Govinda Ahuja (born 21 December 1963) is Indian film actor, Dancer, comedian and former politician known for his work in
Hindi films. Known for his dancing skills, Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Award nominations, a Filmfare Special Award,
a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian, and four Zee Cine Awards. The actor was a member of the Parliament of India from 2004
to 2009. Govinda’s first film was 1986’s Ilzaam, and he has appeared in over 165 Hindi films.In June 1999, He was voted the
tenth-greatest star of stage or screen in a BBC News Online poll.
During the 1980s, Govinda’s films spanned genres and included family, drama, action, and romance. He started out as an
action hero in the 80s and reinvented himself as a comedy hero in the 90s. At one time, Amitabh co-starred with him on his
comeback to rejuvenate his market when his comeback films failed miserably. He was recognised in the following decade as a
comic actor after playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the 1992 romance Shola Aur Shabnam, with Divya Bharti. Govinda
had lead roles in several commercially successful comedy films, including Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1
(1995), Hero No. 1 (1997) and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). He received a Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena
Maan Jayegi and a Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural. Govinda has played dual roles in several movies,
including Jaan Se Pyaara (1992), Aankhen (1993), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Anari No.1 (1999). He played six roles
in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000): Raju and his mother, father, sister, grandmother and grandfather.
After a number of box office flops in the 2000s, his later commercial successes included Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007),
Life Partner (2009) etc. In 2015 Govinda became a judge on Zee TV’s dance-based reality show, Dance India Dance Super
Mom Season 2, replacing Mithun Chakraborty. The show received the highest TRP of any reality-show opening episode.
Govinda (a member of the Indian National Congress) was elected the seventh member of parliament for the Mumbai North
constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Govinda, also known as “Chichi Bhaiya” was born on 21 December 1963 to former actor Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer-actress
Nirmala Devi into a family with Punjabi and Sindhi roots. Arun is best known for Mehboob Khan’s Aurat (1940). He produced
one unsuccessful film, and became ill shortly afterwards.The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai’s Carter Road, moved to
Virar—a northern Mumbai suburb—where Govinda was born. The youngest of six children, he was given the pet name “Chi Chi”,
meaning “little finger” in Punjabi, the language spoken at home.
1986–90: Debut and breakthrough
Three smiling men
Left to right, David Dhawan, Govinda and Chunky Pandey at a birthday party for Bobby Deol
After Govinda received a Bachelor of Commerce degree, his father suggested a career in film. Around this time, Govinda saw
the film Disco Dancer; afterwards, he practised for hours and circulated a promotional VHS cassette. He was offered jobs in a
fertiliser commercial and an Allwyn ad. His first lead role was in Tan-Badan, directed by his uncle Anand. Govinda began
shooting for his next film, Love 86, in June 1985. His first release was Ilzaam which was a box office success, soon followed by
another hit Love 86 that same year.
He went on to star in many films of various genres between 1987 and 1989 including the family dramas Khudgarz (1987),
Dariya Dil (1988), Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988) and action films including Hatya (1988), Marte Dam Tak (1987), Jeete Hain
Shaan Se (1988) and Jung Baaz (1989). Govinda worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar
and worked with Rajinikanth and Sridevi in Gair Kanooni that same year
1990–99: Critical and commercial success
Main article: No. 1 (film series)
Govinda and Anil Kapoor shake hands, as Govinda’s wife looks on
Anil Kapoor, Govinda and his wife at the 2014 IIFA
In 1990, Govinda starred in the cult classic Awaargi, with Anil Kapoor and Meenakshi Sheshadri. Swarg and Maha Sangram
co-starring Vinod Khanna, Aditya Pancholi and Madhuri Dixit were also successful. In 1991, he appeared alongside Amitabh
Bachchan and Rajnikant in the hit film Hum. In 1992 he appeared in Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian version of The Godfather, and
David Dhawan’s Shola Aur Shabnam. His successful collaboration with Dhawan continued with Aankhen, the highest-grossing
film of 1993. He and Dhawan would make several successful comedy films which included: Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1
(1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Banarasi Babu (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997), Bade Miyan Chote
Miyan (1998) and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). The actor sang in some of his films: “Meri Pant Bhi Sexy” in Dulaara and
“Gori Gori” in Shola Aur Shabnam. Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him with actresses such as Karishma Kapoor,
Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon during this decade.
2000-05: Slump and break from films
Govinda and Akshay Kumar holding an English flag
Govinda (left) with Akshay Kumar on the set of Bhagam Bhag
Govinda’s career had a setback during the early 2000s after a series of commercially unsuccessful films. His hits included
Kunwara,Hadh Kar Di Aapne,Jodi No.1, Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah. Although the actor was
nominated for Filmfare Awards for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kunwara, Jodi No.1, Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta
and Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, since 2002 most of his films have been unsuccessful at the box office.
