Govinda (actor)

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Govinda at Mother Teresa International Award in 2011
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North, India
In office
June 3, 2004 – 2009
Preceded by Ram Naik
Succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam
Constituency Mumbai North
Personal details
Born Govind Arun
Virar, Maharashtra, India
Citizenship Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Sunita (1987–present)
Children Narmada (b. 1989)
Parents Arun Kumar
(father, deceased)
Nirmala Devi
(mother, deceased)
Residence Juhu, Mumbai, India
Alma mater Annasaheb Vartak College, Maharashtra
Profession Actor
Television presenter
Religion Hinduism [1]

Govinda (born Govind Arun ) is an Indian film actor known for his work in Bollywood. Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Awards nominations, won a Filmfare Special Award, won a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian, and has received four Zee Cine Awards. Govinda is also a former politician. His debut was in Ilzaam in 1986 and has since appeared in over 165 Hindi films.[2] In June 1999, Govinda was voted the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users.[3]

His earlier films in the 1980s were in a variety of genres including family drama, action and romance. In the 1990s, he gained recognition as a comic actor after 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 Jaayegi (1999). He received the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena Maan Jayegi and Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural. He has successfully played dual roles in several movies including Jaan Se Pyaara (1992), Aankhen (1993), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Anari No.1 (1999).[4] Apart from double roles, he has also successfully played six roles of his own family in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000), one being Raju and others being Raju's mom, Raju's dad, Raju's sister, Raju's Grandmother and Raju's Grandfather.[5]

Govinda is nicknamed as 'No. 1' because of the series of films he has done ending with "No. 1" tag like Coolie No. 1, Hero No. 1, Aunty No. 1, Anari No.1, Beti No. 1 and Jodi No.1, popularly known as No. 1 (film series). Govinda is the only actor after Akshay Kumar in Bollywood who has done a series of films with a specific title. Akshay Kumar acted in 8 films of Khiladi (film series) while Govinda has done 6 films of No. 1 (film series).[6]

After a period of box office flops in the 2000s, his recent commercial successes have been Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Life Partner (2009) and Raavan (2010).

In 2013, he released his music album Gori Tere Naina. He also appeared on the popular Colors T.V. show Comedy Nights with Kapil for his album's promotion.

In addition to film acting, he was 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.[7] He defeated Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam (also from Congress) in 2009 when Govinda choose to pursue his films.

Early life[edit]

Govinda was born into a Punjabi family to former actor Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer/actress Nirmala Devi. His father acted in many films during the 1940s. A notable film include Mehboob Khan's Aurat (1940). He also produced one film which yielded low returns. Shortly after his health failed. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's upmarket Carter Road, moved to Virar — a northern Mumbai suburb, where Govinda was born. He is the youngest of six children and was given the pet name Chi Chi which means little finger in Punjabi,[8] the language he spoke at home.

Acting career[edit]

1986–90: Debut and breakthrough[edit]

From (l-r), David Dhawan, Govinda and Chunky Pandey at Bobby Deol's birthday bash

Govinda studied at Annasaheb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra graduating in commerce. His father suggested a career in film. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Disco Dancer after which he practiced for hours and circulated a promo of himself on a VHS cassette. He was offered a job in a fertilizer commercial and an Allwyn ad. His first leading role was in Tan-Badan which was directed by his uncle Anand. Govinda started shooting for his next film Love 86 in June 1985. By mid-July, he had signed 40 others.[9][10]

His first released film was Ilzaam (1986), a box office success and the fifth biggest hit of 1986. The film song "Street Dancer" featured Govinda break dancing and it became a breakthrough in his career and establishing 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.

