The weekly Celeb In The Spotlight
is back, and this week, we're shining the light on Bollywood's beloved comedic actor, Govinda!
is undoubtedly one of Bollywood's top actors, but unlike others, the
man has gained his title through comedy, and not usual heroism, in his
Govinda was born on December 21st, 1963 in Virar, Mumbai.
His father, Arun Kumar Ahuja, was born in Gujranwala, Punjab -
part of Pakistan. Arun moved to Mumbai in 1937 after veteran producer
Mehboob Khan's convincing.
Ahuja's films were successfull hits with the likes of Ann
and Mother India
to his name, and it was during one of his hit films - Savera
to be precise - that led to his marriage to Govinda's mother, actress
Nirmala Devi. However, the actor's health began to rapidly fail and he
died at the age of 57. This put the responsibility on Nirmala Devi to
bring up their six children, of whom Govinda was the youngest, and run
Govinda studied in the Annasabh Vartak College in
Vasai, Maharashtra. He graduated in commerce and when he failed to get a
job, his father suggested that he work in films.
started after he made a promo of himself on a VHS cassette, thus
receiving him many offers for advertisements. However, his big break
came with Tan-Badan
, a movie that was produced his uncle, Anand.
His second film, Love 86
began shooting in June, 1985, and by July that same year, he had signed
nearly 40 films. Consequently, the 80s and 90s saw many hit films from
However, with the arrival of the new millenium, things didn't looks as good for the actor. With the likes of Khullam Khulla Pyar Karen
(2005) and Ssukh
(2005), most of his films proved to be box office disasters, with the only acception of 2000's Shikari
where he was critically acclaimed for his role. Govinda's career
continued to plummet down and it is assumed that much of this is in part
due to his being voted as Member of Parliament for Mumbai North in
However, Govinda made a comeback in late 2006 with Bhagam Bhag
, co-starring Akshay Kumar. The film was a commerical success, and this was followed by Partner
(2007) and Life Partner
(2009), which were also huge hits. The multi-starrer Salaam-E-Ishq
(2007) did not fair too well at the box office but it gained Govinda praise from many. More recently, he was seen in Raavan
(2010) where he may have played a small role, but he was appreciated greatly.
Govinda is married to Sunita, the sister of his
uncle's wife, and has two children named Narmada (whom he is trying to
launch into Bollywood with the help of friend and fellow actor, Salman
Khan) and Yashvardhan.
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