Ours is a film culture where heroes on screen are considered heroes in real life as well and a villain's share of fandom depends on the magnitude of hatred his character elicits from the audience.
Bollywood has plenty of infamous villains; from Amrish Puri, Ranjeet, Prem Chopra to Aditya Pancholi and Akshaye Khanna today, the film industry has actors who steered away from the heroic images on screen to play the hated ones in the films. One of such actor is Danny Denzongpa.
With films like Hum, Enthiran, Baby, Agneepath, Kala Sona and Andha Kanoon amongst others, Danny excels in negative roles. However, Danny's initial plan didn't include playing antagonist roles.
In one of his interviews earlier, the actor explained that he joined the industry when dramatic family films were being made. And when he went to seek roles, producers told him that he neither fitted in the role of a brother or a father.
Danny was also made fun of due to his unconventional looks and a relatively difficult name to spell. He mentioned in the interview that when he first joined FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), his classmates laughed at his introduction because nobody could spell his name. It was Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, his then classmate, who would come to his defense. He mentioned:
"Jaya was my classmate at the FTII. On orientation day, newcomers have to introduce themselves to the seniors. When I said my name Tshering Phintso Denzongpa, they couldn't get it and kept saying 'come again, come again!' It became a joke. My classmates would call out 'Shhssh shhhssh...' as though I were a puppy! Jaya suggested I keep it simple and named me Danny. As a person, she's honest and calls a spade a spade. So, in many ways, she's like me. Even when she was a newcomer, she'd rush to defend a friend."-- quote from Filmfare