1990-1999: Critical and commercial success[edit]

Main article: No. 1 (film series)
(l-r) Anil Kapoor,Govinda and Govinda's wife at green carpet of IIFA 2014

Govinda appeared in several critically and commercially successful films in the 1990s, and he was one of biggest superstars of the era. In 1990, he became a part of cult classic film Awaargi. The movie featured Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Meenakshi Sheshadri in lead roles. Others films such as Swarg and Maha Sangram also did well. In 1992, he was seen in the critically acclaimed film Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian remake of The Godfather, where his performance was applauded. In 1992, he as in Shola Aur Shabnam directed by David Dhawan which was hit at the box office. After this success, they did Aankhen. Aankhen became the highest grossing film of the year and one of largest all-time blockbusters. He then formed a successful collaboration with David Dhawan and went on to act in 17 movies directed by Dhawan. Most of these were comedy films and were successful. The other films made by their collaboration are Taaqatwar (1989), Swarg (1990), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aankhen (1993), 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). Aankhen became the highest grossing film of 1993. Govinda also sang in some of his movies including "Meri Pant Bhi Sexy" from Dulaara and "Gori Gori" from Shola Aur Shabnam. Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him opposite actresses such as Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon during the 1990s.

2000-05: Slump and break from films[edit]

Govinda (left) with Akshay Kumar on the set of Bhagam Bhag

His box office figures suffered a setback in the early 2000s following a series of commercially unsuccessful films. Some of his movies were declared hits. These include Kunwara,[11][12] Hadh Kar Di Aapne,[13] Jodi No.1,[14] Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta[15] and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah.[16]

He was also nominated the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kunwara, Jodi No.1, Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta and Akhiyon Se Goli Maare. However since 2002, most of his films have been unsuccessful at box office. 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.[17] He turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Devdas all which became successful films.[18]

His acting career was further affected when he joined Indian National Congress and won the seat for Member of Parliament from Mumbai North by defeating 5 time sitting Member of Parliament former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik by over 50,000 votes in the 2004 parliamentary elections.

Govinda took a break from films from 2003-05. 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), his home production Ssukh (2005) and Sandwich were released and became box office disasters.

2006-09: Acting comeback and return to prominence[edit]

Govinda with Amrita Rao at Life Partner success party

Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the comedy film Bhagam Bhag directed by Priyadarshan alongside Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta. It was the first time Govinda and Akshay Kumar were seen in a film together. The movie became a hit, and Box Office declared it a "super hit". \

His first release of 2007 was Nikhil Advani's directed heavy budgeted drama film Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. The film had a large star cast including Govinda, 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 the role of Raju, a taxi driver who comes to the assistance of a Caucasian woman, Stephanie (Shannon Esra), who is frantically trying to hunt down her lover, and Raju eventually falls in love with her. Although a box office disappointment, Govinda was specially praised for his performance.[19]

His second release of 2007 was a David Dhawan directed comedy, Partner co-starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta. The film grossed Rs.300 Million in India on its opening week, the second highest domestic opening week gross for an Indian film at that time.[20] The film was declared a Blockbuster hit at the box office. Govinda won many 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. He was also seen in the film Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega filmed in previous years. The film was a disappointment at the box office. Govinda was also seen in a special appearance in song "Deewangi Deewangi" in Om Shanti Om

In 2008, he appeared in the film Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. It was directed by Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya. The film did not perform well at the box office. Govinda was then seen in a T K Rajeev Kumar directed comedy, Chal Chala Chal. Govinda was appreciated for his performance and the film did well at the box office. 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 in which Govinda was seen as a lawyer and his performance was particularly praised by the critics.[21] The film was declared "Hit" at box office[22] Govinda reunited with the trio of David Dhawan, Vashu Bhagnani and himself with the film Do Knot Disturb which despite receiving good reviews from the critics was unsuccessful at the box office.[23]

2010-present: Recent work[edit]

Govinda at IIFA Awards 2014

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.[24] Govinda had a small role but was reportedly appreciated for his performance.[25][26][27]

In 2011, Govinda was seen in Jagmohan Mundhra's adult comedy film Naughty @ 40. Despite the movie receiving negative reviews, Govinda was noted for his performance in reviews.[28] He was also seen in the comic caper Loot by Rajnish Thakur's. Govinda also lent his voice to the character 'Bajrangi(The monkey)' for Nikhil Advani's animation film Delhi Safari.

