Denzil Smith is more known to the English theatre than of the Hindi. With anglicised features in looks and speech, he became a good find of an actor in many English plays. His career had begun somewhere in the mid-eighties after he had completed a post-graduation in English literature from the Bombay University. He had been mentored by the legendary actors Peter Brook and Nasseruddin Shah. Other than this, he had received voice training from the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, through the guidance of Dr. Ranade and Pratap Sharma. As a voice over artist, Denzil has dubbed for quite a few commercials, documentaries, and foreign language and animation films. Currently, he also happens to be the artistic director of his theatre company Stagesmith where his job is to plan new original productions.
Some of his performances were with renowned theatre groups and directors. Occasionally, he even travelled to New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney, Brussels, and Toronto for stage plays. For his calibre in acting, he has even featured in a few Bollywood films. So far, he has acted in 19 films of various genres. The film Lunchbox (2013) has been one of the best art films that he has acted in. In the English and Hindi theatres, he has donned the roles of many characters, such as Lucky of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (a production of Motley), as Nehru in Letters to a Daughter from Prison (with Vijaya Mehta as director), as Crusoe in Once on a Friday, as Felix in The Owl and the Pussycat, as Vijay in Come back to the Forum Guy Lafleur, Guy Lafleur, as Lt. Challee in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, as Nag in Endgame, as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, as Rathod in Rathod the Cockroach killer, as Peter in Chidrens Day, as Roy in The Odd Couple, as Mr. Lyons in Blood Brothers, as the director in Six Characters in Search of an Author, as Vali and Vibishan in The Legend of Ram, as Cawas in Doongaji House, as Hirin in The Anniversary, as Mr. Dani in The Lucky Ones, as Z in Whatever You Say, as D.K. in A Romance for Ruby, as Shewtketu in Sambhog Se Sayas Tak, as Dada in Shikara, as Prajnarathna in Zenkatha, as Lord Irwin in Sammy, as Judge Brak in Hedda Gabler, as Tony Bakshi in Merchants of Bollywood, as Ranjit in On a Muggy night in Mumbai, and as an agitated Television anchor in Zubin’s Driver’s Missing People. Other than these, he has even acted in several other plays. Denzil’s classy performance in plays has won him many accolades and rave reviews.
On television, he has acted in the serials Karan Arjun, Jassi Jaise Koi Nahi, and C.I.D. which were all aired on Sony. Other serials were Hansa: A love Story, Chote Mu, Bade Baat on Zee T.V., Just Mohabbat, Life Nahi Hai Ladoo on Star TV, Sword of Tipu Sultan on Doordarshan, and The Return of Sandokan on Italian National T.V. On radio, he has appeared in the programs Tiger’s Eye and The Mrichhakatikaa on BBC Radio. Also, he appeared in the program Personality Hour in Times FM. As a voice over artist, he has dubbed for feature films such as Hanuman, House of Flying Daggers, The Boolean Conspiracy, Up, Bolt, James and the Giant Peach, Amar Chitra Katha, A Bugs Life, Shoot At Sight, Making of the Mahatma, Kung Fu Hustle, and Red Cliff.
Born: 19 December 1955
Place of Birth:
Residence: Mumbai (Maharashtra), India
Occupation: actor, voice over artist, philosopher
Height: 5’ 11”
Years Active: 1985-present