Govinda is a Filmfare award-winning Indian actor and politician. He has appeared in over 120 Hindi language films. At the start of his career, his acting and dancing skills gained him widespread attention among film viewers. He later gained worldwide fame as a Bollywood icon through comedy films such as Shola Aur Shabnam, Aankhen, Coolie No. 1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Partner.
He was a member of the Indian National Congress Party He was elected as the 7th Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections after defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 2009 General Elections he opted out of politics to concentrate more in film.However he continues to have political favor from Congress Party.His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam(also from Congress Party)
In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the 10th greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users.
Original Name: Govind Arun Ahuja
Nick Name: Chi Chi
Commonly Known Name: Virar Ka Chokra
Date of Birth (Birthday): 21 December, 1958
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Birth Place: Punjab
Marital Status: Married
Languages: Hindi, English
Contact Address: Jal Darshan, A Wing, Ruia Park, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049
Father’s Name: Arun Kumar Ahuja
Mother’s Name: Nirmala Devi
Brother(s): Kirti Kumar
Spouse: Sunita Ahuja
Favourite Dish/ Recipes: Laungi mirchi
Favourite Drink: Cow’s Milk
Favourite TV Show: Hum Paanch
Favourite Book: Hanuman Chalisa
Favourite Car: Mercedes Benz, Esteem, Zen
Film Background (Filmography)
Debut Film: Mit Jayenge Mitane Wale
Famous Movies: Partner, Bhagam Bhag, Ek Haseena Ek Deewana, Raja Bhaiya, Ek Aur Ek Gyarah, Chalo Ishq Ladaaye, Ankhiyon Se Goli Maare, Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai, Albela, Jodi No.1, Beti No.1, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, Shikari, Joru Ka Ghulam, Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Kunwara, Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Rajaji, Anari No. 1, Pardesi Babu, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Dulhe Raja, Aunty No. 1, Deewana Mastana, Gambler, Hero No. 1, Banarsi Babu, Naseeb, Coolie No. 1, Dulaara, Raja Babu, Ekka Raja Rani, Aadmi Khilona Hai, Aankhen, Hum, Izzatdaar, Jung Baaz, Do Qaidi, Gharana, Sindoor, Ilzaam
Upcoming Movies: 30.
Film Awards: Awards of the International Indian Film Academy – Joodi No.1, Zee Cine Awards (Best Comedian) – Haseena Maan Jayegi
Govinda’s father, Arun Kumar Ahuja, was born in pre-partition Gujranwala,Punjab (now in Pakistan) on January 26, 1917. He studied in an engineering college at Lahore. Veteran producer Mehboob Khan brought him to Mumbai in 1937 and cast him in Ek hi Raasta as the leading man.an actor in the 1940s. Arun was notable for acting in Mehboob Khan’s Aurat (1940). Govinda’s mother, Nazeem who was muslim had converted to hinduism and adopted the name Nirmala Devi. Arun and Nirmala first met during the making of the film Savera, in which they were cast opposite each other. They married in 1941.
The only film Ahuja ever produced was a flop. Unable to bear the loss, his health failed. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai’s upmarket Carter Road, was forced to move to Virar – a far- flung semi-rural Mumbai suburb, where Govinda was born. The youngest of six children – his pet name Chi Chi means little finger in Punjabi, the language they speak at home. Since his father was unable to work, Nirmala Devi brought up the children through hard times in Mumbai.
He studied at Annasahb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra. He graduated in commerce, but failed to find a job. He was not considered for a steward’s position at the Taj Mahal hotel because his English wasn’t good enough. His father suggested films. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Saturday Night Fever and dance became his obsession. He practised for hours and circulated a promo of himself on a VHS cassette. Soon a fertiliser commercial came his way, followed by an Allwyn ad, finally his very first leading role in Tan Badan which was to be directed by his uncle Anand. He started shooting for his next film Love 86 in June 1985. By mid-July, he had signed 40 others.