In 2013, Govinda was seen in K. C. Bokadia's film Deewana Main Deewana co-starring Priyanka Chopra which was not received well at box office. This film was shot approximately ten years previously. The film was a Hindi remake of Tamil's film Priyamudan directed by Vincent Selva. Despite being delayed, Govinda received praise for his villainous performance in the film.[29] Govinda also made his Bengali debut and was seen as Deputy Inspector General of Police in Dipak Sanyal's Bengali film Samadhi co-starring Gracy Singh and Sayali Bhagat which did not perform well at box office.[30]

Govinda (2nd from right) with Johny Lever (extreme left) at ICFPA concert in 2013

In 2014, Govinda was seen in AR Murugadoss's Holiday which is a Thuppakki's remake starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha.[31] This was the second collaboration of Govinda and Akshay Kumar after Bhagam Bhag.

Govinda was seen again as a main lead actor after 3 years with Yash Raj Film's Kill Dil directed by Shaad Ali in which he played an antagonist and was seen along with Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar.[32] Govinda was last seen as an antagonist in Shikari in 2000. The posters of the film were released in September 2014, in which Govinda was seen posing with a gun.[33][34][35][36][37] The trailer was released on 18 September 2014.[38][39][40][41][42] The trailer was appreciated by Amitabh Bachchan. [43][44][45][46] The film was released on 14 November 2014. Although Kill Dil did not get a good response from box office, Govinda's performance was well received by critics.[47]

Govinda was also be seen in Happy Ending along with Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D'Cruz. Govinda played the role of a superstar in the film.[48] Govinda and Saif Ali Khan were seen together for the first time in this movie. The trailer of the film was released on 9 October 2014.[49][50][51][52] The film was released on 21 November 2014. It received a positive response from the box office, and Govinda's performance was appreciated by critics.[53]

On 8 January 2014, News reported that Govinda refused to do the remake of Mahesh Manjrekar's Marathi film Shikshanacha Aaicha Gho in Hindi which was to be produced by Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Salman Khan said that for the last three years he had been after Govinda to do the film. Govinda said that he already said no to that film three years ago. He also added that he wanted some changes in the script which was not accepted by the writers.[54]

In June 2014, Salman Khan posted on Twitter asking followers to convince Govinda to do his film and posted a picture of him with Govinda. Salman further tweeted that Govinda has finally agreed to do Hindi version of the film Shikshanacha Aaicha Gho.[55][56][57][58] Later Govinda revealed that they had agreed to do a film together in near future, but he is not doing Shikshanacha Aaicha Gho as he doesn't want to do an art film.

In 2015, Govinda was seen in Hey Bro in a special appearance which stars Nupur Sharma, Ganesh Acharya in the lead roles. Its trailer was launched on 16 January.[59] Hey Bro released on 27 February 2015.

Govinda will then be seen in Anurag Basu's Jagga Jasoos and will be seen as Ranbir Kapoor's Step-Father. The film also stars Katrina Kaif.[60] Govinda and Katrina Kaif were last seen together in Partner in 2007. The film is scheduled to be released on 29 May 2015. Govinda is also doing Afra Tafri which co stars Suniel Shetty, Yuvika Chaudhary, Arya Babbar and Mugdha Godse and is being directed by Haadi Abrar.[61]

He is also starring and producing a film called Abhinay Chakra which will be directed by Deepankar Senapati.[62] He will be seen as a cop along with former Mrs World Richa Sharma as his wife. Richa will be seen as a blind lady.[63] The film also stars Ashutosh Rana, Murali Sharma, Makarand Deshpande and Harish Kumar.[64] Abhninay Chakra will be Govinda's third production post Hatya and Ssukh.[65][66] In April 2014, Govinda unveiled the first look of Abhinay Chakra at 15th IIFA Awards in United States.[67][68][69] The film will be released in 2015.

