Govinda plays a superstar in Happy Ending

Meanwhile he clarifies that in Jagga Jasoos, he does not play Ranbir Kapoor’s father

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai | Published: October 24, 2014 1:00 am
Govinda Govinda

Govinda’s excitement is palpable as he talks about playing Bhaiyaji who nurtures and trains two abandoned young men to become killers in Kill Dil. Though he plays a baddie in the film, the actor says he is very happy with the way he has been presented. “The film is looking very nice. Initially, I was not too confident about playing Bhaiyaji, but Shaad (Ali, director) was well prepared and I didn’t have to work too hard on my character. Then Adi (Aditya Chopra) met me and explained Bhaiyaji’s psyche as a person who wants everything done his way. Once I started shooting, everything fell into place,” stated the actor.
Govinda, who is known for his comic timing and dancing prowess and was a huge draw in the ‘80s and ‘90s with several hits to his credit, is also looking forward to Happy Ending that releases after Kill Dil. Though his role is a complete contrast in Happy Ending (he plays a superstar), he is equally excited. Interestingly, the character is very similar to what the actor was like during his hey days. “My character in HE is very arrogant. I must admit that it is somewhat similar to when I was ruling at the box-office. The fact is that when an actor is at the top and in demand, he thinks whatever he does and says is right. And the directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. have made me do things which are very funny. There is a newness in their work and the way they have presented me, capturing the smallest nuances, will be remembered,” he said.
Govinda, who went through a low patch in his career after Partner with some of his films getting stalled (Avatar) and some not releasing (Banda Yeh Bindass Hai), says that today he is happy with the films he is being offered. After the release of these two films; Happy Ending and Kill Dil, the actor starts shooting for Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos.
“I want to clarify that I am playing a character who looks after Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos and I am not playing his father or stepfather as reported. It was also reported that I was to play Alia Bhatt’s father in Shaandar. All this annoys me because my maiden home production, Abhinay Chakra, in which I play an idealistic cop, will release soon and these kind of reports can affect the business of the film,” he said, adding that he plans to announce the release of Abhinay Chakra soon.
Interestingly, Govinda has also been approached for the Mira Nair-directed Hollywood film The Bengali Detective. “It’s true that Mira Nair had come to me and taken my resume like they do in Hollywood but she has not got in touch with me after that.”
As for the Hindi remake of Mahesh Manjrekar’s Marathi film Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho, Govinda emphatically stated that he’s not doing the film. “It’s an art film and I don’t do art films,” he said.

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