He played 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 sociopathic murderer was critically acclaimed. He turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek
Prem Katha and Devdas, all of which were successful.
Govinda then joined the Indian National Congress. He won a seat in Parliament from Mumbai North by defeating five-time MP
Ram Naik, a former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, by over 50,000 votes in the 2004 general election.
The actor took a break from films during the period of 2003 to 2005. He had no new film releases in 2004 and 2005, although
some of his delayed films were released during this time, (such as 2005’s Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen and Ssukh—produced
by Govinda and directed by his brother, Kirti Kumar—and 2006’s Sandwich) which were box office failures.
Govinda in a black satin shirt with Amrita Rao, a young actress
Govinda with Amrita Rao at a Life Partner party
Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the hit comedy Bhagam Bhag (directed by Priyadarshan), in which he
appeared with Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta. It was Govinda and Kumar’s first film together.
His first release of 2007 was director Nikhil Advani’s big-budget drama, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. The all-star cast also
included Shannon Esra, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, John
Abraham, Vidya Balan, Sohail Khan and Isha Koppikar. Govinda played Raju, a taxi driver who helps the Caucasian Stephanie
(Shannon Esra) who is frantically trying to find her lover. Raju eventually falls in love with her. Although the film was a box office
disappointment, Govinda’s performance was praised.
His second release that year was a comedy directed by David Dhawan Partner co-starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Lara
Dutta. The film grossed ₹300 million in India during its opening week, the second-highest domestic opening-week gross for an
Indian film at that time.Govinda won several awards for his performance in Partner including an IIFA Best Comedian Award and
a Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male. The previously-made Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega, also
released in 2007, did poorly at the box office. The actor appeared in the song “Deewangi Deewangi”, from Om Shanti Om.
In 2008 Govinda appeared in Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, directed by Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya, which was a
box office failure. This was followed by a T K Rajeev Kumar-directed comedy, Chal Chala Chal. Govinda’s performance was
praised, and the film was successful. That year Salman Khan invited Dhawan and Govinda on his show, 10 Ka Dum, to
celebrate the success of Partner.
The following year he played a lawyer in the hit, Life Partner, and his performance was praised by the critics.Govinda rejoined
Dhawan and Vashu Bhagnani for Do Knot Disturb; despite good reviews from critics, it was unsuccessful at the box office.
2010 to present
In 2010 Govinda appeared in Mani Ratnam’s bilingual project, Raavan, with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. He played
a Forest Ministry employee who takes Vikram’s character through the woods in search of a wanted criminal. Govinda denied
reports that his character was a contemporary version of Hanuman, and his performance in the minor role was praised.
In 2011 he appeared in Jagmohan Mundhra’s adult comedy, Naughty @ 40. Although the film received negative reviews,
Govinda’s performance was appreciated. He also appeared in Rajnish Thakur’s comedy, Loot, and voiced Bajrangi the
monkey for Nikhil Advani’s animated Delhi Safari.
In 2013 Govinda co-starred with Priyanka Chopra in K. C. Bokadia’s box office failure, Deewana Main Deewana, which had
been made about ten years earlier. The film, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film Priyamudan, was directed by Vincent Selva;
Govinda’s performance as a villain was praised. He made his Bengali debut as a deputy inspector general of police in Dipak
Sanyal’s Samadhi, co-starring Gracy Singh and Sayali Bhagat, another box office failure.
Many people onstage
Govinda (second from right) with Johny Lever (extreme left) at ICFPA concert in 2013
In 2014 Govinda appeared in A.R. Murugadoss’s Holiday, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. This was the second
collaboration of Govinda and Akshay Kumar after Bhagam Bhag.
Three years after his last starring role he starred in Yash Raj Film’s Kill Dil, directed by Shaad Ali, with Ranveer Singh,
Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar.Govinda last played an antagonist in 2000’s Shikari. In the film posters, he posed with a gun.The
trailer was released on 18 September 2014. The trailer was appreciated by Amitabh Bachchan. The film was released n 14
November 2014; although Kill Dil was not a commercial success, Govinda’s performance was praised by critics.
He played a superstar in Happy Ending with Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’Cruz, his first appearance with Khan. Its trailer was
released on 9 October 2014.The film was released on 21 November 2014; it was a box office failure, but Govinda’s
performance was praised.
In 2015 Govinda appreared in Hey Bro, starring Nupur Sharma and Ganesh Acharya.
In 2017, Govinda was seen as a cop in his home production Aa Gaya Hero, which was directed by Deepankar Senapati. The
film also stars former Miss World Richa Sharma, Ashutosh Rana, Murali Sharma, Makarand Deshpande and Harish Kumar. Aa
Gaya Hero will be Govinda’s third production, after Hatya and Ssukh. It was released on 17 March 2017. The film was not
successful at the box office.
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