Posts tagged Danny Denzongpa
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 20, 2013)
After starring in the Suparn Verma directed Acid Factory in 2009, Danny Denzongpa went off the Bollywood radar.
Until now. Sources say that the one-time iconic villain is all set to make his comeback with Karan Malhotra’s Shuddhi, produced by Karan Johar.
Danny will once again play a negative character in the film that also stars Hrithik Roshan.
Our source says, “Danny is one of the most respectable actors in the industry and had been on a self-imposed exile. He has often said he wants to do films that excite him as an actor. His last film in Bollywood was Acid Factory after which he did Endhiran with Rajnikanth. Post that he had been saying no to each every film coming his way.” We heard that Danny loved the script of Karan’s film, which will release Diwali next year.
While Johar remained unavailable comment, Malhotra denied the news.
Danny’s top five As KAANCHA CHEENA in Agneepath BHAKTAWAR in Hum SHER KHAN in Sanam Bewafa KHUDA BAKSH in Khuda Gawah GURANG in China Gate
As the line between good and bad gets blurred, the villains have disappeared from Hindi films…
Upala KBR (DNA; March 16, 2013)
Bollywood has always had heroes and villains. All our stories are about good vs evil. There was Kanhaiyalal and Jeevan in the ’50s, Ajit and Pran in the ’60s, Ranjeet and Prem Chopra in the ’70s, Amrish Puri and Danny Denzongpa in the ’80s Gulshan Grover in the ’90s…and then the baddies vanished.
Now there is a whole breed of filmmakers (Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Basu, Aditya Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, etc) who don’t have villains in their films. There was a time when heroes played the good guys and the villains the bad guys. The lines between the good and the bad have blurred and grey characters have emerged. The success of films with leading men as anti-heroes (Khalnayak, Baazigar and Darr) is responsible for the villains being pushed into retirement. The actors who played baddies started playing character roles. When we need a terrifying character now, we import them from the South (Vikram (Raavan), Prakash Raj (Singham and Dabangg 2) or the heroes play baddies.
A quick survery of recent hits reveal that the concept of villain doesn’t exist anymore. 3 Idiots, the biggest hit in recent years didn’t have a khalnayak. Neither did Zindagi Na Mile Dobara, Barfi!, Rockstar, Cocktail, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Student Of The Year. Kiran Rao says “Baddies will always be there in mainstream films for as long as there are stories to tell. But perhaps the More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (October 11, 2012)
Easily, Jaya Bachchan’s bash for Amitabh’s 70th birthday has been one of the most keenly awaited do’s of the season. And when D-day finally arrived, it was every bit a party befitting the stature of the man being celebrated.
Reliance MediaWorks at Film City, Goregaon resembled a beehive of activity even as a string of actors, industrialists, politicos and bigwigs arrived to wish Big B a happy birthday.
Indeed, the situation got a bit chaotic, what with the traffic jams outside the venue. However, the occasion was marked by lot of warmth ad camaraderie with the Bachchan family being the perfect hosts. Among the megastar’s older contemporaries were Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh and Prem Chopra to name a few. It was most touching to see Big B’s buddy and co-star of many films Shashi Kapoor arrive in a wheelchair.
The guests were invited to take to the mic and speak about the Big B. The quintessential birthday cake was cut at the stroke of midnight followed by a luxurious sitdown dinner. And, the press was invited too…
While Aaradhya slept upstairs, the rest of the Bachchan family posed for the shutterbugs
Big B’s on-screen rival Prem Chopra arrives with his wife
One superstar comes to greet the other: Rajinikanth and wife at the party
Yaari Hai Imaan Mera: Shashi Kapoor and Pran wheeled in for the bash
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu exchange pleasantries with Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Co-star of many More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (October 2, 2012)
I was nervous, nervous like hell kyunki zindagi mein kabhi acting nahi ki thi. I just got an offer and decided to jump into it. I started off my film career with Arzoo – a film that got shelved after 60 percent of it was shot. My next, Ek Aur Phaulad, failed to take off. I was wondering whether I had made the right career choice when Sajid Nadiadwala offered me Waqt Hamara Hai. But Balwaan was my first released film.
I had no clue what was happening. The only thing I knew was that I had already signed 20-25 odd projects but if Balwaan failed to work that Friday, none of these projects would happen.
I still remember driving down the streets of Mumbai seeing Balwaan posters being put up. I would look at them and wonder what would happen. Thankfully, the day it released, the film was declared a hit.
The masses love it – ‘kya fight karta hai’ they would say. But the first print article that appeared called me ‘wooden – without emotions’.
It was a bittersweet experience. On one hand, I had 25 producers at my door and on the other, I was being ripped off for being an actor who couldn’t ‘act’. I thought about it and realised that perhaps the critics were right. After all, I had never acted in my life.
So I started working on my Hindi and action.I wanted to get that definite image of the ‘action hero’. And slowly, people accepted me as an ‘actor’.
I can never forget that first taste of success. I had once visited a theatre. When I went inside, I More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (September 18, 2012)
Long before he became the superstar of Tamil cinema, there was a phase in the 80s when Rajinikanth starred in a slew of Hindi films. In Bhagwaan Dada (1986), a film about a criminal who redeems himself through his love for an adopted child, Rajini played the protagonist, along with Rakesh Roshan, Sridevi and Danny Denzongpa in prominent roles.
This photograph captured by ace lensman Jagdish Aurangabadkar at the mahurat of Bhagwaan Dada has almost the entire team in it. Interestingly, Hrithik Roshan, who was just 12 at the time, portrayed Rajini’s son Govinda and made quite an impression. Rakesh’s brother Rajesh composed the film’s music. Sujit Kumar is seen sitting alongside his old friend and co-star of many movies, (late) Rajesh Khanna. It was around this time that Khanna was rumoured to be having an affair with Tina Munim, a young actress who played a crime reporter in the film.
