The actor Govinda made his film debut in 1986. Born Govind Ahuja didn’t look like a “star”, but for the next 15 years he was simply unstoppable. It hit after hit and shot over the horizon of Bollywood like a meteor.
Yet his journey to the top was a journey of struggle, followed by years of triumph and a sudden slump. On Govinda’s birthday on Monday, a look at his struggle for life shapes his view of the world. The actor turned 57 on Monday.
Govinda was born to a couple of actors. His father Arun Ahuja had made nearly 40 films before leaving the industry. His mother, Nirmala Devi, was a well-known classical singer and actress. But Govinda’s early life was marked by poverty and struggle. His family lived in a bungalow on Mumbai’s (then Bombay) upscale Carter Road until a debacle in his father’s career toppled the family. Arun decided to make a film and when it sank he had to sell his residence on Carter Road and move to Virar in the suburbs of Mumbai, where Govinda was born.
Speaking to Simi Garewal, Govinda said her struggle is long and arduous, especially because his mother is fighting so hard to make things work for her as a family. She had to take responsibility as if she were marrying her four daughters. Govinda spoke of his father and said, “He was very shocked by the failure. He couldn’t take it. “
As a business graduate, Govinda talked about the time he went from office to office looking for a job. He went to the Taj Mahal Hotel as a steward for an interview, but didn’t get it. “I didn’t do the job because I couldn’t speak English. I couldn’t speak in front of them. ”
Simi then asked him how he once said that it was his anger to see his mother fight that made him a star. “Sometimes, when you find out when someone is having difficulty getting through the bad period, fighting very hard and alone, especially a woman and a mother, and when six children try to cope with everything and still keep their dignity intact The dignity of the family to marry four daughters is very difficult. Anek aisi baatein huin joh chubti thiin (there have been a number of incidents that would hurt). I’ve seen her go through all of this. I wanted to change it and change it quickly. “
His own initiation into movies and acting was far from easy. His parents had been actors, but there was a gap of nearly 33 years before he hit the scene. Speaking of this, he had told the Hindustan Times in an interview: “There was a 33-year gap between leaving the film industry and being an actor when I was 21. A lot of new producers had come by the time I entered the industry I didn’t know much about my parentage. I had to wait for hours to meet her. I understand why they talk or act a certain way, but never let it come between me and my art. “
Yet a year after his debut in 1986, at the age of just 22, he had signed up for 50 films! In his days of struggle, his drive for success was so strong that he would stop at nothing. In an interview with journalist Rajat Sharma about Aap Ki Adalat, he agreed to the claim that he would send his tapes to producers through their servants!
Govinda was notorious for being late for sets. Far more bizarre, however, was his habit of signing films, at least early in his career, without listening to the plot. Often times he would arrive on set and then familiarize himself with his lines.
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As he worked further, he told Rajat how early on he had learned not to be picky about work: “I had seen so much poverty and struggle that I often said to myself, ‘I get work. Should I actually ask them (makers) what will happen in the film? “He mentioned following his mother’s advice:” Tumhe kaam mila hai, apne Ishwar pe bharosa rakkhna aur kaam card raho, mehnat card raho. Jo kaam karo immandarri se karo (you now have a job, believe in God and continue to work and do so with the utmost honesty). ”
After countless hits, Govinda’s career experienced a major slump in the 2000s after the advent of the Khans. But in those 15 years when it shone like a bright star, it was simply inviolable. As an actor who achieved success in both comedy and social drama, only a second inning should be expected from the actor.
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