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How Shashi Kapoor transformed Danny Denzongpa from villain to hero

October 15, 2015 6:02:15 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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When ace villain of the 70s Danny Denzongpa made his entry in Bollywood he had hard time getting roles due to his unconventional appearance. In an interview Danny candidly informed that when he completed his graduation from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) he faced many rejections.


He said, “In the 70's usually love stories and family dramas were made hence producers rejected me saying I neither looked like a hero nor suited to be cast as a brother but thanks to parallel cinema I was offered roles in movies like BR Ishara's ZAROORAT (1971) and Gulzar's MERE APNE (1971).”

Soon he was spotted by Feroz Khan, who impressed by Danny's macho personality offered him films like KHOTEY SIKKEY, KALA SONA and DHARMATMA. Incidentally, all the three movies were superhits and Danny became one of the most sought-after villains.

In fact, his popularity rose so much that filmmaker N.N. Sippy, who had casted him as a villain in CHOR MACHAYE SHOR decided to cast him as a parallel hero in his next film FAKIRA but to his surprise Danny declined to do the film. Why?

Well, like the umpteen lost and found multistarrers made in the 70s like YAADON KI BAARAAT, HAATH KI SAFAI etc. N.N. Sippy decided to make a similar movie and looking at Danny's popularity he decided to cast Danny as Shashi Kapoor's brother. But Danny reasoned that the audience won't accept a Nepali looking person as the brother of a handsome looking Shashi Kapoor.

However, when Shashi Kapoor came to know about Danny's unsound reason behind rejecting the movie he took him into confidence and cajoled him to play the role. In the movie Danny was paired opposite Aruna Irani.

After the success of FAKIRA Danny switched from villain to positive roles and became so popular that he even played hero in few films. Remember Raaj Kumar starrer BULUNDI (1981) in which played the hero opposite Kim.

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