I DON’T COMMENT ON DAVID DHAWAN, AND I NEVER WILL!
Actor GOVINDA hasn’t let anything - whether it be negative press or negative reviews - slow down his boogie as he continues to push out films year after year. Read on as the actor opens up to Ahad Sanwari in a freewheeling chat about his apprehensions in the industry, his political journey and relationship with David Dhawan and Salman Khan.
You are one of the most iconic actors in the industry, you’ve made the whole No.1 series a brand. Are you happy with the way your career has progressed? There’s no point in being sad about your progress, I just thank God for whatever I’ve been given. Sometimes I’m happy with myself and sometimes I’m not, but that’s the way life goes. There’s no point in looking at what others do and being jealous about it. You should just enjoy the experience. There aren’t even 100 heroes out of 1000 crore, there are barely 10. And I’m one of them. I’m really grateful for that. Some people focus more on what others do and compare but I’ve never bothered myself with that. I believe in getting the best out of what I have.
You have a new movie releasing soon, RangeelaRaja. How is this movie different from previous Govinda movies? It’s a really nice film. A lot of my films, actually, are connected to South Indian cinema in some or the other way. So is Rangeela Raja. The film was really successful down South in its time, Rajinikanth starred in it. Of all the South Indian films I’ve seen, I really liked this one and wanted to make a Bollywood version of it. Every family has a rangeela raja. And he thinks whatever he does is right. Raja hai, uska haq hai! And he doesn’t know how it’s affecting his family. We have two characters like that in the film, two brothers. Bada hai jo chodta hi nahin, chota hai jo chedta hi nahin. I love that!
There’s no point in looking at what others do and being jealous about it”
The movie has fallen into a bit of controversy with the CBFC, which Pahlaj Nihalani has also spoken about quite a bit. What is your take on it? What he’s saying is right. Actually, from day one I’ve been telling him to make Rangeela Raja a little more harsh, a little more natural. The way people swear nowadays, we should include that in the film. He said ‘ Main gaali kaise daalu? Nahin, Govind, main aise picture nahin banata hu. CBFC ka head reh chuka hu, iss tarah ke suggestions nahin do please.’ But he still has to go through all of this because now, everything is personal. Everything’s written, if it’s run into some problems and conflicts we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
You used to work very closely with David Dhawan and Salman