His first film to be released Ilzaam (1986) was a box office success and 5th biggest hit of 1986.The film established him as a dancing star. He acted in a string of movies after that with mixed success. Most of the films he appeared in during the 1980s were in the action, romance or family drama genres. He was often paired opposite actress Neelam and together they appeared in hit films such as Love 86 (1986), Khudgarz (1987) and his brother Kirti Kumar’s directed Hatya (1988). He had success with family drama films such as Dariya Dil (1988), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Hum (1991) as well as action films such as Marte Dam Tak (1987) and Jung Baaz (1989). He worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar. He also had a hit film that year with Rajini Kanth & Sridevi in Ghair Khanooni
He acted in critically acclaimed film Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian remake of The Godfather where his performance was appreciated. He then formed a successful collaboration with David Dhawan and went onto act in 17 movies directed by him most of which were comedy films. The most successful films during their collaboration included Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Hero No. 1 (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Anari No. 1 (1999), Jodi No. 1 (2001)and Partner . Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him opposite actresses such as Divya Bharati, Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, and Raveena Tandon during the 1990s.
Govinda played the role of a villain for the first time in his career in Shikari (2000). Although the movie was not a commercial success, Govinda’s convincing portrayal of a sociopath murderer was critically acclaimed.
His box office draw suffered a setback in the early 2000s following a series of commercially unsuccessful films.He turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Devdas which went on to become successful films. His acting career was further affected when he contested and won the seat for Member of Parliament from Mumbai North in the 2004 parliamentary elections. He did not have any new film releases in 2004 and 2005 although some of his delayed films such as Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen (2005) and his own home production Ssukh (2005) were released but were box office disasters.
Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the comedy film Bhagam Bhag alongside Akshay Kumar which was a Hit Movie. His first 2007 release was the huge multi-starrer Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. Although a box office disappointment, Govinda was praised for his performance.
His second 2007 release was the David Dhawan directed comedy Partner, which co-stars Salman Khan. The film grossed Rs.300 Million in India on its opening week, the second highest domestic opening week gross for an Indian film up until then. His recently released film for 2008 is Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. In 2008 Salman Khan invited David Dhawan and Govinda on his show Dus Ka Dum to celebrate the success of their film Partner. In 2009, he recently had a successful film titled ‘Life Partner’ .
Govinda has joined Mani Ratnam’s Bilingual Project along with Vikram, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Prabhu Ganesan, Karthik Muthuraman, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Ravi Kishan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priyamani and Tejaswini Kolhapure.The film is titled Raavan in Hindi and Raavanan in Tamil.Govinda plays a forest officer who takes Vikram’s character through the forests in search of a wanted criminal.While it was earlier speculated that it was a contemporary version of Hanuman,Govinda refutes the claim. Karthik Muthuraman plays the character in Raavanan.
Govinda gets back to the successful trio of David Dhawan, Vashu Bhagnani and himself with the movie Do Knot Disturb which flopped.
In 2004, Govinda joined the Congress party, and was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower House of Parliament from Mumbai with a thumping majority of beating the 5 time sitting MP by over 50000 votes.
In a run up to the polls, Govinda had announced that his agenda will be ), prawaas (transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education).
During the first ten months of his tenure as an Member of Parliament (MP), Govinda did not spend any money from his MP Local Area Development Fund of Rs. 20 million. He started utilizing his fund only when newspaper reports brought this to notice. According to the Thane district collectorate sources, Govinda committed Rs 7 to construct anganwadi, samaj mandirs and resolve drinking water problem of Vasai and Virar residents. However, work on these projects did not begin (as of August 2005), because administrative approval was being awaited. Govinda also took credit for 80% of the quadrupling of Borivli-Virar section on Western Railway (India).
