|Govinda at Katrina Kaif's birthday|
|Member of Parliament |
for Mumbai North, India
|In office |
3 June 2004 – 2009
|Born|| 21 December 1963 |
Virar, Maharashtra, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Profession||Actor, Dancer, Television presenter, Politician|
|As of 19 February, 2008 |
Source: Lok Sabha
Govinda (born Govinda Arjun Ahuja, 21 December 1963) is an Indian actor and a former politician. Govinda has received five Filmfare Award nominations and four Zee Cine Award, winning two Filmfare Awards including a Special Jury Award.
Making his debut in Ilzaam in 1986, he has appeared in over 120 Hindi films of the Bollywood industry. In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users.
His earlier films in the 1980s were in a variety of genres such as family drama, action and romantic. In the 1990s he gained recognition as a comedy actor playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the romantic movie Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) opposite the late Divya Bharti. He played leading roles in several commercially successful comedy films in the 1990s such as Aankhen(1993), Raja Babu(1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Hero No. 1 (1997) and Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999). For Coolie No. 1(1995), he earned a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. For Haseena Maan Jayegi he earned the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He has successfully played dual roles in movies like Jaan Se Pyaara (1992), Aankhen (1993), Hathkadi (1995) and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998).
In addition to film acting, he is a member of the Indian National Congress Party. He was elected as the seventh Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, after defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the 2009 General Elections, he opted out of politics to concentrate more on films. However he continues to have political favor from Congress Party. His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam (also from Congress).
Govinda’s father, Arun Ahuja, was born in pre-partition Gujranwala, Punjab, British India (in present-day Pakistan) on 26 January 1917. He studied in an engineering college at Lahore. Veteran producer Mehboob Khan brought him to Mumbai in 1937 and cast him in Ek Hi Raasta as the leading man. Arun was notable for acting in Mehboob Khan's Aurat (1940). Govinda's mother, Nazeem who was Muslim had converted to Hinduism and adopted the name Nirmala Devi. 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, later moved to Virar — a northern 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. Since his father was unable to work, Nirmala Devi brought up the children through hard times in Mumbai.
He studied at Annasaheb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra. He graduated in commerce.His father suggested films as he himself was associated with films. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Disco Dancer and dance became his obsession. He practiced for hours and circulated a promo of himself on a VHS cassette. Soon a fertilizer 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 released film was Ilzaam (1986), a box office success and the fifth biggest hit of 1986. The film song "street dancer" having a break dance established him as a dancing star. 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 several hit films such as Love 86 (1986), Khudgarz (1987) and his brother Kirti Kumar's directorial, 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 worked with Rajnikant and Sridevi in the hit film that year titled, Ghair Khanooni.
Govinda appeared in several successful films in the 1990s and he was one of biggest superstars of the era. In 1992, he was seen in the critically acclaimed film, Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian remake of The 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 made by their collaboration include, Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), He actually sang for himself in some of his movies like, "Meri Pant Bhi Sexy" from Dulaara and "Gori Gori" from Shola Aur Shabnam. 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) and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). Aankhen became the highest grossing film of the year and one of biggest all-time blockbusters ever. Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him opposite actresses such as Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon during the 1990s.
His box office graph suffered a setback in the early 2000s following a series of commercially unsuccessful films. He 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. He turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Devdas which went on to become successful 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 home production Ssukh (2005) were released and turned out to be box office disasters.
Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the comedy film, Bhagam Bhag, alongside Akshay Kumar which became a hit. His first release of 2007 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 release of 2007 was the David Dhawan directed comedy, Partner, which co-starred 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 until then. In 2008, he appeared in the film, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. The same year, Salman Khan invited David Dhawan and Govinda on his show 10 Ka Dum to celebrate the success of their film Partner. In 2009, he had a successful release titled Life Partner. Govinda got back to the successful trio of David Dhawan, Vashu Bhagnani and himself with the film, Do Knot Disturb, which flopped at the box office.