He will also be seen in Pahlaj Nihalani's Avataar in which Govinda will be seen as a Football coach. Govinda has apparently lost 28 kg and also underwent a hair transplant for his role in the film.[70] Avataar also has Shatrughan Sinha in pivotal role.[71] Shatrughan Sinha and Govinda will be seen together after 25 years. They had worked as co-stars for the first time in Pahlaj Nihalani’s Ilzaam in 1986. Ilzaam was also the debut film of Govinda. They worked again next year and delivered splendid performances in Rakesh Roshan’s Khudgarz, a musical blockbuster. However their association failed in other films like Shiv Shakti (1988), Aakhri Baazi (1989) and Billoo Badshah (1989). The films also stars Sunny Deol in a guest role. Govinda and Sunny Deol will be seen together for the first time.[72]

Govinda is also doing a film with Mira Nair. Mira has roped in Govinda to play the Title role in her upcoming film The Bengali Detective.[73][74][75] Earlier there was speculation that Shahrukh Khan will play the lead in this film. But Mira has confirmed that Govinda is the protagonist of the film. Shahrukh Khan is not a part of the film. She said in an interview with Times Of India Kolkata on 21 December 2013 that there was none better than Govinda to play the role. Rani Mukerji will also star in the film.[76] Filming of "The Bengali Detective" will release around mid-2015. Govinda is also said to be making his Marathi debut. He was approached by his makeup man Ramesh, to play a role that resembles Dada Kondke's character.[77]

Govinda is also doing Nikhil Advani's Hero which is a remake of Subhash Ghai's 1983 film Hero. This film also marks the debut of Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj Pancholi and Suniel Shetty's daughter Athiya Shetty. It is being produced by Salman Khan.[78] The film will be released in mid 2015.

His delayed films Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai and Run Bhola Run may also release in 2015.

Frequent collaboration with other actors and actresses[edit]


Govinda with Sanjay Dutt (left) at the Launch of The Book Mr And Mrs Dutt

Shakti Kapoor

Govinda has worked most with Shakti Kapoor among all actors. Together they have acted in 42 films. They were last seen together in Naughty @ 40.

Kader Khan

After Shakti Kapoor, Govinda has worked most with Kader Khan. They have acted together in 41 films. Govinda and Kader were last seen together in Deewana Main Deewana, which was released almost 10 years after filming. Due to poor health condition, Kader Khan has almost stopped working now.[79] After the mid 2000s, Kader has appeared in very few films and that too for a very short role.

Govinda along with Shakti or Kader was usually seen in almost every film during the 1990s to the mid 2000s. The trio has also appeared in 22 films altogether.

Johnny Lever

Govinda has done many films with Johnny Lever too. Govinda and Johnny have appeared in 22 films together. Johnny mostly played comic roles in these films.

Satish Kaushik

Govinda has done 14 films with Satish Kaushik. They last appeared together in the film Do Knot Disturb in 2009.

Paresh Rawal

Govinda has also done 14 films with Paresh Rawal.

Sanjay Dutt

Govinda and Sanjay Dutt have worked together in 7 films namely Jeete Hain Shaan Se, Taaqatwar, Do Qaidi, Andolan, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Jodi No.1 and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah.



Govinda was frequently paired against Neelam during 80s till early 90s. They have done 10 films together which includes Govinda's debut film Ilzaam too. The films they have done together are Ilzaam, Love 86, Khudgarz, Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam, Hatya, Taaqatwar, Do Qaidi, Dost Garibon Ka, Farz Ki Jung and Billoo Badshah. Govinda and Neelam, since both were brilliant in dance and hence they went on to form a good dancing pair and are still said to be the one of the best dancing pair of Bollywood.

Karisma Kapoor

During 90s, Govinda was often paired opposite Karisma Kapoor in many movies. They have done 10 films together like Muqabla, Prem Shakti, Raja Babu, Dulaara, Khuddar, Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Hero No. 1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Shikari.

Raveena Tandon

Govinda has also done many films with Raveena Tandon. They have appeared in 9 films namely Aunty No. 1, Dulhe Raja, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Pardesi Babu, Rajaji, Anari No.1, Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, Waah! Tera Kya Kehna and Sandwich

Juhi Chawla

Govinda with Juhi Chawla at the Indian Princess finals 2014

Govinda has also done many films with Juhi Chawla. They have done 8 films together namely Swarg, Bhabhi, Karz Chukana Hai, Radha Ka Sangam, Bhagyawan, Deewana Mastana, Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa and Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love as well as a cameo in Andaz Apna Apna.

