in his acting career that spanned more than four decades. He was awarded the Padma Shree, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

Danny Denzongpa Career

Danny started his acting career in 1971 through the film ‘Zaroorat’ directed by B.R. Ishara. His major break in career was Gulzar’s 1971 film ‘Mere Apne’ in which he had a positive role. The first film in which he appeared as an antagonist was B.R. Chopra’s ‘Dhund’ in 1973. He appeared in many films as the second lead role and positive roles that received commercial success and critical acclamation. Some of the popular films in which he appeared in the 1970s are Ashok Roy’s 1974 film ‘Chor Machaye Shor’, Raj Tilaks 1974 film ‘36 Ghante’, C.P. Dixit’s 1976 film ‘Fakira’ Harmesh Malhotra’s 1976 film ‘Sangram’, Subhash Ghai’s 1976 action drama film ‘Kalicharan’, Vinod Shah’s 1975 curry western film Kaala Sona and S. Ramanathan’s 1978 film Devata. After his performance in the film Devata, he started getting more significant lengthy roles. He was simultaneously part of big-budget films such as Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka, Paapi, Bandish, The Burning Train and Chunoti in negative roles.

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With his acting in Devata, he started getting more significant and length roles. He gradually became part of some of the big budgets Bollywood films such as J. Om Prakash’s 1977 romantic film Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka, O.P. Ralhan’s 1977 film Paapi, K. Bapaiah’s 1980 film Bandish, B.R. Chopra’s 1980, The Burning Train and Satpal’s film Chunaoti in negative roles. In the early 1980s, Danny had plans for quitting acting career with plans for directing films. When asked in an interview why he wanted to direct a film he said: “I remember in the 1980s while I was so fed up with the films I was doing.” He told N.N. Sippy about a film that he had in mind and Sippy asked him to direct it. This is how he directed suspense film of horror genre ‘Phir Wohi Raat’ that was released in 1980. After his directorial debut, he continued to appear in several films, however, most of the films between 1981 and 1983 were unsuccessful. After a series of unsuccessful films, Danny started accepting supporting roles often characters older than his age. He appeared as Kumar Gaurav’s father-in-law in 1981 film Love Story directed by Rahul Rawail and as Mithun Chakraborty’s father in 1984 film Boxer directed by Raj N. Sippy.

After the success of films like Phir Wahi Raat, Jeeo Aur Jeene Do and Dharm Aur Qanoon, Danny went on to play the role of villain in many films from 1984 to 1990. He acted in lead negative roles in several films with actors Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Vinod Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol and many others in lead roles. Some of the most applauded negative characters of Danny are ‘Kapil Kumar’ in 1980 film ‘Bandish’, ‘Ashok’ in ‘Phir Wahi Raat’, SP “Kader” in 1984 film ‘Dharm Aur Qanoon’, ‘Raghuvir Singh’ in 1984 film ‘Kanoon Kya Karega’, ‘Shera’ in 1984 film ‘Andar Baahar’, ‘Thakur Maan Singh’ in 1985 film ‘Oonche Log’, ‘Balbir’ in 1986 film ‘Aandhi Toofan’, ‘Gangwaa’ in 1986 film ‘Bhagwaan Dada’, ‘Kancha Cheena’ in 1990 film ‘Agneepath’, ‘Bakhtawar’ in 1991 film ‘Huma’, ‘Chatur Singh’ in 1994 film ‘Krantiveer’, ‘Abhrush’ in 2000 film ‘Pukar’, ‘Shankar Singhania’ in the film ‘Indian’.

Danny was pitted against Pran in films Sanam Bewafa, Paap Ki Duniya, Gurudev and 1942: A Love Story. His command over the Urdu language advantaged his character in films such as Sawan Kumar’s Sanam Bewafa and Mukul Anand’s Khuda Gawah. During the time Danny was having too much of negative roles, Rajkumar Santoshi cast him in a positive role in the 1998 film China Gate. In the early 2000s Danny acted in films such as Asoka and 16 December. The major antihero characters he played during this period include an unscrupulous politician, corrupt policeman, traitor, and stingy landlord. He also appeared in International films like Seven Years in Tibet. He did positive roles in films like ‘Lahu Ke Do Rang’, ‘Burundi’, ‘Boxer’, ‘Humse Badkar Kaun’, ‘Khuda Gawah’, and ‘16 December’. In early 2003, Danny decided to take a break from similar kind of work as he wanted to do films with different roles. From the period of 2003 to 2009, Danny appeared in only 10 films.

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