Posts tagged govinda
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; June 1, 2013)
Govinda seems to be on a roll, signing the third film after announcing his comeback to Bollywood. The actor has signed director duo Raj and DK’s next film tentatively titled Happy Ending, co-starring Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’Cruz.
The actor is already working in Vipul Shah’s remake of Tamil blockbuster Thuppaki, directed by AR Murgodoss. Govinda will also play a negative lead for the first time in Aditya Chopra’s Kill Dil, helmed by Shaad Ali.
Says Raj Nidimoru, “We have been huge fans of Govinda for a long time and we thought that it would be a great idea to have him in the film. He is a great addition to our cast and comedy is his strength.” After a string of flops at the box office, sources from the industry say Govinda was on an all- time low. An insider says, “He hit the gym, got back into shape and disciplined himself to ensure that his comeback would be bigger and better. That he has signed three big banner films proves he is back with a bang.”
There was also buzz a while ago that Govinda could soon be doing a film with his Partner costar Salman Khan.
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; May 26, 2013)
His Bollywood career spans three decades, but the age doesn’t show on Govinda. On the occasion of his 29th year in the film industry, he talks about the journey so far…
UPCOMING ROLES “I make a guest appearance in Akshay Kumar’s film. These days, every character is important in its own way. Today’s audience accepts an actor in all kinds of roles. The reason I did his film is because it is a big banner and the people involved are nice. As for Aditya Chopra’s film Kill Dil directed by Shaad Ali, I fell in love with the subject and am looking forward to work in it when it (hopefully) starts in September.”
A CHANGED CHI CHI? “It is just about being practical and business-like when it comes to work. That’s about it. I have learnt to live in the moment and love it. I feel so lightheaded and free! I only want to do good work and more good work.”
SALMAN HAIN NA “People stand by you only when you are winning, but I was quite touched by Salman’s gesture; he instantly supported me when I quit politics and returned to films. He values emotions. No hero stands by another one in this cutthroat industry, but Salman… khud gaadi chala ke aa jayega. He is a very normal guy and has no airs.’’ gushes Govinda.
LOOKING HIS BEST Showing the latest pictures he shot of himself, the actor said, “I have never looked better. I follow a disciplined lifestyle, eat once a day and do yoga.”
AB WAQT MERA HAI “I became a hero at a time when I was earning and More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 17, 2013)
It’s been several years that Govinda’s daughter Narmmadaa has been waiting in the sidelines to have her much- talked- about entry into Bollywood. And now we hear that the actor specially flew to the famous Maheshwar temple, 90 kilometres from Indore, on Tuesday evening, to offer prayers for the success of his daughter and son Harshvardhan.
Sources say Govinda had earlier booked the puja through the Dayalu Mitra Mandal, a religious organisation in the temple town.
Hemant Jain, president of Dayalu Mitra Mandal of the temple says, “Govindaji wanted to visit the temple for a religious ceremony. He spoke to me through a common friend from Mumbai. In fact he was to come around a month back but he could not make it then.” However, this time the actor made sure he made it to the temple and a priest by the name of Alok Purohit conducted the puja for him.
Govinda apparently remained at the temple for about 40 minutes and even received a souvenir from them. Jain adds, “He just said that he wants his kids to do well in life. He is a complete family man and is extremely concerned about his family.”
Waiting for too long?
Those close to the actor have often voiced how Govinda has been quite concerned about Narmmadaa’s long wait. Earlier there were even reports that Govinda had a tiff with Salman Khan as the latter was supposed to launch Narmada which did not ultimately materialise.
Later on Narmmadaa was scheduled to make her debut finally with More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; May 16, 2013)
Yuvika Chaudhary’s first lead role as an actress was opposite Govinda in Naughty @40. The film didn’t do well but looks like all was not lost.
After all, Govinda got to meet Yuvika and the two have apparently become pretty close over the years.
