Why do we love Govinda so much? His comic timing, his clothes, or something else?

These days our beloved actor Govinda is in the news less for his movies and more for his action/inaction in parliament; his struggles to lose weight and other boring stuff. And truth be told, his latest cinematic offerings have been distinctly underwhelming. But in his past films… well, that was quite a different story altogether. He has delighted, amused and entertained us; he has made us laugh and has been one of the most lovable and entertaining characters of the Indian film industry’s – for any or all of these reasons:

The Pelvic Thrust

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Govinda was always ‘THE Man’ when it came to dancing. Right from his debut Ilzaam which first showcased his dancing feints to more recently in TV shows such as Nach Baliye, he has always been a great dancer – light on his feet and a joy to watch. As for the pelvic thrust, well that is something that he owned!

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The Orange Pants

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Or the purple jacket or that yellow shirt – so loud that it is deafening! The sort of clothes that others wouldn’t be caught dead in; he always seemed to carry off with élan. There is no colour he hasn’t worn and no getup that is beyond him.

The Comic Timing

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There was a time when my cousin and I would religiously watch every movie of Govinda, and we would be laughing uproariously; falling out of our chairs even – when everyone else in the theater seemed to find nothing amusing. I remember us getting more than a few quizzical glances – blame it on his impeccable comic timing.

The Jodis

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Karishma Kapoor and Govinda did several films together. He also paired with Raveena Tandon very successfully. Not only that, he shared some amazing screen chemistry with other male stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and others.

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Govinda:The Viraar ka Chhokra

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Govinda has long been referred to as ‘Viraar ka Chhokra’ – the reference to the suburb of Mumbai that cannot be termed as upscale by any standards, was meant to indicate his humble beginnings. The youngest of 6 children, he was brought up mainly by mother Nirmala Devi and saw some hard times growing up. His is a true blue rags to riches story.

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The No. 1 Tag

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He did various films with that included the No 1 tag – there was Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1, Aunty No 1, Anari No 1, Jodi No 1 and Beti No 1 – that number 1 tag was indicative of his popularity and his success at the time.

The High Heeled Kolhapuris

Our man Govinda is, shall we say, a little vertically challenged; particularly when it came to being paired against taller actresses such as Tabu. But then we had the subtle high heeled shoes and those inimitable high heeled Kolhapuri chappals.

The Songs

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“Main to raste se jaa raha tha”, “Kisi disco mein jayein”, “Sarkailo khatiya jaada lage” – well, these could only be Govinda songs! One cannot visualise these songs on anyone else; who could carry off a song like “Usne Bola Kem chhe” from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta hai? Outrageous and even silly – but ultimately memorable!

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The David Dhawan Films

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Some of Govinda’s most spectacular successes have come via his David Dhawan films. The two have done 16 films together – funny, masala, action packed entertainers that had no pretensions to high brow cinema. Somehow David Dhawan trying to do a Govinda film without Govinda (Main Tera Hero) didn’t quite come up to those standards.

Kill Dil

Govinda appears in the just released Holiday, and will soon be seen in films such as Abhinay Chakra, Kill Dil (where we will see Govinda in a negative role probably for the first time), Hero, Avataar, Afra Tafri, Jagga Jasoos, Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai and Run Bhola Run.

By Reena Daruwalla

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