Govinda (actor)

Govinda (actor)

Govinda (गोविंदा; Punjabi: ਗੋਵਿਨ੍ਦ) (born Govind Arun Ahuja, on December 21, 1963) is a Filmfare award-winning Indian actor and politician currently serving as the 5th Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India. He has appeared in over 120 Hindi language films, also known as Bollywood. As a young man, his acting and dancing skills gained him widespread attention among film viewers. He later gained worldwide fame as a Bollywood icon through comedy films such as Shola Aur Shabnam, Aankhen, Coolie No.1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Partner.

Govinda was nicknamed and referred to as "Chi Chi" (Punjabi: Little Finger) by his family, close associates and occasionally by the media.

Govinda is married to Sunita Ahuja. He is a member of the Indian National Congress Party and was elected in June 2004 in the 14th Lok Sabha elections defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the 10th greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users.


Early life

His mother, Nirmala Devi, was a classical vocalist and actress who hailed from Banaras. His father, Arun Kumar Ahuja, an actor in the 1940s, was a Sindhi settled in Maharashtra. Arun was notable for acting in Mehboob Khan's Aurat (1940). Arun and Nirmala first met during the making of the film Savera, in which they were cast opposite each other. They married in 1941. The only film Ahuja ever produced was a flop. Unable to bear the loss, his health failed. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's upmarket Carter Road, was forced to move to Virar -- a far- flung semi-rural Mumbai suburb, where Govinda was born. The youngest of six children -- his pet name Chi Chi means little finger in Punjabi, the language they speak at home -- he grew up on a diet of movies. Since his father was unable to work, Nirmala Devi brought up the children through hard times.

Acting career

He studied at Annasaheb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra. He graduated in commerce, but failed to find a job. He was not considered for a steward's position at the Taj Mahal hotel because his English wasn't good enough. His father suggested films. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Saturday Night Fever and dance became his obsession. He practised for hours and circulated a promo of himself on a VHS cassette. Soon a fertiliser commercial came his way, followed by an Allwyn ad, finally his very first leading role in Tan Badan which was to be directed by his uncle Anand. He started shooting for his next film Love 86 in June 1985. By mid-July, he had signed 40 others.

His first film to be released Ilzaam (1986) was a box office success and 5 th biggest hit of 1986. He acted in a string of movies after that with mixed success. Most of the films he appeared in during the 1980s were in the action, romance or family drama genres. He was often paired opposite actress Neelam and together they appeared in hit films such as Love 86 (1986), Khudgarz (1987) and his brother Kirti Kumar's directed Hatya (1988). He had success with family drama films such as Dariya Dil (1988), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Hum (1991) as well as action films such as Marte Dam Tak (1987) and Jung Baaz (1989). He worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar. He also had a hit film that year in a B grade flick with Sridevi in Ghair Khanooni He acted in critically acclaimed film Zulm Ki Hukamat, an Indian remake of Godfather where his performance was appreciated. He then formed a successful collaboration with David Dhawan and went onto act in 17 movies directed by him most of which were comedy films. The most successful films during their collaboration included Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Hero No. 1 (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Anari No. 1 (1999), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999) and Jodi No. 1 (2001). Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him opposite actresses such as Divya Bharati, Karishma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon during the 1990s.

Govinda played the role of a villain for the first time in his career in Shikari (2000). Although the movie was not a commercial success, Govinda's convincing portrayal of a sociopath murderer was critically acclaimed..

His box office draw suffered a setback in the early 2000s following a series of commercially unsuccessful films. His acting career was further affected when he contested and won the seat for Member of Parliament from Mumbai North in the 2004 parliamentary elections. He did not have any new film releases in 2004 and 2005 although some of his delayed films such as Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen (2005) and his own home production Ssukh (2005) were released but were box office disasters.

Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the comedy film Bhagam Bhag alongside Akshay Kumar which was a success. His first 2007 release was the huge multi-starrer Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. Although a box office disappointment, Govinda was praised for his performance.

His second 2007 release was the David Dhawan directed romantic comedy Partner, which co-stars Salman Khan. The film grossed Rs.300 Million in India on its opening week, the second highest domestic opening week gross for an Indian film. . His upcoming films for 2008 include Money Hai To Honey Hai.

Political career

In 2004, Govinda joined the Congress party, and was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower House of Parliament from Mumbai with a thumping majority of beating the 5 time sitting MP by over 50000 votes. It is believed that the large and influential Gujarati Muslim community had a big role to play in canvassing support for him. Mumbai North is one of the most communally sensitive areas in Mumbai

In a run up to the polls, Govinda had announced that his agenda will be awaas (housing), prawaas (transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education).

During the first ten months of his tenure as an Member of Parliament (MP), Govinda did not spend any money from his MP Local Area Development Fund of Rs. 20 million. He started utilizing his fund only when newspaper reports brought this to notice. According to the Thane district collectorate sources, Govinda committed Rs 7 to construct anganwadi, samaj mandirs and resolve drinking water problem of Vasai and Virar residents. However, work on these projects did not begin (as of August 2005), because administrative approval was being awaited. Govinda also took credit for 80% of the quadrupling of Borivli-Virar section on Western Railway (India).