The two actors are said to be spending a lot of time together and Yuvika is even seen in Chi Chi’s house quite often.
According to sources, Yuvika is very often seen emerging out of Govinda’s Juhu home. A source adds, “They have been spending a lot of time at his pad.” So comfortable is Yuvika in the Ahuja residence that apparently recently an ousider mistook Yuvika for Govinda’s daugther, Narmada.
Considering that Yuvika must be almost about Narmada’s age, we wonder what’s common between Chi Chi and her. But then, as they say, what’s age got to do with it?
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 18, 2013)
Govinda will be seen in Aditya Chopra’s next titled Kill Dil, directed by Shaad Ali and co-starring Ranveer Singh. The actor signed on the dotted line Monday night. Not only is this a rather unlikely pairing for both Govinda and Aditya, the actor, for the first time in his career, will play villain in the film being billed as his big comeback.
We spoke to the actor, currently in Kolkata, and he promised us that we will see him in a new and improved avatar: “I am going to change. You will see me being very casual…socialising at the first opportunity,” he said.
On a more serious note, he added: “My films have not released since the longest time. I have had enough of my share of tough days. And trust me, it’s not been easy. Don’t you think I need to have my good times back?”
Why Aditya Chopra? “Hmmm… he came home. He said that I must do the film,” said Govinda.
Isn’t he the man in Rani Mukerji’s life, an actress with whom Govinda was very close at one point? “Well, we are professionals at the end of the day,” he shot back.
Elaborating on his association with Shaad, Govinda said they had met during the filming of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan when Shaad was assisting the filmmaker. “Shaad and I became very close friends. He had spoken to me about the role at that time. But I really didn’t believe my luck when he recently asked me to do it,” he said. Quizzed about his role, he refused to divulge any details.
Govinda will play a negative character in an upcoming film for the first time
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 17, 2013)
With his previous films, he may have made you laugh till your sides hurt. But Govinda is all set to undergo a transformation, as he gets ready to play villain in a film for the first time.
Sources say the film in question is Aditya Chopra’s Kill Dil, where Govinda will be making his comeback as an actor.
A source from the production unit says, “Govinda has played all kinds of roles but never played a villain before in his entire career. He might have done a character with grey shades in a one odd film like Shikari but this will be his first out and out negative role. Earlier too he was to do another YRF film, which did not work out.” In his career spanning nearly three decades, the actor has never worked with Yash Chopra’s banner before. This film helmed by Shaad Ali will be his first.
Says Govinda, “It has been 29 years in the industry and this film will release next year as I complete 30 years. It is more of a realistic character than a totally negative role. In today’s world, we see all kinds of people who have grey shades. However, one can’t compare this film to Shikari, as that was a tragic film while this is not.” The spokesperson from the production banner adds, “Yes, Govinda is doing a pivotal role in the film.”
Shubha Shetty (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 17, 2013)
It’s been a while since fans of Govinda got to see his shenanigans on the More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 2, 2013)
David Dhawan, 60, was originally called Rajendra Dhawan. His Catholic neighbours at Agartala had nicknamed him David that became so popular that his name was changed when he was studying at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He became a comedy director as he was a Manmohan Desai and Hrishikesh Mukherjee fan. Even though he stays in a plush Juhu house, he remains a middle-class man at heart. After three decades in the film industry, he knows that you can rely only on yourself to fight the game of hits and flops. Ahead of his upcoming film Chashme Baddoor, he talks to Bombay Times about his natkhat son Varun, his best friend and wife Lally and why Govinda continues to be his favourite actor. Excerpts:
How did you become a director? I was born in Agartala, but brought up in Kanpur where my father, who was a manager in UCO Bank, got transferred. I studied in Christ Church College till Class XII. One of my older brothers, Anil Dhawan, joined FTII to study acting. Later, I also joined FTII. Initially I went to join acting, but seeing other actors like Satish Shah and Suresh Oberoi, I realised I can’t act. I took up editing as an option and was a classmate of Renu Saluja. Naseer was a batch senior, Om Puri was in my batch. We were a class of hit boys and girls. At FTII, they show you films daily. I saw Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengali film Meghe Dhaka Tara and it struck me that in filmmaking, you can make something out of nothing. I More >
Thanks to ‘herogiri’, stunt artistes are much in demand. But who’s paying?
