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Govinda’s New Laughter Challenge

Govind's dance moves — free-flowing,flexible,funny,perfect on coming timing — reflect his life’s philosophy

After flops,confident of turning the tide

Govind’s dance moves — free-flowing,flexible,funny,perfect on coming timing — reflect his life’s philosophy. “Planning does not suit me. I am better off going with the flow,” says the actor. This realisation,however,has dawned upon the actor a little late — after a number of flops in recent years. “Two years back,when I signed Raavan and Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai,I thought I had got the opportunity to work with two of the best directors in the industry,Mani Ratnam and Ravi Chopra. Raavan flopped,Banda Yeh… is yet to release,” he says about his current “not-so-good” situation at the box office.

This situation is likely to change with Govinda now back to doing what he does best — making people laugh. Naughty@40 and Run Bhola Run (RBR),both slapstick comedies,are scheduled to release next week and in June,respectively. Banda Yeh,which has been ready for two years,too,will release in June. “They are typical Govinda-entertainers. You will walk out of the theatre feeling good,” says the 48-year-old.

However,what currently makes him happy is working with “internationally acclaimed director” Jagmohan Mundhra. “When I first came into the industry,I wanted to work with directors of international repute. But my personality did not match their expectations. It still doesn’t,but at least I have got a chance now,” he smiles. Maybe it was not his personality alone. His reputation of always being late on the sets might have contributed to it. The actor claims to have turned a new leaf. “I reach the sets on time now. For Raavan, I had to wake up at 4am every day,but I did it,” he says,punching the air.

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For Govinda,who has never shied away from working with new and young heroines,age is still not a deterrent. In Naughty@40,he will be paired opposite Yuvika Choudhary,who is almost half his age,and with Celina Jaitley in RBR. “I am very lucky,” he says,quickly adding,

“Nobody can point a finger at me,because the character demands that.” But,at this age,shouldn’t he be doing more character-driven roles rather than forcing himself to look young? “Everyone wants to look young,it’s just not me. All these years,my audience have liked me in these roles,so why not,” he questions.

Comic roles have always been mainstay in his career. “Initially,when I was offered comic roles,I was wondering why am I doing the same thing. But when success started coming my way,I decided to continue with it,” says Govinda,famous for comic timings in Aankhen,Coolie No 1,Hero No 1,Raja Babu and Aunty No 1.

After a successful decade that lasted till the late 1990s,the actor hit a rough patch. His movies stopped doing well and finances started falling apart. “I have seen it all. But bad times affect you,only when you let that happen. Everybody has his day. Mine,too,will soon come,” he says,confidently.

The actor’s bad patch did end briefly with David Dhawan-directed Partner and Bhaagam Bhag — both 2007 releases. The news of Partner’ s sequel made the actor very happy. But four years since the film released,the sequel is yet to be finalised.

“David is a very sincere director. He will make it when he finds the right script. I think,after Do Knot Disturb (Dhawan’s last directorial venture),David has become a little disturbed. He will come through,” says Govinda of his favourite director in lighter vain. Apart from focussing on his own career,Govinda is also mentoring his daughter,Narmada Ahuja’s career. “She has worked very hard on herself. I told her to wait for the right opportunity to come by. A first film has to be a hit,” he says.