Danny Denzongpa- A Sikkimese skill in Bollywood

Tshering Phintso Denzongpa, commonly known as "Danny" Denzongpa in cine world was born on 25 February 1948 at Yoksam in West Sikkim. His father was a Lama at the famous Pemayangtshe Monastery in West Sikkim. During his childhood there was a lack of education among the Sikkimese populace. From the son of his maternal uncle who was studying at Gangtok, his father got inspired to set up a school at his village. For this pious task his father donated 15 acres of land. Thus, Yoksam witnessed a first school in its surrounding. Danny started his schooling from Gyalshing where he studied for one year.  After getting stipend from the Royal Government of Sikkim, he went to Nainital and studied at reputed Birla Mandir School. In 1964, after finishing his matriculation from Birla Mandir School, he came back to Darjeeling Government College and completed his BSC. During his stay at Darjeeling, he fostered an ambition to join the Indian Army, and even won the Best Cadet award from West Bengal and also participated in the Republic Day parade. Danny completed his M A (First Class) from the esteemed FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) Pune. It is said that he had been qualified for dignified Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) Pune but, took out admission to join FTII. It is to be noted that famed actress of Bollywood Jaya Bhaduri, was his classmate at FTII. While studying in Pune, Tshering Pintsho Denzongpa decided to change his name to an easy sounding "Danny" since his atypical name (for rest of his fellow mate) was tough to be pronounced. After finishing his studies from FTII, Danny worked as a teacher in acting at the same institute for two years.
He started his film career with Mere Apne (1971) with Vinod Khanna and Satrughan Sinha which was directed by Gulzar. It was Dhund (1973) which brought him fame as a gigantic Bollywood Star where he played a crippled and disturbed husband. He has produced Phir Wohi Raat and has played various Bengali and Nepali Films. The iconic character of Gabbar Singh from the film Sholay, was originally offered to him, but it finally went to Amjad Khan. He appeared in a character role against Amitabh Bachhchan in a movie Hum as "Bakhtawaar" which is gravely commended.
He is famously known for playing negative characters. In the multi starrer The Burning Train (1980), he appeared in a negative role.  For films like Khuda Gawah (1992) and Sanam Bewafa (1991) he won the Film fare Best Supporting Actor Award.
In the Shahrukh Khan starrer Asoka he played a character named Virat. He was seen in the lead role as Vir Vijay Singh in 16 December (2002).  
He has also starred in some international films, 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. The Government of Sikkim has honoured Mr. Denzongpa with the award of Sikkim Rajya Puraskar on 15th August 1999.
A part from a versatile actor he is also an gifted singer having harmonic with Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhonsle, three brawny of Hindi music. He has released Nepali songs and has sung for Nepali movies. His most famous Nepali songs are "Chiso Chiso Hawama", "Rato Rani Phule" Suna Katha Euta Geet. His Nepali movie "saiino" was a superhit.
Danny is married to Gawa Denzongpa, a Sikkimese princess and niece of the last Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal. In recent times he has become more selective as to the roles he plays. The movies he prefers, he works on his own terms. He has a son named Rinzing and a daughter named Pema.
Danny is a multifaceted person who is not only an actor and a singer but also a painter, writer, and a sculptor. 

Sikkim is always proud of you!!!