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Danny Denzongpa
Born Tshering Phintso Denzongpa
February 25, 1948 (1948-02-25) (age 62)
Sikkim, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963 - present

Tshering Phintso "Danny" Denzongpa (born 25 February 1948) is an Indian actor working in Bollywood films. He is of Sikkimese ancestry. Denzongpa was born in the state of Sikkim, at that time an independent monarchy. He is an ethnic Bhutia and speaks Bhutia as his mother tongue.

He started his career by singing Indian and Nepali songs and acting in Indian and Nepali movies. He has acted in numerous Hindi films such as Asoka and 16 December. He has also starred in some international projects, 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.

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Early career

Denzongpa's love of horses and horse riding began at an early age, as his family was into horse breeding . 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 said that he had qualified for prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. but withdrew admission to join FTII, Pune. Actress Jaya Bhaduri, his classmate at FTII, Pune decided to change his name to a simpler Catholic sounding "Danny" as his original name was tough to be pronounced by other students. The name has stuck since.

Film career

Pem Deechen's(Danny's Brother) hotel in West Sikkim

During his early film career, Danny used to practice learning Hindi 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.

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 started his film careers from Nepali movie "saiino" which was superhit. 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, Directed by S. Shankar, starring Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai, in the lead

Personal life

Danny, who married Dawa Denzongpa, a Bhutia woman from his hometown of Gangtok, currently resides in Juhu in Mumbai. In recent times he has become more selective as to the roles he plays. He does not work in March, April, and May as they are hot. The movies he chooses, he works on his own terms. He has a son named Rinzing.He owns a bouj and beer factory in Melli,Sikkim.