In 2010, Govinda was seen in Mani Ratnam's bilingual project, Raavan, along with Vikram, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. Govinda played a forest department employee who takes Vikram's character through the forests in search of a wanted criminal. While it was earlier speculated that his character was a contemporary version of Hanuman, Govinda refuted the claim. Despite having a small role in the film, Govinda was appreciated for his performance.
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 five time sitting MP by over 50000 votes. In a run up to the polls, Govinda had announced that his agenda will be prawaas (transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education).
During the first ten months of his tenure as a 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 Rs7 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 Borivali-Virar section on Western Railway (India).
As an MP, Govinda has been criticized for being inaccessible to the people of his constituency, especially during the terrible rains (beginning 26 July 2005) that left around 450 dead in Mumbai. After the rains, while speaking to a TV channel, Govinda claimed that he had got Rs150 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.
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 a 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 Indian National Congress-Nationalist Congress Party led Democratic Front Government, which had proposed the ban.
During his tenure as the Member of Parliament, he was criticized for never playing any active role. He was mostly absent while the house was in session. He also did not participate in any debates or raise any queries regarding his constituency.
Govinda's father Arun Ahuja was an actor in the 1940s and his mother Nirmala Ahuja 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's maternal uncle Anand Singh, who was assistant to director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, launched him in his film, Tan Badan. Anand's wife's sister Sunita fell in love with Govinda during the 'Mahurat' of Tan Badan. They got married on 11 March 1987. Their marriage was a closely guarded secret for four years. The couple have two children, Narmada and Yashvardhan.
Govinda narrowly escaped death on 5 January 1994 while traveling to a studio for the shooting of Khuddar (1994). The actor's car collided with 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.
Music Directors & Singers
Govinda has worked with Music Director Anand Milind, Anand Raj Anand and Playback Singer Udit Narayan in many films. Other singers associated with Govinda include Kumar Sanu, Vinod Rathod and Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Govinda received classical music training as a child.
- 1997 - Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural
- 1999 - Filmfare Best Comedian Award, Haseena Maan Jaayegi
- 1994 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Aankhen
- 1996 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Coolie No. 1
- 1997 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Saajan Chale Sasural
- 1998 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Deewana Mastana
- 1999 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
- 2000 - Filmfare Best Villain Award for Shikari
- 2001 - Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kunwara
- 2002 - Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Jodi No.1
- 2002 - Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta
- 2003 - Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Akhiyon Se Goli Maare
- 1995 - Star Screen Award Special Jury Award for Coolie No. 1
- 1998 - Lux Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Dulhe Raja
- 1998 - Special Videocon Screen award from Jury for overall performance
- 1999 - Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
- 2000 - Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Haseena Maan Jaayegi
- 2002 - IIFA Best Comedian Award for Jodi No.1
- 2007 - "Excellent Comic Actor" Award at the Star Gold Comedy Honors
- 2007 - Most Stylish Comeback Award at the MTV Lycra Style Awards
- 2008 - Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards, "NDTV Imagine Best Jodi of the Year 2007" along with Salman Khan.