Shubha Shetty (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 18, 2013)
With the surge in bigbudget action films starring brawny actors, stuntmen and body doubles are much in demand. Even though these fearless and faceless men and women bring graphic action scenes to life, they continue to risk their lives for a pittance – they earn Rs 3,500 – to Rs 8,000 for eight hours, and have no insurance cover to fall back on. Here are the Fantastic Four, who ensure that everytime they take the fall for the actors, the fans applaud their icon’s herogiri.ASIF MEHTA (BODY DOUBLE FOR : EMRAAN HASHMI, MANOJ BAJPAYEE)
A stuntman since seven years, Asif has a unique formula to conquer fear. “Suppose you have to leap through a glass door. Keep convincing yourself that the door is made of nothing but thermocol. And you will complete the stunt without getting a single scratch on your body. You just have to train your mind,” he says.
Although his father, Rashid Khan, was a stuntman, Asif had other dreams and studied graphic designing in Australia. He was obsessed with motor racing and it was an accident on the tracks that changed his life forever. After his father had a word with him, he used his energies to eke out a career in stuntmanship.
However, there was one scene where his technique failed him. “It was a shot for Manoj Bajpayee in Shootout At Wadala. I was to be hurled through a glass wall while sitting on a chair. I ended up with a More >
Rebecca Samervel | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 17, 2013)
Mumbai: A metropolitan magistrate at the Borivli court on Saturday framed charges against Bollywood actor Govinda in a 2008 criminal intimidation case filed by one Santosh Rai. The actor was present in court during the hearing.
The matter was adjourned till April 24, when trial is expected to begin.
The court framed charges against the actor under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 352 (assault or criminal force otherwise than on grave provocation) and 506 (criminal intimidation). Rai’s lawyer Parag Mishra said Govinda pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Rai had filed a complaint in the magistrate court in 2008. He alleged that the actor slapped him on his face on the sets of the film Money Hai To Honey Hai in January 2008.
Govinda allegedly slapped Rai, a visitor on the set, for misbehaving with women artistes. After the complaint was filed in the magistrate court, Govinda was issued summons. Since he did not appear before the magistrate, he was warned that if he failed to respond to the summons again, a nonbailable warrant would be issued against him.
Remember what Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh said when they appeared on Rendezvous with Simi Garewal eons ago? You don’t? Now you can click on www.simigarewal.com and revisit episodes of the famous talk show. Within a few weeks of its launch, the site has had over three million visitors. The suave actress and television host also chats with her fans and answers their queries on the forum
Anil Sadarangani (MID-DAY; March 10, 2013)
SIMI Garewal wearing blue, yellow, light pink, black, purple and even red? Hard to believe but true! The actor-turned- TV host, known for focusing the camera on other celebrities in her show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, is now the focus of her website simigarewal.com. She’s been busy uploading her life on the WWW and her ‘baby’ has received almost three million hits in the three months since it launched and continues to garner at least 35,000 to 50,000 hits per day. “I expected to get 2 or 3 lakh hits in total. I never thought it would go into millions!” she says, when we meet her at her house on a Sunday.
The website is an extension of the lady herself — elegant, soft- spoken and informative. There are some outstanding highlights: the length of the videos — full one- on- one’s of the famous people she has interviewed, and the interesting interactions she has with her ‘frenz’. “Rendezvous is getting huge hits! Saif- Amrita received the maximum — 3,28,340 in three months, the Bachchans — 2,06,686. Other popular videos are the episodes featuring More >