Govinda is undoubtedly one of the most colorful personalities of Bollywood and certainly the most mimicked. But the actor's Bollywood career came to a screeching halt when he decided to enter politics. Over the last few years, he's been reduced to making small appearance in big films -- he appeared in Shaad Ali's YRF-production, Kill Dill, and in Raj and Krishna DK's Happy Ending.
However, a full-fledged role in a major movie backed by a leading producer is yet to come by.
On the occasion of his 52nd birthday, the now-reclusive actor opened up in an interview with Bombay Timesand dropped some serious truth bombs.
He said, "It was not easy for me to enter films. Despite so much groupism, I delivered hits after hits. When I ventured into politics, I had a hard time there. Making my own films and releasing them is also difficult. There was no support. It's always been the blessings of my mother, love of my fans and the public that has helped me."
He added that he still feels he hasn't gotten his due in the industry. When asked if he thinks he has got his due, Govinda said, "Not at all. Neither did I work on it. My approach has always been to work to support my family. I never planned my movies. I never selected subjects to win the National Award. I did films that made the masses happy. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your talent to make the public happy."
The actor said that when he chose to make a comeback, he tried sticking to his 'brand of cinema.' "People liked my performances in Happy Ending and Kill Dil but I was hardly there in them. Sometimes your effort just doesn't reach the audience."
He also said that he deeply regrets joining politics as it killed his film career. "I didn't get a film for 10 years. I planned to leave politics while still being a part of it, but I completed my term and never looked back."
Govinda will next be seen in Aa Gaya Hero, a film he has produced and acted in. He is also making another film, Raju Mindblowing, which is the story of a tea-seller who goes on to become a 'big personality' although Govinda denies that it has been inspired from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's life.
When asked if he was nervous about the release, Govinda said something rather deep. "I have always been a fighter and once again, it's a fight between my past and myself, and I hope I win again."
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