Bollywood actor Govinda on Saturday addressed the cuts ordered by CBFC in his upcoming film Rangeela Raja. At a press meet, which also saw the presence of former CBFC chief and Rangeela Raja director-producer Pahlaj Nihalani, Govinda said that he smells conspiracy, and suggested that there are people in the industry who do not want his films to release.
He said, “Nine years back, I started realising that my films, which could have been hits, would not release. And if they did, then they were not released properly. I didn’t know there are people who don’t want my films to release. My film Sandwich didn’t release for so long. All my friends from the industry including Aamir Khan and Salman Khan told me that it was a sleeper hit when they watched it and asked me why it never released. I kept quiet. I was taught, as a child, that these things depend on your luck, so I am supposed to work hard and move forward. Then so many of my films didn’t release. So many times I was told that there was a problem between the financiers and the producers. Sometimes the films had some legal troubles. Again, I thought it was not meant to be. Again, my film with Ashtavinayak Films didn’t release, but around the same time Rohit Shetty’s film was released. Many of my films never saw the light of day.”
The 55-year-old actor added, “Recently my film FryDay was released and it got a 3.5 stars rating. Everybody appreciated the film, but it never got enough screens. Reasons cited for this was ‘Govinda’s films cannot be good enough to pull a decent crowd, how can we give him screens?’ I didn’t react to this also. I kept quiet. But now, Pahlaj Nihalani’s film didn’t even get a date at the censor board. This is something to think about. I have been taking all this for so many years. It has been 9 years now that I am struggling. What is the problem? Where is the problem? I don’t know what wrong have I done, but I don’t even want to discuss this. I am not getting a platform. My films don’t get enough screens. I don’t know why these things are happening with me. I am even out of politics now. I am clean. With all these experiences, I am forced to think that there is a problem. There are some people in the industry who are not providing me with a platform to act. I am sorry to say this, but there is God, and he will never do wrong to anyone, including me. But there definitely is some conspiracy behind not letting me work and showcase my work, for sure. But I will not give up. I will continue working hard.”
“Since this is now happening with Pahlaj ji who gave me a platform, I had to say all these things. I would never hurt anyone with what I say or do. I have only one request to all, please provide me with a platform. Let me showcase my work. I know the audience wants me. If things continue like this, I don’t know what I can do.” Govinda concluded.