- 2008 - Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male for Partner
- 2008 - IIFA Best Comedian Award for Partner
|Duty||Dev Pratap Sharma|
|Love 86||Vikram Doshi|
|1987||Mera Lahoo||Govinda Singh|
|Marte Dam Tak||Jai|
|Pyaar Karke Dekho||Ravi Kumar|
|1988||Jeete Hain Shaan Se||Iqbal Ali|
|Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga||Deepak Malhotra|
|Halaal Ki Kamai||Kabir Khanna|
|Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani||Amar Dhanraj|
|Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam||Amar|
|Tohfa Mohabbat Ka||Hero|
|1989||Aakhri Baazi||Ram Kumar|
|Jung Baaz||Arjun Srivastav|
|Paap Ka Ant||Abhishek Mhatre|
|Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharnii|
|Gair Kanooni||Om Narayan|
|Farz Ki Jung||Vishal|
|Dost Garibon Ka||Vijay/Barkat Ali|
|Asmaan Se Ooncha||Vikram Malik (Vicky)|
|Sachai Ki Taqat||Sagar Singh|
|Teri Payal Mere Geet||Premi|
|Apmaan Ki Aag||Vikrant 'Vicky' Narayan Singh|
|Naya Khoon||Dr. Anand|
|Taqdeer Ka Tamasha||Satya|
|Awaargi||Dhiren Kumar||Critically acclaimed role|
|Kaun Kare Kurbanie||Ajit 'Munna' Singh|
|Karz Chukana Hai||Ravi|
|1992||Shola Aur Shabnam||Karan|
|Jaan Se Pyaara||Inspector Jai/Sunder||Double Role|
|Zulm Ki Hukumat||Pratap Kohli|
|Radha Ka Sangam||Govinda|
|1993||Aankhen||Vijay (Bunnu) / Gaurishankar||Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|Zakhmo Ka Hisaab||Suraj Kumar|
|Aadmi Khilona Hai||Sharad Verma|
|1994||Ekka Raja Rani||Sagar|
|Andaz Apna Apna||Himself||Special appearance|
|Beta Ho To Aisa||Raju|
|Rock Dancer||Himself||Guest appearance|
|Coolie No. 1||Raju||Star Screen Award Special Jury Award |
Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
|1996||Saajan Chale Sasural||Shyamsunder||Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor |
Filmfare Special Award
|Apne Dam Par||Himself||Special appearance|
|1997||Hero No. 1||Rajesh Malhotra|
|Kaun Rokega Mujhe|
|Deewana Mastana||Bunnu||Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|Do Ankhen Barah Hath||Sagar|
|Dil Deewana Maane Na|
|Dulhe Raja||Raja||Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role|
|Aunty No. 1||Gopi/Kanaklakshmi|
|Bade Miyan Chote Miyan||Pyare Mohan/Chhote Miyan||Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role |
Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
|Pardesi Babu||Raju Pardesi|
|1999||Anari No.1||Rahul Saxena /Raja||Double Role|
|Haseena Maan Jaayegi||Monu||Filmfare Best Comedian Award |
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
|Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain||Rahul Malhotra|
|2000||Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain||Ganga|
|Shikari||Om Srivastav/Mahendra Pratap Singh||Nominated - Filmfare Best Villain Award|
|Kunwara||Raju||Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|Beti No. 1||Bharat Bhatnagar|
|Joru Ka Ghulam||Raja|
|Hadh Kar Di Aapne||Raju/Mummy/Daddy/Sweety/Dada/Dadi||Six Roles|
|2001||Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa||Bhishma|
|Jodi No.1||Veeru||IIFA Best Comedian Award |
Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
|Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya||Prem|
|Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Raj Malhotra||Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|2002||Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai||Sunder|
|Waah! Tera Kya Kehna||Raj Oberoi/Banne Khan||Double Role|
|Akhiyon Se Goli Maare||Raj Oberoi||Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|Chalo Ishq Ladaaye||Pappu|
|2003||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah||Tara|
|Raja Bhaiya||Raja Bhaiya|
|Three Roses||Himself||Tamil Film - Guest appearance|
|Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen||Raja/Vicky|
|2006||Sandwich||Shekhar/Vicky/Sher Singh||Double Role|
|Bhagam Bhag||Babla||One of the biggest hit of the year|
|2007||Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love||Ajay|
|Partner||Bhaskar Diwakar Chowdahry||IIFA Best Comedian Award |
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male
|Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega||Karan/Bobby Singh/Sher Khan|
|Om Shanti Om||Himself||Special appearance|
|2008||Money Hai Toh Honey Hai||Bobby Arora|
|Humsey Hai Jahaan|
|2009||Chal Chala Chal||Deepak|
|Life Partner||Jeet Oberoi|
|Do Knot Disturb||Raj|
|2011||Naughty @ 40||Sanjeev Srivastav|
|Delhi Safari||Bajrangi (voice)||3D Animation film|
|2013||Deewana Main Deewana|
|Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai||Pappu||Delayed|
|Run Bhola Run||Delayed|
|Afra Tafri||Under Production|
|2014||Pistol (Thuppakki Remake)|
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