Awards and honours

Filmfare Awards

Filmography

  1. Endhiran (2010) (Filming)
  2. Acid Factory (2009)
  3. Luck (2009)
  4. Karzzzz (2008)
  5. Chamku (2008)
  6. Big Brother (2007)
  7. Hattrick (2007)
  8. Frozen (2007)
  9. Jaan Ki Baazi (2006) (post-production)
  10. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004) (Colonel Ashfaque Khan)
  11. Shikaar (2004)
  12. Sandhya (2003)
  13. Parwana (2003)
  14. Ek Hindustani (2003) (Special Appearance)
  15. Soch (2002) .... Nautiyal
  16. Ab Ke Baras (2002) .... CBI Officer Sikander Baksh
  17. 16 December (2002) .... Vir Vijay Singh
  18. Yeh Mohabbat Hai (2002) .... Aman Khan
  19. Moksha (2001) .... Bachelor Simon
  20. Indian (2001) .... Shankar Singhania
  21. Lajja (2001) (aka The Shame).... Gajendra
  22. Asoka (2001) .... Virat ... aka Ashoka the Great (India: English title) (USA) ... aka Samrat Ashoka (India: Tamil title: dubbed version)
  23. Pukar (2000) .... Abhrush
  24. Officer (2000) .... Pratap Rai/Dushyant Singh
  25. Tune Mera Dil Le Liya (2000)
  26. Silsila Hai Pyar Ka (1999) .... Jabhal Khargoshi
  27. Dahek: A Burning Passion (1999) .... Jabbar Bahkshi
  28. Kohram: The Explosion (1999) .... Minister Virbhadra Singh
  29. Zulm O Situm (1998) .... Sikander
  30. Vinashak - Destroyer (1998) .... Jailer Lankeshwar
  31. China Gate (1998) .... Maj. Ranjir Singh Gurung
  32. Udaan (1997) .... Mr. Rana
  33. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) .... Regent
  34. Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law (1997) .... Advocate Indrajit
  35. Diwan
  36. Himalay Putra (1997) .... Rana
  37. Ghatak: Lethal (1996) .... Katya
  38. Rajkumar (1996)
  39. Army (1996) .... Naagraj
  40. Shastra (1996) .... Babu
  41. Barsaat (1995) .... ACP Neghi
  42. Sarhad: The Border of Crime (1995)
  43. Vijaypath (1994) ... Dilawar Singh
  44. Chauraha (1994) .... Baba Bhatti
  45. Krantiveer (1994) .... Chatursingh
  46. Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (1994) .... Jagpal Singh alias Jaggu dada
  47. 1942: A Love Story (1993) (as Danny Dengzongpa) ....
  48. Dhartiputra (1993).. Major Hisht
  49. Gurudev (1993) (as Danny Denzongappa) .... Khakan
  50. Prateeksha (1993) .... Dinesh Khanna ... aka Prateeksha (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)
  51. Sangram (1993) .... Madhu's father
  52. Tahqiqaat (1993) .... Bhanu Pratap
  53. Drohi (1992) .... J.P. Sethi (Raghav's boss)
  54. Antam (1992) .... J.P.Sethi ... aka Anth (India: Hindi title: dubbed version)
  55. Balwaan (1992) .... Bhai
  56. Khule-Aam (1992) .... INSP. Uday Singh/INSP. Ranvir Singh Rathod
  57. Khuda Gawah (1992) .... Khuda Baksh ... aka God Is My Witness
  58. Lakshmanrekha (1991) .... Birju ... aka Lakhsman Rekha (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)
  59. Vishnu-Devaa (1991) .... Thakur Shamsher Singh/Samppat
  60. Hum (1991) .... Bakhtawar ... aka We
  61. Sanam Bewafa (1991) .... Sher Khan
  62. First Love Letter (1991) .... Thakur Ajit Singh
  63. Yodha (1991) .... Daaga/Justice Dharmesh Agnihotri
  64. Agneepath (1990) .... Kancha Cheena ... aka The Path of Fire
  65. Pyaar Ke Naam Qurban (1990) .... Prince Yeshwant Singh
  66. Baaghi (1990)
  67. Chingariyan (1990)
  68. Jagira (1990)
  69. Shandaar (1990) .... Dhaga
  70. Shesh Naag (1990)
  71. Shehzaade (1989) (uncredited) .... Thakur Roshan Singh
  72. Jung Baaz (1989) (as Danny) .... Mahakal
  73. Kasam Suhaag Ki (1989)
  74. Galiyon Ka Badshah (1989) .... Inspector Vijay
  75. Khoj (1989)
  76. Saaya (1989)
  77. Ustad (1989) .. aka Conman (International: English title)
  78. Commando (1988) .... Ninja
  79. Shoorveer (1988) .... Shankar
  80. Ek Hi Maqsad (1988) .... Inspector. Deepak
  81. Mardon Wali Baat (1988) .... Raja Sunder Singh ... aka A Man's Job
  82. Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988) .... Dacoit
  83. Janam Janam (1988)
  84. Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988)
  85. Mera Shikar (1988)
  86. Paap Ki Duniya (1988) .... Pasha
  87. Yateem (1988) .... Girivar Prasad Mathur
  88. Itihaas (1987)
  89. Aag Hi Aag (1987) .... Daulat Singh/Choudhury
  90. Deewana Tere Naam Ka (1987) .... Shambhu
