‘Didn’t have to please anyone’ to be a star, says comeback man Govinda
Bollywood actor Govinda has shown rare staying power over three decades. He says now that he has done it all — his superstardom, exit from the industry to take up a political role, and his comeback — on his own terms.
Now 53, Govinda’s heydays were in the 1990s, with films like David Dhawan’s Coolie No. 1 (1995) and Hero No. 1(1997). A relatively recent film Partner (2007), in which he co-starred with Salman Khan, was one of the most successful comedies of that decade. This year saw the release of Aa Gaya Hero, with Govinda in the lead.
The actor tells us, “I am proud to say that whatever I have ever wanted, I have done it my way. I didn’t have to please anyone to get where I am. I wanted to be at the top of films, I did it my way. Then I wanted to try my hand at politics, and I did that.” He became an MP in 2004.
“Now I am here again, entering films, when I want to,” says Govinda, adding, “I believe, if one is true to their art, and works hard, then bhagwan deta hai, sabko chhappar fad ke deta hai.”