Life outside spotlight

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 May 2018 10:30:27


A T 70, DANNY Dengzongpa has featured in hundreds of films in a career spanning almost five decades.The Bollywood baddie has no immediate plans to retire from acting, but he says it’s something that he can live without. In the last few years, Danny has featured in movies like Naam Shabana(2017),Baby(2015) and Bang Bang!(2014).He has certainly slowed down but has he ever thought of pulling the plug on all his movies and leading a life without acting? “I can do that.

I can meditate and go around the world. I can paint and do gardening. But it is nice to do a film when there is a good script.

I keep getting scripts,Iread them and then I do one film a year which is a nice change,” Danny told IANS on the phone. “I mostly shoot in winter so, it’s avery relaxed situation for me.Iam not in a rat race. I have never been. I have my own place,” he added. After making his Bollywood debut in 1971 with Zaroorat, Danny made a spot for himself in the industry asasuave villain. His work in films like 36 Ghante, The Burning Train, Bandish and Agneepath as an anti-hero is still remembered by many.

In fact, he is one of the rare actors who has played a villain in films led by stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Dharmendra and Hrithik Roshan. “It has a different charm (to play a villain). In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the villain was the most important character after the hero. Without the villain, there was no script.

“It was exciting in the sense that there well written dialogues and scenes. We enjoyed that although, it was a little loud. Times have changed. Now a days, you see the heroes doing the negative part,” he said. Actor Sanjay Dutt had reprised Danny’s iconic role Kancha Cheena from Agneepath in the 2012 version of the 1990 film.

“Previously it used to black and white. The hero used to be white and the villain used to be black. Then came the grey shades. Leading actors must be also fed up of dancing around trees and doing the same thing again and again. I like to play different characters.

Everyone wants to do that. “Sanju did. For them, it is a new thing (to play a villain). They must be enjoying that as it is a new experience,” said the veteran actor. Talking about taking up different characters, Danny will be seen playing the title role in “Bioscopewala”. “It is not special because I am playing the leadrole.It’snot like I am singing songs or dancing around trees.

It isarealistic kind of film. It is a very unconventional kind of a lead role,” he said. The film is a modern re telling of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic short story “Kabuliwala”. “The story is the same.The little girl has grown up. It’s been juxtaposed and intercut.

The relationship between the girl and Rehmat Khan is the same. The time frame has been brought a little forward. Instead of 1930s, it is 1980s