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Let’s know Danny Denzongpa

Posted by Ramesh Khati on April 22, 2009

Danny Denzongpa

Danny Denzongpa

Danny Denzongpa

Tshering Phintso “Danny” Denzongpa (born February 25, 1948) is an Indian actor. Denzongpa was born in the state of Sikkim, at that time an independent monarchy. He has acted in numerous Hindi films such as Ashoka and 16 December. He has also starred in an international films, the most famous being Seven Years in Tibet where he acted alongside Hollywood actor Brad Pitt. In 2003, Denzongpa was awarded the Padma Shree, India’s fourth highest civilian honour. Denzongpa is noted for his roles as a villain. He is also the only actor to have come from Sikkim.

Early career

A Young Danny

A Young Danny

As a boy Denzongpa used to tend to horses in his village in Sikkim. He nursed an ambition to join the Indian Army, and won the Best Cadet award from West Bengal and participated in the Republic Day parade. In an interview to The Times of India newspaper he told that he had qualified for the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College however after the Sino-Indian War of 1962, his mother pleaded with him to give up joining the army after several people of their village were killed. Danny then enrolled in the Film institute in Pune.

Film career

Danny in film Fakira-1976

Danny in film Fakira-1976

During his early film career, Danny used to practice learning Urdu, the lingua franca of Bollywood at that time by talking to the ocean. The Urdu came in handy in films such as Sawan Kumar’s Sanam Bewafa and Mukul Anand’s Khuda Gawah where he played the role of Pathans.

He started out with B-grade movies such as Zaroorat in 1971, and later moved on to Mere Apne and Kala Sona where he played more positive roles. He then went on to play the roles of the villain in numerous roles. Some of the antihero roles he played were an unscrupulous politician, corrupt policeman, traitor, and mingy landlord. He got his major break in Gulzar’s Mere Apne, and later in B R Chopra’s Dhund where he played a crippled and frustrated husband. He missed out on one of the most famous villain roles in Indian Cinema, that of Gabbar Singh for Sholay. He was the original choice for the role but had to back out because of a clash of dates. The character later became an icon and made Amjad Khan a star overnight.

He is also an accomplished singer having sung with Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhonsle, three stalwarts of Indian music. He has released Nepalese songs and has sung for Nepalese movies. His two most famous songs are “Chiso Chiso Hawama”, and “Rato Rani Phule”. He is also a painter, a writer and a sculptor. Denzongpa owns two breweries, one in South Sikkim, and the other in the state of Orissa.

He is currently acting in his first South Indian film, Endhiran, starring Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai.

Awards and Honours

Danny Denzongpa

Danny Denzongpa

2003: Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian honour.

Filmfare Awards

1993: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Khuda Gawah(1992).
1992: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Sanam Bewafa(1991).