During his tenure as an MP, Govinda embarrassed his party, Congress, by coming out in open to support actor Shakti Kapoor, who had been caught in an sting operation, asking for sexual favours from a television reporter posing as a Bollywood aspirant He also opposed the ban on dance bars, which embarrassed the Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government, which had proposed the ban.

As an MP, Govinda has been criticized for being inaccessible to the people of his constituency, especially during the terrible rains (beginning July 26, 2005) that left around 450 dead in Mumbai. After the rains, while speaking to a TV channel, Govinda claimed that he had got Rs 150 million sanctioned for his flood-hit constituency after speaking to Sonia Gandhi. However, his own party colleagues contested the claim. Mohan Adhikari, the president of Palghar Congress Unit went on record saying that "not a single paisa" had been received.

On Jan 20, 2008, he has decided to quit politics to concentrate on his acting career in Bollywood. he is really funny

Personal life

Govinda's father Arun was an actor in the 1940s and his mother Nirmala was also an actress as well as a singer. His brother Kirti Kumar is an actor, producer and director. His sister Kaamini Khanna is a writer , music director, singer, anchor and founder of Beauty with Astrology. Govinda has six nephews and two nieces in the entertainment industry: actors Vinay Anand, Krushna Abhishek, Aryan, Arjun Singh, Ragini Khanna, Amit Khanna, Aarti Singh and director Janmendra Kumar Ahuja. Govinda's brother-in-law Devendra Sharma has also acted in a few Hindi Films.

Govinda married Sunita Ahuja on 11 March 1987. The couple have two children,Narmada and Yashvardhan. Narmada is preparing herself for her acting debut in Bollywood.

Govinda initially wanted to marry actress Neelam with whom he had made many films but eventually gave up and married according to his mother's choice. He had a narrow escape from death on January 5, 1994. While travelling to a studio for the shooting of 'Khuddar (1994)', the actor's car hit another car, resulting in him sustaining injuries to his head. Though bleeding profusely, Govinda did not cancel the shooting. After visiting a doctor, he shot for the film till midnight.



Title Year Role Other Notes
Ilzaam 1986 Ajay Sharma/Vijay
Tan-Badan 1986 Ravi Pratap
Love 86 1986 Vikram Doshi
Sadaa Suhagan 1986 Ravi
Mera Lahoo 1987
Marte Dam Tak 1987 Jai
Khudgarz 1987 Kumar Saxena
Dadagiri 1987 Suraj
Pyaar Karke Dekho 1987 Ravi Kumar
Jeete Hain Shaan Se 1988 Iqbal Ali
Hatya 1988 Sagar
Aakhri Baazi 1989 Ram Kumar
Jung Baaz 1989 Arjun Srivastav
Do Qaidi 1989 Kanu
Teri Payal Mere Geet 1989 Premi
Awaargi 1990 Dhiren Kumar
Maha-Sangram 1990
Swarg 1990 Krishna
Izzatdaar 1990 Vijay
Hum 1991 Vijay
Shola Aur Shabnam 1992 Karan
Jaan Se Pyaara 1992 Inspector Jai/Sunder Double Role
Aankhen 1993 Bunnu/Gaurishankar Double Role
Ekka Raja Rani 1994 Sagar
Raja Babu 1994 Raja Singh
Khuddar 1994 Siddarth
Dulaara 1994 Raja
Coolie No. 1 1995 Raju Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award
Saajan Chale Sasural 1996 Shyamsunder Special Filmfare Award
Hero No. 1 1997 Rajesh Malhotra
Deewana Mastana 1997 Bunnu
Jodi No. 1 1998 Veeru
Achanak 1998 Arjun
Dulhe Raja 1998 Raja
Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan 1998 Pyare Mohan/Chhote Miyan Double Role
''Pardesi Babu 1998 Raju Pardesi
Anari No. 1 1999 Rahul/Raja Double Role
Haseena Maan Jaayegi 1999 Monu Winner, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain 1999 Rahul Malhotra
Jis desh mein ganga rehta hain
Shikari 2000 Om Srivastav Nominated for Filmfare Best Villain Award
Kunwara 2000 Raju
Joru Ka Ghulam 2000 Raju
Hadh Kar Di Aapne 2000 Raju/Mummy/Daddy/Sweety/Dada/Dadi Six Roles
Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Bhimsha
Albela 2001 Tony
Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta 2001 Raj Malhotra
Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai 2002 Sunder
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna 2002 Raj Oberoi/Banne Khan Double Role
Chalo Ishq Ladaaye 2002 Pappu
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah 2003 Tara
Three Roses 2003 Tamil film
Ssukh 2005 Chandraprakash Sharma
Sandwich 2006 Shekhar/Vicky
Bhagam Bhag 2006 Babla
Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love 2007 Raju
Partner 2007 Bhaskar Diwakar Chowdahry
Om Shanti Om 2007 Special appearance
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai 2008 Bobby Arora
Main Aur Mrs Khanna 2008


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