Govinda: The Bollywood Star who Danced his Way into Hearts

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Govind Arun Ahuja (Govinda, born 21 December 1963) is an Indian actor, comedian, dancer, and former politician, who has appeared in more than 165 Hindi-language films and established himself as one of the most popular actors in India.

Life and Career

Govinda was born on 21 December 1963, in Maharashtra, India. He got a degree in commerce from Vartak College, Vasai, and his dad suggested a career in movies. As a result of seeing Disco Dancer around this time, Govinda practiced for hours and made a promotional VHS tape. He was offered jobs in fertilizer commercials and Allwyn ads.

Govinda went to many places and gave auditions for works in films and serials, then Govinda got the role of Abhimanyu in the very popular Mahabharata series. He declined the role because he got a lead role in a Bollywood film. He got his first Bollywood role soon. The first role he got was in Tan-Badan opposite Khushbu, directed by his uncle Anand. He started shooting Love 86 in June 1985. Ilzaam (1986) was his first hit, followed by Love 86 in the same year.

Between 1987 and 1989, he starred in a bunch of movies, including family dramas Khudgarz (1987), Dariya Dil (1988), Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988), as well as action and dramas such as Hatya (1988), Marte Dam Tak (1987), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Jung Baaz (1989). The first time he worked with David Dhawan was in 1989’s Taaqatwar and the same year he worked with Rajinikanth and Sridevi in Gair Kanooni.

In his career, Govinda has worked on more than 165 movies. His films are usually super hits, and everyone likes them. Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1, Raja Babu, Partner, Aankhen, Dulhe Raja, Shola Aur Shabnam, and Awaargi are some best movies of Govinda. He also judged the reality show Dance India Dance Super Moms Season 2 in 2014.

He’s worked with Shakti Kapoor on 42 films. The last time they performed together was Rangeela Raja. There are 41 films he’s worked on with Kader Khan. Khan and Govinda were last seen in Deewana Main Deewana. In addition to being an actor, Govinda is also a politician. Govinda won the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 from North Mumbai by over 50000 votes for the Indian National Congress party. After that, Govinda never contested again.

Awards and Recognition

In 1995, he won the Special Jury Award for Coolie No.1. His excellent acting also earned him the Filmfare Award for Saajan Chale Sasural and Haseena Maan Jaayegi. He won an IFFA award for Partner and Jodi No 1.

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