We know him as one of Bollywood’s favourite villains. But the smooth-talking Danny Denzongpa is so much more - entrepreneur, artist, singer, actor extraordinaire.
Not many people know that this 70-year old actor is also a businessman (he runs a brewery in his native Sikkim). Or that he is an international actor (he appeared alongside Brad Pitt in Seven Years in Tibet). Or that he is a director (he directed hit horror film Phir Wahi Raat). Or even that he is a singer (he has sung with Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle!).
This versatility and multi-faceted personality shows even in his choice of films. Take a look at the different roles he’s played in his most recent films, including the new launch, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
In this dramatised historical pageant, Danny plays the role of Ghulam Ghaus Khan, one of the commanders of the Rani of Jhansi, Laxmibai. The character of Khan is an Indian freedom fighter who is killed in the uprising against the British.
Here, Danny plays the lead role in this off-beat film. 'Bioscopewala' is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's classic short story 'Kabuliwala'. Danny plays an Afghani documentary film-maker who migrates to Kolkata and builds a bond with a young girl who reminds him of his own daughter. A rebel who is forced to leave his beloved country, Danny moved audiences with the power behind his passion for cinematic story-telling.
Action and Danny go effortlessly together. Thrills, spills and a fusillade of bullets are plenty in these two films that are linked with a common cast and story. Both Baby and Naam Shabana made their mark at the box office because of the powerful storyline and acting. Danny plays the character of Feroz Ali Khan, an authoritative army officer. Danny is in charge of a taskforce that has to foil the plans of terrorists bent upon setting off a series of blasts in India. Heart-racing, finger biting stuff.
In Bang Bang, Danny plays what he is loved for -- the quintessential villain. He is the bad guy who drives the plot in this action comedy that takes audiences through several plot twists.