Rani Mukerji

Govinda has done 5 films with Rani Mukerji, out of which two are upcoming films. Previously they have worked together in Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai and Chalo Ishq Ladaaye. Their upcoming films are Yash Raj Films's Kill Dil and Mira Nair's The Bengali Detective.

Lara Dutta

Govinda has done 4 films with Lara Dutta namely Bhagam Bhag, Partner, Do Knot Disturb and a delayed yet to release film Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai.

Political career[edit]

Govinda at Katrina Kaif's Birthday bash in 2008

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.[80] 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. Govinda was attached with project Govinda Divine City coming up at Vrindavan.

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.[81] 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.[82]

On 20 January 2008, he decided to quit politics to concentrate on his acting career in Bollywood.[83]

Personal life[edit]

Govinda with daughter Narmmadaa at Bright Advertising Awards announcement

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's maternal uncle Anand Singh, an 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.[84] The couple have two children, a daughter Narmmadaa (born 1989) and a son Yashvardhan. Narmmadaa will soon be seen making her Bollywood debut. Narmmadaa was first supposed to be making her Debut in 2010 with Dabangg with Salman Khan, But Sonakshi Sinha was cast instead.[85] In April 2014, Govinda said that she is still waiting for the right script, she has already refused 30 films proposed to her in the last three years.[86][87]

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.[88]

Govinda narrowly escaped death on 5 January 1994 while traveling to a studio for the shooting of Khuddar. 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.[89][90][91]

In 2004, Govinda started new innings of his career by entering into politics. In its initial phase Govinda came out with flying colors. He joined Indian National Congress and became a Lok Sabha member from Mumbai by defeating 5 time sitting Member of Parliament former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik by over 50,000 votes. His election agenda was focused on prawaas (transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education). He faced several criticisms as an MP. It was believed by some that Govinda was unapproachable for common people in his constituency that too at the time when Mumbai city was facing a calamity caused by heavy rains. In 2008, he decided to quit politics to focus on his career in Bollywood.

Govinda was a close friend to late actress Divya Bharti, who according to him parents still mourns her death.


(l-r) Govinda, Genelia D'Souza, Tusshar Kapoor, Prachi Desai at special screening of Life Partner

Govinda has also been a part of controversy when he slapped an onlooker named Santosh Rai on the sets of the movie Money Hai Toh Honey Hai on January 16, 2008 at Filmistan Studio, Mumbai. Santosh had apparently trespassed into the shooting area, started troubling and molesting the extras girls on the sets and refused to leave even when Govinda requested him to do so. Govinda lost his cool and slapped him. On February 5, 2009, Santosh filed a complaint against Govinda on the matter of assault and criminal intimidation in Bombay High Court.

In 2013, The Bombay High Court quashed the complaint and said that there is no material of criminal intimidation in the complaint filed against Govinda and also queried as to why the complaint was filed after a year, making it look like he was instigated to act against the actor.[92][93]

In 2014, Santosh took his case against Govinda to the Supreme Court. Santosh said that he had come to Mumbai to become an actor. However, he was slapped by Govinda and felt very humiliated. He also claimed to fight this case for six years and had allegedly spent Rs 5 to 6 lakh on lawyers' fees. He also added that since the actor did not call him and apologize, he is more determined to fight a case against him. As of April 2014, the case is withheld at Supreme court.[94][95][96]

Govinda also became a part of another controversy in 2009 when media reported that he slapped the director Neeraj Vora on the sets of movie Run Bhola Run co-starring Tusshar Kapoor which was then named Do Lucky for which he was shooting. As per the script, Govinda was to be slapped by his co-star Aryan Vaid. However, the slap he received from Aryan was so hard that he became furious. Media reports stated that he walked up to Neeraj Vora, slapped him and left the set. However, when asked, both Govinda and Neeraj denied this and termed it as a rumour.[97][98][99]

Other work[edit]


