‘Didn’t have to please any­one’ to be a star, says come­back man Govinda

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

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.”


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