When Amitabh Bachchan kept cool after car was gheraoed during Khuda Gawah shoot

Actor Danny Denzongpa had once spoken of an incident when actor Amitabh Bachchan kept his composure when their car was being vandalized in Nepal. In an old interview, Danny said the incident happened during the filming of Khuda Gawah. At the time, Danny was “agitated,” but Amitabh, still in his costume and clothed, held his hand to reassure him. He had also praised Amitabh calling him a “wonderful son” who even stayed in the hospital to care for his parents, Harivanshrai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. (Read also | When Jaya Bachchan rescued Danny Denzongpa, Romesh Sharma from bullies: ‘She may be small, but she’s a Bengal tigress’

Khuda Gawah (1992) is an epic drama film written and directed by Mukul S Anand. It stars Amitabh, Danny, Sridevi, Nagarjuna, Shilpa Shirodkar and Kiran Kumar. Danny and Amitabh starred in many films together, including Agneepath (1990), Hum (1991), Kohram (1999) and Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004).

In an interview with Filmfare, Danny had said: “Amitji is a wonderful son. Wherever he would shoot – in the US or Mauritius, he would fly down to see his ailing parents (the late Dr. Harivanshrai and Teji Bachchan). He would even stay in the hospital to take care of them, he is medically aware and would monitor the treatment being given.”

He recalled their shooting and said: “We were shooting for Khuda Gawah on the outskirts of Nepal when hundreds of people stormed our car. The car was shaking. I was agitated. Amitji, who was very busy with pagdi (turban) and beard and despite the fact that there was no air conditioning in the car, kept his head cool. He held my hand and said, ‘Sit still, accept the heat. If you go out, you ruin things.”

Danny, whose real name is Tshering Phintso, has starred in many movies in his career. He made his debut in Bollywood with BR Ishara’s Zaroorat. Danny also starred in Dhund, 36 Ghante, Bandish, Jeeo Aur Jeene Do and Dharm Aur Qanoon, Fakira, Chor Machaye Shor, Devata, Kalicharan, Bulundi and Adhikar. He also starred in Seven Years in Tibet alongside Brad Pitt.

Danny will next be seen in Uunchai alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. Uunchai, directed by Sooraj Barjatya, is a film based on friendship. It also stars Neena Gupta, Sarika and Parineeti Chopra in pivotal roles. The film was shot in various locations, including Lucknow and Nepal. Billed as a story of four friends, the film went into production in Nepal last October.

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