Govinda launches his music album 'Gori Tere Naina' in 2013

In 1999, Govinda made an appearance in a T.V. show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai along with his wife and Karisma Kapoor which was hosted by Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi[100]

In 2001, Govinda hosted a T.V. Game show named Jeeto Chappar Phad Ke, (loosely translated as when the heavens open up) on Sony Entertainment Television (India). Its debut episode became very famous and it garnered the TRPs even higher than his Bade Miyan Chote Miyan's co-star Amitabh Bachchan's Kaun Banega Crorepati.[101] But it was finished after 13 episodes only, due to poor TRPs.[102]

In 2002, Govinda also made an appearance in SAB TV's Movers & Shakers, a late-night talk show hosted by Shekhar Suman.

In 2003, Govinda, along with his wife Sunita, also made an appearance in a T.V. show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal hosted by Simi Garewal.[103]

In 2012, Govinda appeared in the debut episode of SAB TV's Movers & Shakers Masala Markey, a late-night talk show hosted by Shekhar Suman.[104][105]

In 2013, he appeared on the popular Colors T.V. show Comedy Nights with Kapil along with Pooja Bose for his album's promotion on 15 December 2013. Govinda also sang few lines of the title track "Gori tere naina" on the show, which was very much appreciated by the legendary singer of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar.[106] Govinda's episode became a huge hit as the Bollywood actor was seen onscreen after a long gap.

In 2014, Govinda made an appearance on the Star Plus T.V. show Mad In India along with Karisma Kapoor. He also danced on some of his hit songs along with Karisma.

Honors and recognitions[edit]

Govinda receiving Mother Teresa International Award, (l-r) Lachhman Chatnani,Ram Jawhrani,Anthony Arun Biswas,Pahlaj Nihalani,Govinda and Chandru Punjabi
  • 1999 - voted as World's Tenth greatest star of stage or screen by BBC News Online users.[107]
  • 2011 - received Mother Teresa International Award at 'Worli Mahotsav' in Mumbai.[108]
  • Govinda has a Bollywood record of acting in 49 Films simultaneously and has also signed record 14 films within 36 Hours.

Music Directors & Singers[edit]

Govinda has mostly worked with Music Directors Anand Milind, Anand Raj Anand and Playback Singer Udit Narayan. Udit Narayan has sung more than 100 songs for Govinda in more than 40 films, the most no of films and songs he has sung for a particular actor so far. Other singers associated with Govinda include Kumar Sanu, Vinod Rathod, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Sonu Nigam. Govinda has also received classical music training as a child.

His first album Govinda was released in 1998. The album was a major hit.[109]

In November 2013, Govinda released his second music album Gori Tere Naina with T.V. actress Pooja Bose and also sang all the tracks of the album.


Main article: Govinda filmography


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Ilzaam Ajay Sharma/Vijay Debut Film
1988 Hatya Sagar Superhit movie with actress Neelam
1993 Aankhen Vijay (Bunnu) / Gaurishankar Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1994 Raja Babu Raja Singh
1996 Coolie No. 1 Raju Star Screen Award Special Jury Award
Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
1996 Saajan Chale Sasural Shyam/Sunde Filmfare Special Award
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1997 Deewana Mastana Bunnu Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1998 Dulhe Raja Raja Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
1998 Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Pyare Mohan/Chhote Miyan Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
Special Videocon Screen award from Jury
Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
1999 Haseena Maan Jaayegi Monu/Chachaji Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
2000 Shikari Om Srivastav/Mahendra Pratap Singh Nominated - Filmfare Best Villain Award
2001 Kunwara Raju Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2001 Jodi No.1 Veeru IIFA Best Comedian Award
Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Raj Malhotra Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2002 Akhiyon Se Goli Maare Raj Oberoi Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2006 Bhagam Bhag Babla Comeback after a brief phase of temporary break from acting


Sher singh/Shekhar
2009 Life Partner Jeet Oberoi Nominated - IIFA Best Comedian Award
2014 Kill Dil Bhaiyaji Antagonist, Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Happy Ending Armaan Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor

Awards & Nominations[edit]


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