Danny Denzongpa Marriage: 2 Failed Loves Leading To Royal Matrimony

When Danny Denzongpa played the role of the ruthless Thakur Ranjit Singh in the 1973 film Dhund, he left film the audience so awestruck that he was immediately approached by Ramesh Sippy for the iconic role of Gabbar Singh in Sholay. Danny Denzongpa’s marriage was as surprising as his acting talents. Danny’s expressiveness was eyecatching, but it was his ability to maintain an air of shrewdness while being so emotive that really cemented his position as a special actor. Although he could not land Gabbar Singh’s role (due to contractual obligations), the talented Sikkimese actor went on to become one of the most popular supporting actor of his era.

When it comes to personal matters, Danny was in a relationship with actresses Parveen Babi and Kim Yashpal before he tied the knot with Gawa, a princess from a Sikkimese dynasty of rulers. It’s been quite a journey, so let’s take an in-depth look at it now.

‘My Name Is Tshering Phintso Denzongpa’


Danny Denzongpa was born Tshering Phintso Denzongpa on 25th February 1948 in Gangtok, Sikkim in a family of Sikkimese Bhutiya descent. He did his education from Gangtok and then Darjeeling, and always harboured a passion for armed forces. He even qualified for the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, but his interest in performing arts led him to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.It was here that he happened to meet a classmate (and friend for life) Jaya Bhaduri – now Jaya Bachchan, wife of Amitabh Bachchan , wife of Amitabh Bachchan. Interestingly, it was on Jaya’s suggestion that Tshering Phintso changed his name to Danny.

Moving On To Kim

Danny made his debut with the film Zaroorat in 1971, but it was Gulzar’s Mere Apne (1971) and B.R. Chopra’s Dhundh (1973) that brought him initial acclaim and a place under the spotlight. He was later approached by Ramesh Sippy for the role of Gabbar Singh in Sholay (1975) but could not give a nod since he had already signed for Feroz Khan’s Dharmatma (1975). In his career spanning more than four decades, Danny has played predominantly negative characters with a dash of charisma that is considered the actor’s signature style. Since 2003, Danny has settled down for supporting and character roles, and is still active in cinema.

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Danny Denzongpa’s Marriage : The Lady On The 4th Floor

Danny Denzongpa's Marriage - Parveen-Babi

After attaining success in the late 1970s, Danny moved his abode to a plush apartment building in Mumbai, which was also home to the popular actress Parveen Babi. While Danny resided on the first floor, Parveen’s flat was on the fourth. Needless to say the two would often bump into one another, and slowly became good friends. Over a period of time, their friendship sparked a passionate romance, and Parveen would regularly spend more time at Danny’s flat than her own. She would even have a spare key, and would drop-in even when Danny was not around. Danny often states that Parveen would always be the ‘first woman’ in his life, and that she was very beautiful and a nice human being.

Moving On To Kim

Danny Denzongpa's Marriage - Moving-OnTo-Kim

Danny and Parveen’s relationship was albeit a fleeting one, since Parveen romantically got involved with the filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt while Danny went on to date the actress Kim Yashpal. Kim and Danny had a live-in relationship, which was marred with petty quarrels due to the fact that Parveen would still take the liberty of barging into Danny’s flat. It was in early 1980s, that Danny made it clear to Parveen that ‘it was over’, after which Kim and Danny had a stable relationship for almost seven years. Danny and Kim broke-up somewhere around the late 1980s, and not much is known about Kim Yashpal considering that her popularity had already weaned by then.

Danny Denzongpa’s Marriage With The Princess

Danny Denzongpa's Marriage - The-Princess

By the time 1990 rolled around, Danny was 42-years old, and his family was keen on seeing him settled down. Since Danny seemed to be hitting a dead-end with his relationships, his parents soon took the matters in their hands.

Around 1989, Danny’s mother had met a girl named Gawa in Gangtok, and found her to be an ideal candidate for the position of Danny’s spouse. But Danny was not going to take the plunge in arranged marriage right away and decided to date Gawa for some time. Gawa came from an aristocratic family, and was the last heir in the Chogyal dynasty of rulers who reigned parts of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

A few months into dating, Danny and Gawa developed ample rapport to take the next step, and gave a nod to their families for marriage. Danny Denzongpa’s marriage to Gawa in Gangtok was a traditional Sikkimese style wedding and took place in the year 1990. The two were blessed with a son Rinzing and daughter Pema.

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Danny Denzongpa’s Marriage: Life Thereafter

Danny Denzongpa's Marriage - family

Danny and Gawa’s marriage has been rock-solid, and Danny has been an ideal husband and father. In a 2012 interview, Danny shared that he had such an overwhelming female fan-following from north-eastern India that he had almost lost his mind. His marriage with Gawa brought him sanity and stability, and hooked him for good with one person for life. Danny’s son Rinzing plans to make his debut on the big screen, but is keen on portraying lead roles, rather than the negative ones his father portrayed. We hope for the best for Rinzing Denzongpa, and wish the Denzongpa family all the best.

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