Danny Denzongpa Biography
Born as Tshering Phintos Denzongpa on 25th March 1948 in Gangtok, Sikkim, he belongs to native Sikkimese-Bhutia descent. Danny Denzongpa has completed his schooling from “Birla Vidya Mandir” and “St. Joseph’s School” in Nainital. Being raised in the family of horse procreation professionals, Danny developed his curiosity in horse riding, right from his childhood days.
Danny planned to become an army bureaucrat, so he joined Indian Army. His competence won him ‘Best Cadet’ reward at West Bengal and then got enrolled in the impressive Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. But later on his mother’s persistence, he had to take out his name from Army College and then joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
In FTII, he studied beside the actress “Jaya Bhaduri”, who changed his name to simpler sound “Danny” as his unique name was hard to speak. Since then, he came to be identified as “Danny Denzongpa”. He started his profession with the low-budget film ‘Zaroorat’, followed by sequence of further low account films. After his cellular act in ‘Lahoo Ke Do Rang’, he was considered for long roles in A-grade cinema. His first main movie was Gulzar’s ‘Mere Apne’ (1971).
Because of his stern character, Danny was chiefly casted in the negative roles. He had given his power-packed act in ‘The Burning Train’ as Randhir, ‘Andar Baahar’ as Shera, ‘Aandhi Toofan’ as Balbir, ‘Bhagwaan Dada’ as Gangwaa, ‘Hum’ as Bakhtawar, ‘Ghatak’ as Kaatya, ‘Krantiveer’ as Chatur Singh, ‘Pukar’ (2000) as Abhrush and in Tamil film ‘Enthiran’ as Dr. Bohra. His all acts were grandeur, but his personality act of iconic Kancha Cheena in ‘Agneepath’ (1990) brought terrible shock to the visualizers. He has been the winner of Filmfare’s Best Supporting performer reward for two successive years 1992 and 1993 for ‘Sanam Bewafa’ and ‘Khuda Gawah’, respectively. He also holds the knowledge of working on an worldwide project ‘Seven Years In Tibet’ alongside Brad Pitt.
With terrible acting skills, he also owns harmonious tone and has sung with three athletic of Indian music, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle. He has voiced various tracks in Nepalese tongue, which are still considered hits in Nepal.
Denzongpa is the actor, who works on his own terms. He particularly switches off working in March, April and May, as they are the hottest months. Since 2000, he has become other choosy in choosing his roles in the film. Of recently, he was seen in ‘Asoka’, ‘Lajja’, ’16 December’ and ‘Boss’, to name a little. His upcoming big-budgeted movies are ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Bang Bang’.
Danny is married to Sikkimese princess Gawa Denzongpa. The couple has a son named Rinzing and a daughter named Pema. In 2003, he was honoured with Padma Shree Award for his spectacular film career.