Films

A scene from his Film

A scene from his Film

  • Endhiran (2010) (Filming)
  • Karzzzz (2008)
  • Chamku (2008)
  • Big Brother (2007)
  • Hattrick (2007)
  • Frozen (2007)
  • Jaan Ki Baazi (2006) (post-production)
  • Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004) (Colonel Ashfaque Khan)
  • Shikaar (2004)
  • Sandhya (2003)
  • Parwana (2003)
  • Ek Hindustani (2003) (Special Appearance)
  • Soch (2002) …. Nautiyal
  • Ab Ke Baras (2002) …. CBI Officer Sikander Baksh
  • 16 December (2002) …. Vir Vijay Singh
  • Yeh Mohabbat Hai (2002) …. Aman Khan
  • Moksha (2001) …. Bachelor Simon
  • Indian (2001) …. Shankar Singhania
  • Lajja (2001) (aka The Shame)…. Gajendra
  • Asoka (2001) …. Virat … aka Ashoka the Great (India: English title) (USA) … aka Samrat Ashoka (India: Tamil title: dubbed version)
  • Pukar (2000) …. Abhrush
  • Officer (2000) …. Pratap Rai/Dushyant Singh
  • Tune Mera Dil Le Liya (2000)
  • Silsila Hai Pyar Ka (1999) …. Jabhal Khargoshi
  • Dahek: A Burning Passion (1999) …. Jabbar Bahkshi
  • Kohram: The Explosion (1999) …. Minister Virbhadra Singh
  • Zulm O Situm (1998) …. Sikander
  • Vinashak – Destroyer (1998) …. Jailer Lankeshwar
  • China Gate (1998) …. Maj. Ranjir Singh Gurung
  • Udaan (1997) …. Mr. Rana
  • Seven Years in Tibet (1997) …. Regent
  • Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law (1997) …. Advocate Indrajit Diwan
  • Himalay Putra (1997) …. Rana
  • Ghatak: Lethal (1996) …. Katya
  • Rajkumar (1996)
  • Army (1996) …. Naagraj
  • Shastra (1996) …. Babu
  • Barsaat (1995) …. ACP Neghi
  • Sarhad: The Border of Crime (1995)
  • Vijaypath (1994)
  • Chauraha (1994) …. Baba Bhatti
  • Krantiveer (1994) …. Chatursingh
  • Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (1994) …. Jagpal Singh alias Jaggu dada
  • 1942: A Love Story (1993) (as Danny Dengzongpa) …. Major Hisht Dhartiputra (1993)
  • Gurudev (1993) (as Danny Denzongappa) …. Khakan
  • Prateeksha (1993) …. Dinesh Khanna … aka Prateeksha (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)
  • Sangram (1993) …. Madhu’s father
  • Tahqiqaat (1993) …. Bhanu Pratap
  • Drohi (1992) …. J.P. Sethi (Raghav’s boss)
  • Antam (1992) …. J.P.Sethi … aka Anth (India: Hindi title: dubbed version)
  • Balwaan (1992) …. Bhai
  • Khule-Aam (1992) …. INSP. Uday Singh/INSP. Ranvir Singh Rathod
  • Khuda Gawah (1992) …. Khuda Baksh … aka God Is My Witness
  • Lakshmanrekha (1991) …. Birju … aka Lakhsman Rekha (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)
  • Vishnu-Devaa (1991) …. Thakur Shamsher Singh/Samppat
  • Hum (1991) …. Bakhtawar … aka We
  • Sanam Bewafa (1991) …. Sher Khan
  • First Love Letter (1991) …. Thakur Ajit Singh
  • Yodha (1991) …. Daaga/Justice Dharmesh Agnihotri
  • Agneepath (1990) …. Kancha Cheena … aka The Path of Fire
  • Pyaar Ke Naam Qurban (1990) …. Prince Yeshwant Singh
  • Baaghi (1990)
  • Chingariyan (1990)
  • Jagira (1990)
  • Shandaar (1990) …. Dhaga
  • Shesh Naag (1990)
  • Shehzaade (1989) (uncredited) …. Thakur Roshan Singh
  • Jung Baaz (1989) (as Danny) …. Mahakal
  • Kasam Suhaag Ki (1989)
  • Galiyon Ka Badshah (1989) …. Inspector Vijay
  • Khoj (1989)
  • Saaya (1989)
  • Ustad (1989) .. aka Conman (International: English title)
  • Commando (1988) …. Ninja
  • Shoorveer (1988) …. Shankar
  • Ek Hi Maqsad (1988) …. Inspector. Deepak
  • Mardon Wali Baat (1988) …. Raja Sunder Singh … aka A Man’s Job
  • Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988) …. Dacoit
  • Janam Janam (1988)
  • Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988)
  • Mera Shikar (1988)
  • Paap Ki Duniya (1988) …. Pasha
  • Yateem (1988) …. Girivar Prasad Mathur
  • Itihaas (1987)
  • Aag Hi Aag (1987) …. Daulat Singh/Choudhury
  • Deewana Tere Naam Ka (1987) …. Shambhu
  • Chambal Ka Badshah (1986) …. Sultan
  • Bhagwan Dada (1986) (as Danny) …. Shambu Dada
  • Adhikar (1986) …. Vishal’s lawyer (special appearance)
  • Allah Rakha (1986)
  • Maha Shaktiman (1985) … aka Maharudra (India: Bengali title)
  • Yudh (1985) …. Gama Maating/Mr. Chinoy
  • Jawaab (1985) …. Seth. Jagmohan
  • Aandhi Toofan (1985)
  • Aitbaar (1985) …. Inspector Barua … aka Trust
  • Oonche Log (1985) …. Thakur Maan Singh… aka High Society
  • Patthar Dil (1985) …. Jung Bahadur
  • Andar Baahar (1984) …. Shera
  • Farishta (1984)
  • Boxer (1984/I) (as Danny) …. Dharma
  • Jagir (1984) …. Danny … aka Teen Murti (India: Bengali title) … aka The Estate … aka The Three Idols
  • Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) … aka What Can the Law Do?
  • Manzil Manzil (1984) …. Gautam (Pahadi Baba)
  • Mera Dost Mera Dushman (1984)
  • Pyaar Jhukta Nahin (1984)
  • Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye (1983)
  • Lovers (1983/I)
  • Ganga Meri Maa (1983)
  • Andha Kanoon (1983) …. Akhbar
  • Raj Mahal (1982)
  • Kachche Heere (1982) …. Arjun … aka Rough Diamonds
  • Love Story (1981) …. Ram Dogra
  • Chunaoti (1980)
  • Kali Ghata (1980)
  • Abdullah (1980)
  • Bandish (1980/I) …. Kapilkumar … aka Restriction
  • Bulundi (1980)
  • The Burning Train (1980)
  • Choron Ki Baraat (1980)
  • Phir Wohi Raat (1980) …. Ashok
  • Griha Pravesh (1979) (as Danny) … aka The Housewarming
  • Aaj Ki Dhara (1979) (as Danny) … aka Aaj Ki Radha
  • Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979) … aka Two Shades of Blood
  • Devata (1978) …. Inspector Lawrence … aka Devta (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)
  • Naya Daur (1978) … aka The New Age
  • Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka (1977) …. Vikram (Jamunadas’ son)
  • Abhi To Jee Lein (1977) …. Danny … aka Abhi To (India: Hindi title: alternative title)
  • Chandi Sona (1977)
  • Khel Khiladi Ka (1977)
  • Mit Jayenge Mitane Wale (1977)
  • Paapi (1977) (as Danny Danzongappa) …. Abdul
  • Fakira (1976) …. Munna/Ajay/Toofan
  • Kalicharan (1976)
  • Laila Majnu (1976) …. Prince Bahksh
  • Sangram (1976) …. Salim/Altaf
  • Dharmatma (1975) (as Danny) … aka The Holy Soul (International: English title)
  • Aakhri Dao (1975) …. Robert
  • Apne Rang Hazaar (1975)
  • Kala Sona (1975)
  • Ponga Pandit (1975) …. Rocky
  • Raftaar (1975)
  • Rani Aur Lalpari (1975)
  • Zorro (1975/II)
  • Chor Machaye Shor (1974)
  • 36 Ghante (1974) …. Dilawar Khan
  • Khotte Sikkay (1974) …. Danny … aka False Coins
  • Dhund (1973) …. Thakur Ranjit Singh (crippled husband) … aka Fog … aka Trance
  • Milap (1972)
  • Rakhi Aur Hathkadi (1972) …. Raja
  • Yeh Gulistan Hamara (1972) … aka This Garden Is Ours
  • Mere Apne (1971) …. Sanju
  • Zaroorat (1971)

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