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    “You will see a new Govinda,” says Govinda

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Tuesday, December 19, 2006
    Govinda is back and he is all over the place busy giving interviews for his forthcoming films ‘Bhagam Bhag’ and ‘Salaam-e-ishq’. The star of the masses is hoping for a turnaround after tumultuous last few years when his films flopped miserably, his political career was mired with controversies and he also became the favourite whipping boy of the media. It seems he has put everything behind and is ready to don the avatar of an actor everyone loves to watch on screen. Catch up with Raja Babu as he talks about a new Govinda in this exclusive interview. And yes, he likes his co-star Akshay Kumar’s ‘punctuality’. Talk about life coming full circle….Read on….

    What are your hopes from your fans after a gap of five years?

    I had taken a break from films. I’ve completed three films this year. The long gap that was there is going to end on December 22. I am looking for your best wishes. My whole family is looking forward to the release of this film.

    Will we see the same kind of energy from Govinda?

    I was worried about the same thing. When I saw the hardships of other people it brought more energy in my performance. You will see a new Govinda.

    So, will we see the Govinda comedy returning again?

    Hopefully. I am doing ‘Partner’ with David Dhawan where Salman Khan sahib is paired with me. Then ‘Bhagam Bhag’ is there. And then ‘Salaam-e-ishq’ by Nikhil Advani is there. So, all my films are with good people. And yes, you can never dissociate comedy with Govinda.

    What is ‘Bhagam Bhag’ all about?

    Both are innocent characters (Akshay and Govinda). They start running due to some reason and whoever associates with them keeps running as well. It’s a very entertaining film. I hope you all like it.

    How was this year for you?

    Positive towards work, health, dedication and I’ve tried to fulfill all the promises I made to the people in my constituency. I think I’ve been patient and patience results in correct results.

    How important is promotions associated with a film?

    These days promotions have become very important. It’s very good.

    How was the experience of working with Priyadarshan?

    Very good experience. This is the first time I’ve worked with him. His style of making cinema is very different, very natural. And my style was very different to his style. I learnt a lot and it helped me a lot. It has also helped me while working for other films.

    How was Akshay Kumar as a co-star?

    Very good. He is a very well behaved, very fine artiste, very punctual. He has all good qualities. And I think because of that he is doing well. Paresh ji, Rajpal Yadav, Lara Dutta all were very good.

    What are your views about the music of the film?

    ‘Pyaar ka signal’ is doing well. But I feel all the songs of the film are very good. All the songs have meaning and they are not there for merely being there.


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