Bhutanese artist Sangay, who used to be in the army and is now an actor, is gaining popularity in the entertainment world. His recent film “Jawan” and web series “The Freelancer” have been well-received. Sangay is particularly excited about working with director Atlee and appreciates Atlee’s unique and intelligent approach to filmmaking. Despite not sticking to a strict schedule, Sangay enjoyed the experience of working with Atlee on the successful Shah Rukh Khan starrer.
Even though there were problems with the schedule, Sangay managed to handle shooting for both “The Freelancer” and “Jawan” in Morocco and Chennai. He faced a big challenge, but he enjoyed it a lot because he’s used to challenges from his military background. He recalled the tough Commando training days when they couldn’t sleep at all, so shooting reminded him of that time. Despite the difficulties, he happily completed the shoots. Sangay believes his military training helped him face the challenges, and he found fulfillment in overcoming them during the filming process.
Journey of Sangay from uniforms to stardom
Sangay had a dream – to play the role of a soldier on the big screen. That dream came true in The Freelancer, where he got to portray an army officer. But his aspirations didn’t stop there. He expressed his desire to be a part of a commercial movie, depicting the stories of northeastern soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. Sangay envisioned himself stepping into the shoes of these brave soldiers, wanting to bring their tales to life for the world to see. For him, it was more than just acting; it was a way to honor their sacrifices and shed light on their heroism.
Transitioning from a soldier serving his country to an actor representing Bhutan in the entertainment industry wasn’t easy. Removing his uniform and badges was a poignant moment, as he had been serving his king in Bhutan. Despite the change, Sangay felt immense pride in showcasing his country’s talents on the global stage. While acting became his passion, his heart remained that of a soldier. No matter what, he believed his duty to serve his country would always come first, and he was determined to do so in any way he could, both in the world of entertainment and beyond.
Sangay’s mission of bridging the gap
In addition to acting, Sangay is also a producer in Bhutan. He dreams of making popular movies that can set a high standard for others in the industry. Being an artist from Bhutan, he notices that most filmmakers there don’t create movies for a wide audience. While regional films receive praise on streaming platforms and at film awards, they struggle to do well financially. Some filmmakers make fun, entertaining movies, while others focus on art and social messages. However, people generally prefer entertaining movies. Sangay believes filmmakers have to choose between awards and money, as it’s hard to achieve both. He’s even received offers from Bollywood, with two projects on the way.