MUMBAI MIRROR (August 30, 2012)
For an entire generation of filmgoers, the movie remains a cult classic that can never be replicated.
When Sholay released on August 15, 1975, neither director Ramesh Sippy nor producer G P Sippy imagined the kind of fanfare it would create. The film ran for over five years straight at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre, one of the country’s largest cinema halls of the time. In this photograph captured by ace lensman Shyam Aurangabadkar, almost the entire stellar cast of the film is seen partying after a hectic day’s shoot in the picturesque terrain of Ramanagar in Karnataka. (Late) Amjad Khan did an unforgettable turn as the feared bandit Gabbar Singh. Apparently, he was the makers’ second choice after Danny Denzongpa turned down the role. Amjad prepared himself for the role by reading a book based on the dacoits of the Chambal valley. A K Hangal, who passed away recently, played the blind Rahim Chacha in the film. After all, who can forget his dialogue: “Itna Sannata Kyun Hai Bhai” when his son Ahmed, portrayed by Sachin, returns dead on horseback.
Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan enacted the roles of the two crooks, who are close friends, Veeru and Jai, respectively. They’re assigned the job of capturing Gabbar alive by a seriously maimed ex cop Thakur Baldev Singh portrayed by (late) Sanjeev Kumar, who sadly isn’t there in the picture. Among the interesting anecdotes related to Sholay, Bachchan married Jaya Bhaduri four months before filming More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 18, 2012)
Friday afternoon, noted cinematographer Ashok Mehta’s last rites were performed at the Santacruz crematorium, Mumbai. Mehta, who passed away on August 15 at the Kokilaben Hospital began his last journey from his home in Andheri. And many from the film industry walked with him. Among them were Arjun Rampal, Priyanka Chopra, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza, Shashi Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Subhash Ghai, Farah Khan, Govind Nihalani, Danny Denzongpa and many more.
Shah Rukh Khan, who worked with Mehta during Chalte Chalte and Trimurti apart from the many ad campaigns was the last person to enter. He came directly to the crematorium around 2.30 pm.
Rampal, who considered Mehta his mentor, told Mirror, “He was a great influence in my life. In fact, he had touched almost everyone’s heart in the industry. SRK, for one, was very close to him. Many confided in him about their personal ups and downs and he reposed their faith. He was a complete fighter. He came from a humble background and took the industry by storm.
Everybody I met at the crematorium today, I realised that I known them because of Mehta. Itna strong influence tha unka industry pe. That shows the positivity the man exuded.”
Shah Rukh Khan pays his last respects
Arjun Rampal carries his mentor Mehta
Subhash Ghai introduced Mehta to mainstream cinema
Farah Khan consoles Mehta’s wife Neerja
Sanjay Kapoor with Shashi Kapoor at the funeral
Priyanka Chopra bids farewell to the More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 21, 2012)
Senior filmmaker and FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) Vice President B R Ishara has been admitted to Juhu’s Criticare Hospital. It is learnt the filmmaker, who suffered a paralytic stroke last year, has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
His wife Rehana Sultan confirmed the news and added, “Not so long ago, he was undergoing physiotherapy and now he has other health issues.”
Unfortunately, he is not in a good financial position either. FWICE President Dharmesh Tiwari said, “Ishara needs financial aid. Last time, FWICE helped him clear his bill at Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital, where he was admitted. This time too, we will try our best. He is a very senior member of our Federation, and we love and respect him a lot.”
The last time round, Danny Denzongpa and the writers’ and directors’ associations of the industry had contributed to help Ishara pay his hospital bills.
The Hollywood make-up artist is on board. Amongst other things, she is working on Hrithik Roshan’s look, which will be very different from Amitabh Bachchan’s in the original
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 23, 2011)
Karan Johar has thrilled for two reasons: one, about remaking Agneepath, a cult classic that his father Yash Johar made and two, about signing Hollywood make-up artist Robin Slater, who happens to be a two-time Oscar nominee.
Slater will design the look for both Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt in the remake.
Slater is not new to Bollywood though. Our source said, “Robin has known Karan for some time now. She also worked on SRK’s look in My name Is Khan.”
The late Mukul S Anand directed the 1990 original, which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty and Danny Denzongpa in the lead roles. The remake will be directed by Karan Malhotra and is already on floors.
The source added, “To design a special look for Vijay Deenanath Chauhan’s character and that of Kancha Cheena’s played by Hrithik and Sanju respectively, Robin was chosen again.”
Apparently, Slater is currently in Mumbai and is working on both Hrithik’s and Sanjay’s looks. And guess what? Both their looks will be very different from the looks sported by Amitabh Bachchan and Danny in the original.
The shooting has already begun, they say, but the looks are being kept under wraps.
When contacted, Karan Malhotra, the director of the film, confirmed the news and said, More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 29, 2010 – 14:36 IST
One film that has been in the news ever since its announcement has been the remake of Agneepath to be directed by debutant Karan Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
By now its common knowledge that Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra star in the lead roles of this eagerly anticipated remake. However, the latest development is that besides Hrithik and Priyanka, Sanjay Dutt has also been signed for the film. Apparently, Sanjay would be playing the main villain in the remake (a role played by Danny Denzongpa in the original version)
It may be recalled that Hrithik and Sanju did clash with each other on-screen in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Mission Kashmir almost 10 years ago. Now with Hrithik playing the hero and Sanju the villain, it would be interesting to witness this clash all over again.