Date of Birth: 21-Dec-58
Birth Place: Virar Mumbai Maharashtra
Description: Govinda; born Govind Arun Ahuja, 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 is a member of the Indian National Congress Party. He was elected as the seventh Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, after defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the 2009 General Elections, he opted out of politics to concentrate more on films. However he continues to have political favor from Congress Party. His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam (also from Congress). In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users. 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's maternal uncle Anand Singh, who was assistant to director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, launched him in his film, Tan Badan. Anand's wife's sister Sunita fell in love with Govinda during the 'Mahurat' of Tan Badan. They got married on 11 March 1987. The couple have two children, Narmada and Yashvardhan. Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Govinda_%28actor%29)
GOVINDA IN NEWS
Besides Saif’s double-role act and Ileana’s sizzling bikini tops, Happy Ending has yet another treat in store for the audiences. If you believe this latest still from the film, Govinda will show off a set of six-packs abs in the movie proving that he has lost all his excess fat during his time away from the movies. He definitely looks the part of the wannabe stud that he plays in the film but we can’t help but wonder if those are actual six packs or just another bit of CGI at play. In any case, Chichi is looking fantastic. While his last film Kill Dil didn’t do as well as expected, Govinda was praised for his performance and he looks set to entertain us once again in Happy Ending. Happy Ending starring Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin and Govinda is slated to release this Friday.
Govinda may have entertained you all along with his brand of masala flicks, that made you laugh and dance and feel all filmy, but the actor’s all set to return as the hero of the scene with his football-coach act. An unlikely choice for the plump star, it’s likely that you may not picture him to be the perfect sportsman. But Govinda is all prepared to woo the audiences with his fitter self now. “I was determined to get into shape. And I managed it,” he says, “Now my daily routine has changed. I stopped eating dinner completely. I do yoga in the morning and then two hours at the gym. This routine will remain unchanged even after the film. My role as a sportsperson now stretches far beyond this film.” His film- Avatar is set to shine light on the Indian football scene the way Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chak De! India put stress on the Indian hockey scenario. “We neglect all games and sports except cricket. Hopefully my film will break that monopoly and motivate youngsters to try games other than cricket,” says the actor who will be taking the football experience a step ahead by organizing matches for his industry friends who love football like Ranbir Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj. Even Producer Pahlaj Nihalani is keen on making Avatar the ‘Chak De’ of Indian football. Hopefully, the good intentions of the filmmakers will bear fruit with the film!