  91. Chambal Ka Badshah (1986) .... Sultan
  92. Bhagwan Dada (1986) (as Danny) .... Shambu Dada
  93. Adhikar (1986) .... Vishal's lawyer (special appearance)
  94. Allah Rakha (1986)
  95. Maha Shaktiman (1985) ... aka Maharudra (India: Bengali title)
  96. Yudh (1985) .... Gama Maating/Mr. Chinoy
  97. Jawaab (1985) .... Seth. Jagmohan
  98. Aandhi Toofan (1985)
  99. Aitbaar (1985) .... Inspector Barua ... aka Trust
  100. Oonche Log (1985) .... Thakur Maan Singh
  101. ... aka High Society
  102. Patthar Dil (1985) .... Jung Bahadur
  103. Andar Baahar (1984) .... Shera
  104. Farishta (1984)
  105. Boxer (1984/I) (as Danny) .... Dharma
  106. Jagir (1984) .... Danny ... aka Teen Murti (India: Bengali title) ... aka The Estate ... aka The Three Idols
  107. Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) ... aka What Can the Law Do?
  108. Manzil Manzil (1984) .... Gautam (Pahadi Baba)
  109. Mera Dost Mera Dushman (1984)
  110. Pyaar Jhukta Nahin (1984)
  111. Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye (1983)
  112. Lovers (1983/I)
  113. Ganga Meri Maa (1983)
  114. Andha Kanoon (1983) .... Akhbar
  115. Raj Mahal (1982)
  116. Kachche Heere (1982) .... Arjun ... aka Rough Diamonds
  117. Love Story (1981) .... Ram Dogra
  118. Chunaoti (1980)
  119. Kali Ghata (1980)
  120. Abdullah (1980)
  121. Bandish (1980/I) .... Kapilkumar ... aka Restriction
  122. Bulundi (1980)
  123. The Burning Train (1980)
  124. Choron Ki Baraat (1980)
  125. Phir Wohi Raat (1980) .... Ashok
  126. Griha Pravesh (1979) (as Danny) ... aka The Housewarming
  127. Aaj Ki Dhara (1979) (as Danny) ... aka Aaj Ki Radha
  128. Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979) ... aka Two Shades of Blood
  129. Devata (1978) .... Inspector Lawrence ... aka Devta (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)
  130. Naya Daur (1978) ... aka The New Age
  131. Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka (1977) .... Vikram (Jamunadas' son)
  132. Abhi To Jee Lein (1977) .... Danny ... aka Abhi To (India: Hindi title: alternative title)
  133. Chandi Sona (1977)
  134. Khel Khiladi Ka (1977)
  135. Mit Jayenge Mitane Wale (1977)
  136. Paapi (1977) (as Danny Danzongappa) .... Abdul
  137. Fakira (1976) .... Munna/Ajay/Toofan
  138. Kalicharan (1976)
  139. Laila Majnu (1976) .... Prince Bahksh
  140. Sangram (1976) .... Salim/Altaf
  141. Dharmatma (1975) (as Danny) ... aka The Holy Soul (International: English title)
  142. Aakhri Dao (1975) .... Robert
  143. Apne Rang Hazaar (1975)
  144. Kala Sona (1975)
  145. Ponga Pandit (1975) .... Rocky
  146. Raftaar (1975)
  147. Rani Aur Lalpari (1975)
  148. Zorro (1975/II)
  149. Chor Machaye Shor (1974)
  150. 36 Ghante (1974) .... Dilawar Khan
  151. Khotte Sikkay (1974) .... Danny ... aka False Coins
  152. Dhund (1973) .... Thakur Ranjit Singh (crippled husband) ... aka Fog ... aka Trance
  153. Khoon Khoon(1973) ..remake of Dirty Harry(English)
  154. Milap (1972)
  155. Rakhi Aur Hathkadi (1972) .... Raja
  156. Yeh Gulistan Hamara (1972) ... aka This Garden Is Ours
  157. Mere Apne (1971) .... Sanju
  158. Zaroorat (1971)

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Danny Denzonpa is an Indian actor.

Attributed

  • I don't watch my own films.
    I don't enjoy watching films.
    I don't like songs and dances.
    I don't think we make good films
    I have not done a film which has been truly memorable.
    I don't plan, I just follow the heart.
    Films are my bread and butter. They have helped me gain money and fame.
    I don't feel insecure if I don't sign many films.
  • I have been in the industry for 30 years. Initially, I looked for perfection in everything but that does not happen. If you are looking for satisfaction here, it is not on.
  • I know of a place in India where people have not heard of Amitabh Bachchan.
    • Bachchan is perhaps India's biggest acting star.
  • I am shy by nature. I don't like addressing the media. I am meeting the Press after seven-eight years in Delhi. It does not matter to me if the producers or directors promote the hero or the heroine. Ultimately, people judge you by your work

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