During his tenure as an MP, Govinda embarrassed his party, Congress, by coming out in open to support actor Shakti Kapoor, who had been caught in an sting operation, asking for sexual favours from a television reporter posing as a Bollywood aspirant. He also opposed the ban on dance bars, which embarrassed the Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government, which had proposed the ban.
As an MP, Govinda has been criticized for being inaccessible to the people of his constituency, especially during the terrible rains (beginning 26 July 2005) that left around 450 dead in Mumbai. After the rains, while speaking to a TV channel, Govinda claimed that he had got Rs 150 million sanctioned for his flood-hit constituency after speaking to Sonia Gandhi. However, his own party colleagues contested the claim. Mohan Adhikari, the president of Palghar Congress Unit went on record saying that “not a single paisa” had been received.
During his tenure as the Member of Parliament, he was never played any active role. He was mostly absent while the house was in session. He also did not participate in any debates or raise any queries regarding his constituency.
On 20 January 2008, he has decided to quit politics to concentrate on his acting career in Bollywood
Govinda’s father Arun Ahuja was an actor in the 1940s and his mother Nirmala Ahuja was also an actress as well as a singer. His brother Kirti Kumar is an actor, producer and director. His sister Kaamini Khanna is a writer, music director, singer, anchor and founder of Beauty with Astrology. Govinda has six nephews and two nieces in the entertainment industry: actors Vinay Anand, Krushna Abhishek, Aryan, Arjun Singh, Ragini Khanna, Amit Khanna, Aarti Singh and director Janmendra Kumar Ahuja. Govinda’s brother-in-law Devendra Sharma has also acted in a few Hindi Films.
Govinda’s maternal uncle Anand Singh, who was assistant to director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, launched him in his movie Tan Badan. Anand Singh’s wife’s younger sister Sunita fell in love with Govinda during the ‘Mahurat’ of Tan Badan. They got married on 11 March 1987.Their marriage was a closely guarded secret for the initial four years.
The couple have two children, Narmada and Yashvardhan. Govinda had a narrow escape from death on 5 January 1994. While travelling to a studio for the shooting of ‘Khuddar (1994)’, the actor’s car hit another car, resulting in him sustaining injuries to his head. Though bleeding profusely, Govinda did not cancel the shooting. After visiting a doctor, he shot for the film till midnight.
Govinda’s year of birth has been cited as both 1960 and 1963. According to Govinda’s parliament member profile on Loksabha.nic.in, the Official Government website of Lok Sabha, his date of birth is listed as 21 December 1963. The profile is compiled from government records.Personal Information of parliament members are obligatorily scrutinized and affirmed at the time of submitting nominations for candidacy.
Filmfare Awards – Winner
* 1997 – Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural
* 1999 – Filmfare Best Comedian Award, Haseena Maan Jaayegi
Filmfare Awards – Nominated:
* 1994 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Aankhen
* 1996 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Coolie No. 1
* 1997 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Saajan Chale Sasural
* 1998 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Deewana Mastana
* 1999 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
* 2000 – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for – Haseena Maan Jaayegi
* 2001 – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kunwara
* 2007 – Filmfare Best Villain Award forShikari
* 2002 – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Jodi No.1
* 2002 – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta
* 2003 – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Akhiyon Se Goli Maare
Other Awards – Winner
* 1995 – Star Screen Award Special Jury Award for Coolie No. 1
* 1998 – Lux Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Dulhe Raja
* 1998 – Special Videocon Screen award from Jury for overall performance
* 1999 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
* 2000 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Haseena Maan Jaayegi
* 2002 – IIFA Best Comedian Award for Jodi No. 1
* 2007 – “Excellent Comic Actor” Award at the Star Gold Comedy Honors
* 2007 – Most Stylish Comeback Award at the MTV Lycra Style Awards
* 2008 – Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards, “NDTV Imagine Best Jodi of the Year 2007” along with Salman Khan.
* 2008 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male for Partner
* 2008 – IIFA Best Comedian Award for Partner
Filmography – Actor