Ex-military, ace body builder, Mr Bhutan, real-estate businessman and now a Bollywood actor. Sangay Tsheltrim has added another feather to his hat with the release of Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai.
As Lota, he can be seen upping the ante for evil’s sake alongside Rana (Randeep Hooda) and Girgit (Gautam Gulati). His intimidating screen presence cannot go amiss as his bulging biceps, evil eyes and that no-mercy look do all the talking.
Only a film old in his native country Bhutan, Sangay shares the story behind landing the Radhe role, which he says was a mere stroke of luck. He credits Salman Khan for seeing the character in him. They first met on the set of Dabangg 3 in Mumbai in 2019 and instantly bonded over bodybuilding and his background in defense. During the course of our conversation, he sheds light on the experience of the shoot and working with co-stars.
Sangay looks back at his military and international fitness career before debuting with Bhutanese film Singye. “I was in the army before. I did my training from the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune. Then I did the Young Officers course. I was commissioned in the Royal Bhutan Army, then in Royal Body Guards where I served my King and the Royal family. When I was in the RGB, I started taking bodybuilding seriously. I wanted to compete in the international arena and make my country proud.”
It is now when Sangay decided on an alternate career. “I took voluntary retirement from the service in 2013. The following year, I won my first international Bronze medal in body building from Macau in Asian Championship. In 2015, I won a Gold and Silver from Uzbekistan and in 2016 I defended my Gold medal and won a Bronze again. In 2017, I won the title Mr Bhutan. It was almost five years of professional bodybuilding for me by now. While I was competing, my friends encouraged me to take up acting. Most of the actors in Bhutan are into romantic and mythological films. Those around me asked me to do action films seeing my physique. In 2018, I did my first action film and that’s how things started rolling for me.”
Sangay Tsheltrim has shared several photos of himself in military uniform which have now gone viral. Photos from his body-building days have also been shared by the actor.
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai released on May 13. Besides Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff are also part of the film. The film is directed by Prabhudeva.
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